One of the things we include in our recovery program is cultivating good nutritional habits. This is because we understand the role that having a healthy body has when trying to gain a healthy mind.
You are what you eat
We know this sounds cliche. But this classic saying has so much truth to it. We’ve all experienced first hand that when we let our good eating habits slip and spend most of our time eating fast food or processed junk food, that we are less productive and are less likely to make good decisions in other aspects of our life. This is such an easy bad habit to fall into, because it is so much simpler to turn to these quick food options. During recovery it’s important not to give into temptation and take the easy route, and choosing healthy foods is a great way to practice this principle.
In order for your body to be functioning at 100%, it needs the proper nutrients that’s required to fuel a body. Luckily, these vitamins and minerals that you need can be found in natural food sources. If you’re eating a balanced and colorful diet that includes a lot of fruits and vegetables, you’ll notice not only the functionality of your body improve, but also your mental health will improve.
Which fruits and veggies to eat
Your body needs a variety of different nutrients every day. Here are a few vitamins you need, and how to find them naturally.
Vitamin A - Find this vitamin in sweet potatoes, carrots, dried apricots, dark leafy greens(such as kale or chard), bell peppers, and cantaloupe.
Vitamin D - The only vegetable you’ll find with Vitamin D is mushrooms. Most types of protein, like cheese, ground beef, Chicken breast, and eggs, have Vitamin D.
Vitamin E - The best way to get Vitamin E is in fruits. Try Avocado, berries, Kiwi, Peaches, and Mango.
Vitamin C - Green vegetables(such as chard, broccoli, and brussels sprouts), and tropical fruits(such as papaya, pineapple, mango, and oranges) are the best source of Vitamin C.
Making sure you fuel your body with the proper nutrients will aid your recovery, because taking care of your body is vital to empowering yourself to take care of your mind. You want to rid your body of all of it’s toxins, which includes not only toxic food, but also the toxic habits you’re fighting.