“IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT THEY CHANGE THEIR DIET AND EAT HEALTHIER” DR. CALI ESTES
When a client is recovering from drug and alcohol use, it is imperative that they change their diet and eat healthier, more protein and fiber-rich foods. I tell all my clients, “Pop Tarts are not a breakfast food and a Hot Pocket is not lunch”. I have them eliminate all sugar and refined foods and eat a lot of real foods that have one ingredient. For example, an apple.
A lot of opiate addicts will reach for sugar as will recovering alcoholics. This has to do with the neurotransmitters in the brain and how sugar pings the brain like cocaine and detoxes the body like heroin, so they reach for it. Alcoholics like sugar because of the insulin response; however, sugar is the most abused drug in America right now.
Certain foods do help you recover faster, like broccoli for calcium, watermelon for alkaline, acidity, and hydration, and oranges to replace vitamin C. Diet and exercise play a vital role in how a person feels and we all know if you feel good, you won’t dive into the drugs and alcohol.
When was the last time that you felt really, really good? Food plays a major role in how you feel, as food is medicine. Think about how you feel when you eat a bowl of ice cream or a Dunkin’ Donuts doughnut. You feel great when you’re thinking about it and when you’re eating it. But when you’re done eating it, about 20 minutes later, you have an insulin response that spikes and crashes. You may have a sudden rush of energy or you may go the opposite direction and get sleepy. When the insulin tanks you feel cranky, tired, and lethargic. This is a direct reflection of the food you just ate and how it is absorbed into the body. It is important to cut out the usual culprits such as white sugar and sugar in the raw which causes inflammation in the body. We know that inflammation in the body can lead to cancer and other diseases, so getting rid of that is a no-brainer. But did you know that you reach for certain foods because the nutrients in your body are lacking?
For example, craving ice cream. Physically you may be craving ice cream for a specific nutrient. As strange as it sounds, try eating a bowl of broccoli when you’re craving ice cream. Your body does not recognize ice cream as a food because it’s not. Your body is craving nutrients and vitamins. You also hear people say that they are craving pizza and that’s not really possible for your body to crave pizza. You might be craving carbohydrates, try something like a sweet potato to see if that handles the carbohydrate issue.
Just a few tips and tricks that you can do to get started. All of our Sober on-Demand packages include sessions with a nutritional therapist who will help you start to feel better instantly just by making small changes in your diet on a daily basis. The goal behind not going back to drug and alcohol use is to feel good on the inside and outside. Our nutritional program combined with our brain supplement program www.prorecoveryrx.com will help you to feel better on the inside and stop the chemical cravings.
Our coaching and therapy programs will help you with the triggers and emotional responses that you were receiving to use drugs and alcohol. Our program is one of a kind and you can do it online in the comfort of your home, in person where we come to you at your home or office, or if you would like to come to us, we can arrange that. Please give us a call at 1-800-706-0318 ext1, for your private consultation.