The relationship we have with our bodies is deeply personal. A negative concept of body image and preoccupation with food may cause you to spiral into a disordered eating pattern.
We can help you work through disordered eating behaviors and:
- Eliminate negative self-talk and low self-esteem,
- Reevaluate your relationship and habits around food and exercise, and
- Avoid extreme or fad diets.
Integrative Life Center offers holistic treatment that allows individuals to start the path to healing their relationship with eating habits, body image, and overall physical wellbeing.
Disordered Eating Or Eating Disorder
You may be familiar with the four primary eating disorder diagnoses: anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, and eating disorder otherwise not specified.
But disordered eating is not synonymous with an eating disorder. The difference between disordered eating and eating disorders is in the details.
- Eating disorders often show specific and measurable symptoms. These symptoms aid mental health professionals in their diagnosis.
- Disordered eating shows a broader range of habits and emotional behaviors with food, diet, and exercise. On paper, these behaviors can look pretty tame, but they are fueled by significant internal distress and rules.
- You also may feel guilt, shame, or defeat if you miss a workout, eat from a ‘bad’ food group, or binge eat.
It’s important to recognize that disordered eating habits do not always align with symptoms of an eating disorder.
Disordered Eating Treatment: A Path Forward
Integrative Life Center provides trauma-focused treatment for all of our clients. Along with a personalized plan, you can expect to work with a team of clinical professionals, nursing professionals, trained housing staff, and a registered dietitian.
ILC is not a primary Eating Disorders treatment program but rather treats them secondarily for clients who may be struggling with ED behaviors alongside other co-occurring issues. Those who are highly acute and active in their eating disorder may not be a fit for our program.
Treating Disordered Eating at ILC focuses on three components:
- Nutrition therapy to reestablish appropriate food intake and eating patterns
- Individual and group psychotherapy to address the underlying causes of disordered eating behaviors
- Housing support to provide you with a safe place to engage with food again
As part of our disordered eating treatment program, you’ll learn how to:
- Avoid Fad Diets & Diet Culture. Western culture perpetuates diet culture in outright and subtle ways. You’ll learn how to avoid fad diets and diet culture and, instead, discover appropriate and intuitive nutrition plans.
- Find Balance. Disordered eating is characterized by extreme exercise and eating habits. During your time at Integrative Life Center, you’ll learn how to balance exercise, activity, and nutrition.
- Eliminate Negativity. The way you speak to yourself matters. You must overcome negative self-talk and negative self-image to recover from disordered eating fully.
What To Expect: Trauma-Focused Care & A Heart-Centered Approach
The trauma-focused treatment at Integrative Life Center addresses any underlying trauma that may affect decision-making or reliance on coping behaviors like disordered eating.
As an organization, we believe Integrative Life Center cannot be trauma-focused without simultaneously being heart-centered.
Counselors and staff take a heart-centered approach to your healing at ILC. Disordered eating may have left you feeling confused and separated from who you are. The purpose of a treatment plan is to hold space with compassion and kindness and help you get back to caring for your body.
Integrative Life Center takes a collaborative approach to get you on the road to becoming emotionally, mentally, and physically healthy. Part of your customized treatment plan is access to a team of professionals to guide you on the path to recovery.
Your collaborative team can include:
- Licensed medical, clinical, and therapeutic specialists
- Holistic healers
- Psychiatrists and therapists
- Spiritual counselors