Nutrition and Diet
At Pacific Quest, students learn that what you put in your body directly affects how you feel. The Pacific Quest diet has been developed to provide balanced and vital nutrition. We take advantage of locally grown foods in Hawaii so that food is always fresh and healthy. We teach the basics of nutrition and how the body uses food as fuel. Purified water and herbal teas are the only liquids provided and students are taught how high sugar diets contribute to fluctuating blood sugar levels, which can cause mood changes and energy crashes. Students learn how to cook and prepare food using the freshest and most natural ingredients. All kitchen work is closely monitored by staff for safety and hygiene.
The Pacific Quest base diet contains 50% organic ingredients and 90% gluten-free ingredients, many of which are grown on our own organic farm. There are options for allergen-free, gluten-free or dairy-free diets upon request. At Pacific Quest, we believe food is medicine. We provide whole foods, hypoallergenic, anti-inflammatory, and blood sugar balancing diet, rich in critical nutrients for optimizing health.
It is our belief, that in order for adolescents and young adults to feel good and have adequate energy for optimal engagement in the therapeutic process, they must eat nutritious food, free of refined sugar, artificial chemicals and harmful substances.
A typical Pacific Quest diet includes
- Whole grains (brown rice, oats and quinoa)
- Vegetables and fruits
- Protein (beans, chicken, fish, tofu, eggs, and nuts)
- Limited amounts of dairy (yogurt and cheese)
- No refined sugars or processed foods