Jacie Bailey, the WAR Dietician put these notes together based on her presentation on Tuesday night. Video clip to come shortly… Pretty interesting.
The Impact of Diet and Nutrition on Addiction Recovery
Alcohol contains almost as many calories per gram as fat. So when drinking alcohol you experience a sense of fullness having eaten “empty calories” which can lead to poor eating habits and malnutrition
Alcohol and drugs keep body from absorbing and using nutrients from food and getting rid of toxins
Because addicts neglect their diet, they experience problems with diarrhea, constipation, poor appetite and inability to digest foods properly
Nutrition impacts cravings for drugs and alcohol
Food affects mood. Caffeine and sugar contribute to mood swings
Alcohol and drug use prevent the body from processing 2 important amino acids, tyrosine and tryptophan. They are responsible for production of hormones related to emotional stability, mental clarity and general state of well-being
Addicts are not familiar with feeling hungry. When the body is saying, “I’m hungry”, this is interpreted as stress and a craving to use stimulants
When you feel better, you are less likely to start using alcohol and drugs again. Balanced diet helps improve mood and health.
Eat 5-6 small meals and snacks daily to prevent hunger
Keep body hydrated with water
Eat protein, fat and good carbohydrates for every meal and snack to keep blood sugars balanced