Care Through Culinary™:

Nourishing the Mind, Body, and Soul

All Foods Fit and Exposure Therapy

We believe that all foods fit into a nutritionally balanced meal plan featuring a variety of foods consumed in moderation. In our therapeutic menus, we incorporate a variety of foods of various flavors, textures, and colors.

The driving force behind our menu is exposure therapy. At Toledo Center, clients are exposed to their fear foods more often than at home. The goal of exposure therapy is to reduce the anxiety around mealtimes and create a better relationship with food. By providing nutritious and satisfying meals, as well as experiential learning in the kitchen, we help our clients gain the necessary skills to make peace with food.

The Care Through Culinary™ Difference

Nutrition: A Vital Part of Treatment

At Toledo Center, we’ve found that serving high-quality, thoughtfully prepared meals has a direct impact on how clients approach their confidence in care. Learning how to prepare meals, balance exposures, and trust in the therapeutic process is highly important in rebalancing clients’ relationships with meal planning. Nourishing the mind, body, and soul is part of our whole-person approach as it helps to accelerate each client’s path to sustained recovery.

Care Through Culinary™: Helping Our Client Progress In Their Recoveries

Our nutritional and culinary teams are dedicated to preparing nutritious food and by doing so, extending real-time care to our clients. Culinary excellence involves nourishing the mind, body, and soul and our clinical team collaborates with each client in four key areas to help them achieve life-long recovery by:
This culinary collaboration builds the foundation of recovery by instilling clients with the knowledge, trust, and confidence they need to make choices that support sustainable freedom.

Nutrition: A Vital Part of Treatment

At Toledo Center, we’ve found that serving high-quality, thoughtfully prepared meals has a direct impact on how clients approach their confidence in care. Learning how to prepare meals, balance exposures, and trust in the therapeutic process is highly important in rebalancing clients’ relationships with meal planning. Nourishing the mind, body, and soul is part of our whole-person approach as it helps to accelerate each client’s path to sustained recovery.

Nutrition: A Vital Part of Treatment

Our nutritional and culinary teams are dedicated to preparing nutritious food and by doing so, extending real-time care to our clients. Culinary excellence involves nourishing the mind, body, and soul and our clinical team collaborates with each client in four key areas to help them achieve life-long recovery by:
This culinary collaboration builds the foundation of recovery by instilling clients with the knowledge, trust, and confidence they need to make choices that support sustainable freedom.

Investing in Culinary Excellence

In 2020, Toledo Center undertook a complete overhaul of their culinary program to institute a true Care Through Culinary™ experience for each of our clients. The food preparation area for clients was completely transformed into a gourmet kitchen, which allowed us to shift to made-from-scratch menus. We also hired a chef to bring nutritious, delicious, and made-with-care meals to our residents. To celebrate, the first thing we made were cupcakes.

Meet the Nutritional and Culinary Staff

Makayla Mullins, RDN, LD – Registered Dietician

As a Registered Dietitian at Toledo Center, Makayla is responsible for working with clients in both individual and group settings. Makayla received her Bachelor of Science in Dietetics and completed her distance dietetic internship program through Bowling Green State University. She takes Health At Every Size (HAES) and Intuitive Eating approaches to nutrition education and is passionate about body positive and anti-diet culture.

Emily Beasecker, MFN, RDN, LD – Registered Dietician

Emily started out at Toledo Center as a Recovery Care Specialist while working on her graduate degree and dietetic internship. Emily completed the dietetic internship and received her Master of Food and Nutrition at Bowling Green State University. As a Registered Dietitian, Emily is responsible for working with clients in both individual and group settings as well as managing the kitchen. Emily is excited to work with clients in another role at the clinic and provide nutritional support for the client’s recovery.

If you’re interested in learning more about our Care Through Culinary™ program, contact us today.