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post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 
I am checking out a job with a clinic and they need someone that is willing to just follow the recipes that are provided for the program. I am just not sure what you would make for people that have these issues and was wondering if anyone has an idea so that I know what I would be doing if I pursue the position.
I know that there is a specific nutritional need and that the group is very exclusive with a max of 6 people for the program. Sounds easy but I am still not sure what to expect.
Anyone know?
post #2 of 9
If the recipes are provided, then you don't have anything to worry about. Presentation will be important however, as many patients benefit from being "fooled" into thinking they are eating very little, when in fact they are eating gradually more. ( Large plates for example.) It's a difficult topic. You should try consulting your local library; there are also lots of associations which could provide you with some basic info.

That's a very difficult but important job; congratulations for considering such a tough career!
post #3 of 9
I think large plain white plates would work. White gives the illusion of being expansive so the food will look as if it is a very very small portion. Pastel colors could work too.

As for Bulemia and Anorexia, I don't know much about these diseases because I never got that far. I remember being told at 5 that I was going to be fat when I got older because I had a healthy appetite. So I ate only salad throughout highschool. I believe I was 5 foot 2 inches tall and 85 pounds. :blush: I weigh 100 pounds constant now! :)

If they already have recipes then there shouldn't be a prob. Im sure they have found really tricky ways to conceal calories and there should be a nutritionist there that you can question. Don't worry about it.....you will definately be fine. ;)

I don't know about you but I think I need a nap.

I don't know about you but I think I need a nap.
post #4 of 9
I agree with Anneke and Shawtycat...don't think you should be concerned as you'll surely get detailed directions about the recipes an probably even about the food presentation. The treatment of nutrition disorders is very complex and requires a multidisciplinary approach, so they must have nutritionists and psychologists who can help you. In any case, no doubt that the program will be not the same for everyone as the bulimic, otherwise than the anorexic, in most cases have a normal weight.

If you'll get the job, no doubt it will be something very stimulating!

post #5 of 9
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I realize that there will be someone to help me with the menu. I think I was just scared about considering this job. I don't have the slightest idea of what you feed someone that doesn't want to eat, or for that matter what a person that binges can eat with out purging it. At first when my friend approached me with this, he told me not to laugh, but that this clinic needed a chef and well, I guess maybe I am a little bit nervous of not being able to use any of my creativity and only staying within the lines. I know it sounds like I am being a chicken but well, to be honest, I have considered the job and I will interview for it but I am still not sure.
I would love to be able to help someone with my career choice I just hope that I DO see some kind of result (of course, this is IF I get the job I don't want to assume it's mine already)
My dad is diabetic and I have always wanted to do something with the medical field, I would love to come up with wonderful desserts that my dad could have that wouldn't contain aspartame but that is nearly impossible. I did discover Splenda and I like the taste so far. I am still going to work on that part but in the meantime if I should get this job, I will try to learn all I can about nutrition.
Thanks for your ideas and comments. They are always welcomed with me :)
post #6 of 9
Hi Cheffers1

I have first hand experience at a clinic like this, my 16 yr old daughter is bulemic , has been suffering for the last 3 or so years.Finally got referred to Calgary's first eating disorder clinic last January...(Calgary Alberta Canada)....it is a 12 week program run out of the Childrens Hospital here. The menu's consisted of 3 meals daily and 2 snacks......We sat down with the dietician and picked out her breakfast, lunch, supper and snacks.......each week adding a bit more to the menu.....the menu was basically following Canadas Food Guide ,( a balance of foods from each food group , meat , fruit and veggies, fats, dairy etc) The clinic had its own little kitchen but a majority of the mealscame from the Hospital's kitchen......breakfasts were made by the patients themselves, as they were there daily from 8am to 7pm , some other meals were made in the clinics kitchens too.......examples of a days menu planner are

hot or cold cereal

Lunch :
garlic toast

roast chicken
a veggie or 2
milk /juices

Snacks included......cheese and crackers, fruits, juices , food bars

Some of the patients were vegetarian, (like my daughter who hasn't eaten beef or pork for years) , most menus got around that but there was a couple meals where she had to eat lasagna made with meat sauce.......in the case where she didn't finish eating it all, she was given Ensure to boost up the caloric levels

Well , she lasted a whole 8 days here...she was given a week off to think about why she was there etc and never went back .....she gained a whole .9 of a pound the first week and cried for days.....we are still fighting this disease ....even tho she had plenty of support within the clinic she couldn't fathom gaining weight........shes not overly thin tho nor fat either......shes maintaining a normal weight but its the maintence thats gonna kill her........she can't accept that to begin to eat again properly and more often may cause weight gain as her metabolism readjusts itself.......
I admire you for taking on such a career choice, these patients are not your typical customers and yes they may NOT touch ur hard efforts of cooking but remember food is their enemy not the cook (-: and hey if you find any diabetic recipies , pass them on as I am diabetic (-:

Hope this helps a bit :D
post #7 of 9
cheffers1 - it would be a wonderful thing if you do decide to take this position in the clinic. It'll be touch since the people there aren't the eating type. But at least there's someone out there that is willing to help the sick.

blueyedgourmet - I feel your struggle with your daughter. I have a friend who was bulimic. It was hard to convince her that she's not fat and that she shouldn't do that stuff. I have a hard time just bring up the subject with her cause I didn't know if she would want to talk about it. She said she has stopped the habit, but I don't know if I can fully trust her. It's hard and I can totally relate to you. I hope everything will work well for your daughter.
post #8 of 9

to anyone who knows someone who is bulemic or anerexic...

First of all it takes a lot of courage to love someone who hates themself with such distructive side effects. As someone who was a closet bulemic for a long time I know how some people if they begin to suspect something can pull away... which only made things worse for me... and gaining the weight back is hardly the begining... Cheffers1 I admire you greatly for considering a job that may a have difficult emotional side... depending on if you interact with the patients... anerexia nervousa has the highest mortality rate of ANY mental illness, you may get to know someone and then lose them. I'm not saying you should be afraid to love these people because they need love but be cautious. And to anyone who already loves someone with these diseases... have faith... turn to God, remember that He is the answer to everything remind those you love that all they need do is keep Him close... Through God is how I realized eventually what I was doing to myself, and that He will always love me even if I didn't love myself.

post #9 of 9
As someone who suffers from an eating disorder (one may be "better" but you always have the eating disorder) I found a great deal of help from this website. Also, I think one of the most important things to remember is-it's not about food-that is just how it manifests itself.
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