Those struggling with addiction often lose sight of self-care. That’s because for so long, the drug has taken control and become the main focal point of that person’s life. It leaves little time for focusing on much else, including nutrition and overall health. Once a person is on the road to recovery, they can start to make small changes to improve their overall health and well-being.
First and Foremost, Remember To Love Your Body
Depending on how long a person has been an addict, they have quite possibly neglected their body for years, or even decades. It can be an overwhelming task to try and heal from the damage and neglect of an addict’s lifestyle. It’s important to start small. The first step on the road to recovery and proper nutrition is to remember to love yourself. An addict should remember that their body has stuck with them through all the tough times and it’s time to start making healthier decisions to improve the overall quality of life.
Start Recovering at the Cellular Level
Addiction impacts your body at the most fundamental level. You’ve grown so accustomed to a particular substance that you’ve adapted your body to reinforce that dependence. If you’re going to repair your body, you need to reinforce its recovery by starting with its individual cells. ASEA suggests that certain molecules can better facilitate this kind of recovery: “By eradicating obsolete or damaged cells, redox signaling molecules allow — and even stimulate — fresh healthy cells to take over and improve the body’s overall health.” Regardless of which recovery regimen you adopt, you need to make sure you focus on the health of your cell bodies. If they’re healthy, they’ll do a lot of the heavy lifting for you.
Incorporate Wholesome Meals
Many addicts struggle with eating when the drug has a hold on their life. While on the road to recovery, they can start to incorporate more nutritious meals. Resource Recovery claims that “it’s important to start your recovery off right with a well-performed detox.” This can be a simple juice cleanse, followed by the reintroduction of healthy, low-carbohydrate foods.
Changing your diet for the better doesn’t have to be anything over the top while your body heals. Sometimes it’s just a matter of remembering to eat a balanced meal for breakfast such as eggs, veggies, and fruit. Once someone has gotten into the routine of eating a healthy breakfast, they can do the same for lunch and dinner. If you’re having a hard time getting the right nutrients, supplements can be very helpful to make sure your body is getting what it needs to heal. Some helpful supplements include theanine, CBD, citicoline, and NAC. According to Kats Botanicals, CBD rebalances the body by helping the endocannabinoid system of the body, which is in charge of regulating homeostasis.
Research shows that nutrient deficiencies can cause imbalances which in turn create addictive cravings. Sometimes addicts don’t realize just how much of a role proper nutrition plays in their life. It’s needed to get the body back on a healthy track.
Drinking enough water a day is essential. Hydration is even more crucial during the detox process. Clean water is responsible for removing cell waste and toxins. An addict may have gone without water for long periods of time, and therefore it’s essential to start re-introducing water into the routine. It is recommended drinking 3 – 3.5 liters of water every day, depending on your level of activity. A person in recovery should carry a water bottle with them throughout the day so that they always have something to sip on. Focusing on this task of consuming enough water also acts as a deterrent to drugs because it gives them an affirmative responsibility on which to focus time and energy.
Consuming Enough Healthy Fats and Calories
Many addicts are malnourished by the time they seek recovery. That’s because they’ve focused on the drug rather than meals. Therefore, it’s time to get back to a healthy weight by eating healthy fats and calories. Those in recovery should try and eat foods such as avocados, oils, and salad dressings to help put on weight the healthy way.
As doctors from Right Path put it, “Addiction treatment marks the beginning of a new way of living. The insights you gain and the changes you make during treatment will become the foundation for your recovery after you return to your life. Repairing your eating habits can be a struggle, which is why it’s important to start small and focus on the day at present. Small accomplishments such as remembering to drink water or eat a serving of fruit are victories upon which you will build tomorrow.