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Nutrition: Feeding Your Body and Brain the Right Way

Nutrition: Feeding Your Body and Brain the Right Way

What do you eat throughout the day and how often do you eat? When addicted to alcohol or drugs, healthy eating gets tossed out the window and the remaining time and money you have gets spent on cheap, processed foods. At The Raleigh House, our goal is to change that.

No other addiction treatment center covers nutrition as intensely, meticulously or specifically as we do in our inpatient and outpatient programs. We leverage a pro-recovery diet approach that can help to truly heal your body and mind and set you up for sustained, long-term recovery success.

What is the Pro-Recovery Diet at The Raleigh House?

Food and Meals

You feed both your body and brain when you eat. And when you eat the right types of food, you feel healthy, you look good and you’re able to make positive, rational decisions you can’t make when you’re suffering from addiction.

When you come to our wellness lodge, The Ranch, we immediately start you on our pro-recovery diet. This includes:

  • Lean proteins
  • Healthy fats, like omega-3s, omega-6s, and omega-9s
  • Complex carbohydrates
  • Vegetables
  • Fruits

Through deep, strategic collaboration between our Executive Chef and Certified Nutritionist, we develop healthy, delicious meals from scratch that follow this pro-recovery diet protocol. From tasty omelets for breakfast to fresh local trout and whole grain pastas for dinner, we serve you gourmet meals and snacks that can restart your body and mind and give you a clean bill of health after addiction.

Targeted Nutritional Supplements

Once we get you going on the pro-recovery diet and eating the right foods, we support your nutrition even more with targeted nutritional supplements. These are natural supplements like fish oil and amino acids that can help improve your sleep patterns, rejuvenate your liver, encourage gut repair and much more.

Benefits of the Pro-Recovery Diet

The nutrition protocol you’ll be on during your treatment at The Raleigh House offers incredible, life-altering benefits. These include:

  • Gut Repair: Addiction can negatively affect your gut and make it impossible for your body to absorb and use any of the nutrients you’re eating. With proper foods and supplements, your gut is able to heal and produce the serotonin needed to help you feel good.
  • Stabilized Blood Sugar Levels: Fluctuating blood sugar levels trigger flight or fight responses and impulsive behaviors. Eating the right foods frequently throughout the day can stabilize your blood sugar levels for consistent, positive moods and rational decision-making.
  • Improved Mood and Decision-Making: The brain is made up of hormones, or neurotransmitters, like serotonin, dopamine, endorphins and GABA. These are the “feel good” chemicals that can improve your mood and help you make better decisions. Eating the right foods promotes healthy production of these neurotransmitters.

The Pro-Recovery Diet Continued in Outpatient Treatment and Beyond

Once you complete residential treatment at The Ranch, you’ll transition to our outpatient program where you’ll continue on with the pro-recovery diet. This is where you can start to learn more about the importance of nutrition and how to prepare and cook healthy meals for yourself and your family.

You’ll meet with our certified nutritionist every other week to learn everything you need to know to incorporate the pro-recovery diet into your everyday life, including the best foods to eat, how to be consistent with the pro-recovery diet and how to meal prep on a budget.

During these nutrition sessions, you may also learn:

  • The foods you should avoid eating
  • Nutritional interventions to promote gut repair for long-term success in recovery
  • Why amino acids and neurotransmitters are so important
  • Solutions for your dietary challenges, where you and our nutritionist will troubleshoot together

Our nutritionist may also use detailed assessments and your specific symptoms to develop a supplement protocol that addresses your unique needs and biochemistry. Our goal is to tailor the pro-recovery diet to your strengths and interests, so you feel more motivated to continuing the pro-recovery diet beyond treatment.

Contact The Raleigh House Today to Get Started

Your nutrition is a major part of the solution to finding lasting recovery after addiction. As proper diet and targeted nutritional supplements start healing your body and mind, you may feel more focused and energized during individual therapy and group therapy sessions. You may also feel more alert and strong enough to take an active role in your treatment and really get to the bottom of your addiction and dual diagnosis disorders.

If you’re ready to feed your body and brain unlike you’ve ever done before and find lasting recovery after substance abuse, fill out our form or contact us today.

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