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Why a Plant-Based Diet Might Kick Your Health into Gear This Summer

Why a Plant-Based Diet Might Kick Your Health into Gear This Summer

Getting adequate nutrition is always a vital challenge for people in recovery from addiction. It is also often overlooked, which makes it even more critical. Less sugar, more fiber, and getting rid of caffeine all help the recovery process, but plant-based diets are the new big way to kick your health into gear. Give it a try this summer and see what happens.

Why Switch

People in recovery are encouraged to find nutritious, healthy alternatives to sugary, carb-laden foods that will fill them up but not be nutritious. Their bodies lack the nutrients they need after fueling it with drugs and alcohol for so long. Poor eating habits can lead to excessive weight gain, diabetes, and a host of other issues. A vegetarian lifestyle can help push the body into a better place with nutritious, healthy meals and snacks that fill up the body while giving it the proper fuel it needs to recover and heal.

Dietary Changes

There are changes you can make if you are one of those people struggling with nutritional deficits following addiction. Here are some of the changes that can help make your nutrition better:

  • Eat less sugar and sweetened foods. Lowering blood sugar levels can help with mood swings, anxiety, and depression
  • Stay away from coffee and caffeine, which can exacerbate insomnia and anxiety
  • Eliminate processed foods which can aid in liver repair, critical in early sobriety
  • Eat more protein based foods that serve as building blocks for neurotransmitters (lentils and soybeans, for example)
  • Add more fiber to meals like fruits and vegetables
  • Consume less carbs and eat more whole grains like barley, oats, and brown rice
  • Eat good fats like omega-3s that help the body absorb fat-soluble vitamins including nuts and flax seeds

Balancing Act

Cleaning up your diet and nutrition can help aid in recovery but it is one part of the bigger picture. Nutrient dense foods will help you regain a sense of calm in your body and help it heal faster but it cannot repair lasting damage already done. It can prevent further damage from occurring. It is always best to take things in stride and remember to eat healthy, make changes one small step at a time and choose the foods you eat carefully. Consult a treating physician regarding your nutrition so you can focus on eating healthy while making sure you are getting enough of what you need for your personal recovery.

Everything in moderation as the saying goes. So it also goes with recovery. You are more likely to have a healthy, healing recovery if you focus on living sober in all parts of your journey. We can help you get aligned with a healthy recovery. Whether it’s dealing with nutrition or something else, we will help you find what you need. Call us 24/7 at our toll-free number: 866-294-9401