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Creating Healthy Habits for Life With Linnette Johnson
Numerous studies show that eating healthy can go a long way toward helping you on the road to recovery. Granted there is a lot going on and you may not be ready to take everything on at once-- I get that and at the same time the eating habits that are occurring in the programs with sweets, fats, and junk food, may be hindering you more than helping you on your path to recovery.
During recovering addicts are faced with various nutritional dilemmas such as....
So, it’s surprising that proper nutrition is not emphasized more in recovery programs. Nutritional education via groups and/or 1:1 sessions can significantly help those recovering from addiction. It seems like common sense, but proper nutrition has the potential to make those in recovery feel better both mentally and physically. Furthermore, research shows that the inclusion of nutrition education in substance abuse treatment programs and/or mental health therapies can increase participants’ success in achieving long term recovery and provides more support. Proper nutrition helps recovering addicts to feel better because nutrients give the body energy, help build and repair organ tissue, and strengthen the immune system. Because recovering addicts have usually damaged vital organs during their drug or alcohol abuse, good nutrition provides them with the nutritional building blocks they need to begin restoring these damaged tissues.
Hopefully, you are starting to see that nutrition plays an important role but if not here's another way it can help. Nutrition helps with one's mood by making changes in your diet it can alter brain structure both chemically and physiologically, and influence your behavior. The consumption of certain foods have been tied to increased production of key neurotransmitters like serotonin, which enhances mood. This doesn't mean stopping medications prescribed by your doctor but it can be a means to enhance the healing and support you while on your journey. Basically, recovering addicts can use food to feel better physically (as their bodies receive the nutrients they need to repair prior damage and operate on a more optimal level) and mentally (as they eat foods that enhance their mood and overall well-being).
By feeling better through food, it will reduce the risk of relapse, which recovering addicts with poor dietary habits are more likely to do. One of the reasons why this occurs is because in most cases, addicts are so unfamiliar with the feeling of hunger, they misinterpret hunger as a drug craving which results them to relapse. This mistake can be easily remedied by eating frequent, healthy meals. When adding nutrition to your addiction-fighting tool-box, it is important to collaborate with a trained nutrition professional who can tailor your diet to your specific needs in recovery. Remember this is just the tip of all that nutrient dense rich foods can do for you plus it takes time and there is a lot of support out there-- YOU just have to take the steps to ask for the help!
Just a few studies showing Nutrition being a key factor in Recovery and Mental Health-
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