Recovering from addiction isn’t an easy task, but once you have recovered it shouldn’t just stop there…
So… you’ve solved the drink and the drug problem. I am truly grateful that you have. The truth is though; the journey to recovery doesn’t just stop there.
The reality is that over the years of drinking and drugging we have done a lot of damage to our bodies and we need to work on it as soon as possible. So in this post I am going to discuss some of the steps we can take to make ourselves healthier that may make recovery a lot easier for us.
Many people deprive themselves of water while out using and they get into the habit of not drinking the necessary amount of water. Then the question arises, “How much water should I be drinking?” You may have heard 8 glasses a day, but new research suggests that it varies.
Proper Amount of Water Intake When Recovering from Addiction
According to the Mayo Clinic:
Every day you lose water through your breath, perspiration, urine and bowel movements. For your body to function properly, you must replenish its water supply by consuming beverages and foods that contain water.
The Institute of Medicine determined that an adequate intake for men is roughly about 13 cups (3 liters) of total beverages a day. The adequate intake for women is about 9 cups (2.2 liters) of total beverages a day.
The reader must keep in mind all of the times they’ve spent detoxing from drugs and alcohol and the amount of fluid they’ve lost during the course of the withdrawal period. The coughing, sneezing, sweating, and let’s not forget the good old diarrhea. Hey look it’s a reality; these are things that happen to anyone who is sick. It’s the body’s process of pushing the poison or infection out of the system. So stay on your “A Game” and drink a lot of water.
Being Malnourished from Active Addiction
The average person that lands into detox for drugs and alcohol is 99% of the time malnourished from their active addiction and alcoholism. Many detoxes will provide lots of fruits and vegetables along with meals that are planned out with the essentials needed to start rebuilding your vitamin and nutrient intake. Many detoxes for drugs and alcohol will also provide you with daily vitamin supplements which also help to flush the toxins out of your body. This also helps to make the detoxing from drugs or alcohol easier by giving your body the fighting power to push them out with force.
This raises the question:
How can I eat healthy on my journey of recovery?
We’re all taught in school about the food groups and that breakfast is the most important part of the day etc. Many of us don’t really heed that advice. We just go through our daily lives filled with the chaos of normal life and don’t take care of our bodies almost the same way we didn’t when we were going through active addiction. We can rid ourselves of the drugs and the alcohol, but the journey shouldn’t just stop there. So what do we do to fix it?
We have compiled a few different lists based on our experience with drug addiction and alcoholism recovery to provide you with this information.
Assuming you’re the type of male in recovery that want the whole package with the Gym Membership, Protein Intake, and the right mix of vegetables.
When are the best times to eat carbs, protein and fat, what should your portion size be and what are your guideline daily amounts? Choose wisely and you can eat healthily around the clock…
Check this link out: http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/balanced-diet-men
Assuming you’ve just gotten out of detox for drugs and alcohol and you’re just looking to avoid the new found recovery weight, but still make some healthy decisions when it comes to nourishment. Here are some links to provide you with the essential strategy to eat healthy and start a regimented plan for your shopping and what you should buy.
Recovery from addiction isn’t easy, but it certainly is possible. We’ve seen men and woman in recovery from addiction lead active and productive lives. Many go back to school, start businesses, and do their best on a daily basis to live their lives for the better. The focus of this article is to provide information you may find useful, but also to help you find hope in the fact it’s assuming you are already a recovered addict or alcoholic.
The man or woman just getting out of drug and alcohol detox or a long term residential rehab can make use of this information if passed along by someone who has recovered from a seemingly hopeless condition we typically call drug and alcohol addiction.