Brookhaven Retreat Shares Tips for Healthy Weight Week Jan. 18-22, 2016

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Brookhaven Retreat ® LLC, a unique residential treatment facility exclusively for women with mental health and/or substance abuse issues, will share tips for Healthy Weight Week, Jan. 18-22.

Brookhaven Retreat® LLC, a unique residential treatment facility exclusively for women with emotional and mental health challenges, and/or substance abuse issues will share tips for Healthy Weight Week with clients and staff, Jan. 18-22.

Healthy Weight Week was instituted more than 25 years ago to increase awareness about how weight affects health. During this week, the women in Brookhaven Retreat’s residential treatment facility will focus on the healthy habits that improve body image and nutrition habits.

Brookhaven Retreat’s mission is to guide clients in developing a more well-rounded and better balance of the physical, emotional, social and spiritual aspects of a sustained recovery from mental health and addiction problems.

Many women enrolled in The Lily Program®, a 90-day treatment offered exclusively at Brookhaven Retreat, struggle with mental health and poor self-esteem that impact nutrition choices and in turn, body image.

Depression, anxiety and addiction issues are often accompanied by feelings of emptiness and worthlessness. Brookhaven Retreat has found that such internal turmoil can create a negative relationship with food, influencing someone to possibly use food as a form of self-punishment. Healthy Weight Week celebrates and promotes a healthy, diet-free approach to eating so good feelings of acceptance, health and self-esteem can be encouraged.

To aid in positive education about nutrition and eating, Brookhaven Retreat integrates dialectical behavior therapy skills (DBT) into the program to create awareness of hunger cues and mindful eating skills. As part of treatment, women learn about shopping for healthy choices, how to incorporate juicing and meet with a registered dietitian and attend body image groups to learn about other tips to carry with them throughout their lives. During their stay, clients are served healthy meals designed to nourish the body and mind.

Perhaps the most important tip is the understanding that there is no one-size-fits-all or ideal weight for everyone based on the numbers of the scale, but rather a lifestyle that manifests high self-worth. This self-confidence is essential to mood disorder recovery, as it creates a foundation for wellness.

“Healthy eating is about mindfulness and intuitive eating,” says Brookhaven Retreat founder, Jacqueline Dawes. “In other words, not feeling as though we have to clean the plate because there’s still food on it if we’re already satisfied and other similar concepts that create unhealthy conditions. Healthy weight can only be established and maintained by eating mindfully.”

About Brookhaven Retreat
Brookhaven Retreat is a women's treatment center nestled on a naturally beautiful 48-acre site secluded in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. It has helped hundreds of women across the United States overcome depression, trauma, anxiety, substance use and a range of other behavioral health challenges. Brookhaven’s Founder, Jacqueline Dawes, has predicated its gender-specific treatment on “healing emotional breakage” for women. In this way, she has established a sanctuary and a place where women can feel safe, secure and cared for by a staff of highly trained professionals.

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