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How Should I Be Eating in Recovery?

How Should I Be Eating in Recovery?

Eating healthy is important for everybody, especially if you are in recovery from addiction. When you eat healthy, your body and brain will feel better.  You may be deficient in nutrients without realizing it and you may be able to feel better if you drink more water, eat more veggies, and take better care of your temple. Here are some healthy eating tips to get you started.


When you are trapped in addiction, you probably have a poor diet. This leads to deficiencies that can damage your health. If you are an alcoholic, you may suffer from problems related to diet. This may be forcing you to consume calories from alcohol which are not going to keep you health. Most diseases associated with alcoholism come from nutrient deficiencies. This includes liver disease and dementia. Sobriety can help once you achieve a balanced diet.

Healthy Eating

Eating better is going to make you feel better. The problem is there is some confusion about what it means to eat healthy. So many diet plans are out there, it is hard to know what makes up a healthy meal plan. The best thing to focus on is getting foods from all the food groups. Think about eating the rainbow of colors. The food pyramid is a good guide to get started, but your treating physician can also help guide your choices.

Food Groups

A food group is a collection of food containing similar nutrients. This includes:

  • Bread, rice, cereal, pasta
  • Fruit
  • Veggies
  • Milk, yoghurt, cheese
  • Meat, poultry, fish, beans, eggs, nuts
  • Fats, oil, sweets

Food pyramid depicts how to eat foods in small quantities throughout the day, including the top of the pyramid foods like sugar which should be used sparingly. Most foods should come from the above list.

Balanced Diet

The following different nutrients will help guide you as you look for healthy meal plans:

  • Carbs: necessary for energy
  • Protein: help body build and repair
  • Fats: provide energy
  • Vitamins: needed by body to perform essential metabolic functions
  • Minerals: help metabolism
  • Water: keeps the body healthy and strong, necessary for overall health

Healthy choices mean eating smaller portions during the day. Don’t skip meals and go hungry. Avoid crash diets and use a journal app or paper journal to support your diet plan. If you want specific foods, do some research and find which ones are lean, low in fat, and healthy. Cooking at home is better than eating out but if you must, find a place with healthy proteins and veggies to keep you healthy and strong. Basically, you are rebuilding your body and mind in recovery with the food you eat. It will help you feel better overall as your body seeks to stabilize itself after addiction. Mindful eating is also another way to be present when eating so you can maintain a healthy weight and stay strong and active.

Healthy eating is a part of recovery, but holistically there are many moving parts. If you are ready to dive into recovery full speed, call us. We will help you jump in, detox, and focus on a holistic recovery that focuses on mind, body, and spirit. Call us 24/7 at our toll-free number: 866-294-9401