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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… […]

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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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Wholesome Foods at the Fulton Street Farmers Market

  Sanford Chef Mackenzie provides meals full of fresh ingredients from nearby farms. The Fulton Street Farmers Market is a great resource for recipes and delicious meals. Also, an excursion to the market for our clients in treatment is an outing that floods all the senses. Local farmers provide seasonal wares for purchase in an […]

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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 […]

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A Rescue Recipe for Self-Care (and Healthy Stew)

  Recovery can be wonderful, enlightening and exhausting: a rollercoaster if you like. I have been burned out many times. Fortunately, the period between burnouts becomes greater. In my experience, that ‘space’ grows in direct proportion to the duration of the time you’re in recovery.   I think its really important, as a recovery writer […]

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Stop Using. Start Eating. Ride a Bike. Lose 50 Pounds. Yay.

  Last year I embarked on the second biggest challenge in my life – the first being getting clean – to lose the weight that I had gained during my addiction. My using career very quickly progressed from stimulant based drugs in my teens and 20’s, to prescription opiates and copious amount of alcohol in […]

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