Food and Movement

THE PHILOSOPHY OF CARE at Oliver-Pyatt Centers is grounded in mindfulness and the belief that each person has the capacity for a mindful relationship with food and their body. Present in every aspect of our programs, this philosophy encompasses nutrition and eating, as well as movement, with an emphasis on becoming free from negative habits, behaviors and rigidity. We work from a place of empathy and wisdom, using a medically grounded, psychologically gentle approach.

AS OUR PATIENTS become more able to trust their bodies, they find they have a greater capacity for mindful eating, mindful movement and eventually, mindful living. Mindfulness can become their new anchor as they learn to live day-by-day without the intrusion of the eating disorder.


  • Weekly individual nutrition therapy with registered dietitian
  • Pre- and post-meal process groups utilizing OPC's hunger / fullness scale to increase awareness of internal cues
  • Mindful eating to help develop a balanced and sustainable relationship with food
  • Weekly cooking groups with staff support
  • Graduated return to responsibility for self-nourishment through the introduction of self-portioning and self-regulating

Mindfulness Means

  • Deliberately paying attention, nonjudgmentally, to what is present mentally, emotionally and physically in each moment
  • Being aware of internal cues and motivations, as well as external pressures and realities
  • Respecting physical sensations while acknowledging their emotional aspects
  • Discovering when your body is satisfied and being aware of how this satiety impacts your ability to function cognitively, emotionally and physically
  • Freeing yourself of reacting, habitual patterns of thinking, feeling and behaving
  • Unconditional permission to appreciate food and give your body rest when needed
  • Honoring your feelings and health
  • Making peace with your body