Most people who have been addicted to alcohol or drugs suffer some degree of malnourishment. You can be underweight or overweight. As a result, your body does not have the materials required for normal repair, growth, and functioning of your body and mind. For your body to repair itself you need a balanced diet of nutritious foods. The temptation to eat sugary foods and high caffeine drinks to stave off cravings leads to more problems.
The importance of eating three regular balanced meals and a healthy snack in the morning, afternoon, and evening cannot be over emphasized. Avoiding high sugar foods and replacing them with healthy fruit or other carbohydrates will help to keep your blood sugar from suddenly spiking and dropping.
Eating irregularly and eating foods high in sugar results in mood swings that mimic the mood swings that occurred when you were using drugs. The brain depends on glucose for its energy. When blood glucose drops abruptly, the brain signals distress by symptoms such as mental confusion, headaches, irritability, nervousness, depression, and an intense craving for alcohol or high sugar foods. If you eat foods with high sugar content, the blood sugar rises quickly. It will temporarily relieve those symptoms of low blood sugar. But what goes up must come down and the symptoms return (Ketcham, & Pace, 2003).
If you rely on sweets and other high sugar foods during recovery to reduce your craving for alcohol and drugs, you will actually create greater cravings. When your blood sugar drops, you may experience nervousness, insomnia, panic, fear, nausea, mental confusion, irritability, depression and your old friend: craving for more alcohol and drugs.
The solution is to eat well and eat regularly throughout the day.