Eat The Exhaustion Away
Food makes the world go around- the world in your head that is. When you start getting hungry, your brain and body start to shut down and act off of reserves. Treatment for drug and alcohol addiction is emotionally and physically taxing. It takes a lot of work, but the work is always worth it. After graduating and transitioning into regular life again, the real test comes in taking what you learned in treatment with you and applying it. One of the healthiest habits you can build and keep in treatment is a healthy diet. Refuge Recovery includes nutritional guidance as part of our treatment programs for men and women recovering from addiction, alcoholism, and other issues. During the challenges of early recovery it can be tempting to indulge in comfort foods, sugary foods to satisfy brain cravings, or eat poorly to maintain an illusion of control. To keep up healthy balance and sustainable energy, look to these foods to include in your diet.
- Nuts: High in protein, healthy fats, and loaded with vitamins and nutrients, nuts are a prime choice for all day snacking. For an extra energy boost, combine nuts with seeds and coconut flakes as well as some dried blueberries and goji berries for a superfood trail mix.
- Chia Seeds: chia seeds are rich in anti-inflammatory omega-3’s. The brain needs omega 3’s to function and can only get it from food. Use chia in smoothies, oatmeal, or make a delicious chia pudding by soaking chia seeds in a milk of choice. Add fruit or spices for flavor!
- Watermelon: Not only does watermelon taste delicious, but it is refreshing to eat. Watermelon is almost 100% water. Staying hydrated is an important part of the equation for maintaining energy all day. Get a sweet treat and an extra hydration boost by snacking on watermelon.
- Avocado: Another food rich in omega-3’s, avocado is an essential food. Multiple studies have found that eating one whole avocado today can have tremendous health benefits in the brain and the body. For those early recovery symptoms of depression, a breakfast of avocado with eggs gives the body all the proteins, omega 3’s and amino acids it needs to kickstart the day.
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