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Monday, August 8, 2016

Breakfast Foods to Fuel Recovery

What you eat for breakfast can set the tone for what you eat and how you feel for the rest of the day. In general, the best morning meals have a healthy mix of protein, fiber, and healthy fats. This power combo helps keep you full and prevents blood sugar dips so you can avoid mood swings and cravings.

While it can take years to reverse some of the damage that substance abuse inflicts on your body, adding certain foods to your diet can help jumpstart the healing process. To get started, stock up on these four breakfast staples:

Yogurt: Addictive substances like alcohol and opiates have been shown to have harsh effects on the stomach. Starting your day with yogurt will help increase your intake of probiotics, or healthy bacteria shown to restore the functioning of your digestive tract. Though preliminary, researchers have also found that probiotics can have a positive affect on your mood and functioning of your brain.

Oatmeal: A steaming bowl of oats is full of omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, folate, and potassium – all essential recovery nutrients. Oatmeal is also study-proven to lower levels of LDL (or bad) cholesterol and help keep arteries clear.

Eggs: This super food is a convenient and affordable source of protein. Eggs are rich in vitamin B2 (which helps support cell growth and regulate metabolism) and sulfur (which aids vitamin B absorption and liver function). If you opt for organic eggs, they’ll also be higher in omega-3 fatty acids.

Citrus fruit: Limes, lemons, and oranges are high in vitamin C and help to flush out toxins in the body and cleanse the liver. Adding a slice or two to some ice water in the morning will serve double-duty: It’s a great way to cleanse and stay hydrated.

Healthy Eating at the Haven
In addition to providing a memorable, nutritious dining experience, The Haven staff helps you create dietary patterns that support your sobriety and correct nutritional deficiencies. To learn more, call 805-202-3440.