Make Friends With Food Cook & Dine Group: Thanksgiving

At Aurora Behavioral Health, we recognize that for those in recovery, the holidays can be a hard time. Often, for those in recovery, holidays hold a history of painful memories around food and create anxiety about not only the meal, but the family time that goes along with it. This month's cook & dine experience focuses on the food & family challenge of the Thanksgiving Holiday. We will prepare and eat a traditional Thanksgiving meal together in anticipation of the upcoming holiday so that individuals can go into the holiday from a place of mastery as opposed to from a place of anxiety.

Fee: $200

This collaborative cook & dine experience is co-led by a therapist, nutritionist and a chef. These groups will help clients make friends with food by participating in meal preparation, and de-mystify the cooking process in an effort to take the fear out of food! Whether you are working to address fear/challenge/risky foods, or need help learning how to add food variety to your meals, this group will satisfy! The group will then dine together for a therapeutic meal session to process the experience. All cook & dine sessions will include:

  • Hands on practice in the kitchen
  • Mindful Eating Meditation
  • Meal pre/post process session
  • Help decrease anxiety around food
  • Address destructive thought patterns & behaviors in real time
  • Challenge food rules & rituals
  • Increase comfort around social-food events
  • Active support to encourage connection with hunger, fullness, and satiety
  • Friendly, warm, and caring staff
  • Take home recipe card & mindful eating meditation card to continue to practice your new skills at home