Step Away From the Donut!!

Written by DeShawn McQueen on Thursday, 03 January 2013. Posted in Voices in Recovery, Breaking News

Eating Healthy In Sobriety

This happens to be the year that I decided to quit sugar. In fact, this is my third day in a row without consuming any sugar, including hot chocolate, soda, and pastries of any kind.

In fact, I was at a sobriety celebration earlier this week and I declined to eat the cake, despite the fact that it looked so good.

I quit because I can. More accurately, I quit because I want a better quality of life.

In sobriety, notwithstanding the choices that people around me might make, I chose eat healthier because I want to be around for my children’s children someday.

Without sugar and caffeine, I am calmer, I focus better, I am more present, I am less likely to anger and I have more energy.

I think giving up sugar and caffeine naturally compliments my sober lifestyle.

For the most part, I have always eaten really healthy. Although a month ago I decided to quit drinking coffee when I realized I was beginning to drink coffee as much as I once used prescription pills……pretty much the same was occurring with sugar, except for the fact that I was binging with sugar.

With that said, in sobriety I have learned to take better care of myself. Consequently, instead of reaching for another cup of coffee when I feel fatigued, I take the naturally indicated step, i.e., a nap.

Meanwhile, I drink more water and as a result not only does my mind and circulatory system thank me, but my skin has never looked better. For your information, when you look better you do better… true!

Furthermore, my energy level is more consistent. As well, I am not as reactive as I once was with regard to people, places and things.

Instead of reacting, I really pause and focus on the awareness of what I am feeling then let it pass.

The more that I pray and develop a better relationship with my higher power, the more that this sober life works for me, as I find new and interesting ways to improve my quality of life and be the best version of myself.

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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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