You Are What You Eat

How eating healthy aides in the recovery process.

On the road to recovery folks are confronted with different challenges from socio-economic to mental and physical health problems. But what if one simple act could benefit all areas of rehabilitation? From opiates affecting the gastro-intestinal tract to alcohol and stimulant abuse often leading to nutrient depletion, now is the time to incorporate nutrition in the recovery model. New evidence points to the importance of proper nutrition to help those getting and staying sober. Nutrition also plays a major role in mood regulation. Those in recovery are used to altering their feelings with drugs and alcohol. But when using food properly we can enhance our overall sense of well being avoiding the pitfalls often leading to relapse. Lastly, hunger and cravings of drugs and alcohol can mimic cravings and crashes of sugar and caffeine, so when we feel physically and emotionally better we can help sustain recovery. When we feel better, we make better choices.

Some helpful techniques are:

  1. Integrate nutritional status into a recovery model, thus creating opportunities for dietary interventions.

  2. Educate those on the path to recovery on the major areas of the body that drugs and alcohol negatively impact and nutritional recommendations to sustain recovery.

  3. Utilize providers “Coaching Skills” on how making the healthy choice the easy choice.

  4. Try Motivational Interviewing. It has gained momentum in simply addressing the topic of alcohol and drug use with every age population.

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Mike McKenna