Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live. ~ Jim Rohn
Around 9 years ago, I was consumed by a hunger that threatened to destroy my life, my relationships and crush my family. This hunger would plague me every day and even if I gave in to it I’d still feel empty inside.
You see, I’m a recovered ex-addict and drugs and alcohol used to be my breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I was feeding on absolute poison and my poor body suffered greatly from it. When I hit rock bottom because of my addictions which almost lead me to take my own life, I knew that I needed to stop feeding myself this poison and get clean.
It was really my Mom who saved me, both from that bottle of pills I was holding lying on the bathroom floor and also by getting me into rehab where I began a long and difficult detox. I had abused alcohol and drugs for so many years and my body was shot. I was going to need a lot of healing.
Alcohol detox begins when you stop drinking and your body starts trying to eliminate the buildup of toxins in your body. Now throw in all the years of drug use and I’m sure you are getting the picture of how wrecked I really was healthwise.
My therapist, who was an absolute godsend during my detox process, said, and I quote, “Eat crap, feel crap, honey” and that point really hit home. What she taught me about food, its nutritional properties, exactly how it feeds us, and its health benefits, I will never forget and actually became a vital part of my recovery success.
Food provides us with all the good stuff, everything our bodies need to work properly – the vitamins, minerals, folic acid, complex carbohydrates, fiber, protein, and healthy fats. It’s all there. And superfoods are nature’s way of packing all that goodness into tasty things to eat.
So, for the recovering addict eating clean and healthy is absolutely vital to get rid of all that junk in your system from all the abuse your body took. Nutrition can help you on the path to getting clean and there are some superfoods out there that can seriously give you that edge.
In this article, I will share the 4 essential superfoods that helped me get through my drug and alcohol detox the most and can work for you or someone you know who is going through detox.
Fruit & Vegetables
Before I went into rehab and began the detoxing process just the thought of eating vegetables turned my stomach. Since I was a kid I’d had a serious aversion to broccoli and I would never have thought that I’d be saying this right now but…Eat your veggies!
These superfoods are vital to helping your body eliminate toxins and rejuvenating your damaged cells and vital organs and replacing essential vitamins like zinc and magnesium that alcohol and drug abuse can deplete.
Fruit and vegetables are natural sources of vitamins and minerals that your body is craving during a detox. The natural sweetness of fruit can help with intense sugar cravings that can kick in while you detox without resorting to junk food which will put more toxins into your system.
In the first few days of my alcohol and drug detox, I felt like I’d been smacked in the face with a sledgehammer. I had zero energy to do anything except feel sorry for myself. When you try to detox, especially from certain…let’s call them “energy enhancing drugs” your body totally crashes and your energy depletes rapidly.
So, eating superfood energy fueled foods are absolutely needed during the detox process. Whole grains like brown rice, beans, lentils, and oats can give you the total energy boost you need. Protein-rich foods are key in the recovery process and can help you stabilize blood sugar levels that can go haywire when you are a chronic substance abuser.
When I would hit the bar after work during my alcoholic years I’d sit down, order a couple of beers and start snacking on the peanuts at the bar as I sank beer after beer. I always thought it was just a tasty, salty addition to compliment my beer and never really thought about their nutritional value.
My therapist taught me that snacking on nuts and seeds was a great way to get little energy boosts and keep away any cravings I’d feel during detox. These lil’ guys are full of protein and healthy fats. That’s right not all fat is bad!
Healthy fats can contribute to good heart health and maintain healthy bones and joints and make your body strong again after the poisons of drug and alcohol abuse.
Alright, now this last superfood group might have you thinking “Andy, are you seriously telling me this can help my recovery from addiction?” and admittedly it sounds gross! But don’t be too quick to disregard it.
Going through the tough process of an alcohol and drug detox I was willing to try anything to get myself back to health again. I had read a lot about the power of superfoods for a complete body detox but when my therapist suggested I try algae I wasn’t all that enthusiastic.
I thought it was just a smelly green sea scum that wasn’t even fit for humans to eat, but then I discovered that it comes in supplement form like a vitamin. Chlorella and spirulina are two highly mineral enriched forms of algae that can flush out extremely harmful toxins and has numerous health benefits across the board.
I still take spirulina every day to stay healthy and fit and it really helps give me the energy for the now active lifestyle I love to live.
If you are going through the struggle with drug and alcohol addiction and want to live a clean and healthy life, are experiencing the detox process or know someone who is, learning how to eat right can seriously help you get closer to recovery success.
Of course, there are many elements that depend on how successful drug and alcohol detox is for each individual but in my experience, I found eating right was just as important as having a great therapist.
These superfoods can help nurture and heal your body and mind and get you back on the path to a healthy clean lifestyle.
Do you have any suggestions for our readers about the best superfoods to eat during alcohol and drug detox? We would love to hear from you so please feel free to leave us a comment below.