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.
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
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