Nutrition / Dietitian Services

Most people believe they know what to eat, how much to eat, and how often to eat. It really isn’t that difficult, is it? I mean come on, there are only a million websites and books and magazine articles out there telling us what to eat and how much to exercise. Yet, if we all knew what to do, why aren’t we all doing it?

If only it were that simple. The body is an incredibly complicated machine and there is no shame in asking for help from a Registered Dietitian with a degree, lots of training and practice, and who specializes in the treatment of eating disorders. Why wouldn’t you? And please don’t take all the advice you get from the “nutritionist” at the gym or on the web!

Let’s be clear: WHETHER YOU ARE AN UNDER-EATER OR AN OVER-EATER, WHEN YOU EAT THROUGHOUT THE DAY WHAT YOUR BODY NEEDS, THE OBSESSING ABOUT THE FOOD AND WEIGHT GOES DOWN! Really, it does. Let our Registered Dietitians help you.

The National Eating Disorders Association ( www.nationaleatingdisorders.org ) reports that, in the U.S.:

  • In the U.S., 0.9% of people have anorexia
  • In the U.S., 1.5% of people have bulimia
  • In the U.S., 3.5% of people have binge eating disorder

Clearly, this is no small problem. Recovery requires a meal plan, education and support by an expert Registered Dietitian as part of a treatment team.
Our Registered and Licensed Dietitians offer many nutrition counseling services to help clients normalize their eating:

  • Basic nutrition education
  • Weight restoration
  • Meal planning
  • Food intolerances
  • Food allergies
  • GI issues
  • Overcoming food fears and triggers
  • Discussing food beliefs and rules
  • Dispelling food myths

Our dietitians see clients in Beachwood, Rocky River and Akron, and they have flexible hours to meet your busy schedule. At the first 1 hour session, you and the dietitian will walk through your eating history, when your problems began, what behaviors you have right now and what your goals are. You then work together to develop a meal plan individualized for you that helps you move forward at a pace that works for you and the treatment team. We find that if we go too fast, it can be dangerous, both physically and psychologically. Yet if we go to slow, you will never reach your recovery or life goals.

Our experience has been that dietitians who do not understand eating disorders can do more harm than good. In Northeast Ohio, there are a handful of eating disorders dietitians, yet only at The Hull Institute will you find dietitians who also specialize in GI and gut health.  This is handy since a good number of our clients have GI issues that either helped the eating disorder get started, or prevent the eating disorder from going away.  Our dietitians will work closely with you, your family if you wish, and your medical team to assure your body is getting the fuel and nutrients it needs for strength, wellness and recovery.

Whether you need to gain weight, lose weight and/or rid yourself of unhealthy food behaviors, we use behavior modification techniques and education to move you toward recovery.  An individualized and nutritionally appropriate meal plan that changes as you change provides structure for your ongoing health and nutrition.  Relapse prevention plans are developed with you so your success will be life-long.  Our dietitians understand your needs and will work with you and your treatment team to find a plan that works.

For more information on our nutrition and dietitian services please contact us.