What does low-glycemic mean and why does it matter?

The recipes in The Malibu Beach Recovery Diet Cookbook are all low-glycemic. For anyone who isn’t an expert in nutrition science, that might be an unfamiliar term. But it’s useful to understand, especially in the context of recovery.

Joan Borsten
Meditation can take you so much deeper

I used to work with a therapist who was almost ten years clean. When a client would tell him they were afraid of giving up that spiritual connection they found through drugs, he would smile and laugh. “Don’t worry,” he’d say. “Drugs can take you deep, but meditation can take you so much deeper.”

Joan Borsten
How yoga can help your recovery

Recovery from addiction involves healing several different levels of your being—mind, body and spirit. A regular yoga practice can help support all three. For many people in recovery, yoga is a powerful tool that helps them stay clean and sober while developing a sense of discipline and serenity.

Joan Borsten
What is recovery and how do I get it?

Recovery is a path to being clean, sober and happy. If you’re still in active addiction, this may sound impossible, but have faith. Millions of people have walked this path before you.

Joan Borsten
Am I an addict or alcoholic?

If you’ve noticed that you’re starting to experience harm as a result of your drug use or drinking, and that you’ve continued drinking and using anyway, you might want to ask yourself: am I an addict?

Joan Borsten
What is addiction?

Addiction affects almost everyone. It is estimated that 25 million Americans struggle with their addictions to drugs and alcohol alone. Millions more face addictions to overeating, gambling and other harmful behaviors. Add in their family members, friends, and coworkers and nearly everyone has been touched by addiction in one way or another.

Joan Borsten
We can always choose to start over

One of the good things about getting older is that it forces you to make peace with the truth that nothing lasts forever. What’s especially powerful is the recognition that it’s not only the fun and exciting moments that don’t last—it’s also the unpleasant and painful ones. A bad day, or even a string of them, will end. 

Joan Borsten
Easy cooking for early recovery

Many people who are newly clean and sober struggle with eating properly. The reason is often quite simple—as anyone who has spent years drinking or using drugs heavily will tell you, healthy eating tends to fall by the wayside. Dinner is more likely to be fast food or a bag of chips than a home cooked meal. For younger people in recovery, they may not have ever even learned basic cooking skills beyond how to make boxed mac and cheese.

Joan Borsten
The Malibu Beach Recovery Diet helped me stay sober

I started following the Malibu Beach Recovery Diet over two years ago. When I first got sober, all I really knew about the process was that I should stop drinking! But the Malibu Beach Recovery diet and yoga philosophy made my journey healthy and actually pretty enjoyable.


Dorothea Shackleton
A guide for the newly sober to thrive this holiday season

For people in recovery, the holidays can be dicey. People who are newly clean and sober may be seeing their families for the first time since they stopped drinking and using. Those who work may be navigating the office Christmas party. Others may be spending time in places or with friends who they used to get high with. These situations can bring up a lot of strong emotions and triggers. 

This can lead to relapse. But it can also be a terrific opportunity to dig into your recovery, practice self-care and self-kindness, and learn a new way of being. 

Joan Borsten
How can food help your recovery from addiction?

People in recovery benefit from treatment that affects all levels of being. Traditional addiction treatment has often focused on healing the mind and the spirit. People in recovery might work with a therapist once or twice a week and go to twelve-step meetings at night. 

This works for a lot of people. But what about the people who continue to relapse, despite their best efforts?

Joan Borsten