Eating Right during Addiction Recovery
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When you are living in recovery from your addiction there are many changes that you may have to make in your life to keep on succeeding at sobriety and at recovery too. You see, these two processes are different from one another. While it is great to stay sober during your recovery, sobriety is not the same thing as recovery. Sobriety means that you aren’t using harmful substances in any way. Recovery means that you are recognizing the issues that you have in your life, recognizing the strengths that you have and using all of that to create a healthier and happier lifestyle for yourself. Now that you have a refresher on the differences between the two you should also know that there are many benefits that you have in recovery that can help you to live a healthier lifestyle.
One of the many benefits that you will find is that eating right can help your recovery more than you may even realize. It will not only help you physically but it will help you emotionally and mentally as well.
Why does a recovering addict need to eat right?
When someone is in recovery from their addiction eating right can be just one of the many ways that they can stay on top of things. Not only have studies shown that eating right can help people to stay physically healthy which can improve one’s self-confidence (very important in recovery) but it has many other benefits as well. There are so many recovering addicts who have very high stress and anxiety levels. Having these high levels of stress can really lower the amount of progress that you make in recovery. These high levels of stress and anxiety can also really cause you to lose your motivation to work on improving your healthy and happy lifestyle too. Eating right can help you to reduce these stress and anxiety levels, helping you to continue living a great recovery from an addiction.
What are some of the best foods to eat in recovery?
There are many great foods that you should eat in recovery but eating fruits is very amazing. Fruits are some of the best foods to eat because they have amazing vitamins and essentials of nutrition in them that you need to stay physically, mentally and emotionally fit. There have even been studies that have been done showing that eating certain foods can help to get rid of depression as well along with other holistic health treatment options too. So what are some of the best fruits to eat during recovery?
Super fruits for recovery
While you are in recovery from your addiction you will find that eating fruits really can help you in so many ways. Some of the best fruits that will be able to benefit you the most during your recovery from addiction include bananas, spinach, broccoli, blueberries, oranges and avocados. Each of these fruits has great benefits. Bananas have potassium and that can give you the energy that you need in recovery. Spinach and broccoli have magnesium which can help you to focus. Blueberries have anti-oxidants which can help you memory and help you to stay healthy in recovery too. Oranges have anti-oxidants and Vitamin C. The anti-oxidants can do the same as the blueberries do and improve your memory and keep you healthy. The Vitamin C helps you to stay healthy and gives you energy and focus too. Avocados have proteins and vitamins and these give you strength, energy and this energy can help you to get motivated.
As you can tell eating right could mean taking in many different kinds of fruits but there are so many benefits of eating fruits in recovery. Now, this does not mean that your intake of fruits should replace the other food groups but it is important to make sure that you are getting a proper load of them. Never thought that eating a certain food could help you fight off stress and have a better recovery right? Well, fruits are just the start to your new, healthy and happy recovering lifestyle.
- Cara Gilmore
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