Our nutrition program at Selah House is pivotal for our clients to reach recovery and reclaim freedom from their eating disorders. We realize that meals can be one of the most difficult aspects of treatment. All of our registered dietitians and nutrition support staff are experts who work as a part of your therapeutic team to fully-integrate the appropriate nutritional therapy into your treatment plan. Throughout the program, you will receive nutritional assessments, education, and individualized counseling with your registered dietitian.
Our approach to nutrition is based on the premise that all foods can fit into a nutritionally-sound meal plan when including balance, variety, and moderation. Clients learn to feel comfortable identifying and responding to feelings of hunger and fullness and portioning food for themselves, both with and without measuring tools. We practice “real life” eating during treatment, including intuitive eating. All of our food is prepared on-site in the kitchen where clients have the opportunity to participate in meal preparation. Depending upon the season, we even have a garden where clients can harvest fresh herbs and vegetables for meals.
At Selah, as we live life together, you will learn practical skills around meal planning and food selection in a home-like setting to support your recovery. Dining with peers is a regular occurrence, where fun and fellowship are taught as we gather around the table. Supported/supervised group meals facilitate normal social eating and provide a format to address rituals and other eating disorder behaviors.
Our unique family-style meals provide just the right blend of sharing food together while considering individual preferences. We then build on this foundation with individualized snacks as needed to achieve each patient’s unique nutritional needs, including weight restoration when necessary. Tube feeding is only used in extremely rare instances when clients cannot consume regular meals or supplements. As patients gain insight, skills, and confidence, they learn to choose and portion their own snacks with the help of our caring team. This unique and tailored approach helps patients prepare for the transition back to home to independence and the flexibility needed in real life.