Achieving nutritional balance is essential in repairing the harm addiction creates in the body. The food we eat affects the chemical composition of our brain resulting in poor appetite, low energy, mood swings and nutritional deficiencies. The desire for individuals to eat high glycemic foods in early recovery is the brains signal that it is looking for a dopamine spike to replace the spike that was provided by substances. With a proper nutrition plan in place the process of returning the brain to homeostasis and balancing Serotonin and Dopamine levels can be achieved.
The important role that food plays in our lives as a whole is also looked at in depth within this pillar. The education on developing a healthy relationship with food from purchase to preparation is covered by Nutritionist Mary Graham. Like the other Pillars of our program, creating new thoughts in relation to food produces new experiences. Seeing the kitchen as a space that is not limited to eating and preparing food, but also as the place where friends and families gather, develop relationships, have conversations, and create memories. The awareness of what we eat, who we eat with, when we eat, how and why we eat are developed in this pillar. Ultimately the goal is to develop the thought that we love ourselves enough to be aware and care about our relationship with food and seek to improve that relationship.