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Nutrition and Food

At Clementine, we base our nutrition programming on mindful eating with a focus on the developmental needs of the individual. Using principles of mindful eating, we normalize food and eating, offering the family opportunities for support and increase autonomy in recovery.

Meals and snacks at Clementine are intentionally varied. We want your adolescent to experience a range of foods so that they are able to become more flexible while in treatment and in their life after treatment as well. Eating mindfully allows our adolescents to be present in the eating experience to truly learn what they enjoy as they move away from the eating disorder. The goal is for our Clementine adolescents to leave with a strong understanding of their nutritional needs and what they need to continue to work toward to become a mindful eater, allowing for the freedom of true recovery.

Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID) is an eating disorder that can effect food intake and variety without body image fears or distortions and often without a focus on nutritional value. In an effort to work effectively with those individuals struggling with ARFID, we utilized research-based techniques to develop a specific ARFID protocol used throughout our Monte Nido &Affiliates and Clementine programs to align with the desire for health and freedom with food, support the sensory exposure work needed to expand food variety, and develop a reliable process for clients to continue with family members and outpatient providers following their treatment experience with us.



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From Amanda Mellowspring MS, RD/N, CEDRD-S, Vice President of Nutrition Services:

Dear Parents and Families,
We are honored to be trusted with the health and recovery of your loved one and ultimately, your family. Your daughter’s dietitians are eager to work alongside you to heal the injuries that have occurred “around the table” and to achieve a solid state of health, confidence with food and body, and to normalize the relationship with food. You will find that we include the whole family in this process, and you can expect a collaborative and communicative experience with your daughter’s dietitian. Ultimately, it is our goals that your loved one will value their health while allowing their life to be about things outside of food and body image.
Fondly, Amanda

Kosher Programming

Like many young women from the Jewish community, adolescents struggle to function in an environment in which there is an extensive family and communal focus on food. In recent years, researchers and clinicians have developed an increased  sensitivity for how aspects of religious observance can influence the course of treatment and recovery. The Jewish community is not immune to eating disorders; within the Jewish community, the spectrum of eating disorders is as diverse as sects of Judaism. An adolescent can often feel concerned about a clinical teams understanding of Shabbat, holidays, kashrut and other nuances of Orthodox Jewish life and parents may be unsure of where the best treatment is for their daughter. Therefore, the needs of a Jewish patient often times requires specific knowledge on the part of the treatment team.


Our Clementine Program in Briarcliff Manor, NY is Structured To Accommodate Kosher Needs At Orthodox Standards

We are committed to providing the highest quality eating disorder treatment that respects and honors kosher observances. Programming includes exploration of a teen’s relationship not only with food, but with the development of their own identities, bodies and relationships with others. We understand the need of our staff to have special knowledge about a Orthodox Jewish adolescents’ needs. Staff is trained on the specific needs of teens requesting these services:

  • Clients and families will be able to have kosher meals and snacks prepared on site
  • Staff who are well versed in education of kosher laws
  • Staff who understand Jewish values and can consult with your home rabbinic team
  • Consultant to help navigate talking with family and home rabbinic team to offer support, if needed
  • Individualized, integrative treatment model focused on the cultural and spiritual implications that were part of the development of the eating disorder
  • Nutritionist who understands the complexities of eating disorder treatment through a kosher lens
  • Family programming designed to allow for observance and celebrations
  • Therapeutic meal outings at local kosher restaurants
  • Kosher specific cooking appliances with separate sets of kosher meat and dairy dishes, silverware and cookware with separate dishwashing
  • Separate storage for kosher items in the pantry and refrigerator
  • A kosher snack list, including  and certified snacks
  • Holiday celebrations


Find out more about our unique approach to eating disorder treatment and recovery.