Food & Nutrition

Food and Nutrition

An essential treatment goal is to empower patients to practice healthy eating and normalize eating patterns while providing the body the nutrients it requires. The Healing Connection treatment staff includes a dietitian who provides patients with specialized nutritional assessments, counseling, and meal planning.

Meal Plans:

  • Each patient receives an individualized meal plan based on his or her unique recovery needs.
  • Meal plans are balanced and include food from all food groups.
  • Meal plans are based on a point system where food points represent energy.
    • Each patient is prescribed a specific number of food points for the day based on their body's current energy needs.
    • Patients are expected to consume their allocated points – no more, no less.
    • Initially, all points are consumed during program hours for partial hospitalization.
    • As patients progress, they are entrusted to consume some points during non-program hours.
    • Patients gradually transition into independent eating before/after program and on weekends.
  • Our dietitian and treatment team will increase or decrease a patient's food points throughout the course of treatment based on changes in the individual's body energy needs.

Food at Program:

  • Our program chef prepares fresh meals and snacks daily.
  • Patients and designated staff eat lunch, a snack and dinner as a group.
  • Patients receive support from staff and fellow group members during and after therapeutic meals as they practice new ways of coping with feelings related to food and eating.
  • Our dining area is a safe, supervised space for patients to begin stabilizing their eating patterns and breaking the cycle of eating disordered behaviors.

Food at Home:

  • Dietitian works with patients as they progress to incorporate points into weekday breakfasts and snacks at home.
  • Dietitian and therapy staff work closely with partners and parents of adolescents and young adults living at home to provide education regarding meal plan completion, food preparation/serving, and meal time coaching skills.
  • Patients gradually transition into independent eating before/after daily programs and on weekends.
  • Patients reflect on mealtime successes and setbacks when they return to program.
  • Family and friends learn and practice mealtime coaching support skills.
  • Family and friends reflect on mealtime support practices during individual family therapy sessions, parenting group, and multifamily therapy group.

Specialized Food Needs:

  • Special adjustments can be made for patients with diabetes, food allergies or lactose intolerance after verifying with the patient's primary care physician.
  • Accommodations for vegetarianism are determined after intake evaluation.
  • Our program is currently not able to accommodate food restrictions due to veganism or celiac disease.


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