Meal Support Group Starting Soon!
Are you in outpatient treatment for an eating disorder? Would you benefit from some additional support around meals?
Join eating disorder registered dietitians, Bella Mortenson and Enjely Mora for this weekly virtual meal support group. You’ll have the opportunity to eat a meal along with others who are also in recovery in a supportive community. Bella and Enjie will provide some guidelines for structure, prompts for self-reflection and encourage helpful discussion during the meal. There will be time to process after the meal is complete.
Time: 6:15-7:30 PM
Dates: February 1st through March 8th
NOTE: the first group on Feb 1st will be an orientation and we will not eat. Please eat before.
Criteria for participation:
- Adult age 18+
- Meets criteria for outpatient of care
- Has a treatment team that includes PCP, therapist, and nutritionist
- Can plan and complete an appropriate meal (including carbohydrates, proteins, and fats at each meal)
- Able to commit to the whole six weeks
- Has access to private space and computer or portable computer device (tablet, smartphone) to attend meals
Together participants will:
- Challenge eating disorder thoughts and behaviors
- Offer accountability for one another
- Experiment with new, challenging foods
- Work on creating more comfort at meals
- Provide and receive support to/from peers
- Work on individual food-related goals
What to expect
- Week 1: Orientation/ Getting to know each other (NO MEAL. Please plan accordingly)
- Establishing group norms
- What expect at groups, what to bring, etc.
- What is helpful for you at meals? (i.e. prompting, music, etc)
- Discussion topics we might want to steer towards/ away from
- How do we create a safe environment for all group members?
- Discuss different ideas for specific food exposure (i.e. burger night, Italian night, etc.)
- Weeks 2-6: Supervised meals Wednesdays evenings
- What to expect
- 6:15-6:25pm: grounding and check-in
- 6:25-7:10pm: meal
- 7:10-7:30pm: processing and intention setting
- What to expect
Complete this form to start the intake process.
About Your Group Leaders
Enjie is a first-generation Dominican American and is currently one of few bilingual dietitians in Massachusetts. Prior to joining the nutrition field, Enjely served in the United States Marine Corps where she developed a passion for helping athletes, particularly those struggling with eating disorders.
She received her Bachelor’s degree in Food and Nutrition from Framingham State University and went on to Simmons University to complete a Masters of Science in Nutrition and Health Promotion and a certificate in sports nutrition. She has extensive training in eating disorders and participates in several hours of specialized eating disorder and sports nutrition supervision both in and outside our practice each week.
She is dedicated to partnering with clients to empower them around a weight neutral, Health at Every Size®, whole person approach to health. She particularly enjoys working with adolescent and young adult athletes.
Fun fact! Enjie is an aerialist which means she performs acrobatics soaring through the air on silks. In her free time, you’ll find her practicing her aerial art or hanging out with her husband and their two dogs and watching movies.
Bella grew up outside in Massachusetts just outside of Boston. She earned her undergraduate degree in Communication from Fairfield University and went on to complete her master’s degree in Nutrition Science at Framingham State University where she completed the Coordinated Program of Dietetics and gained experience in medical nutritional therapy.
Bella understands and appreciates that everyone has their own unique relationship with food. She works with clients to translate complex science into simple and relatable terms, while also cultivating a space for people to discover more confidence and peace with food. Bella employs a weight-inclusive Health at Every Size® model and specializes in eating disorders. She embodies our growth mindset and is highly dedicated to ongoing learning.
In her free time, Bella enjoys testing out recipes with her sisters, exploring new cities, reading and rebelling against diet-culture whenever she can.