Good nutrition is important for health and we recognize the importance of addressing diet and nutrition in treatment. Many individuals battling a substance use disorder tend to have poor eating habits. In addition to addressing the damage the drugs do directly our multi-disciplinary approach also addresses key health concerns such as elevated cholesterol/triglycerides, hypertension, diabetes, and liver disease. As part of our recovery program we provide education about healthy eating and information on proper eating, and how it is related to the disease and how good nutrition can enhance recovery.
Part of our education includes understanding of recommended dietary and nutritional standards by food group.
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We encourage, and have incorporated into our dietician approved meal plans, the following healthy eating habits:
- Not skipping breakfast since this slows down the metabolism.
- Eating healthy snacks such as fruits and vegetables, every 3 to 4 hours and eating plenty of fiber such as whole
- Drinking plenty of water, at least eight glasses a day which flushes out waste and toxins and it can also suppress the appetite.
- Cutting back on fats and practicing portion control which can also help in keeping the weight down.