Culinary Therapy

Culinary Therapy What Is It?

For some, cooking is a daily chore, a social experience or an entertaining leisure activity. For others, cooking is therapeutic. Culinary therapy encompasses cooking and cooking-related activities, such as cultivating a garden, planning and preparing meals, and educational grocery shopping and restaurant experiences. Under the supervision of a professional chef and/or therapist, patients learn about diet and nutrition and develop a healthy relationship with food

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WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF CULINARY THERAPY?

Cooking is a basic skill for daily living, yet many people don’t feel comfortable around food or in the kitchen. In addition to learning a valuable life skill, culinary therapy offers the following benefits:

  • Stress relief

  • Improved social skills

  • Balance and coordination

  • Sensory awareness

  • Improved physical health

  • Enhanced ability to plan and organize

  • Time management skills

  • Relief from boredom

  • Improved memory, attention and focus

  • Self-esteem and a sense of accomplishment

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WHAT CONDITIONS/DISORDERS DOES CULINARY THERAPY TREAT?

Although cooking may seem like a common day-to-day activity, it can be therapeutic for a diverse group of people. Culinary therapy can be part of treatment for:

  • Eating Disorders

  • Learning Disabilities and ADHD

  • Autism

  • Depression

  • Anxiety