Nutritional Meal Preparation
Addiction to drugs and alcohol leads people to starve their body of necessary nutrients, leaving the liver and other organs compromised while battling harmful toxins. Proper nutrition is a vital part of healthy rehabilitation, and aids in managing withdrawal symptoms, restoring physical health, and supporting the neurological system. At 10 Acre Ranch, we emphasize the importance of diet as part of a radical lifestyle change.
One factor that separates 10 Acre Ranch from most treatment centers is that ALL meals are prepared by the clients. Most of our clients do not know how to cook or clean when they get to us. In partnership with other group members, clients take turns preparing and serving residents a rotating menu that includes a balance of high-quality ingredients and a variety of fruits and vegetables. Typical menu options include:
- Boneless chicken
- Rib-eye steaks
- Pork chops
- Spaghetti with sausage
This is to prepare clients for Activities of Daily Living Skills (ADLS). These skills are valuable to anyone who wants to become responsible and have the skills to survive on their own, at home or in a sober living environment. When the clients cook with each other, it also adds the benefit of strengthened camaraderie, friendships and a sense of belonging. These learned skills are put into practice throughout the entire continuum of care.
Nutritional Impact Upon Addiction
When nutrition is neglected, it leads to compromised body function, gastrointestinal distress, and other health issues. Overlooked nutritional deficits take a debilitating toll on the body, and may complicate co-occurring disorders or lead to:
- Constipation, diarrhea & vomiting
- Weight loss or gain
- Nervous system malfunction
- Mood fluctuation & emotional instability
- Insomnia & sleep disorders
- Electrolyte imbalance
- Pancreas & liver damage
Addiction recovery requires intensive behavior modification. During rehabilitation, clients are urged to avoid sugar, caffeine, convenience foods, and empty-calorie foods. Instead, we teach them to focus on foods rich in protein, healthy carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals, probiotics, and fatty acids. These changes take discipline, but residents quickly notice a difference in mood, energy, and vigor.
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In addition to providing nutritional therapy, 10 Acre Ranch addiction specialists teach residents to incorporate exercise and relaxation techniques into their well-rounded recovery program. 10 Acre Ranch provides nutritional therapy and exercise opportunities throughout the week, and meal preparation is a valuable time for fellowship. To learn more about our nutritional meal programs or inquire about our proven social treatment model, dial 877-228-4679 or complete our brief contact form today. An intake specialist will be in touch shortly to help you begin your sobriety journey!