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Nourishing Recovery: Nutrition Education and Meal Planning at Avalon Hills

Monday, Mar 18  •  

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Nutrition education and meal planning are foundational components of the comprehensive treatment approach at Avalon Hills, supporting individuals on their journey to recovery from eating disorders. Our team recognizes that food plays a central role in healing both the body and mind, and we are dedicated to providing clients with the knowledge, skills, and support they need to develop a healthy relationship with food and nourish themselves in a balanced and sustainable way.

One of the first steps in our nutrition program is a thorough assessment of each client’s dietary habits, preferences, and nutritional needs. Patients work closely with our registered dietitians who specialize in eating disorders to conduct personalized nutrition assessments and develop individualized meal plans tailored to each client’s unique needs and goals. These meal plans are designed to provide balanced nutrition while also taking into account any dietary restrictions, food preferences, or cultural considerations.

At Avalon Hills, we believe in a non-diet approach to nutrition, focusing on intuitive eating and mindfulness rather than rigid meal plans or calorie counting. Our goal is to help clients reconnect with their body’s natural hunger and fullness cues, rebuild trust in their ability to nourish themselves and develop a more flexible and compassionate relationship with food. Through nutrition education sessions, clients learn about the role of nutrients in supporting overall health and wellness, as well as strategies for making balanced food choices and incorporating variety and enjoyment into their meals.

Mealtime is an integral part of the treatment experience at Avalon Hills, providing clients with opportunities to practice the skills they’ve learned in therapy and nutrition education sessions in a supportive and structured environment. Our experienced culinary team prepares delicious and nutritious meals using fresh, whole ingredients, and clients have the opportunity to participate in meal preparation and cooking activities to build confidence and skills in the kitchen.

In addition to individualized meal plans, clients at Avalon Hills also have access to therapeutic meals and snacks designed to challenge and disrupt disordered eating patterns in a supportive and controlled setting. Under the guidance of our clinical team, clients practice mindful eating techniques, challenge food fears and restrictions, and learn to tolerate uncomfortable emotions and sensations that may arise during meals. These therapeutic meals provide valuable opportunities for clients to develop coping skills and strategies for managing anxiety, guilt, and other difficult emotions related to food and eating.

Throughout their time at Avalon Hills, clients receive ongoing support and guidance from our multidisciplinary team of professionals, including registered dietitians, therapists, physicians, and other specialists. Our holistic approach to treatment addresses the physical, emotional, and psychological aspects of eating disorders, helping clients develop a more balanced and sustainable relationship with food and their bodies.

In conclusion, nutrition education and meal planning are essential components of the comprehensive treatment approach at Avalon Hills, supporting individuals on their journey to recovery from eating disorders. Through personalized meal plans, nutrition education sessions, therapeutic meals, and ongoing support from our multidisciplinary team, we empower clients to develop a healthier relationship with food and nourish themselves in body, mind, and spirit. If you or a loved one is struggling with an eating disorder, we’re here to help. Reach out to us today to learn more about our nutrition program and how we can support you on your journey to recovery.

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