By Susan Finley, Ed.D., NCC
“He who takes medicine and neglects to diet wastes the skill of his doctors.”
What is the connection between diet, nutrition, and addiction? Each has a direct effect on our brain chemistry, our mood, and our physique. Maintaining a nourishing diet and balanced lifestyle has a positive impact on all aspects of one’s life. The physical, cognitive, and emotional benefits of taking care of one’s mind and body by practicing healthy eating habits are widely known, but this is especially crucial in the detox phase.
Plato, the Greek philosopher, once stated: “The part can never be well unless the whole is well.” In other words, it is only when you treat the whole person, that you fully address the problem. The same can be said for working with those who suffer from substance use and addiction. Medical research indicates that approaching one’s illness holistically lends itself to faster healing and reduced complications in future health, all with less use of medication. Eating a variety of foods ensures you get all the calories, proteins, vitamins, and minerals you need. In order to heal properly, it is important to eat the right foods. When working with a dietician, one can follow simple suggestions for “plate mapping” their meal to include the necessary portion of different foods (The Cleveland Clinic).
Nutrition counseling paired with physical fitness has shown to have remarkable results, helping you maintain a healthy, balanced, and sober existence. Working with counselors at Passages Malibu making changes to your exercise routine and diet will allow you to not only appreciate the difference in your physical appearance, but you will also notice an increase in energy, confidence, and self-esteem.
The Cleveland Clinic. Nutrition Guidelines to Improve Wound Healing.
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Susan Finley, Ed.D., NCC is an educator, published researcher, and social media consultant. She is a National Certified Counselor (NCC), Distance Credentialed Counselor (DCC) (e-therapy) and Suicide Prevention Instructor (QPR) under the National Board for Certified Counselors.
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