The scars left by addiction are hardly subtle ones. Your body and mind take a heavy toll from addiction. Depression and anxiety can linger for months, and cravings can strike constantly and when you least expect it. Your body too will likely take a hard hit from addiction. No matter the addiction, substances deplete our body of what it needs, whether directly or indirectly. Some drugs like heroin directly affect the health of the body by the nature of the chemicals themselves. Other substances like Adderall can suppress the appetite, making it difficult for the body to get the vitamins and nutrients it needs. However, in recovery, making the right choices with your diet can help you look and feel healthier than ever.
First, it’s important to understand what you’re going through, and decide your diet based upon that. For example, some common symptoms of addiction recovery are anxiety and insomnia. If this sounds familiar, you might want to stay away from things like soda or energy drinks. If you lost muscle mass or healthy body weight during addiction, consider increasing your intake of things like carbohydrates and healthier fats rather than processed foods. Knowing your body is the most important aspect to a healthy recovery.
Some foods and nutrients are essential no matter what you’ve experienced in addiction. Protein, fiber, vitamin D, and more are all required to get your body back in action. Some foods that are good for getting this back into your system are:
- Fish: Most fish are heavy in both protein and vitamin D. Fish are also full of omega 3 fatty acids, which are extremely important in the brain and body. Fish also come in an overwhelming variety and can be prepared in a multitude of ways, meaning you’ll likely never get tired of it.
- Grains: There’s no better food to help you get everything you need than grains. Packed to the brim with proteins, fiber, vitamins, and antioxidants, whole grain can help you feel your best. Just like with fish, you can find grains in everything from granola to bread, so feel free to experiment, find something you love, and enjoy your recovery diet.
- Nuts: Nuts are another fun and tasty way to get healthy. Not only are they rich in unsaturated fats, protein, omega acids, fiber, and vitamins, but they taste great. Many use nuts as a way to curb cravings for both substances and foods to help them stay healthy throughout recovery.
The best part about dieting during recovery is that not only will it taste great, but you’ll be getting healthier every day. Don’t underestimate the power of a good diet during recovery. It can quickly get you back on the right track towards a happy and healthy sobriety.