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Nourishing, whole foods provide your body with the nutrients and energy needed to fuel your recovery. Those in long term recovery programs face a greater risk of developing unhealthy eating behaviors and weight gain. Learning to reinforce healthy eating habits now will improve your health and well-being in the future and will provide many fun opportunities to share your new knowledge with family and friends.

Replacing One Habit with Another

A New York Times article, Off the Drugs, Onto the Cupcakes, explains that individuals in recovery often gain weight, which can lead to a host of other health issues. According to the article, recovery often focuses heavily on preventing recurrence of substance use. Individuals then replace their substance habits with new habits, such as snacking on cookies or candies. Learning healthy snacking and eating habits while in recovery can prevent diet related health problems from developing later in life. 

Changing How You Eat

Every meal and snack provides a chance to reinforce a healthy eating habit. Like starting any new practice, take learning how to eat better one step at a time. A few simple starting steps could be: 

  1. Replace sugary food such as candy and cookies with fruits.
  2. Choose one evening a week to prepare and share a healthy meal with friends or family. 
  3. Exchange sugary drinks such as soda with diet soda or water.

When one new habit in your diet becomes normal, set a new goal for yourself and take time to enjoy your success.

Michael Cole RD

About the author: Michael is a Registered Dietitian that works with others to help them form a healthier and happier relationship with food and themselves.  For Michael, nutritious meals and snacks are an important part of the recovery process, providing the nutrients needed to heal and balance the mind and body. He believes that the best meal, is the one that is shared with friends and family.

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