The food that we put in our body can impact the way we think, feel and behave. Nutritional support is particularly important for young adults undergoing major life transitions, struggling with eating disorders or facing challenges with mental health and substance use.
At The Dorm, developing healthy eating habits and relationships with food is central to our treatment focus. Our treatment is grounded in mindfulness and the belief that each young person has the capacity for
a mindful relationship with food and their body.
Types of Nutritional Support For Young Adults At The Dorm:
Our Nutrition Philosophy
Our nutrition philosophy at The Dorm is grounded in an Intuitive Eating, Freedom From Diet Culture, and Health at Every Size ® framework. Our aim is to guide our clients in healing their relationship with food and movement and to help them understand their body’s wisdom. We do this all while removing aspects of shame and guilt that can often accompany food and behaviors. Our registered dietitians and clinicians provide respectful, individualized, and stigma-free care to help clients find freedom from body image issues, food rules, disordered eating, and eating disorders. We believe that each young person has the capacity to develop a comfortable relationship with food and their body which is central to treatment focus.
Health at Every Size®
We embrace the evidence-based Health at Every Size ® model, as research consistently shows that weight and BMI cannot be used as measures of health. Rather, we look to behaviors, mindset and other indicators of overall well-being. This model respects and celebrates body diversity, challenges cultural assumptions, and rejects weight bias and weight stigma, which further helps clients develop peace with their bodies.
Intuitive Eating is an individualized nutritional philosophy that focuses on healing a person’s relationship with food and their body. By incorporating ten core principles, clients will identify obstacles that may prevent body respect. They will trust, address and improve negative thought patterns in addition to learning to respond to hunger and fullness cues.
Freedom From Diet Culture
Diet culture refers to a rigid set of expectations that values thinness and attractiveness over physical health and emotional well-being. Diet culture often emphasizes negative behaviors like labeling “good” versus “bad” foods, calorie restriction, and normalizing self-deprecating talk. Diet culture can be a significant risk factor for body dysmorphia, disordered eating, eating disorders, and other mental health issues, which is why we strive to ensure The Dorm is a diet culture-free environment.
Who We Treat
Our team of Registered Dietitians develop specific treatment plans that meet each of our clients’ unique needs. Many of our young adult clients struggle with disordered eating or a pattern of food choices that don’t align with their body’s needs. We have experience working with eating disorders including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, ARFID, orthorexia, body dysmorphia and other disordered eating behaviors. Some individuals also face executive functioning challenges, which create obstacles surrounding the ability to adequately nourish their bodies. With the support of their dietitian, clients will work towards:
- Fueling their bodies consistently
- Incorporating a variety of foods
- Learning to budget groceries
- Working on cooking skills
- Building body trust and attunement
- Achieving satisfaction with food