Why Do I Need Recovery and Meal Support?
- Having enough support throughout the beginning of recovery is crucial. One of the most vital times is providing emotional support before, after and during meal/snack times.
- Meal support is a transition from treatment/therapy to real life situations, where visceral anxiety is heightened and the eating disorder voice can be louder.
- After prolonged restriction, eating disorder sufferers may lose their physical hunger cues. Appetite will be restored with prolonged normalized eating but mechanical eating is common in early recovery. Meal coaching supports and encourages clients as they eat to their needs despite not feeling physically hungry, which can feel very counter intuitive and anxiety provoking.
- Meal support will ensure that client's are presented with meals that fulfill their meal plan etc. Often eating disorders can manipulate what normalized meal portions should look like. Support will act as a template for adequate meal portions.
- Weight gain/weight maintenance will be facilitated
- Continual practice in real life and pleasant social situations will help normalize the experience. Clients can learn how to navigate going out to meals with friends and family.
- Continual practice eating at different restaurants or eating different foods will challenge food boundaries. Support with exposure to fear foods will help ensure a successful experience.