healthy eating

Fueling Your Body- Healthy Eating

While being physically fit and active is incredibly important in recovery, being conscious of what we put IN our bodies is just as if not more important. It continually baffles my mind to see people go to the gym and put so much effort into being “healthy” only to turn around after a great workout and down a Snickers and a Redbull. Do you see the divergence? Do you see why this makes no sense? If we want our bodies and minds to be as healthy and functional as possible, it does not make sense to only treat part of the body. Aesthetics are great, but your body will function according to what you are or are not fueling it with, and a body will always run better on whole, organic, natural foods.

Stop with the over processed, chemically-laced products being passed off as “food”. Start cooking more, avoid pre-made meals saturated in sodium and preservatives. The general rule of thumb is the fresher and fewer the ingredients in what you eat the better, but if you are going to eat pre-packaged food then always read the label, evaluate the ingredients. How many are there? For example, a ‘Peanut Butter Cookie’ Larabar has only three ingredients, peanuts, dates, and sea salt. No preservatives, no questionable chemicals. Larabars are a great example of a pre-packaged food that is still healthy and whole.

Another rule to live by: can you pronounce all of the ingredients in your food? Do you know what they are? Sodium benzoate, monosodium glutamate, aspartame…do any of those sound like they grow from the earth? Didn’t think so. Chemicals like these have no place in the human body. Start reading about all of the additives in your foods and I promise your views on what you put in your body will change dramatically. Making changes in your food consumption doesn’t have to happen overnight, either. Just being conscious is a huge step in the right direction. I always suggest making small changes in the beginning so that you don’t get burned out. Start by incorporating at least one home-cooked meal every day or two, then increase the frequency. Start purchasing more veggies, fruit, perishable items that can’t last for months in your cupboards. Avoid the unrefrigerated aisles. Start visiting farmer’s markets for organic and locally farmed produce, familiarize yourself with what is grown in each season so that you can eat seasonally as well. Avoid meats, eggs, and milk from animals that are treated with antibiotics or hormones. The more aware you are, the better. And the better that you treat your body, the better you will feel, guaranteed.

Sober since 2007, Maya is a mother, wife, and writer for the lifestyle blog ‘My Life As Maya‘. She is also a freelance writer and resident contributor for several other blogs in the fashion, fitness and parenting spheres.

  • F.B.
    Posted at 15:48h, 30 April Reply

    I notice a huge difference in how I feel when I’m eating more whole, unprocessed foods. It’s tempting in recovery to start to fix on unhealthy food and snacks whenever feeling emotional – one way I beat junk food cravings is by having some unsalted almonds or some kind of other healthy snack available to prevent a dash to the potato chips. Try to focus on getting in lots of protein and good fats! It’s not impossible to start eating a lot healthier, the hard part is just replacing the old bad habits.

  • Sean L.
    Posted at 21:52h, 04 May Reply

    Great article. Part of living sober for myself is a lifestyle change as a whole, and health and fitness are definitely huge aspect. What I focused on is drinking lots of water, especially when I am at work, and trying to go the gym as often as I can fit it in my schedule. I have to make a conscious effort almost each and every day, and when I do I feel the pay off. Now that I have more time and money to be able to buy better foods and spend time to cook, I always feel better when do cook a full meals. I like snacking on chobani yogurt, and granola, and I try to eat a lot meat and a lot of proteins. Thanks for all the valuable information!

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