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Make Friends With Food Cook & Dine Group: Holiday Treats

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 Holiday Desserts. We will prepare and taste a variety of traditional holiday desserts (rugelach, sufganyiot/jelly donuts, christmas cookies, & more). You will learn how to make friends with these sweet holiday treats, to enjoy them and not fear them, and how to navigate these treats when they appear at office holiday parties or family events.

Fee: $175

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
Earlier Event: December 9
CBT-E For Eating Disorders
Later Event: December 16
CBT-E For Eating Disorders