When recovering from chemical dependency, patients need to relearn how to healthily perform many functions, from socializing to sleeping to eating. Learning to eat well is one of the most essential tasks a recovering addict must undergo, along with exercising and getting plenty of natural sleep. Here are some tips for patients recovering from substance abuse.
- Eat often (but don’t overindulge). Many people who are recovering from chemical dependency are unaccustomed to eating at least three times a day. Often, drugs such as opiates and methamphetamines will greatly diminish your appetite and cause cravings for unhealthy foods such as sugary sodas and sweets. It can also be easy to overindulge once you get your appetite back, especially if you are still learning ways to cope with chemical cravings. Pay attention to how often you eat and how much food you are eating to avoid replacing your chemical addiction with a food addiction.
- Eat natural, whole foods. Focus on eating fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and low-fat dairy (depending on your dietary needs). Don’t make a habit of eating convenience foods such as frozen pizza or unhealthy meals such as fried foods. Take the time to prepare healthy meals at home instead of ordering in or eating out all the time. Get a fun cookbook to get you started.
- Eat vitamin-rich foods. After recovery from a chemical dependency, your body may be in dire need of vitamins and minerals that it was deprived of. For example, extended use of heroin can lead to calcium and potassium deficiencies. Eat foods rich in vitamins and take supplements as needed.
Are you or a loved one in need of chemical dependency treatment? Call Sundown M Ranch in Yakima, Washington, at (509) 654-9033 or visit us online, and we can discuss your options with you.