Why You Should Consider Eating Organic if You're in Recovery

Why You Should Consider Eating Organic if You're in Recovery

Recovery is a challenging yet beautiful quest to returning to one’s wholeness.  It is a journey of physical, emotional and spiritual healing.  All of these layers of healing are critical to arrive to a state of true recovery.  Yet, in early recovery, it is valuable to bring some extra attention to physical healing as it is the foundation necessary to have the resources for the intense process that is engaged in emotional healing and spiritual discovery.

The recovery process can be intense for many people on the physical plane.  In many cases, the body has been subjected to long-term and often daily ingestion of toxins through the addict’s drug and alcohol use.  When this ingestion stops, the body will undergo a multi-phased process of healing itself.  It has an extraordinary capacity to heal itself, given time and adequate resources, to complete the healing process.  It is critical to understand that the body has a finite amount of resources to both, continue sustaining itself and to heal itself.  It can be helpful to think of this as an energy currency.  

When we make the decision to heal, we can empower the body with more resources for the healing process by choosing what we ingest for our food resources.  Our bodies require a certain amount of currency to run the daily systems to sustain life from one day to the next.  The food choices we make more resources available for the actual healing process.  This is especially true with organic foods.  Organics do not have pesticides and other toxins that non-organics contain.  The absence of chemicals in the food means that there is less work for your liver, kidneys and digestive system to do in making nutrients available for the rest of your bodies functions.  It creates more resources for your body to heal itself.   

Organics are sometimes more expensive than non-organic foods due to the absence of toxicity and what this means to the cost to farmers in the agriculture process.  If cost prohibits one in purchasing organics, consider purchasing organics on foods that do not have a thick outer peel or shell.  For example, lettuce, berries, etc are more exposed to toxins than an avocado or banana.  Organics will support someone in early recovery in feeling better sooner and lay a solid foundation for the life-changing emotional work that lies ahead.  

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What Does Organic Really Mean?

Think about the word “organic” and understand a few vague pieces of information. Generally, most people understand organic to mean two things: better for you, and more expensive. Since the release of controversial and eye-opening documentaries likeFood, Inc. the world has been made aware of the importance of eating a mostly organic diet. Genetically modified foods and processed foods are not as healthy as they claim to be. However, due to the intricate relationships between government boards like the Food and Drug Administration and the United States Department of Agriculture with multi billion dollar food corporations, the definition of organic has been blurred.

USDA Definition

Recently, the USDA updated its definition of what organic is supposed to mean when it comes to the food you buy. According toLifehacker, “Under current standards, the label ‘organic’ doesn’t have much to do with animal welfare. It basically just refers to restrictions on what the animals are fed and when they’re given antibiotics.” Until recently, consumers have been mostly concerned with what kinds of hormones and chemicals are given to the animals and plants they buy to eat. Since organic is supposed to mean healthier food, most assume that the food is treated with a higher quality of care. Today, animal cruelty is a major consideration for purchasing animal products, specifically. “Free range” for example is an important label, for purchasing chicken and beef. Unfortunately, not all organic animal products come from humane farms or factories.

“With the new rule,”Lifehacker explains, “farmers have to give animals access to the outdoors at least once a day on vegetation or soil—enclosed porches don’t count. It also sets guidelines for minimum space requirements and prevents certain physical alterations to the animal (like de-beaking).” These are huge strides in the organic food industry, which is estimated to be a $40 billion industry.

Government agencies have come under fire for their loose treatment of the word organic and the regulations with which they use to determine what is healthy for consumers. These new restrictions ensure another level of consideration which food producers and manufacturers must abide by in order to create a quality product.

Increasingly, people are turning to a mostly organic lifestyle. Supporting a healthy lifestyle of proper nutrition and food choices is essential for persons recovering from drug and alcohol addiction, in addition to co-occurring mental health disorders.

Recovery is a healing process of mind, body, and spirit. Enlightened Solutions is committed to providing clients with a one hundred percent organic diet as well as nutritional support and counseling on keeping a healthy lifestyle long term. If you are interested in our programs of healing, call us today at 833-801-5483.