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WEIGHT RESTORATION

BODY IMAGE

ROAD TO RECOVERY

WEIGHT RESTORATION & REFEEDING

BODY IMAGE & HUNGER WORK

ROAD TO RECOVERY

Effective communication between the patient and treatment team is critical when starting treatment so that the patient can be diagnosed and cared for appropriately.  From there a treatment plan is formulated, which includes
a nutrition intervention component.  Primary goals are to restore body weight, prevent complications associated
with refeeding, and to support the patient as the embark on the path to recovery.

Healing disconnected eating and the maladaptive thoughts that drive us to diet is an integral part of treatment.  Patients will re-learn the connection between physical hunger and the drive to eat rather than emotional or situational cues.  Through body image work, patients will restructure negative thoughts and feelings in order to pave the way towards body acceptance.

Healing from an eating disorder is a process which takes time and perseverance.  On the road to recovery, patients
will learn how to re-establish their relationship with food with the support and help of an RD.  Through making lifestyle changes and learning coping mechanisms for past, present and future obstacles, patients will be able to find peace
with themselves.

 Nutrition education and meal planning

 Restoring metabolic and endocrine function

 Establishing healthy and realistic weight goals

 Identifying and correcting nutrient deficiencies

 Ensuring adequate calorie intake through metabolic testing

 Education on nutrient needs and the dangers of disordered eating

 Support with changes in weight and eating as treatment progresses

 Breaking the binge/purge cycle

 Normalizing meal patterns and eating habits
 Create positive food related and eating experiences

 Cognitive behavioral techniques to re-work maladaptive food and weight related thoughts and behaviors

 Hunger work: regulation of internal hunger cues, less reliance on external cues

 Promoting positive self esteem through body image work and exercises

 Health at every size approach: diminishing reliance on the scale

 Education on meal planning and food preparation

 Developing a healthy relationship with exercise and physical activity

 Dining out and incorporation of “feared foods” with our dietitian

 Supermarket tours and development of food shopping lists

 Identification of and planning for future obstacles

 Nutrition support groups available