Where are you in your eating disorder recovery journey? Perhaps you are stepping down from a higher level of care and are looking for the peer support you had in treatment. Maybe you are just realizing you need professional help. nourishED now offers individual counseling as well as group meal support programs.
What is meal support?
nourishED’s meal support program is an experiential dining group where you can practice eating with peers and your dietitian in a safe and supportive environment. Each 1.5 hour session includes:
- Bring Your Own Dinner (BYOD) or a meal will be provided
- Post-meal process group for discussion about the meal and exploration of all things food related
- Hands-on recovery-focused activities, including creating your own intention cards and self-care kits
Here’s 3 reasons why meal support can be helpful in your recovery:
- You practice what you learn.
If you are regularly meeting with your dietitian, you likely talk a lot about what ideas and action steps may be helpful for healing your relationship with food. But what about putting those action steps…into action? This is the opportunity to practice completing your meal without using behaviors, practicing mindfulness, challenging new foods or any other therapeutic assignments you are working on with your dietitian.
- You step out of your comfort zone.
Getting uncomfortable is essential for growth to happen. Eating disorders love isolation, predictability, and routine, and eating with others in an unfamiliar place can sound super intimidating. But many people find that meal support prepares them for so many real life situations, like going to new restaurants or eating in front of strangers.
- You know you are not alone.
Eating disorders can be isolating, but you are not alone in your recovery journey. Did you know that over 30 million people suffer from an eating disorder in the U.S. alone? At our dining group, you will share a meal with a small group of 4-5 peers and your dietitian. No diet talk or food judgements here-there’s so much to talk about! Ask your dietitian if you are not sure if meal support would be a helpful addition in your recovery.