About the Food
We are sensitive to each individual's food issues and provide flexibility in our menus. We offer vegetarian choices and take into account any diagnosed food allergies. Each client is individual in terms of food fears, likes and dislikes. We work slowly and empathetically with all food issues. Clients go through the level system at their own pace. Clients are not forced to eat any particular food, however, we are careful to help each client understand the differences between food preference and eating disorder-driven choices.
As clients progress through our level system they increasingly participate in dealing directly with food i.e., going grocery shopping, planning and cooking independent meals and participating in our Shop and Cook night.
We have two wonderful chefs who make delicious healthy meals. Clients are also assigned time in the kitchen with our chefs in order to learn the joy of making meals and dealing with food.
We provide wholesome natural ingredients for our meals and we have an organic garden, which clients help tend. In addition to this we also include on our menus, normal dessert items and we go on outings where clients can re-learn to enjoy eating a variety of foods. We feel it is important that clients can eat in a variety of settings. Therefore, although we provide healthy organic food, we believe that limiting oneself to this food only causes limitation in one's life. We would like our clients to be able to choose in life whether or not to eat certain foods rather than be afraid of these foods.
Each client's meal plan is highly individualized. We work slowly with clients who are extremely afraid of food and have a limited variety in their diet. We also help clients control their food cravings and re-learn "hunger & fullness". We assist all our clients in establishing a healthy functioning metabolism, allowing them to eat and enjoy the foods their bodies desire and need.