Support Your Recovery with Proper Nutrition

The process for recovering from any addiction is one fraught with endless hurdles and temptations as the patient relearns how to live. Once a drug becomes a major part of your daily life, all of your habits and choices revolve around it and things like proper diet and exercise go right out the window. But during recovery, you’re actively retraining yourself to exist day-to-day without a fix. This usually means you struggle with depression, anxiety, and moodiness and many people respond to these conditions with comfort food or other less-than-healthy habits.

As you begin to regain some control over yourself in regards to drug cravings, you will want to continually care for your body which is so starved for the feel-good chemicals it relied upon for so long. This means that taking your diet and exercise seriously is of paramount importance. 

Not only does a good exercise or recreational fitness program help you to get your mind and body back on track with healthy blood flow, weight ratio, and delicious endorphins, it also helps to give you something to focus on when avoiding relapse triggers. In addition to the morning jog or the evening basketball, you’ll want to make sure you’re nourishing your body with proper vitamins and nutrients in your diet.

A healthy diet means eating REAL food, not processed and packaged junk food that comes through the drive through window. You want to avoid things that come in wrappers because they’ve been through the industrial chemical process and shipped with preservatives in them. 

The best foods for really feeding and nurturing your recovering muscles and body chemistry is organic, natural food that you prepare in the kitchen yourself.

These include:

  • Fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Nuts and legumes
  • Grass-fed, organic beef, fish, and poultry
  • Whole milk
  • Fruit juice
  • Organic whole grains and oats

Notice sugar and salt isn’t on the menu. These foods aren’t the best for a bloodstream that’s busy cleaning itself out, not to mention your liver. 

Give your body something it can use as medicine and the attention you put toward planning and preparing healthy meals will help to distract you from cravings and triggers for relapse. 

Food is life. Live and eat healthy.

Published on Wed, 12/10/2014 - 18:40
By Addiction Recovery