Our Philosophy and Programming.
At Integrative Life Center we believe that people deserve respectful, holistic care grounded in science and healing practices that address the complex psychological, emotional, nutritional, and biochemical components of eating disorders, other mental health disorders, addictions and trauma. Our approach to nutrition includes the belief that physical nourishment must be integrated into one’s community and daily activities. Finally, we affirm that all foods can fit into a healthy lifestyle and that all bodies can be healthy and deserve to pursue health, regardless of weight, shape, or size. These beliefs form the foundation from which we offer nutrition services at ILC.
We believe that nutrition is a key factor in maintaining mental health. Nutrition services are available to all ILC clients in the form of individual nutrition therapy sessions and educational groups with a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist. For our clients with a primary eating disorder diagnosis, those sessions will be included as part of the treatment plan. Clients with other primary concerns, such as substance abuse or mental health disorders, will have access to individual nutrition therapy as an ancillary service. Regardless of what food- and nutrition-related issues a person presents with, clients can expect to be offered high-quality care tailored to their specific needs.
Besides individual nutrition therapy, clients at our Morning Star residence will take an active role in planning, preparing, and participating in community meals and shopping for groceries. Resident advisors and the dietitian are available to support clients who need help learning basic cooking skills and budgeting to accomplish these life skills that support good nutrition. Staff will facilitate weekly meal planning and grocery shopping outings. Clients will also have meal support from resident advisors, the dietitian, and/or a therapist for three meals a day. These experiences will prepare clients to confidently move to our Music Row facility where they will be responsible for planning and preparing meals with less intensive structure and support.