Addiction's Effect on Diet, Proper Nutrition

March 8, 2022
Hosted by Zachary Crouch

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Episode Description

When trying to pick an addiction treatment center, have you considered whether proper nutrition is provided in their treatment plan? Discussing nutrition’s role in the healing process, Michael interviews Landmark Recovery’s Director of Dietary Services, Kayla Risteen, about how active addiction affects how much you eat as much as what you eat. They also talk malnourishment, practicing intuitive eating, and the interconnectedness of a healthy body, mind, and spirit. Kayla Risteen graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in dietetics from the University of Kentucky and has been a practicing Registered Dietitian for seven years. Risteen has a passion for nutrition education and helping those in recovery reach their fullest potential through proper nourishment. ADDITIONAL RESOURCES: Learn more about Landmark Recovery’s residential and outpatient addiction treatment facilities located around the U.S., as well as our Praxis (Medicaid) facilities: Check out Kayla Risteen’s latest mocktail recipes blog for St. Patrick’s Day: Risteen also has been featured on Landmark Recovery’s YouTube series, SOBER FACTS discussing healthier meal options ( and multivitamins ( SHOW NOTES: [3:19] Sweets, comfort food, feel-good foods … they trigger the brain’s rewards system, just like drugs and alcohol (though to a lesser extent). [5:57] So many people in early recovery struggle with their energy, which is linked to their nutrition. [9:32] Fast food myth: Cheap and easy? Not really. [11:20] A healthy relationship with food can keep you from relapsing. [13:00] What is malnutrition? [18:30] What is intuitive eating? [27:10] Attitudes and beliefs around food. For example, not making dessert a “prize.” [32:30] Try this shopping method at the grocery store … [34:00] Tweak your meals with healthier alternatives or smaller portions. [39:05] Diets, supplements, and multivitamins.

Landmark Recovery Podcast

Tuesday at 9 AM Pacific Time on VoiceAmerica Health and Wellness Channel

Landmark Recovery Podcast is the premier podcast discussing addiction, recovery, and sobriety. We talk with experts to dispel myths about what addiction is and isn’t. We hear from recovering addicts who share their stories of rock bottom, rehab, and relapse. We also tackle difficult topics like trauma, the chaos of active addiction, and how it affects our families and communities. But our favorite topic? Hope. The podcast is a production of Landmark Recovery, a rapidly growing network of local drug and alcohol rehab centers providing high quality, and affordable, clinical treatment. With the mission to unlock human potential, Landmark is committed to helping individuals live beyond their addiction.

Zachary Crouch

Zachary Crouch is the National Business Development Manager and former administrator for Landmark Recovery, a Louisville based residential program for drug and alcohol treatment. His background in the treatment field as a counselor includes work with the adolescent, adult and family population. Additionally, he also operated the acute medical detoxification unit for Norton Audubon Hospital in Louisville. Zachary graduated with a Bachelors in Psychology and earned his Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2009.

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