If you’ve recently began your road to recovery – congratulations! This is the best step you could have taken, as you are now on the path towards promoting your mind, body, and spirit, leading you to living a happier, healthier life. Nutrition is a crucial part of addiction recovery because addiction often causes people to lose valuable nutrients that are needed for optimal functioning. Speaking with a nutritional therapist is a great idea when you begin your treatment program so that they can properly assess what vitamins and nutrients you’re deficient in. By reading through this guide, you’ll have a basic understanding of what it means to place your body’s health on top priority in your recovery.
A common tool that many people in recovery use is the acronym H.A.L.T. Hunger, anger, loneliness, and tiredness are all basic needs that, for those in recovery, if not met, can lead to relapse or other self-destructive behaviors. For this guide, we’ll focus on hunger; as an individual in recovery, it’s important that you remind yourself not only to eat, but to eat foods that contribute healthy energy to your body. While there’s no exact diet for people in recovery, it’s safe to say that eating foods that contribute to everyone’s physical health will serve of benefit to you. Nutritious foods include:
- Vitamins such as A, B1, B5, B6, C, D, E, thiamine, and more.
- Fiber – such as fruits and vegetables
- Healthy fats including olive oil, flaxseed oil, and Omega 3’s found in fish, flax seeds, and nuts
- Protein found in items such as eggs, yogurt, cottage cheese, peanut butter, chia seeds, chicken, quinoa, almonds, edamame, and much more
In addition to foods that you should eat, there are many foods that you should avoid:
- Sweetened foods such as cake, candy, chips, etc.
- Processed foods often found in fast-food establishments
Eating unhealthy foods is what contributes to mood swings, anxiety, depression, heightened insomnia and more. By focusing on the foods that promote your mind, body, and spirit, you can help restore some of the nutrients that were lost through your addiction. Take small steps by slowly incorporating the vitamins and nutrients that you need into your daily routine. Establish set times to eat food, with small healthy snacks in-between.
Simple Recovery is a world-renowned, California state-licensed substance abuse recovery center. We offer dual diagnosis treatment, so if you are experiencing both substance abuse and symptoms of a mental disorder, call us today at 888-743-0490 so that we can work with you to restore your happiness, health, and well-being. Nutritional guidance is available as well, as we will work with you to incorporate healthy foods to get your mind and body back on track.