"LET FOOD BE THY MEDICINE, AND MEDICINE BE THY FOOD"
Our Lawson Nutrition program promotes wholesome food as medicine and is not a "one-size-fits-all" prescribed diet, and it is not dictatorial in nature. Rather, it is designed around nutrition and health education, with as focus on empowering those battling with eating disorders to view food as a friend rather than a feared foe, and make healthy choices accordingly. We utilise the analogy that establishing a good nutritional basis is like tending the soil and sewing the seeds for growth – it is the foundation for robust and sustainable physical and mental health.
It is important that our approach is not misinterpreted as promoting a further obsession with food. On the contrary, we aim to help those battling with eating disorders to re-program the way in which they view food through education, encouragement, and empowerment; engendering neuroplasticity. This opposes the strong focus that current programs (especially hospital-based programs) place on calories, food "rules", and weight. Those measures are all prominent dynamics of eating disorders and thus, only serve to accentuate, re-enforce and perpetuate the obsessive nature of the illness. At RED HOUSE we believe that the quality of food used for re-feeding/weight gain and nutritional rehabilitation is more important than calorie counting. As such, we promote the use of food high in nutritional density, including beneficial fats, as opposed to simply looking at energy (calorific) density. We place a strong focus on fresh, local (where possible), whole foods derived from the Earth, land and sea; and the discouragement of highly processed (“factory”) foods.
We are promoting dietary options which the weight of high ISI peer-reviewed publications indicate provide a positive foundation for human health. The simple fact is that current re-feeding practices for Anorexia are yielding a less than 50% long-term recovery rate and an approximate 20% death rate. It is not only unfair, but simply unacceptable to send patients to hospital, enforce rapid weight gain and then discharge them back to the home environment when over 30 years of this approach has demonstrated such poor efficacy. New treatment approaches are desperately needed and we are eager to trial and provide innovative solutions, which we believe will result in improved outcomes.
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