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Nutrition Pre and Post Substance Abuse and Dependence

Why does nutrition and recovery go hand in hand?  Think about it this way.  If you are thinking about or have decided to stop using substances to better your health and well-being, do you want to feel a little bit better or a lot better?  There are many links between addiction, nutrition and substance abuse and people often don't spend the time working on their health after dealing with their issues.

Nutrition plays a key role in how fast your body can get back to baseline, you know that place that you were before you started using substances?  Even if you haven't made the decision to completely get sober, you can start managing your sobriety by making good nutritional choices.

Here are some nutrition tips to get you started:

1. Take a look at your portion sizes.  Start by eating 2-4 portion controlled meals per day.  Eating too much or not enough can be detrimental not only physically but psychologically as well.

2. Eat during regular meal times.  Try and eat your meals at breakfast, lunch, and dinner time.  Do not wait until you are too hungry because then you might gorge or make unhealthy choices.

3.Cut out the junk.  Seriously, junk food will not help in any way during your recovery process.  It will only slow you down.  Try and eat whole foods that include fruits and vegetables.  Get rid of the processed stuff.  Generally speaking, if it comes in a can or box, you can do better.

4. Plan your meals.  Meal planning can take time but it's definitely worth it.  Start by making a grocery list, looking up healthy recipes, and stick to it.  Your body will thank you later.

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