Did you know that a healthy diet is incredibly impacting to one’s sobriety? Not only does a clean diet help us feel and look great, it helps us handle triggers, avoid relapses, and keeps us feeling balanced and ready to take on the day. It just goes to show that your physical health affects sobriety just as much as your mental health. But both are equally important!
This is how good nutrition can make or break your New Year’s resolution:
Healthy food reduces cravings and eases exposure to triggers
If your past addiction was a substance such as alcohol or sugar, nutritious foods lower the desire for cravings and can even make it easier to be around a trigger. What’s even better is that healthy food can act as a safety net at parties or social events. It’s inevitable that you will come face to face with a trigger during recovery, but if you keep up a clean diet and always have food and water on hand, you can avoid the temptation. Besides, no one would care if you bring your own water bottle and snacks to a party! What they care about is that you’re there ready to have fun and spend time with them.
Vitamins and minerals contribute to improving overall body function
Remember growing up and getting told by guardians and teachers that vitamins and minerals are imperative to your growth? Yeah…they were always right. Without the proper intake of nutrients, our bodies and organs cannot function nor perform at its best. For recovering addicts in particular, nutritious food impacts our brain health. Thanks to their amino acids, omega-3 fatty acids, and vitamins A, B12, E, and an infinite number of many other essential minerals, we become less susceptible to experiencing stress, anxiety, mood swings and even symptoms of depression since they stimulate the production of serotonin levels and regulate our body’s hormones.
Teaches you moderation and mindfulness
When you start to eat clean, you come to understand that everything must be consumed in moderation. Nutrition can also teach mindfulness since following a diet requires you to be respectful of your appetite’s limits and aware of how your body is affected by food and drinks in general. Mindfulness over one’s diet can also be translated into other areas of your life such as analyzing the effects of one’s emotions and reactions to situations as well, thus helping you make better decisions to act accordingly.
Coincides with physical fitness goals
If you exercise in conjunction with a good diet, that’s a match made in heaven for your well-being! Exercising causes a surge of endorphins and dopamine to flood through your system while nutritious food keeps you energized through the whole day. Furthermore, eating healthy helps you reach your fitness goals faster since a clean diet also aides in burning fat and building muscle. The gym awaits us.
At the end of the day, taking care of yourself and staying true to your recovery goals are the most important things you can do. This life is what you make it, and you have already taken a huge step forward by deciding to get clean. The road to recovery is difficult at times, but it always proves to be the most rewarding and fulfilling journey of all. You got this!
About the Author:
Trevor McDonald is a freelance writer and recovering addict & alcoholic who has been clean and sober for over 5 years. Since his recovery began, he has enjoyed using his talent for words to help spread treatment resources and addiction awareness. In his free time, you can find him working with recovering addicts or outside enjoying about any type of fitness activity imaginable.