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Early Clinical Assessments at Blue Ridge Therapeutic Wilderness

on Sep 27, 2018
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dog-new We have zeroed in on ways to reduce the amount of sodium in the diet, a task that most people familiar with the traditional backpacker’s diet know can be difficult. To do this, we replaced many of the flavor packets with natural herbs and spices as alternatives. We eliminated all liquid sauces other than extra virgin olive oil, hot sauce, and honey. Additionally, we discontinued specific flavors of tuna packets, rice cakes, and noodles that contain unnecessarily high levels of sodium. While we used to deliver bacon to groups on Tuesdays to cook with their evening meal, we instead substitute lean, local meats which groups receive to cook with on both their Tuesday and Friday evening dinners. Many of these changes have decreased the levels of saturated fats, sugars, and empty calories. Furthermore, we made appropriate gender-specific modifications to the types of food and portions delivered to both male and female groups. We believe that these intentional changes to the diet and emphasis on holistic nutrition will undoubtedly have a positive impact on our students both physically and emotionally.   read more  
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