Addicts And Alcoholics Thrive By Eating Healthy Food

Written by DeShawn McQueen on Tuesday, 16 October 2012. Posted in Voices in Recovery, Breaking News

Eating Healthy

Recovering alcoholics and addicts must be vigilant about monitoring what they put into their bodies, particularly regard to food and even non-alcoholic drinks.

With that said, it is certainly progress, not perfection. Yet, being a conscious and healthy eater is a necessary piece of the staying clean and sober pie.

Once upon a time, when I actively consumed prescription pills and alcohol I often made awful food choices, if I ate at all.

My skin, hair and nails definitely reflected what I was putting into my body…..bad food, alcohol, and prescription pills.

I often chose food according to what my taste-buds would prefer in the moment, not thinking about the long-term consequences. I chose “comfort food”, not to mention substances to temporarily feel better. In the long run, I felt worse.

As a clean and sober person, my skin, hair and nails have never looked better, because I am a conscious eater.

I choose to eat fresh, colorful, healthy, live food. As a result I reflect that. I look and feel, alive! It is just that easy. There are no short cuts.

Now that I am clean and sober, I choose to set standards for myself and stick to maintaining them. Each day it gets easier and easier to continue to make better choices.

These days, I reach for delicious, fresh red and green apples and bright yellow bananas for breakfast.

Apples are a great source of vitamin c, that aid in eradicating and preventing cell and tissue damage to keep you looking young. Also, apples help in preventing many forms of cancer, including colon cancer.

Meanwhile, bananas are rich in fiber, potassium and vitamin c, among others, all wonderful for maintaining a healthy heart.

Often a medley of fresh strawberries and blueberries serves as breakfast for me. A tall glass of fresh water compliments the food choice. Berries are rich in minerals that fight diseases including diabetes, cancer, and heart disease, not to mention cognitive decline. The bonus is that they have tons of anti-oxidants that fight aging.

Each morning for my mid-morning snack, I eat two hard boiled eggs and several tablespoons of peanut butter. Peanut butter and eggs are superb sources of protein, not to mention other vitamins and minerals. Besides, they are low in calories and saturated fat.

For Lunch, I prepare my own salad. I learned very young that color is important when it comes to salad. Therefore, I choose to use tons of spinach as my base instead of lettuce, sometimes I add romaine lettuce though. Of course I add fresh tomatoes [anti-oxidants] that I slice myself.

Depending on my mood, I sprinkle whole cashew nuts, which are a great source of protein and folic acid, or I slice up few hard boiled eggs.

Last, I add slices of chicken that I purchase, prepared, from Whole Foods, Gelson’s, or Trader Joe’s. Chicken is a superb choice of protein.

For dinner, I often eat out, and my selection varies. Often, I eat sushi, because I love the fresh, clean taste of it. Besides, it is very healthy and often a great source of omega 3, 6, or 9 fatty acids, which are great for combating cancer and cardiovascular diseases. Also, they are great for mitigating, and even eradicating the symptoms of many developmental and psychiatric disorders.

I prefer eel, as the texture is amazing. Mackeral, yellow tail, sashimi, lobster, and salmon are all tasty and healthy choices as well.

Remember, no Sake for us alcoholics and addicts.

Other days, I might eat a salad for dinner as well, often prepared similar to the way that my lunch salads are prepared.

Infrequently, I choose to eat meat; perhaps once a month. If I do, I often chose lean steak, prepared well-done.

At least twice a week, I eat two hug pots of fresh Kale. I usually boil it for about 20 minutes.

Kale is essential for me, as it has tons of anti-oxidants and is a great source of fiber, vitamin c, a, b, and k; also, kale contains a substantial source of protein and iron. It is a Super food as it has been referred to.

Hydration is important as well. I focus on hydrating all day. I drink tons of water. I keep water everywhere at home, in the bathroom, in my office, and so on.

Actually, my esthetician first advised of always keeping water with me when I was a teenager in Michigan. She said to keep it in the vehicle at all times.

So, what is the take-away?! Food choices should be thoughtfully considered. How do you want to feel? How do you want to think? How do you want to look? How do you want to age? Consider all these questions.

All my food choices are thoughtful. I always consider what type of nourishment the food will provide me with.

Food impacts mood, emotions and even chemicals in the body, so keep that in mind when you hastily reach for comfort food.

Ideally, I imagine that you want to feel energetic, strong, alive, renewed, and calm. Therefore, select foods that will aid you feeling that way.

When you eat healthy, you feel better, healthy even, and you reinforce confidence because you make a healthy choice that adds to your well-being, productivity, and quality of life.

If you or someone that you love is struggling with drug addiction and alcoholism, please call or text us now. We can help you.

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About the Author

DeShawn McQueen

DeShawn McQueen

DeShawn McQueen is a staff writer at Recovery Now Newspaper and, an informative newspaper that serves as a resource for persons of all stages of drug and alcohol treatment, by giving them access to relevant and necessary information so that they may live balanced and substance-free lifestyles. DeShawn graduated from Wayne State University with Bachelor of Science degrees in psychology and premedical sciences. He holds a Juris Doctors degree in law from Valparaiso University School of Law. DeShawn’s writing and research has been published in such academic journals as Behavioral Pharmacology and Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior among others. He lives in Los Angeles, California.

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