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Can Nutrition Enhance My Recovery?

Do you want to know how to feel even better now that the drugs or alcohol have been flushed from your system? Look to food (and exercise). Most of us had terrible diets pre-recovery. Now that you’re healing, try stepping up your grub game by getting a game plan together so you can eat your way healthy. Here are a few suggestions to get you started, and feel free to experiment with different foods to see how they make you feel:

  1. Drink a Lot of Water (Stay Away From Soda) – Water is the elixir of life. Get in the habit of drinking it instead of sugar-laden drinks, and those that are sugar-free. Sugary drinks like soda and energy drinks can add hundreds of calories of pure sugar to your diet. Sugar-free or diet drinks often contain chemicals like aspartame, which can cause cancer. All of this stuff won’t make you feel good, can pack the pounds on (even diet soda has been shown to cause weight gain) not to mention the blood sugar/energy crash you’ll get with high calorie drinks. Save money, and do your body a favor by drinking good old-fashioned H2O.
  2. Vegetables, Vegetables, Vegetables – Veggies should cover half of your plate. You can mix some fruit in there, just remember that some fruits contain high amounts of fructose. The rest of your plate should be a small portion of protein, and something with whole grains.
  3. Low and Slow – Sit down whenever you eat, take your time, and do it mindfully. Eating on the run usually entails some form of fast or junk food, and you most likely don’t enjoy it like you would if you sat down. We tend to eat mindlessly when we’re in a hurry, or even just sitting in front of the TV. Enjoy your meals, because now, you can.
  4. Carry Healthy Snacks – Nothing will sabotage your food-for-recovery plan like hunger pangs on the go. Try to have healthy snacks like a small baggie of nuts, air-popped popcorn, jerky, roasted chickpeas, or tuna and crackers snack packs. It’s also a good idea to eat one of these before going grocery shopping; you might even save some money in the process.
  5. Avoid Processed Foods – We’ve already been hard enough on our liver, so try to give it a rest by eating whole, unprocessed foods. Run away with anything with a long list of unpronounceable ingredients.  

Adjusting to sober life takes some time, but if you can start making some changes, you will greatly help yourself heal. If you are ready to change and need help stopping drinking or using, call us at The Serenity Recovery Center. We are available 24/7, toll-free at (844-339-6964). Your life can change and you can recover. Call today.