man cooks a meal during nutrition counseling Nutrition influences every aspect of our self. It impacts our physical wellbeing, of course, but it also directly affects our mood, meaning nutrition influences our emotional and mental health. How and what we eat can have a significant positive or negative outcome. Nutrition affects our ability to think clearly and how quickly our body can heal. While on the path to wellness, in recovering from substance use disorder, and improving one’s mental health, good nutrition is vital. Therefore, Grace Counseling incorporates nutrition counseling into all of our programs, from addiction treatment to mental health programs.

We understand poor nutrition can hinder the progress of recovery and healing from mental health issues. While it may not be the primary driving force, good nutrition helps individuals achieve and maintain mental wellness or gain freedom from addiction. Good nutrition will also vary depending on the person because everyone is unique. From your exercise level to your personal food preferences, there are so many factors to consider for each individual, and our dietitians can help you make the best choices.

How Nutrition Counseling Improves Wellbeing

As an individual’s nutrition improves, the body reacts positively. As clients start to feel better physically, they will feel more comfortable mentally and emotionally. The body needs certain nutrients and processes everything differently, so it thrives when given what it needs. When clients feel well physically, their responses to outside influence become more rational, level-headed, and healthy. So on the path to mental wellness, good nutrition gives a significant boost.

One way we do this is through specially crafted plans. Our registered dietitians at our Fort Worth and Lewisville, Texas facilities will meet with you to discuss all of your unique needs. While clients determine their path forward, we understand getting general nutrition advice or navigating conditions like diabetes can be invaluable. It also can help clients achieve their goals. Each program is 100% unique to the individual, considering their lifestyle, medical history, and personal preferences. Client success is dependent on the plan being fit for them and not the other way around. Each client’s plan will vary from others. Some may need a structured meal plan, others might need education, and some might just need accountability from a trusted professional.

How a Healthy Diet Improves Recovery Outcomes

When individuals eat well, they simply feel better. Several different factors influence this. First, by regulating blood sugar, an individual’s ability to handle stress improves. Often this takes the form of clients not experiencing sudden emotional highs and lows, and when they do, they are less intense. This reduces the danger of relapse for those in recovery from substance use disorder, and for those struggling with mood disorders or mental health, it reduces stress giving clients more control. Second, the right vitamin and mineral intake can help improve some mental health issues as well. Some mental health issues can be remedied by restoring the body’s balance of nutrients. Lastly, when in recovery or therapy, individuals need to have their brain operating optimally. Too many sugars, fats, or chemicals like caffeine can cause the brain to be agitated or lethargic hindering recovery and healing. The right amount of good fats contributes to your brain’s development and promotes physical healing.

Fostering Healthy Habits and Nutrition at Grace Counseling

Our nutrition counseling is just one aspect of the treatment we offer at Grace Counseling. From general nutritional advice to therapeutic approaches to deal with eating disorders, our counselors and dieticians look to treat each client holistically. Reach out to us today at 844.564.0712, or contact us online to learn more about how we can help you develop healthy eating habits.