It can be difficult for a recovering teenager or young adult to admit they have a drug or alcohol addiction. Even harder is taking steps to regain your sobriety through programs available at our South Florida detox center. Even after completing a rehab program, you will still have many daily challenges to overcome—among those, developing healthy eating habits.
During your addiction period, it is not uncommon for the body to not get the proper nutrition it required. Depending upon the substance, it will affect the body in different ways. Some drugs suppress the appetite, so you may have been only eating one small meal a day.
Other drugs can result in overeating sugary, salty, and fatty foods, even though you were not really hungry. Yet other addictions can lead to various side effects after eating, like vomiting, stomach cramps, diarrhea, and so on, so that you may have given up eating food entirely just to avoid these.
Regardless of what prior eating habits you had, after taking the steps on the path to recovery you need to develop new eating habits. For teens and young adults leading a new sober lifestyle, it can be difficult, especially with the temptation of fast food chains. Do not despair and think your only healthy food options are going to be salads and veggies, as there is a wide array of foods to choose from. You will surely find something you enjoy.
Your body will need plenty of proteins to help repair the damage caused by your addiction. Proteins come in a wide array of options, including:
- Textured Vegetable Protein (TVP)
Just remember to choose lean cuts of meats and good nuts like peanuts and almonds. There is now a big selection of plant-based proteins found in most grocery stores.
The body will also need healthy oils, like the Omega-3s found in fish. If you do not like fish, then other options are to use olive oil in place of butter or margarine, eat ground flax seeds or chia seeds, or take an Omega-3 supplement.
Fiber is found in a wide range of fruits and vegetables, as well as in whole grains, and are vital to help repair any damage to the gastrointestinal and digestive systems. Choose your favorites and make them a part of your meals, sandwiches, or snacks.
Foods to Avoid
There are certain foods you will want to definitely avoid after rehab treatment, as they could prevent the body from getting the nutrition it needs, including caffeine, artificial ingredients, fried and fatty foods, and processed sugars.
Adjusting to a new and healthy diet is not something that should be done drastically. Rather, you want to slowly make adjustments to your eating habits once you have been sober for at least a month. It is okay to make small changes during the first 30-days, but, essentially, your focus should be on staying sober. For assistance and support in leading a healthy and sober lifestyle, do not hesitate to call Florida Coast Recovery at 1-954-990-7101 now!