What to Eat & Drink to Succeed in Early Sobriety (+ 6 Over-the-Hump Supplements)
When I quit drinking, several years ago, it seemed as though the wineglasses were singing to me from the cupboard. It was agony.
The first three days of sobriety are usually the hardest. You feel like crap and the temptation to reach for your “solution” of choice is all too easy.
You’re just not going to feel good physically when you first quit drinking/using. Your mind is going to spin and obsess, and your emotions will likely run roughshod over any semblance of sanity. But there’s hope.
You can spring-load your body and brain to succeed in early sobriety by feeding it the good stuff – the stuff that will restore vital nutrients, minerals, electrolytes, and hydration, and help flush toxins.
Important Note: I cannot give you medical or psychiatric advice. I can only share what has worked for me, based on recommendations from my naturopathic doctor, and my own personal experience. I urge you to consult a trusted medical professional before jumping into any new diet or supplement regime. You should also detox under the direct supervision of a medical professional.
Boozing and/or drugging really does a number on your body AND your brain cells. But there are specific foods, beverages and supplements that can help get you over the hump of the first few, most difficult days of sobriety.
I did a ton of research on this subject because I love to feel good. And I relapsed too many times to count. I also love to cook. I’ve spent many years concocting good stuff in my kitchen. (Because I also love to eat.) So, the recommendations I offer here are based on hard core nutritional science and brain research, advice from my naturopath (who is also in recovery), and good old-fashioned personal experience.
Another secret ingredient that will help you succeed is preparation.
I love reaching into the refrigerator and pulling out something good for me and ready-to-go without having to think much about it. Especially when I’m not feeling 100%. You’ll be more successful if you prepare a few things in advance.
Stock Up: Head to the grocery store with your Detox Ingredients list (below) and stock your fridge with all good stuff. Make yourself a big pot of soup. Boil up some eggs for easy snacking. Oatmeal keeps and reheats easily; make yourself some.
Expunge: Dump out all the wine, booze, drug paraphernalia, and anything else that triggers your addiction. If you’re partner/roommate has any, insist they get rid of it, too. Or keep it off site.
Call in the Troops: Chances are there is someone (or many) in your life who will support you in your sobriety. Don’t be too proud to ask for help. Some of the Detox Ingredients I’ve listed require some skill in the kitchen, such as cabbage soup and chicken. If you’re not into cooking, and you don’t have anyone to help whip up recipes, that’s okay. Choose grab-and-go alternatives from the market or order take-out.
Here’s a short list of my fav 10 Detox Ingredients. Each of these items have specific properties that help reduce cravings, restore nutrients and flush out toxins.
Work them into recipes when you can, sprinkle them on other foods, or eat as stand-alones, such as a handful of almonds or berries.
- Almonds/Almond butter
- Cayenne Pepper
- Cabbage Soup
- Chicken & Eggs
- Citrus fruits & juices
- Cruciferous vegetables
- Leafy Greens & green juices
- Green Tea
Download an expanded list (FREE) of 30 Detox Ingredients below — from avocados to olive oil, plus details on their specific benefits. (I’ll snag your email address first, just fair notice.)
You can also boost your chances of success in early sobriety with a few organic supplements.
At the risk of repeating myself, always, always, always consult your doctor or pharmacist before taking any supplements. While these supplements all occur in nature, or in your own body, that doesn’t mean you can go crazy.
These supplements are powerful. Don’t abuse them.
I’m going to share a short list with you of six supplements that were recommended to me. Consult a physician, do your due diligence, and don’t start taking these willy-nilly! You want to be fully aware of the indications, dosages, cautions, and possible side effects before you embark on a supplement regime. Also, many supplements should be cycled on and off over time. Be informed before you begin!
We alcoholics/addicts are not known for our moderation. Taking the wrong supplements for you, or taking too many, will often have the opposite effect of what you’re reaching for, and/or be detrimental to your physical and mental health.
These supplements can boost neurotransmitters, such as dopamine and serotonin, helps balance mood swings, reduce anxiety and stress, and block the path to “crazy town” in your brain.
In recovery, we often white-knuckle our path through early sobriety. You don’t have to be alone in this, but ultimately, it’s up to you to stay away from alcohol and drugs. Call on your Higher Power, your sponsor, and your “fellows” in a 12-Step program. Go to meetings. Let your family and friends support your sobriety (they may be hoping, begging and pleading for it).
Pull in every resource you can to help you get sober and stay sober, one day at a time. That includes what you eat and drink, and how you supplement your diet.
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Eat to Succeed in Sobriety
If you, or someone you know, is struggling in sobriety, consider eating yourself through the roughest days…with food and beverages that help flush toxins and restore vital nutrients.
The 3-Day Super Detox Diet will also help you through headaches, shakes & cravings. Get it here.
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