A focus on what we feed our bodies, what is healthy, the food-mood connection, and simple food preparation. The intention is to bring awareness to how we nourish our bodies, to offer some education about ingredients and balanced diets, explore healthier choices, and empower individuals to choose for themselves.

  • People with SUD may be malnourished and can gain excessive weight while in treatment. They may not eat balanced meals and may tend to consume large amounts of processed foods, and caffeine, particularly energy drinks.
  • What we consume affects the functioning of the mind, body, and spirit. Choosing to eat balanced foods can be conducive to feeling strong, alert and energized, while simultaneously supporting serenity and relaxation.

Balanced Nutrition

Some may tend to focus on weight conscious option while others are interested in what they need to eat in order to build muscle.

Most important is to emphasize a balanced diet and exercise. 

Some tips include:

  • Eat breakfast every day.
  • Pay attention to serving sizes.
  • Eat several servings of fruit and vegetables every day as well as lean protein and whole grains. These fill you up, and your body will not crave junk food.
  • Replace sugary drinks (e.g., soda, fruit juice, sports drinks) with water.
  • Avoid fast food and vending machines by bringing healthy options when not at home.

Eat Mindfully

  • When eating, focus your attention on what you are doing.

  • Try not to eat while doing other activities (e.g., in front of a TV, smartphone, or working meeting.)

  • Consider the health value of every item you choose to eat and reflect on how it promotes wellness and supports your recovery process.

  • It may be helpful to limit the size of your plate to nine inches or less to support portion control.

  • Take time to pause and contemplate everything and silently express your gratitude for the opportunity to enjoy the meal before you as you do each day on your recovery path.

Healthy Metabolism

  • Explore ways to include daily physical activity, ideally 30 minutes per day.
  • Speak with your primary care doctor or nurse before starting a new exercise practice.
  • Stop eating 2 hours before going to sleep so your body has a chance to digest the food.
  • Metabolism is positively impacted by going to bed early and getting enough sleep (generally 7-8 hours).