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Nutrition & Food

nutrition and food

We work to gently, but consistently, challenge the influence of the eating disorder around food and eating and help clients to realize joy that a healthy relationship with food can provide.

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At Monte Nido, we acknowledge that interacting with food will be challenging during treatment. Because we understand healing a relationship with food takes time, we are able to provide support that meets clients where they are. To ease the transition into treatment and begin the recovery process, we allow clients to move away from eating disorder fears in a way that enhances engagement in early treatment, but does not leave clients feeling helpless.

We know people presenting with disruptions in their attunement with their bodies can, with effective treatment and support, restore a healthy relationship with food and activity and go on to become fully recovered conscious eaters. Our program was designed around the concept that each client has a core healthy self but who, over time, develops an eating disorder self that powers the urges, thoughts, behaviors associated with these complicated illnesses. The Monte Nido level system provides the appropriate structure for clients to develop and strengthen their awareness and abilities to distinguish between their “healthy self” and “eating disorder self.” The levels also provide a structure for clients to take on increasingly higher levels of responsibility for their treatment and recovery and helps to teach them how to build and sustain full recovery.

Nutrition programming across all of our programs originates from the same core foundations of health, freedom from eating disordered behaviors, and developmentally appropriate progression toward self-trust and internally-directed eating. With this solid foundation, our clients move through the early stages of food relationship repair to the later stages of growth and expansion into a recovered life. Our HAES-informed nutritional care reflects:

  • Recognition that healthy, recovered people come in all shapes and sizes
  • Recognition that all bodies deserve to be nourished and experience satiety
  • Behavior-focused, rather than weight-focused philosophies
  • Awareness that weight loss attempts and focus are contraindicated for recovery from all eating disorder diagnoses
  • Kitchens and food environments that are open and accessible as in a homelike setting


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