Maintaining recovery in a collegiate environment can be a difficult road to navigate. At Oliver-Pyatt Centers, we understand there may be challenges, and feel that preparing for these challenges is an essential step in continued recovery. In order to support you in this journey, we have compiled tips on maintaining recovery in a college environment from our clinicians, dieticians, and alumnae.
Our first set of tips comes from Mary Dye, MPH, RD, CDN, LD/N, Director of Nutrition Services. Previously, Mary worked in private practice with adolescents and adults struggling with eating disorders. Additionally, Mary held the position of primary dietician for New York University’s Student Health Center and was an integral member of the university’s eating disorder treatment team. We hope these tips will assist you, your loved one, or your clients in this journey and look forward to your thoughts and feedback.
1. Schedule your snacks into your day and pack accordingly. For example, if you only have fifteen minutes between classes and the snack you prefer is yogurt and granola, be sure to pack it in an insulated bag so your food stays fresh during the earlier class.When choosing your classes, try to consider dining hall hours so it is open during your meal times. If you plan to visit the gym, do so with a friend in order to stay accountable and help yourself stick to time boundaries.
2. Join campus support groups.
3. Do not isolate during meals. Try to plan meals with a friend who is a positive nourishment role model.
4. Keep a week’s worth of snacks in your dorm. Stocking up on too many snacks can feel overwhelming, so try to stick with a variety of four or five snack combinations.
5. Limit caffeinated beverages to no more than one serving per day. Remember the only true way to increase your energy is through nourishing your body with food and getting restful sleep at night.
6. Continue to challenge yourself with foods that you made peace with while in treatment. Keep in mind that legalizing food is not checking off the “I tried it” box; instead, it is letting it remain a part of your diet on a longer-term basis until you can consume it without judgement.
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