EAT REAL FOOD FOR RECOVERY!

July 28, 2021
Chris Engen

It’s groundhog day, yet again. You find yourself with a drink in your hand at 5pm, despite just that very morning SWEARING to yourself and God and your journal that you will never, EVER again drink alcohol. You have done all kinds of research on what might be wrong with you and perhaps worked with a therapist or joined an alcohol-free support group. You’re trying SO HARD, every day thinking things will be different. But most of the time, by the end of the day, the alcohol wins. You feel defeated and small and worthless and weak. Not again! Why does this keep happening? I’ll do better tomorrow, you say.

Take that same scenario and insert sugar or carbs. You start off the day thinking you’ll only ingest 10 grams of carbs. Or you’ll be 100% sugar free. By 3pm, your cravings are through the roof and you can barely think straight. Your hand is in the cookie jar before you know what happened. 

If you’ve tried “all of the things” and just can’t seem to get ahead, you’ll be happy to know it has nothing to do with willpower. You read that right. It has nothing to do with Willpower. I bet you’re actually a very accomplished person that has numerous achievements in your life, all that you manifested with some degree of willpower. Alcohol is a different kind of dragon to slay. It is NOT your fault.

When I was in school earning my Nutrition Consulting Certificate, I discovered I was hypoglycemic. I thought everyone had crazy swings from being perfectly comfortable to ravenously hungry. I also learned that my long history of low calorie dieting, eating fat-free, artificially sweetened foods was the opposite of healthy eating. Real food was something I hadn’t consistently consumed in a very long time. Counting calories and restricting food, skipping meals and substituting alcohol calories for food calories were habits that traced back to an age I’m saddened to think about. Learning that food feeds not only my body, but also my brain, made me very curious about the connection between nutrition and mental health.

I started experimenting with eating real food... not low fat, not low calorie, not artificially sweetened, not Molly Mc Butter or Olestra or any kind of fake food…. but REAL unprocessed food, and discovered that my cravings for alcohol and sugar started to ease. I deepened my studies and for two more years, studied how depleted neurotransmitter levels in the brain led to symptoms and cravings, and that amino acids and protein are the KEY for feeding the brain. 

As a result of my own personal experience and helping hundreds of people either cut back or quit drinking or sugar completely, I am convinced nutrition is the missing  piece to recovery.  No one is talking about it, and I want to change that. I have developed a way of eating based on my studies and personal experience that will work for anyone who is still blaming themselves for being “weak-willed” unfocused. There is a very real biochemical component and the good news is that it’s correctable!

The Eat Real Food program is NOT a diet. It’s a way of eating with LOTS of choices to keep you ON TOP of your goals. No longer will you be caught off-guard in the liquor section or the fast food line, wondering how you got there. Food is not optional, so by eating at the right time in the right way,  you can take complete charge of your recovery, stop getting in your own way and  get OFF the rollercoaster for good.

Of course, there is no “one size fits all” diet out there and this program is no exception, however it outlines the absolute BASICS of ANY eating plan. 

  1. SET YOURSELF UP FOR SUCCESS BY PLANNING AHEAD!
  2. GET YOUR BLOOD SUGAR UNDER CONTROL
  3. CORRECT ANY DIGESTIVE ISSUES
  4. MOVE YOUR BODY AND FUEL IT FOR PERFORMANCE
  5. LEARN ABOUT AMINO ACIDS AND OTHER SUPPLEMENTS FOR BRAIN BALANCE

The results will be no less than astonishing by follwing these 5 simple steps. Ready to start??!! Let's talk about it!

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