Eating healthy in your recovery plays a very important part in gaining ground fast. This can be challenging, but it is so much fun finding new foods to eat to help replenish and nourish your body. This will also help sidetrack your brain. We know that addiction alters your brain chemistry, so when removing the addiction, your body still craves the addictive substance.
For example, those who suffer from alcohol addiction, their brains still crave the rush of copious amounts of alcohol being converted into sugar. Your body then gets the sense of feeling full which ends up being from unwholesome empty calories. Combined with an unhealthy diet, it could lead to malnutrition and other health issues. Now we need to replace these empty calories from all that nutrient-deficient sugar with nutrient-dense sources of protein, carbohydrates, and fat.
So a tip to remember! Out of the energy sources we consume, (i.e. fat, alcohol, protein, and carbs) only fat contains more calories per gram than alcohol.
In addition, alcohol keeps the body from properly absorbing and breaking down nutrients and expelling toxins, but that's another subject for another day.
So why not take an hour out of your schedule and go to the grocery store with your favorite little people, friend or even an aging adult? Have fun, try something new! Maybe afterward you can go to a park and take a walk, bring a backpack and have a picnic! You just got your exercise in. Yay you! :D
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