Sierra Tucson believes in a complete approach to treating addictions and mental and behavioral health disorders. Part of this approach includes healthy nutrition. People in need of treatment tend to have unhealthy eating habits and may be nutritionally deprived. We believe that in order to think clearly, work effectively, and have enough energy to get through the day, everyone needs to be properly nourished.
Fueling Your Brain
Carbohydrates are used as your main energy source. If you don’t consume enough “carbs,” you won’t be fueling your brain to help you think clearly. Protein is needed to repair any damage that your body has sustained. Fat is important at meals for being physically satisfied after eating and is also required for proper brain functioning. The meals at Sierra Tucson are high in complex carbohydrates and fiber and are low in fat and sodium to provide the exact nourishment your body and brain need.
A vegetarian entrée and at least one non-vegetarian entrée are provided for both lunch and dinner. We strive to offer the freshest seafood, USDA Choice meats, and fresh poultry, as well as locally grown produce. Low-fat desserts are served twice a week. To limit the amount of simple carbohydrates, sugar is used sparingly in some foods, beverages, and desserts.
Special Dietary Needs
If you have special dietary needs, i.e., Kosher or vegetarian, the kitchen staff will do everything possible to accommodate your needs.
If you have an eating disorder or think you may have one, it may be difficult to listen to the cues your body is sending about how much to eat. By working with a dietitian, you will begin to learn how to listen to what your body needs and tune out your eating disorder. Eating at regular times throughout the day will improve nourishment and will prevent mood swings and irritability that may result from erratic blood sugar.
Exchange List for Meal Planning
Sierra Tucson’s meals are based on the Exchange List for Meal Planning from the American Diabetes Association and the American Dietetic Association. This list is used to teach which food groups are found in specific foods.