Healthy food is always good for anyone’s body. It becomes even more important for an addict’s body. Sometimes addicts use junk food and sweets to reward themselves, but that can actually be detrimental. If you are struggling with your recovery, try changing your diet. There are two reasons for this.
- Addiction depletes nutrients in your body.
- Proper nutrients can help give you energy to battle withdrawal urges.
Most addicts do not have a stable diet. They may eat a lot more than necessary, or they might not eat at all. It is not uncommon that an addict will choose to use drugs in favor of eating.
Also, almost all drugs use up or get rid of necessary essential nutrients. Different types of addictions destroy the body in different ways.
- Alcohol and Depressants
These drugs slow your body’s ability to break nutrients down and assimilate them into the biological system. You may end up having nutrient deficiencies.
These drugs damage your gastrointestinal system. This system is in charge of absorbing nutrients from food.
These drugs commonly make people less hungry. They suppress appetites. Some stimulant addicts are so unused to hunger they mistake hunger as a drug craving.
When people are in withdrawal, they may vomit or have diarrhea. These two body functions leave out a lot of potential nutrients that your body might have needed.
The Diet And Recovery
A proper diet is great for the body in general. Our body relies on food to find energy. Thus, our energy levels depend greatly on our diet. Fighting addiction requires a lot of energy so it should come as no surprise how getting proper nutrients can help recovery.
- A good diet fuels your body energy
- A good diet helps build and repair organ tissue
- A good diet helps strengthen the immune system
- A good diet influences mood. It can put you in a good mood.
One reason bad diets are so dangerous is because of sugar. Our body likes sugar because of the energy it can give. However, the energy sugar gives can be very short term. You may start to find yourself in a cycle like an addiction but to sugar. Your body experiences a sugar crash where it will have very little energy. As an addict, it will feel very similar to a drug craving. In other words, an unhealthy diet can increase the amount of time you crave for a drug.
What Is Healthy?
Protein is the most essential nutrient for any stage in recovery. Protein is the main ingredient of an amino acid. Amino acids act as the building blocks to your brain because they make up neurotransmitters. Neurotransmitters carry your brains messages to your body, and most drugs influence them. After drug abuse, many addicts have reprogrammed their neurotransmitters to an unnatural state, and their body needs time to get back on track.
It is also recommended that you change your eating habits to avoid sugar crashes. Smaller but more meals throughout the day can help that. You should eat with a mindset to never be full but to never be hungry either. Snacking is a great idea, but you shouldn’t snack on foods with high sugar.
In general, you are looking to cut down on sweets and increase your protein intake. Here are some examples of food you should add to your diet.
- Fish is high in amino acids
- Meat contains all the essential amino acids
- Whole grains have a lot less sugar.
- Nuts and vegetables are a great snack to avoid high amounts of sugar.