Proper Nutrition in Uncertain Times
With everything that’s going on in the world right now, maintaining healthy eating habits can be difficult. When those habits start to slip, fatigue, anxiety, and depression can follow. This problem is compounded when the folks involved are suffering from substance abuse or eating disorders. With the body under stress, the brain finds it easier to slip into old, destructive habits. Nutrition, then, is as important as ever. The following are some general guidelines to keep our bodies running in peak condition, even during a pandemic.
Focus on the Forest, Not the Trees
Priority number one is getting a wide variety of wholesome and nutritious foods. It’s that simple. Trying to adhere to a strict diet based on the latest health science fad is a good way to turn your relationship with food into a war. Nutritional guidelines are just that – guidelines. Use them as a pathway to find new and healthy flavors rather than a code of conduct.
Shades of Grey
We’re not suggesting you build your house at the base of Mount Vesuvius. But taking a cue from Nietzsche and moving past ideas of good and bad is a helpful strategy. Those distinctions are more effective at making money for the diet industry than keeping you healthy. That bowl of kale might be more nutritious than the cupcake. But leaving the door open for the latter will do wonders for your mental health. Keep priority one in mind and you’ll be fine.
Get Off to a Good Start
An all-too-common recovery breakfast consists of something along the lines of two cups of coffee, six tablespoons of sugar, and a half a pack of cigarettes. And then we go through our days wondering why we feel awful and depressed. Starting the day with a healthy and balanced breakfast can feel strange at first. However, it’s a great way to begin your day with intention and premium fuel.
Get In Gear
Yes, we know the gyms are closed right now. But nutrition and exercise work in tandem to keep you feeling your best. Even a simple walk can improve appetite and nutrient absorption, promote neuroplasticity, and increase overall energy levels. As we’ve said in a previous blog, 30-60 minutes of aerobic exercise three times a week can make a world of difference.
Build Your Foundation for Success
Ocean Recovery has been successfully treating substance abuse and eating disorders since 2002. Furthermore, we remain open and committed to our mission during these uncertain times. We offer individual and group counseling, nutritional therapy, yoga, and more. If you or someone you love is struggling with addiction, please consider calling Ocean Recovery today. Our admissions specialists are standing by to help you start building your foundation for success.