I am in a very deep dilemma right now, I am in dire need of psychiatric treatment, as I have severe depression, bipolar disorder and anorexia. I am very educated on the raw food lifestyle so I am extremely frustrated to see that no clinics will accommodate even a standard VEGAN lifestyle, vegetarian only.
My optimal circumstance would be to go raw in a therapeutic program, as I know the mental benefits are tremendous and I have experienced for myself in the past. However, this does not seem to be even considered, they all think it's disordered eating behavior. With my eating disorder it's very difficult to make myself eat the quantities necessary to reap the benefits.
My plan was to seek treatment and tolerate the cooked food higher in fat/protein, as long as it's vegan and then go on raw when I feel I've received the therapy I need. Now after discovering the struggle of this seemingly reasonable request, I'm at a loss. Is anyone familiar with an inpatient clinic in the U.S. that could help me? Or perhaps any way to negotiate (it has not gone well so far). I would appreciate this so tremendously, as it's a time sensitive issue and I'm doing terribly trying to figure this out on my own.
So sorry you are struggling! Hang in there! I have no idea if True North could help you but maybe. They do have counseling on site and a low fat vegan eating program and may even accommodate raw eating. I would give them a call. If anything they may be able to refer you to a place you can go. http://www.healthpromoting.com/
Give them a call, they are very friendly and helpful: P: 707-586-5555
I am so sorry that you are dealing with this.
While I am a vegan for ethical reasons, having lived through anorexia myself I have to advise you to put your own wellness first. Don't let worries about being raw, etc. get in the way of getting better. You can always explore these things once you are stable and no longer vulnerable to that perfectionist state of mind. It does not make you a bad person when your wellness and life are on the line.
I wish you well. x