Reduce cravings and increase your sense of well-being as you get — and stay — clean and sober
What you eat makes a difference!
Quick and Tasty Recipes To Help Break the Cycle of Alcoholism and Addiction
The nutrition you need to support brain health — naturally.
A powerful tool to combine with your 12-step or other recovery program.
Take charge of your own well-being — right in your own kitchen.
What is The Malibu Beach Recovery Diet Cookbook and how can it help?
Did you know that what you eat may create a stumbling block to getting clean and sober?
Science shows that sugar, caffeine and white flour trigger drug and alcohol cravings — because they affect the same parts of the brain that drugs and alcohol do. New research also shows that people who suffer from addiction usually produce less dopamine — the feel-good chemical — in their brains than non-addicts do.
The Malibu Beach Recovery Diet cuts the triggers out of what you eat and naturally boosts dopamine production in your brain.
The diet was created by Joan Borsten and a team of chefs at the Malibu Beach Recovery Center (MBRC), a world-class treatment facility, to make it easier to get clean and sober. Inspired by the research of neuroscientist Dr. Kenneth Blum, the diet helps you avoid foods that trigger cravings and ups your intake of foods that naturally increase your dopamine production.
This helps you achieve a more sustained sense of well-being, rather than a temporary high.
The diet is designed to be combined with other approaches to recovery, such as 12-step programs, and inpatient or outpatient treatment. The diet alone can’t keep you sober, but it can make it easier to stay on your journey of recovery.
This cookbook is for you if you are…
Working to get and stay clean and sober
Unclear about what to eat during treatment and recovery
Eager to help a loved one
Motivated to help prevent relapse
Interested in learning about recovery-supportive foods
Wanting to calm your mind and get your health back on track
Also helpful if you’re struggling with anxiety, depression, diabetes or eating disorders.
What’s in the book?
Simple guidelines for incorporating a trigger-reducing, dopamine-boosting diet into your life
4 weeks of delicious, chef-created meal plans
150 of the most popular, mouth-watering recipes MBRC served our clients
Shopping lists to make your life easier
- The science behind the link between addiction, food and the brain
A Letter from
Author of The Malibu Beach Recovery Diet
and co-founder of the Malibu Beach Recovery Center
As the CEO of Malibu Beach Recovery Center from 2007 to 2014, I worked with our team of chefs and renowned neuroscientist Dr. Kenneth Blum to create a science-based diet that helps repair brains damaged by addiction. I witnessed firsthand the dramatic impact our healthy diet had on depressed, anxious people whose addiction to alcohol or drugs was so profound that they were compelled to enter a residential treatment program for 30 to 90 days.
In the course of a week, we saw their eyes begin to sparkle, their hair become glossy and their faces regain color. Around day 8, the fog that clouded their thinking began to lift, opening the way for them to go forward with lives that had been all but destroyed by substance abuse.
I remember one evening when I accompanied our clients to Alcoholics Anonymous. The secretary asked newcomers who had achieved 30, 60 or 90 days sober to come forward. When our clients rose, the stranger next to me said, “they must be from Malibu Beach Recovery Center — they all look so healthy.”
Now I’m thrilled to share this diet with you.
Whether you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, this cookbook brings the power of the MBRC diet into your home. I believe it offers a new dimension of healing to support you in your journey of recovery.
I wish each of you long-term health and happiness. Bon appétit!
Are there vegetarian options?
Yes — there are vegetarian recipes. Once you learn the principles of the diet, you can also apply them to any recipes you prefer, including gluten-free, vegan, or kosher diets.
Does this diet cure addiction?
No. However, it is a powerful tool to support your program of recovery. We strongly recommend combining it with a 12-step or other recovery program, inpatient or outpatient treatment.
Are you saying that 12-step meetings tend to serve the very foods I shouldn’t be eating?
Unfortunately, yes. 12-step meetings traditionally serve sweets and caffeine because those foods temporarily make people in early recovery feel better. You get a sugar high instead of a drug high. However, research shows that in the long run, those foods just make your cravings stronger.
Do the recipes require fancy cooking skills?
No! These are recipes adapted for home cooks, and there are plenty of options for all skill levels.
Is this something I can do to help a family member who’s struggling with addiction?
Absolutely yes! These are delicious recipes that will help your loved one feel satisfied and cared for. We do recommend that your loved one also seeks treatment to aid recovery. This book is not a cure.
If I have been eating a diet full of the trigger foods (caffeine, sugar and white flour), will I experience any discomfort in switching to this diet?
Honestly, yes. It is common for people in early recovery to miss caffeine and sugar, especially. However there are delicious dessert recipes in the book that help ease that transition. They were very popular at MBRC!
What kind of sweeteners do you recommend, if you don’t use sugar?
We recommend using agave nectar, palm sugar, or coconut sugar. These sweeteners are low-glycemic, which means they don’t give you the same sugar rush as regular sugar or corn syrup. Cooking with low-glycemic sweeteners keeps blood sugar levels stable, and keeps the brain from getting triggered.