Posted on by Ellen Kittredge
Do you experience any of the following health concerns?
- Low blood sugar
- Digestive disorders such as leaky gut syndrome and overgrowth of candida (yeast)
- Food allergies and sensitivities
- Eat more protein, specifically free-range, organic and healthy animal protein, or vegetarian sources of protein like beans and whole grains.
- Take supplemental B vitamins. In trials with rats, those deficient in certain B vitamins consumed more alcohol than those with normal levels. Once the vitamin-deficient rats were given supplemental B vitamins, alcohol consumption decreased.
- Decrease your intake of “bad” fats, such as those found in fried foods and many packaged products.
- Increase your intake of the good Omega 3 fats by taking supplemental fish oil and eating more free-range/grass-fed animal products and/or choose vegetarian sources of Omega 3s such as flax seed and walnuts.
- Stay away from refined sugar. Alcoholics or those struggling with addiction to other drugs will often switch to a high-sugar/carb diet when coming off of their drug of choice, but this just replaces one harmful substance with another.
- Eat healthy protein and fat at every meal, and additionally (especially if you suffer from low blood sugar) make sure to eat healthy protein-rich snacks at regular intervals throughout the day as well.
- Incorporate as many fresh and whole foods into the diet as possible. Stay away from packaged food. Recovering addicts require more nutrients than the normal person, so switching to a diet rich in “real” food is essential to the recovery process. If it comes in a box, it most likely has lost some nutritional value and is not as healthy a choice as whole foods - think fruits and veggies, nuts, seeds, whole grains, eggs, animal protein and beans/legumes.
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