Diet in RecoverySeptember 21, 2016
At The Well Recovery Center, we believe that recovery is about freedom from addiction—but it’s not just about that. It’s about a big-picture, whole-person approach to health. It’s about health of the mind, body and spirit. As such, it encompasses a wide range of habits and practices. That includes nutrition.
Certainly you know the old expression, you are what you eat. Well, in a very real way, the nutrients that you consume form the basis of your bodily health; that, in turn, sets you up for strong mental health, focus, and clarity. The bottom line is that, if you want to succeed in your recovery, you’ve got to eat right. You’ve got to give your body the fuel it needs.
The question is, what should you be eating while you are in recovery? Some general guidelines: Strive for variety. Get different food groups on your plate. Eat real meals—not just little snacks throughout the day. Seek healthy, fresh ingredients whenever you can; resist fast food and junk, save for special occasions.
Some specific things to add to your diet include:
- Protein, so necessary for bodily strength and energy. Lean proteins, like chicken and turkey, are especially good for you.
- Eat fish whenever you can, as it contains omega-3 acids and other nutrients that are hard to find elsewhere.
- Healthy fats—including olives, avocados, and nuts—can help you feel full and satisfied after your meal.
- Fruits and vegetables are especially key for nutrient intake.
- Avoid stimulants as best you can; limit your caffeine intake to a cup or two of coffee each day, and try not to drink any coffee or soda past noon or so.
These simple guidelines can form the basis of a strong, healthy diet—and, in turn, an effective recovery.
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