All Foods Fit and Intuitive Eating Principles
We believe that all foods fit into a nutritionally balanced meal plan featuring a variety of foods consumed in moderation. Our definition of variety incorporates many different foods which into a therapeutic menu that includes various flavors, textures, and colors.
At Selah House, we help clients move toward Intuitive Eating by helping them become more comfortable with the 10 Principles of Intuitive Eating. Through the process of having a variety of different meals, clients learn about why they make certain choices around eating and then learn to adjust those choices as needed for recovery. By providing nutritious and satisfying meals, as well as experiential learning in the kitchen, we help our clients gain the necessary skills to make peace with food.
The Care Through Culinary™ Difference
Nutrition: A Vital Part of Treatment
Care Through Culinary™: Helping Our Client Progress In Their Recoveries
- Teaching them how to plan, shop, and prepare meals
- Helping them build supportive communities during meals with others
- Supporting them as they actively explore culinary options
- Providing welcoming therapeutic environments to help them change behaviors and overcome fears
Meet the Nutritional and Culinary Staff
Rachel VanWoerden, MA, RDN
At Selah, she works with clients to develop meal plans that are appropriate for each client’s specific treatment and nutritional needs. These meal plans help empower clients to process and overcome fears and anxiety surrounding food. Utilizing the all-foods-fit model and Intuitive Eating Principles, she helps clients learn about balance, variety, and moderation for a healthy lifestyle. Beyond the meal plans, Rachel helps clients learn food preparation and meal planning skills through individual sessions and groups. For example, she works with clients as they participate in meal and grocery challenges, and in the weekly cooking group. These provide an opportunity for our clients to build trust with their body and confidence in their own ability to receive adequate nutrition. Her favorite aspect of working at Selah is seeing clients develop a new understanding and trust with their body, nutrition, and food. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family while exploring the Indianapolis area.
At Selah House, she primarily focuses on caring for and treating adolescents. She has always wanted to work in eating disorders to help her clients improve their relationships with food. When not at Selah House, her favorite things to do are hiking, reading, yoga, and watching movies.