Life Skills: Nutrition

Each time we transition into another phase of life, we need to review our personal life skills inventory. When we got to high school, we realized we likely needed to improve our social skills in order to make lasting friendships. When we had a roommate in college for the first time, there is a good chance we thought twice about our habits around the house. Recovery is another phase, and it is essential to take an inventory of those life skills once again. Nutrition is one of those skills. During the throes of addiction, healthy eating habits were not likely a priority. Given the nature of addiction, the mind focuses and obsesses over the subject of the addiction, often allowing physical harm to our bodies. In recovery, a healthy body more easily resists triggers, stays focused on the positive, and has the willpower to adhere to a treatment plan. Proper nutrition may be easily overlooked but is a life skill that is imperative in recovery.

Tips for Healthy Eating

One of the best suggestions you may ever hear to help you with creating a healthy eating lifestyle is planning. It is hard to eat healthy when all you have around you is cookies and cake! Prepare for your success. Plan healthy, delicious meals for the following week so that you can get all necessary ingredients when you go shopping over the weekend. Freeze leftovers, so you have easy access to healthy meals when you are short on time or just don’t feel like cooking. Always carry healthy snacks and water with you. Ensuring you provide your body with healthy, balanced meals and snacks will repay itself tenfold in your recovery journey.

Nutrition in your Treatment Plan

Not only is nutrition a life skill that helps tremendously in recovery, but it should also be a cornerstone of your treatment plan. When creating a treatment plan, it is essential that it covers all areas of your life to ensure all of your needs are met and to minimize surprises that could jeopardize your sobriety. Include the tips above when planning just how your nutrition will play a role in your recovery. If creating this all-encompassing treatment plan becomes overwhelming and daunting, consider reaching out to Hired Power. With our Personal Recovery Assistant service, our certified personal recovery assistants guide you through the creation of a personalized treatment plan that covers nutrition, as well as the other vital factors. Hired Power’s Case Management service takes it to a higher level of support, and can also include monitoring services. Having a professional, experienced Addiction Expert team on your side ensures all of your bases are covered.

Call Hired Power today for information on our renown recovery services, in addition to our many other recovery services designed to help you and your family bring recovery home. 714-559-3919