While drugs and alcohol can leave you temporarily feeling good, the long-term effects can be quite the opposite. Once these substances have worn off, you may be left feeling pretty lousy. Addiction takes a toll on your body, and it’s important to address these issues in recovery. Balanced nutrition should be an integral part of your treatment plan so that you can heal and energize your body.
Drugs and alcohol can wreak havoc on your body and diet. Alcohol is filled with empty calories and drugs can make you feel not hungry, or make you overeat the wrong kinds of foods. Alcohol also impairs your body’s ability to properly absorb nutrients and may weaken your immune system. Learning how to eat right is an important part of warding off cravings and promoting better health in recovery. Here are some things to keep in mind:
- Avoid excess sugar. Natural sugars from fruits are okay, but try to steer clear of a lot of processed and artificially sweetened foods. They can cause unhealthy spikes and dips in your blood sugar and increase cravings.
- Eat small meals throughout the day. Hunger can be a relapse trigger and regular meals and snacks can help stabilize your blood sugar and mood.
- Think fresh. Fill up on fresh fruits and vegetables as well as lean proteins. Fresh produce is rich in antioxidants and nutrients your body needs.
- Drink up! Water that is. Keep your body hydrated to help with digestion, cell health, and overall well-being.
- Choose complex carbohydrates over simple carbohydrates. They will keep you feeling fuller longer and provide a more stable source of energy.
Good nutrition is an integral part of treatment at Above It All. Clients learn how to fuel their body with the right types of foods for recovery and better health. Eating right can have many positive effects and support your efforts toward long-term recovery.
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