Getting back to Nutrition in Recovery

In our active addiction, the last thing on our mind is usually what we are eating on a daily basis. We opt for speed and convenience at the expense of health and nutrition, often craving foods with high salt and sugar content. Now that you are in recovery, it is time to get back to a healthy diet in order to help your body heal the wounds it incurred as a result of your substance abuse and lack of nutrition. Here are a few things to consider when it comes to your eating habits.

You should already be working on establishing a routine in your early recovery, and meals should be a part of that routine. In our active addiction, we rarely ate at regular intervals, usually option for one or two meals a day supplemented by plenty of snacking. Try to return to three scheduled meals occurring at around the same time every day, especially breakfast. There is a lot of truth to the idea that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and unfortunately it is usually the first to disappear when we are in active addiction. It is well worth setting your alarm a half hour early so you can enjoy a proper breakfast before continuing on with your day. I guarantee breakfast will soon become your favorite aspect of the morning routine.

Convenience is a big selling point in grocery store items today. The frozen foods section is rife with microwaveable meals and other premade offerings designed to minimize prep time while maximizing flavor and shelf life. This is accomplished at the expense of nutrition, as these items are filled with preservatives and artificial ingredients offering no nutritional value. Instead of going the easy route, get back into the habit of taking a little time to prepare meals from scratch using fresh ingredients. You don’t have to go to culinary school or come up with a new exotic meal every day. Pick four or five of your favorite dinners, find simple recipes for them online, and get cooking! You will gain a sense of accomplishment when you have mastered these recipes, and your body will thank you for the nutrition you are providing.

Part of our journey in recovery should be replacing unhealthy behaviors with healthy ones. A great place to start this process is with our eating habits, as healthy eating will positively contribute to our physical and mental health and well-being. Investing time and effort into a healthy diet will pay dividends for years to come, both in the short term and long term. At Evolutions Treatment Center, we believe in a holistic approach to recovery that includes an emphasis on healthy eating. We have a staff nutritionist who will work with you to develop healthy eating habits that you can carry with you long after you leave our residential treatment facility. Call our Admissions Counselors today at 833-818-3031 so we may help you get started on the path of sobriety.


Evolutions is a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center located in beautiful South Florida. Our holistic approach to addiction treatment centers around addressing and healing the underlying issues at the root of addiction, rather than merely medicating symptoms away.

Our treatment program includes individual and group-based therapy to help clients understand and manage their symptoms and emotions.

If you or a loved one is suffering from addiction, alcoholism, or any co-occurring disorders please call us at (833) 818-3031 or