Nutrition Tips for Addiction Recovery and Relapse Prevention

A healthy diet is always a good idea, but particularly so when recovering from addiction. After giving up drugs and alcohol, it’s normal to crave salty, sweet, or fatty foods that are enjoyable to eat. But diets rife with these ingredients can leave a person in recovery feeling tired and moody, undermining the good work otherwise being done in treatment. Bottom line, a healthy diet can help in preventing relapse. Here are a few tips to help improve your nutrition and keep your recovery on track:

1. Eat on a Regular Schedule

It can take time, but making sure you follow a balanced diet and eat at regular intervals will help maintain healthy blood sugar levels, ward off food cravings, and keep your energy up. It is a good idea to eat about every three hours. Not only should you eat breakfast lunch and dinner, but also have two snacks evenly spaced between the meals.

2. Eat a Balanced and Nutritional Diet

Healthy fats, plenty of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and all those healthy foods you may have neglected in the past should be a part of your regular diet. Getting healthy foods into your system combats sluggishness and provides energy to keep your metabolism strong, which will help prevent you from craving other not-so-healthy options.

3. Learn to Steer Clear of Unhealthy Food Choices That Can be Triggers

One thing many recovering individuals do not realize is certain foods can actually cause them to crave drugs or alcohol. This can happen for a few reasons, including:

  • High-sugar foods give a quick rush of energy that quickly wanes.
  • Some foods can be emotionally associated with past behaviors.
  • Foods high in fat make you feel groggy and looking for a quick pick-me-up Staying healthy in early sobriety is one of the most important things you can do, and eating right is part of that process.