Nutrition services for eating disorders can be a difference maker for people struggling to overcome anorexia and bulimia. The Fairwinds Treatment Center team is committed to delivering the most effective nutrition services in Florida. Our registered dietitian, physicians, and other treatment team members have a proven track record of success treating men, women, and teens with eating disorders. Most important, we continually look for ways to improve the quality of treatment we provide.
No one is immune to eating disorders. Bulimia, anorexia, and compulsive eating disorders affect at least 30 million men, women, and teenagers in the United States. The eating disorder specialists with Fairwinds understand that eating disorders impact people differently. Our nutrition services are always customized and we never use a cookie cutter approach to treatment.
Most importantly, we have nutrition services and programs in place to help clients of all ages recover from their food-related challenges. Children and teenagers face an especially unique set of struggles, and require an age-appropriate set of services that we provide.
Fairwinds is pleased to offer eating disorder treatment that helps people make the switch from obsessing about the weight they think they need to lose to learning to love their bodies. Also called a non-diet approach to eating disorders, our treatment process is designed to motivate people develop normalized eating behaviors that will help prevent the recurrence of damaging eating habits. Here is a look at the goals of our non-diet approach to nutrition services:
At the heart of our nutrition services is the recognition that there is no single ideal body size or shape. Our classes, meal planning, and food monitoring services aim to erase appearance stereotyping and encourage men, women, and teens to focus on maintaining good physical and mental health.
If you are not familiar with the nutrition services at Fairwinds, you may wonder what you can expect from them. The ultimate goal is to help you gain at least one and a half pounds each week. With this treatment goal in mind, you can expect to receive the following:
The path to recovery from anorexia or bulimia begins with a therapeutic dining experience. The Fairwinds team recognizes that mealtime is often very uncomfortable for people with eating disorders. For example, people with anorexia are often hungry but become fearful and nervous as mealtime approaches.
We strive to create the most comfortable dining experience possible to help our clients relinquish their obsessions with calories and their compulsive behaviors that revolve around food. By creating a dining environment that is pleasant, supportive, and empathetic, individuals are able to gradually overcome their food-related fears and begin to look forward to mealtime.
While we work tirelessly to create a therapeutic meal setting, we realize that eating disorders can be particularly resistant to intervention or treatment. Mealtime can be especially challenging for people with anorexia, and it is important to closely monitor eating behaviors to gain insight into their underlying struggles. Here are some specific ways we gain insight into each individual’s eating disorder pain:
Education plays a vital role in a person’s ability to avoid a relapse of anorexia or bulimia. At Fairwinds, we are dedicated to helping our clients and their families understand the genuine pain people with eating disorders experience when consuming food.
Our nutrition education classes are an example of a service designed to teach people about the important role of balanced meals, nutrients, and vitamins. Classes are held each week and rotate on a bi-monthly basis. Because many people with eating disorders feel uncomfortable talking about food, one of the main goals of our classes is to help people gain the confidence to openly share their thoughts and feelings about food. Here are some examples of specific topics covered in our nutrition education classes:
A secondary benefit of education classes is engagement. By openly discussing topics with peers and educators, participants are able to play an active role in the treatment process. They also pave the way for their classmates to share their thoughts and success stories.
Developing effective, personalized menu plans that meet the needs of each individual client is a top goal at Fairwinds Treatment Center. Through customized menu planning sessions, clients with our registered dietitian to learn how to put the information they learned in their education classes to use. Here is a look at how the menu planning process works:
In addition to these steps, we use a treatment level systems that rewards clients for their progress. As an incentive for attaining specific levels of treatment success, clients are rewarded by receiving individual time with our registered dietitian.
One of the greatest challenges for people with eating disorders is to learn how to survive the holidays and difficult times without sliding back into their old counterproductive eating habits. Our classes will help you learn effective techniques to maintain proper eating behaviors during difficult times. Our nutrition services will help you prepare for the following:
Nutrition Services at Fairwinds Treatment Center play a key tole in treating eating disorders. In addition to our therapeutic meals, customized menu plans, and educational classes, we incorporate nutrition services into our overall treatment approach for anorexia and bulimia. Here are some of the many ways we will help you win the battle against anorexia and bulimia with our nutrition services:
If you or a loved one are considering treatment for an eating disorder, Fairwinds Treatment Center is here to help you. We invite you to contact us to discover the many ways that our comprehensive nutrition services for eating disorders can help you or a loved one develop a healthier relationship with food.
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