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One Potato, Two Potato – Brain Food and More!

When you think of recovery, do you think about a potato? I bet your answer is a hard no. Well, I am going to change your mind. To start, I am going to go way back to the beginning and share a little history with you about the potato.    Potato History Let’s go back […]

Healthy Eating on a Budget

Healthy Eating Doesn’t Have to Cost an Arm and a Leg … Most people think that healthy eating is expensive. That statement can be true, but it doesn’t have to be. You ABSOLUTELY CAN cook and eat well on a budget. And in the current times, it is even more important to tighten our belts! […]

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Tips to Stay Healthy in the COVID-19 Lock-Down

Healthy Tips from Sanford Chef Mackenzie … When we are stuck at home for a period of time it’s really easy to fall into a routine of not getting out of our pajamas all day, binge-watching our favorite shows, and snacking on whenever and whatever we please. If you are one of those people, you […]

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Judy Garland & the Pervasive Stigma of Addiction

I went to see the movie Judy recently. There was a moment toward the end of the film when I thought to myself, Oh for God’s sake – why doesn’t she just get her act together? While a thousand ticket holders waited at a venue in London to hear her sing, Judy Garland was drinking […]

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Good Mood Food – What’s Cooking in Recovery?

I’ll be the first to admit that I am still working on establishing a “healthy relationship” with food. So, whenever I sit down with Sanford House Chef Leslie, I feel a bit guilty. I know that my last night’s dinner consisted of a package of hastily browned ground turkey and a peck of green apples […]

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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, […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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… […]

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