At BALANCE eating disorder treatment center, our goal is to help clients develop a more neutral relationship with food.
This means liberation of food, a lessening of food rigidity and food rules. To this end, we meet our clients where they are, and work closely with each client to determine their food preferences, likes and dislikes and attempt to reasonably accommodate those preferences. Within the safety of a supportive environment, we then encourage our clients to gently increase their food variety and scope. Thus while at BALANCE, our clients will be exposed to a number of different foods and cuisines. This is part of our "real world" focus. Within this framework, we can provide vegetarian meals. Kosher meals are also accommodated. We do work with vegan clients. All dietary requirements or requests will be reviewed on a case by case basis.
Is it possible to follow a vegan eating pattern and recover from an eating disorder?
Yes. It’s possible to progress in your recovery and weight restore on a vegan eating pattern. But it can also be challenging or even exacerbate eating disorder behaviors. It’s important to openly reflect on the reasons for choosing to follow this dietary pattern. If you feel that your vegan or vegetarian diet manifested as part of your eating disorder and is being used as a means to control your weight, letting go of your plant-based diet may be beneficial to your recovery. That being said, we meet each client where they are and will assess these motivations throughout treatment.
Our treatment plans are customized to meet individual needs, allowing for vegan and vegetarian food choices. Goals of our treatment plans are consistent with non-vegan and vegetarian eating patterns:
Adequate intake at intervals throughout the day so that all biological and psychological needs are met.
Eat a variety of foods and food groups to support access to macro- and micronutrients
Include real world food exposures
The practice of abstaining from eating meat or fish, for moral, religious, or dietary reasons.
Types include: Ovo(egg)-, lacto(dairy)-, lacto-ovo, & semi-vegetarian, to include pesco(fish)-, pollo(poultry)-, and pesco pollo.
The practice of 1). abstaining from the use of all animal products, particularly in the diet (red meat, fish, poultry, dairy, eggs and other animal-origin foods like gelatin, honey etc), and, 2). an associated philosophy that rejects the commodity status of animals. (dietary-, ethical-, environmental vegan).
SOURCES OF ESSENTIAL NUTRIENTS IN A VEGAN EATING PLAN:
Protein: Tofu, edamame, tempeh, veggie burgers with 5 grams of protein or more, beans and other legumes, nuts, nut butters, and higher-protein whole grains such as quinoa, amaranth, and kamut.
Iron: Fortified breakfast cereals, soy-based foods, dried prunes, dried apricots, nuts, beans, legumes, and fortified whole wheat bread.
Calcium, which builds bone, is plentiful in edamame, tofu, almonds, sesame tahini, calcium-fortified orange juice, calcium-fortified non-dairy beverages like soy or almond milk, and dark green leafy vegetables like collard greens, spinach, and bok choy. (Note: bioavailability differences exist in plant vs animal calcium foods)
Zinc, which boosts the immune system, is ample in soybeans, soy milk, veggie "meats," fortified breakfast cereals, nuts, seeds, mushrooms, lentils, black-eyed peas, split peas, and wheat germ.
Vitamin B12: Fortified soy-based beverages, fortified breakfast cereals, fortified veggie "meats."
Riboflavin: Almonds, fortified cereals, mushrooms, and soy milk.
Alpha-Linolenic Acid (Omega-3): Canola oil, ground flaxseeds, flaxseed oil, walnuts, walnut oil, soybeans, and tofu.
what is an eating disorder?
Eating disorders are serious but treatable mental and physical illnesses that can affect people of every age, sex, gender, race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic group. National surveys estimate that 20 million women and 10 million men in America will have an eating disorder at some point in their lives.
While no one knows for sure what causes eating disorders, a growing consensus suggests that it is a range of biological, psychological, and sociocultural factors.
Learn More About The Signs and Symptoms of:
WHEN IS IT TIME TO SEEK HELP?
If you believe you are struggling with an eating disorder, know you are not alone. Although there is not one specific test or quiz that can provide a yes or no answer, it is important to reflect upon your attitudes and beliefs surrounding weight, body image and food.
Please see our assessment here that may help identify that there are behaviors and attitudes worth seeking help for.
We are proud to be one of the only treatment centers that provide a range of treatment options for THOSE WITH DIETARY REQUIREMENTS
Whether you are challenged with an eating disorder or looking for nutrition counseling, we can help you.
Monthly free recovery group
A free Saturday support group that provides an opportunity to those contemplating some form of treatment.
Our Saturday programs offer unique weekend support allowing the continuation of school and work while in recovery.
intensive outpatient treatment
The BALANCE Intensive Outpatient Program offers a highly customized, structured evening eating disorder program.