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How to Eat For Recovery?

While addiction has control over a person, several needs are masked.  Personal hygiene, sleeping patterns, and eating habits are not regulated.  The individual will suffer from altered moods, thoughts, and behaviors. The basic needs have a great effect on the quality of life.  Nutrition alone has a deep impact on a person. Not eating a balanced diet can inhibit the body to function properly. While in treatment, the facility offers routine meals.  During detox, the addict is encouraged to regulate the eating habits. After treatment, deciding how to feed the body can be difficult. Depending on the individual’s body type and goals for recovery, diet and exercise will vary.  A few tips for success are listed below.

Set a goal

Whether the person in recovery needs to gain muscle or loss weight, the importance of understanding a healthy balance can help set goals.  Researching the right foods to eat to reach the goals will support the process. Being realistic about the time frame of the goals will make success more reachable.  When the individual needs extra time to reach a goal, reset the time frame and keep moving forward.

Plan out meals

Balance is key to keeping a healthy weight and giving the body what it needs.  Meal plans are only guidelines. The person in recovery could miss a meal or not eat everything on the menu.  The individual can not see this as a failure. A hiccup is a lesson to alter the meal plan according to the body’s needs.

Plan shopping trips

Preparing shopping trips can help the addict in a few different ways.  The individual will be prepared to spend money accordingly and know what to get.  A shopping trip can also help the recovery. Taking a family member or friend along will give the person in recovery a sober activity.  

Set an alarm

Knowing when or how often to eat depends on the goals.  An alarm or timer would give the individual better guidelines with mealtimes.  Eating more often will get the body on a routine schedule. Eventually, the alarm will not be needed.  The body will tell the person in recovery when it is hungry.

Stick to the plan

Little hiccups with planning and scheduling are ok.  Trying to be perfect on a diet does more harm than good.  The individual should keep focused on sobriety and use food to support a successful recovery.  

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