Did you know that a healthy diet can be one of the key things to help you quit taking drugs and make progress toward recovery? It’s true. Nutrition counseling is a very important part of holistic rehab—rehab that offers complete and integrated care. Many people who use drugs or drink alcohol to excess end up with nutritional deficiencies. In order to live a full and healthy life in recovery, it’s important to address all aspects of wellness. At The Last Resort Recovery, we focus on nutrition in recovery as well as mental and spiritual health to help men make full recoveries.
How Does Eating Healthy Help Me During Rehab?
But how does good nutrition impact my rehab? Well, food is something that’s very important for your health—which gets even more important as you enter rehab. Your diet can have huge implications for your body’s ability to handle withdrawal from drugs, to detox from the drugs in your system, or even to perform basic functions like sleeping all the way through the night.
A precise diet, such as one built on 45% carbs, 30% fat, and 25% protein, can stabilize your blood sugar and help you get past your cravings. And staying away from artificial foods is good for your liver, which can already be strained with addiction.
To understand the importance of diet in a successful addiction treatment program, consider alcohol’s complex relationship with nutrition. Alcohol changes the way the brain regulates appetite by encouraging the body to drink more alcohol and eat less food. Alcohol also provides a large number of calories for the body without supporting those calories with the proper nutritional intake. Additionally, alcohol consumption leads to a drop in blood glucose levels, which results in loss of energy and even depression. This is why many in addiction treatment crave sugar in the early days of recovery to replace what the body perceives as its needs.
Alcohol and Weight
One of the biggest problems alcohol causes is weight gain. Alcohol, especially beer and mixed drinks, contain more calories than people believe. This is especially true for binge drinkers who can consume hundreds of calories in a few minutes. Those with an alcohol addiction may gain weight during the course of their addictions, especially if their drinking paired with eating out. Nutrition counseling can help a person get back down to a healthy weight and learn to maintain that weight during recovery.