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Nutrition Therapy

At Shoreline, we understand that we’re all born as intuitive eaters, attuned to our internal cues, and equipped to honor our bodies by responding to these cues. Throughout treatment, we explore how diet culture and external influences disconnect individuals from their internal cues. We believe that all foods fit into a well-balanced lifestyle because every food we consume serves a purpose by nourishing our bodies. Our philosophy challenges each client to work toward unconditional permission to eat by exposing them to a wide variety of foods. Our approach allows us to help our clients redevelop and re-learn to honor their hunger and fullness cues and to understand that all body types were created for a purpose.

Nutrition: A Vital Part of Treatment

At Shoreline, high-quality, client-centered care provides the basis for our holistic treatment. We address mental, physical, and emotional needs and view each client as a whole person beyond their relationship with food or their eating disorder diagnosis. Our team works collaboratively with each client during the renourishment process, recognizing that clients are experts in their bodies and registered dietitians are experts in nutrition. We also acknowledge each client’s readiness for change in recovery while simultaneously challenging the eating disorder voice.

Meal plans are tailored based on each client’s needs (including any allergies), aiming to encourage food choice flexibility, and allowing each client to practice taste preference awareness. The teamwork dynamic at Shoreline fosters clients’ internal motivation and intrinsic desire to build a positive relationship with food. Through proper nutrition, experiential learning in the kitchen, food exposures, restaurant outings, nutrition group therapy, and mealtime support, we help our clients gain the necessary skills to remove fear and make peace with food.

Nutrition Therapy Components

Throughout treatment at Shoreline, as we live life together, each client learns practical skills around meal planning and food selection in a home-like setting to support their recovery. Dining with peers is a regular occurrence, where fun and community 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. Some other components of our nutrition therapy include:
At Shoreline, we also utilize other types of behavioral therapies based on each client’s needs and their individualized treatment plan, including:
To learn more about the eating disorder treatment programs at Shoreline, call us today at (562) 434-6007.
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