One of the best ways to get healthy in sobriety is to take your diet seriously. Drugs and alcohol take a toll on the body with the overabundance of use.
Skipping meals in lieu of drinking or using — or constantly eating on the go — can strip away essential vitamins, nutrients, and minerals that the body needs to thrive. Once a person gets sober, they may crave carbohydrates and sweets, either to compensate (especially for the sugars in alcohol), or because of the depression and anxiety that can occur in early sobriety.
When someone is coping with cessation from drugs and/or alcohol and feels overly tired, depressed, or anxious, they may desire sweets or comforting carbs to help them cope.
Taking your diet into account is a good idea to help your body get healthy once again. With all the improvements in the health food industry, in addition to the tons of recipes you can find online, eating can be healthy and delicious at the same time.
Choice foods that are nutrient-dense.
Salmon, seaweed, blueberries, and dark chocolate are a few examples of food that are high in vitamins, nutrients, and minerals, but low in calories. Food sources to consider adding into your diet are fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, whole grains, dairy, nuts, and beans.
Depending on allergies and aversions, choosing from these food groups adds another layer to maintain your sobriety by feeling healthy and feeling good about what you are putting into your body.
Celebrate open-mindedness regarding health.
You may be opposed to certain foods or certain diets. What you need to know is that in order to become healthy, you do not necessarily need to become vegan, vegetarian, or take up a keto diet.
All of these options might be a good alternative to what you were eating, but you should find the best diet designated for you, just like you have with your recovery.
Consult your doctor or nutritionist.
Before you drastically change your diet, you should consult your doctor, especially during the withdrawal process. Although consuming fresh foods is an important aspect of becoming healthy in a sober lifestyle, obtaining guidance from someone who has knowledge about how the body works can improve your overall health.
Getting tips and information about a healthy diet can give you the chance to continue rejuvenating the body, the mind, and the soul.
Now that you are making improvements in your life by not drinking or using, improving your diet is a wise decision. Treat your body like a temple and find a healthy diet that will enhance your recovery for lasting sobriety.
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