Hey there! Metabolism and weight gain as we age or experience life’s challenges can be tricky to manage. On one hand, our metabolic rate definitely decreases as we age-up to 2% per decade! On the other hand, people in recovery often struggle with finding balance in their diets. This can be due to cravings that emerge when beginning a sober lifestyle, or even just from eating more regularly after a long period of substance misuse.
Regardless of the cause, there are some simple tricks to help manage your diet. Eating plenty of fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, complex carbohydrates, and healthy fats throughout the day will provide a person with longer last energy, and decrease those moments where we might make a “hangry” decision during the day. Keep caffeine and refined sugars to a minimum, as they can also cause a person to feel jittery or cause them to crash during the day.
Be sure to check out the Health Promotion Website for more info on healthy eating. You can also schedule an appointment with our campus dietitian by calling 928-523-2131. Last, NAU offers a free Collegiate Recovery Program that provides plenty of support for students trying to maintain a sober lifestyle.
Cheers to a healthier you!
-The Health Nuts