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Eat: Using Food to Fuel Your Recovery

There are delicious ways to boost your mood during your recovery from addiction or on
your mental health and wellness journey. According to Wellness Journal magazine,
“From easing stress to improving your mood, food plays an important part in how you
feel.” The idea is to use food as a tool to fuel the mind and body, improving health while
simultaneously tasting great. There are many ways to do this, even though you might
not think so. Food is fuel. Let’s work toward using food to fuel your recovery.

What You Eat Can Impact Your Emotions

According to the award-winning nutritional therapist, Christine Bailey, “Our diet and lifestyle can drastically affect our mood, so if you struggle with loss of motivation or have
difficulty finding joy in your daily life, it could be time to rethink what you eat.” Bailey
explains that “Studies have shown that people with depression often eat food that can
make them feel worse — usually what we’d call ‘comfort food.’” Although we think these
foods provide comfort and make us feel better, they may be contributing to negative
emotions. Luckily, there are foods you can eat that will “provide you with the nutrients
your body needs to produce neurotransmitters (the body’s chemical messengers) that
will give your mood a natural lift.”

One example of food impacting how you feel takes place after eating sugary foods.
Typically, you will experience a spike of energy at first, followed by an energy crash.
Another example occurs when you don’t eat food consistently, causing your blood
pressure to drop and create feelings of irritability.

Foods That Boost Serotonin

Serotonin is known as the “happy hormone.” While serotonin isn’t found in foods,
tryptophan is. Consequently, tryptophan is converted into serotonin by way of amino
acids. Foods high in amino acids also tend to be high in nutrients like protein, iron, and
vitamin B6. Additionally, foods with vitamin D, omega-3 fats, and zinc also serve as
mood boosters.

Happy Foods

  • Foods considered “happy foods” include many nutrients, some of which are good fats,
    antioxidants, proteins, vitamins, probiotics, and more. Some “happy foods” include:
  •  Avocado
  •  Berries
  •  Reishi mushrooms
  •  Salmon
  •  Yogurt
  •  Bananas
  •  Dark chocolate
  •  Eggs

Villa Tranquil Recovery is here to support you on your journey to recovery.
Although food can’t do 100% of the work, it’s a great place to start. We’re here to
help you with the rest. Call us today at 866-697-7573 for more information about how we can help you!