Gratitude for Our Student Interns
We have several student interns from the University of Memphis. One student is in Health Promotion and written an article regarding healthy foods and how to eat in a good way. I know you will enjoy the read.
Nutrition for The Recovering
by Kattie Kersting
For most of us, nutrition has long been neglected because we put our addictions of drugs and alcohol first. This has caused a nutrition deficiency on our body tissue, the brain, and our neurotransmitters that carry chemical messages between the nerve cells and our muscles.
Poor diet and nutrition has a direct relation to mood and energy. That is why it is important to add more nutrition and exercise to your recovery program. Having the proper amount of amino acids, vitamins, and minerals is key for the brain to function properly. Many drugs such as alcohol, caffeine, heroine, and pain killers can severley damage or inhibit the digestive process. This is another cause for the brain to not function properly because of malnutrition.
The withdrawal symptoms during the early steps of detoxification are fewer in a well-nourished individual. This conversely aids in a greater chance of long-term recovery.
The recovery diet consists of 25% protein, 30 % fat and a total of 2,000 calories to include all five food groups: fruits, vegetables, low fat dairy, whole grains, and lean protein. Suggestions to Help your recovery:
3 snacks and 3 small meals daily
decrease caffeine by drinking decaf coffee, caffeine free soda and herbal teas
eat fresh fruits and vegetables
eat whole grain instead of refined grains
limit red meat because it is harder to digest
be aware of amount of sugar consumption