Healthy Nutrition Can Help Me Stay Sober? DO Tell…

In the musical Oliver, there is a scene where a long line of adorable, strategically smudged orphans imagine they are eating a feast instead of the gruel they are being served. They warble, “Food, glorious food – we’re anxious to try it! 3 banquets a day. Our favourite diet. Just picture a great big steak fried, […]

Blue Monday (Tuesday, Wednesday…) Beating the New Year’s Blues…

  This week started with “Blue Monday”.  Blue Monday – January 16th. It’s known as the most depressing day of the year. It is when the post-holiday blues set in, when New Year’s resolutions have typically failed, and when the weather is at its worst. But it doesn’t have to be all doom and gloom, […]

Why Do I Feel So TIRED? I Need the Recipe for Energy!!!!

  It is that time of year when the social calendar becomes tight with commitments and our waistlines rapidly expand. That picture is a stark contrast to the years of isolation and limited social engagements in active addiction. Recovery, to me, represents living a life of enjoyment and connection. But, this time of year can be […]

A Recipe for Anxiety (Hint – It Includes Dark Chocolate…)

  Many of us in recovery suffer with anxiety. It comes as part of the package of feelings we experience. It also waxes and wanes as we experience different moments and milestones in our recovery. Today, I am in the waxing phase. I’ll share with you how I am coping and my top tips to […]

Codependency, Acupuncture and Comfort Food – The Best of Excursions Magazine

  Presenting three great articles showcasing the talent of Sanford House staff members. Clinicians Jess Kimmel and Lynnel Brewster on “Codependency” and the benefits of “Acupuncture”. And chef Katie Kemperman redefines “Comfort Food”. Enjoy…    Codependency: Why the Children of Alcoholics Try to Make it All Better… By: Jess Kimmel I love self-help books.   It’s embarrassing… […]

Fighting Fit – A Recipe for a Healthy Winter…

  Winter is on its way. The temperature has dropped; it is getting darker earlier and there is less sunshine. I’m not sure about you, but when I feel winter looming I want to hibernate. A place that is all too familiar. As a person in recovery, I have a propensity to withdraw. I want […]

Radical Self Care – When Life is Taking a Toll on Your Body…

  This week I have flown over 20,000 miles to attend my brother’s funeral. It has been heart breaking and I feel like a shell of my former self. I’ll never be the same again. I learned the true nature of my powerlessness and what I am able to control. The buck stops with me, […]

It’s Time to Redefine “Comfort Food” in Recovery

  When most people think of comfort food they think of meatloaf and mashed potatoes. They envision stew, bread and butter and something slathered in syrup – like pancakes or sausages. Remember the orphans in a ragged line, asking for “more” in the musical Oliver? And the song, “Food, Glorious Food”? When women come to us […]

Wholesome Foods at the Fulton Street Farmer’s Market

  Sanford House’s Chef Katie provides meals full of fresh ingredients from nearby farms. The Fulton Street Farmers Market is a great resource for recipes and excursions for the women in treatment. Local farmers provide seasonal wares for purchase in an urban, “hipster”, neighborhood setting.     Old Fashioned Experience… The Fulton Street Farmers Market […]

Eat Your Greens! A Healthy Diet Means Healthy Recovery!

  I recently attended a yoga workshop on digestive health and was able to take a moment to pause and reflect on the relationship I have with food and my body. Four years ago, I had no idea that a healthy diet can mean a healthy recovery. Now I’d argue that fruit and vegetables can […]