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Nutrition in
Recovery

The Importance of a Balanced Nutrition in Recovery

Struggling with a drug and/or alcohol addiction is rough on the body. For some, drug abuse has robbed them of the desire to eat healthy and have three square meals a day. People who abuse prescription Opiates tend to skip meals to maintain a high and are often nauseous after using. After years of abuse, a person’s drug of choice can become the main focus of life, causing an unhealthy diet and nutritional deficiencies.

Those who struggle with alcoholism will also refrain from eating to achieve a certain level of intoxication. The importance of a balanced nutrition and eating regularly is usually the most adversely affected when abuse drugs becomes a regular habit. Due to the toxins from drugs that are put in the body, unhealthy weight loss and muscle deterioration are common side effects that affect many. Drug and alcohol abuse at a young age has been known to stunt growth and interfere with adolescent development.

Effective treatment centers focus on healing the person as a whole. They believe that educating their patients about the importance of a healthy diet while in recovery is an important part of a quality approach to drug and alcohol rehabilitation. Developing a healthy eating plan and learning how to eat well during recovery is part of that healing process.

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Nutrition as Part of Substance Use Treatment

A Better Today Recovery Centers offer clients different types of options or experiences when it comes to nutrition and diet. Our networks clients are given privacy and freedom to cook for themselves. Recipes can be hand-selected by a Dietician to ensure a properly balanced diet, and are always available, with the proper ingredients, to complete the meal. Our network respects each person’s heritage, culture, and dietary needs, and at this level of care many facilities offer clients a variety of meals that will suit their needs, and substitutions will also be made when required.

Many centers a part of our network contain hearty and flavorful recipes that will spark the love of food back into clients’ life. At this level, clients will get into the habit of cooking for each other. Culinary professionals purchase fresh, local produce, when possible, to promote healthy diets and satisfied appetites.

The Importance of Local Produce

Even though our network provides two different experiences at certain levels of care, it is encouraged that clients follow certain recipes that are based on seasons and food product availability.

A Better Today Recovery Services treatment center network practices some levels of sustainability to encourage a healthier environment and to support local produce from around the neighboring regions. Our network supports sustainable fisheries and local farms, and many recipes can be altered to be allergen-free.

We respect the patient’s needs for organic and pesticide-free vegetables and are more than happy to substitute meaty meals for vegetable alternatives.

Light & Lean Recipes

  • Cornflake-Crusted Halibut with Chile-cilantro Aioli
    A favorite dish, the cornflake-crusted halibut is always a success with the patients being both healthy and flavorful.
  • Fish Tacos with Cabbage Slaw
    Fresh tilapia is grilled with a chili-lemon rub and dressed with salsa, cilantro, and locally grown tomatoes. Wrapped in a warm tortilla and consumed for your pleasure.
  • Honey-Balsamic Roasted Carrots
    Sliced carrots that are tossed in homemade honey-balsamic dressing and roasted till tender. Mouthwatering delicious.
  • Maple-Soy Grilled Salmon
    Always a crowd-pleaser, this lean salmon entrée is often paired with in-season vegetables for a lean diet. The sweetness of the maple complements the salmon nicely.
  • Zucchini Ricotta Frittata
    Zucchini, grated Parmesan cheese, and fresh basil frittata would make anyone want a second plate.

Protein-based Hearty Recipes

  • Coffee-Braised Pot Roast with Caramelized Onions
    The sweetness of the caramelized onions pairs well with the coffee-braised pot roast. Fresh vegetables dress the lean chuck roast as the meat melts in your mouth with every bite.
  • Chicken & Steak Kabobs
    Summer months menu is composed of grilled chicken & steak kabobs marinated in a smoky lime sauce. Local grown red and green bell peppers balance out the smoky flavors making every bit worth getting sober.
  • Chicken & Shrimp Jambalaya
    Slow-cooked for 8 hours, this Cajun recipe wakes up those taste buds and demonstrates what it means about patience being a virtue.

Breakfast & Salads 

Breakfast:
Veggie Omelets
Fresh Fruit Smoothies
Granola and Fruit Yogurt
French Toast Topped with Seasonal Fruit
Berries & Roasted Almond Oatmeal

Salads:
Chef Salad
Greek Salad
Tuna Salad
Chicken Salad
Fruit Salad

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The Benefits of Promoting a Healthy Balanced Diet in Rehab & Recovery

When drugs and alcohol overstimulate our pleasure pathways in the brain, finding enjoyment in the taste of food and the need for three square meals a day becomes replaced with the need to abuse drugs. Developing a routine of breakfast, lunch, and dinner is very important for developing life skills beyond drug abuse. Having a well-balanced diet composed of meats, vegetables, and carbohydrates encourages normal body functions and produces stable levels of dopamine, serotonin, and endorphins. Our network provides patients with strength building exercises and beginners level yoga. Building muscle mass and exercising regularly require a healthy diet demonstrating the importance of providing clients will delicious and healthy food options.

Many treatment centers just focus on treating the addiction and fail to see the bigger picture when it comes to long lasting treatment. It is not just about flushing the toxins and pushing the individual through a program. It’s about improving the patient’s quality of life, reconnecting them with a passion to dream big beyond the ‘fix-to-fix’ lifestyle, and giving them the tools and knowledge to live a life in recovery filled with meaning and direction. Trust in our network of addiction treatment centers to provide the type of care you need and deserve.

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