The Importance of Nutrition in Comprehensive Addiction Treatment
Adequate nutrition is a key component to leading a healthy lifestyle. When an individual falls into the cycle of active addiction these nutritional needs are often not met. Many will neglect to consume the average recommended caloric intake of 2000 calories per day (Canada’s Food Guide), with some examples as extreme as abstaining from food for days at a time. At Addiction Rehab Toronto, our holistic approach focuses on the client from a number of perspectives including emotional, psychological, spiritual and physical. Within the physical aspect of care, diet and nutrition are imperative to a comprehensive recovery. Addiction Rehab Toronto offers a wide variety of menu items for each meal of the day that focuses on fulfilling the nutritional requirements set forth by Canada’s Food guide. The meals are prepared by our kitchen staff of qualified chefs who strive for quality and satisfaction with every dish served. Our chefs also tailor meals to specific dietary needs, which include vegetarian and vegan options. Also, with each lunch and dinner served, clients have the option to select food from our full salad bar and a soup of the day. Nutrition is an important component of treatment that allows our body to recover and grow from the inside out as progress towards life-long sobriety is made.
The culinary experience at Addiction Rehab Toronto consists of three key elements: taste, nutrition, and client-focused needs. The chefs strive for taste that reaches new heights with a menu that is complex and progressive yet provides nutrition to carry the client mentally, physically, and spiritually. Client focus is an essential component in the facility as a whole, which has translated into the kitchen. Our chefs value our clients’ needs with personalized meal preparations including but not limited to:
- Squeezed detoxifying juices
- Lactose intolerant
- Dietary restrictions
- Healthy baked goods
Clients are encouraged to communicate their needs to attain their goals or follow what their belief systems entail. Lastly, another component not previously mentioned is passion and love. Our kitchen staff makes that the focal point of where to start on a daily basis. Every client is in loving hands with their food! So sit back and enjoy!