A growing body of research indicates that proper nutrition supports recovery from substance abuse and mental health issues. At Promises, our professional chefs prepare meals that are both well-balanced and delicious so that clients start repairing the nutritional deficits caused by addiction and other issues. In addition, clients learn about the components of a healthy meal. Depending on the treatment center, clients may also participate in nutrition counseling with a trained and licensed nutrition consultant.
Goals of Nutritional Counseling
Address nutritional deficits – Drug and alcohol abuse and eating disorders can deplete the body of important nutrients. Mental health disorders can also take a toll on a person’s physical health as self-care often takes a backseat to dealing with symptoms. A key focus of nutritional counseling is to determine what deficiencies need to be addressed and incorporating nutrient-rich food and supplements as needed.
Develop a healthy meal plan – A dietician or nutrition consultant works in tandem with the client and culinary team to create a meal plan that is nutritious and incorporates foods that the client enjoys eating. By going through this process, clients learn how to recreate healthy meal plans after treatment.
Learn about healthy eating habits – Nutrition consultants provide education on nutritious foods to incorporate into one’s diet, meal size and timing, and weight maintenance.
Develop recovery skills – Proper nutrition can help ward off depression and other issues. Healthy eating also supports an overall positive lifestyle in recovery. Some clients find attention to a healthy diet and preparing meals to be a rewarding practice that they continue to focus on after they leave treatment.
To learn more about Nutritional Counseling, call 844-876-5568