Culinary and Dining Rehab Treatment
Cirque Lodge offers an unrivaled comprehension rehabilitation experience, and delicious and healthy food is just one part of that.
Our team of culinary school graduates, experienced chefs, and nutritional experts prepare three well-balanced meals for clients each day. We use the freshest and finest ingredients in all our food, and our ‘farm to table’ philosophy ensures that we source ingredients locally whenever we can.
Recovery from addiction can be hard, but having a good meal should not be.
At Cirque Lodge, we guarantee an outstanding culinary experience and our end-of-stay feedback surveys give unending praise for our talented catering team.
Part of A Healing Environment
Addiction is a complex disease that usually develops over many months or years, and recovering is not easy. It requires time, focus, and energy.
At Cirque Lodge, we offer the highest quality of care so you can benefit fully from your alcohol or drug rehab experience. We take away the distractions and chores of everyday life and give you the space to heal.
If you are worried about where to buy your next meal or what to cook, it is hard to focus on recovering. We ensure that we meet your culinary requirements, so you can completely engage in your addiction treatment.
Substance Abuse and Nutrition
Drug or alcohol abuse affects your body as well as your mind. Some substances directly damage your body and your physical health. Alcoholism, for instance, increases the likelihood of type 2 diabetes.
Other substances cause you to lose interest in everyday activities, and you may prioritize substance use over your physical health. It can become hard to exercise or maintain a healthy diet, and you may find it hard to practice self-care.
In the long term, substance abuse can lead to nutritional deficiencies and other long-term health problems such as osteopenia and osteoporosis. Research has found that malnutrition is prevalent among individuals with both alcohol and drug substance use disorders.
At Cirque Lodge, we provide a holistic treatment experience to help you recover from your drug or alcohol addiction physically and mentally. We ensure that our meals contain all the nutrients and goodness you need to replenish your body and give it what it needs to heal.
Nutrition and Recovery
Eating a balanced and nutritious diet is an essential part of the recovery process.
Research suggests that malnutrition can promote drug-seeking behaviors. Food and substances both stimulate specific brain processes that are fundamental for survival. Stimulating these processes results in strong urges to fulfill a vital need.
Sometimes we confuse these cravings. If we experience a strong craving for food, we may interpret it as a craving for drugs. Often, people in early recovery replace drugs with high-sugar foods that give a similar ‘high’ feeling, followed by a crash.
Our carefully constructed menu makes sure that your cravings for delicious foods are met without damaging your health.
A Healthy Daily Routine
An essential part of long-term recovery from addiction is developing healthy daily routines. If you have a substance use disorder, you may devote most of your time to obtaining a drug, using it, or recovering from its effects. When you first become sober, you may find that you have a lot of free time.
Too much time with nothing to do can lead to negative thought patterns and destructive feelings that may cause you to return to substance use. It is important to develop healthy daily routines so you can use your time productively and continue your healing process. Daily routines also make it easier to practice self-care and remember to look after yourself.
At Cirque Lodge, our structured daily schedule helps you develop habits and routines that you can apply to your life when you return home. Our nutritious meals are served in the dining room at fixed times each day, between treatment sessions and other enriching activities.
Consolidating healthy eating practices during your stay makes it easier to keep up this routine at home and give yourself the time to care for your body. It helps you to live a lifestyle that supports long-term recovery.
Recovery is a program of attraction
Good Food and Mental Health
Extensive research has linked healthy eating to good mental health.
Mental health issues are a common cause of addictive behavior. If you are feeling low, depressed, or anxious, you may use drugs as an escape. Eating well helps to maintain a healthy mind, and so you can achieve long-term recovery.
Our guts are often called our “second brains.” They make many of our mood-affecting neurotransmitters like dopamine, serotonin, and GABA.
Healthy levels of these chemicals make you feel happy and stable. Unusually high or low levels can decrease your mood and lead to mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression.
B12, Serotonin, and Dopamine
B12 is a vitamin that affects the synthesis of serotonin and dopamine. These chemicals affect our mood, emotions, and sleeping. B12 deficiency can lead to several psychiatric disorders, including anxiety, panic, and depression.
Vitamin B12 deficiency is also widespread in people who are addicted to alcohol. Our trained medical professionals will test your B12 levels and can prescribe supplements if necessary.
You can find B12 in lean meats, fish, dairy, and eggs. We do not use highly processed foods and sugars in any of our cooking. Instead, we provide healthy, balanced meals that ensure your daily nutritional requirements are met.
The Gastrointestinal Tract
Our thoughts and emotions affect our gastrointestinal tract. Feelings such as anger, anxiety, and sadness can make your gut slow down or speed up.
Eating well helps maintain your gut health, and in turn, your mental health. It is widely recommended that we:
- Drink plenty of water
- Eat high fiber foods such as fruits, vegetables, and whole grains
- Eat foods high in omega-3 fatty acids such as salmon, mackerel, and flax seeds
High fiber foods release energy slowly, which keeps you feeling full for longer and prevents high and low energy cycles. It stops you from experiencing a ‘crash’ after a meal.
At Cirque Lodge, our catering team uses their extensive culinary knowledge to provide food that is good for your body and mind, and they can offer you advice and tips for continuing to eat healthily when you return home.