Let’s face it, those of us who struggled with addiction did not take great care of ourselves while actively involved with our disease. We drank our calories, we skipped meals, we ate crappy food, and we beat up our bodies with chemicals. It takes a toll, physically AND soulfully.
When we come into recovery we aren’t given much guidance to care for our physical selves beyond eat three squares a day, get regular sleep, and keep your body clean.
The 99.9% of us who experienced cravings are encouraged to eat candy or sweets and go to more meetings.
You don’t hear much about how Eating can Improve our Recovery… or how it can Prevent Relapses, or how What We Eat impacts our Soul.
We get into sobriety and love it up with sugar and caffeine, often with added nicotine, to boot. Most of us (at least I did) think – well, I gave up alcohol so I am healthy. I also took up running to kick it up a notch, but that was it. I continued to eat whatever I wanted and the running gave me the perfect excuse to do so!
The truth is we beat up our bodies during active addiction, compromise our immune systems, and expose ourselves to all kinds of risky situations. Our adrenals take a huge hit – both in active addiction and during recovery.
Weakened adrenals make us vulnerable – in mind and body.
In sobriety, when we get sick, we, being responsible, sober people, head off to the doctor where we get diagnoses, scripts, and sent on our way. Dutifully we follow doctors orders. And often, we still feel crappy. What is with that?