Beating Drug Addiction

Beating Drug Addiction

Beating Drug AddictionNutrition for Recovering Drug Addicts A large part of winning in your battle with addiction is to have a proper diet. This may be hard to believe but it is true.

While a person is trying to gain control of their addiction it is essential that they have a well-balanced diet and avoid certain things like excessive sugar and caffeine.

It is advised to look over the food pyramid while constructing a diet, but the following chapter has some helpful hints as well.

Construct a Proper Diet

It is important while in recovery to have a proper diet. This will make you feel good, and when you feel good you will have less of a need to use drugs to feel good.

Also, drug-abuse caused by addiction takes a serious toll on the health of a person’s body. Therefore, you should eat properly to start regaining your strength and good health.

Studies have been conducted that show that certain diets can help an addict with their recovery. These studies state that the daily diet of a recovering addict should include:

30% Fat
25% Protein
45% Carbohydrates

You may find yourself asking, what type of meals will be consistent with that daily diet? A few examples include:

Breakfast:

Try eating some pancakes with an egg omelet and some yogurt on the side. An oatmeal muffin is also another great idea.

Lunch:

Sandwiches are a great source of carbohydrates because of the bread and protein because of the meat (if you put meat on your sandwich.)

Dinner:

For dinner you may try eating chowder or some rice and beans. Chicken and vegetables are also another good idea. Lasagna can even be a great healthy dinner.

Dessert:

For dessert you can have some yogurt or some custard. You might also want to try eating a piece of fruit or some oatmeal cookies.

It is important to remember that like anything else, these things are only good in moderation. For example, you may see fruit as healthy, but fruit is packed with sugar, so even too much fruit can be a bad thing. Also, just because chicken is healthy does not mean you can have an entire chicken for dinner. Remember, everything is in moderation.

It is important to avoid excessive amounts of sugar and caffeine. The reason for this is the fact that they are stimulants. They can slightly mimic the effect of certain drugs which may cause triggers in some people.

If you are a smoker, another part of your diet geared towards recovery should be to quit smoking. Many people are unaware of the fact that nicotine is in fact a stimulant. So just like caffeine, it can cause triggers.

Also, the smoke might remind a person of using a certain type of drug and make them have a craving.

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