How Food Can Help You In Recovery From Illness And Addiction

Hippocrates said, “Let food be thy medicine, thy medicine shall be thy food,” and since, so have doctors agreed that healthy eating can make a huge difference in your health. These aren’t the only wise words spoken over centuries of the healthy benefits of a good diet, but they definitely stick.

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What is a good diet to one, may not be a good diet to others, depending on allergies and food intolerances, but there is always a way to eat healthy, even if it means staying within a certain group of ingredients. Not only can eating right help you battle illnesses, but it can also help during addiction recovery.

Food And Addiction

There are a few ways that food fits into the story of addiction. Food itself can actually be the addiction. Addictive foods can be bad for non-food addicts during recovery. And, healthy foods can help all types of addicts learn to eat better and help them stay healthy.

If you are a food addict it’s likely you are eating the wrong foods. From sugar addiction to binge eating, normally the foods that people have problems with are the ones that are least healthy for them. By learning more about healthy choices and proper proportions, they can learn to eat better while being counselled for what brings on their need to eat.

During recovery from addiction from things like alcohol and drugs, it can be helpful to avoid addictive stimulants, like caffeine and sugar. Both of these have effects on the body that can mimic drugs, which means they could be a catalyst for someone falling off the wagon, so to speak. That is why it is important that through this time of recovery they are not going for anything that could cause them further issues. If they are in a rehab center like or in an outpatient program for their addictions, they need to check in and see what they can and cannot have to make sure they are staying on their pathway.

How Healthy Eating Helps

Along with other integrative and alternative therapies that can help with addiction, like meditation and yoga, a healthy diet can make a huge difference on your path to recovery. They can all also help with recovery from illnesses.

Cancer patients have not only found help from their pain, and other side effects, through things like guided meditation and visualization, but eating the right healing foods makes a difference as well. When you are working on healing your body, fruits and vegetables should be your number one choices because of all of the vitamins and minerals they contain.

Aside from your veggies, the other best thing to make sure that you are getting in your diet are healthy fats. Not only can they help with inflammation and pain, but they are good for your head and your brain. They can be found in fish, nuts, and even avocados.

Basically, if you follow what the USDA recommends, stick with the right portion sizes, and avoid sugar, salt, and unhealthy fats, you’ll be on the road to recovery from whatever ails you, in no time. Join us in a cooking revolution (blog)