FOOD FOR GAMBLING ADDICTION RECOVERY

Trapped in a ‘Gambling Bubble’ problem gamblers neglect themselves, self care just doesn’t exist for them, washing is way down the list, and they are certainly not eating healthy nutritious food. A bag of crisps, fizzy drinks, fast food and a quick snack have become their best friends!

Food is not an outside issue when it comes to gambling addiction.

Gamblers don’t sleep well. often they waken at 4 am,  secretly placing bets. When they do finally sleep, I imagine them awakening, paralysed with fear, remembering all the money they have lost. Lying to themselves has become as easy as lying to everyone else.

So what part can FOOD play in recovery from gambling addiction?

Food is a fundamental issue when dealing with gambling addiction, as with any recovery, it becomes so much easier when you have the right nutrition. When you are running on bad food, it saps your energy, makes you feel queasy, and keeps you from achieving your full potential. There are no quick fixes, as it is your liver that does the detoxing in your body, not your food.

For your Liver to start Detoxing, cut out sugar and refined starches. 

Now has never been a better time for a sugar and junk food detox. Studies have shown that refined sugars can suppress your immune system for hours after ingesting. Limiting sugar will help your immune system function better and your overall health improves.

The Human body is a perfect machine, as long as it is given the right fuel.

You wouldn’t put petrol in a diesel car!

To help detox from sugar and reset your body to a healthy state try this 10 Day Detox Reset pdf from Ocean Robins. The basis behind the 10 Day Reset program is real, whole food. Therefore anyone can try this program, you could start at home today!

Alkalise your body.

Sugar and processed foods tend to make our bodies slightly more acidic. Eating whole plant foods and lots of them, 5 to 8 cups a day, is a good way to alkalise your body.  One way we can help improve our pH balance is by making big vegetable soups. 

Go green with organic salads, veggies, juices and smoothies

Changing our diet can help us relieve the symptoms of  stress. Our relationship with food is directly connected to the way we experience life. It is one of the core issues. Therefore, a holistic approach to recovery  includes a deep look into our association with food.

To help relieve stress, check out the following 8 Foods:

There is growing evidence that there is a connection between the brain and the gut. The gut has even been referred to as the second brain. When essential nutrients are missing from our diet, it has a direct effect on the production of neurotransmitters and brain chemistry, this in turn can increase or lessen our anxiety-related behaviours.

Trying swapping the following foods:

1. Asparagus

Folate deficiency, a mood-boosting nutrient, can be found in Asparagus. One cup alone provides two-thirds of your daily recommended folate value. Food Swap:  Asparagus Spears instead of Fries  Grill some asparagus to serve as a side dish. Substitute fries with: cooked asparagus into salsa, hummus, or a bean dip.

2. Avocado

Vitamin B6 helps the body make several neurotransmitters, including serotonin, which influences mood.  Avocados are rich in stress-relieving B vitamins, magnesium and heart-healthy fat that may help to lessen anxiety. Vitamin E is a nutrient that is important for vision, reproduction and maintaining healthy skin. It’s also been connected with cognition, helps widen blood vessels and is needed for the formation of red blood cells. Because vitamin E is fat-soluble it’s only found in foods like nuts and avocados that have a high-fat content. Food Swap: Frozen Avocado Treat instead of  Ice Cream  Just blend avocado with a ripe banana, vanilla extract, almond milk, and sweetener. Freeze for a few hours.

3. Blueberries

When we’re anxious and stressed, our bodies crave vitamin C to help repair and protect our cells, and blueberries are packed full of it. Small but mighty, blueberries are bursting with antioxidants and vitamin C which have been shown to provide anxiety relief. There is also evidence to suggest that antioxidants may be useful for both the prevention and reduction of anxiety. Added sugars throw off the healthy bacterial balance in the gut, that may increase anxiety. Sugar causes the brain to work at a sub-optimal level and puts you at greater risk for depressive symptoms associated with anxiety. Therefore the sweetness from blueberries is a better option acting as a positive immune booster. Food Swap: Blueberries Instead of Sugary Sweets 

Add some blueberries to your favourite muffin recipe 4. Turkey

Tryptophan found in Turkey, is an amino acid that the body needs to produce the neurotransmitter serotonin, which helps regulate sleep, moods and may help reduce anxious feelings. Fried foods introduce unhealthy fats and won’t help your anxiety. Turkey diced into quinoa or brown rice add some veggies and you have a meal full of healthy nutrients that support sound sleep. Food Swap: Lean Turkey Instead of Fried Chicken  Left over turkey is very versatile

5. Almonds

Just 1 ounce of almonds (that’s about 12 nuts) ­ contains 75mg of magnesium which is 19% of your daily recommended value.  Magnesium reduces the level of the neurotransmitter serotonin in the brain and may be an effective treatment for anxiety-related symptoms. Snack on nuts rather than cookies to ensure you are getting healthy fats and fibre that promote gut health, rather than the sugar that interrupts good bacteria. Trans fats, like those found in cookies, can increase your risk of depression by as much as 48%. For a touch of sweetness, throw in a few dark chocolate chips with the almonds. Food Swap: Almonds Instead of Cookies 

6. Yogurt

For breakfast try your cereal with yogurt instead of milk. Fermented, probiotic foods can help reduce anxiety.  The best yogurts to eat are Greek, the plain versions in particular as they contain live and active probiotic cultures. Food Swap: Yogurt and Cereal Instead of  Milk and Cereal  If yogurt isn’t your thing, try incorporating sauerkraut or a pickle into your daily sandwich. 7. Kale (or Arugula) To help moods, dark, leafy greens like kale, rich in beta-carotene and vitamin C, are needed to boost antioxidant levels and support optimal brain functioning. There is a link between anxious symptoms and a low antioxidant state. If you already eat salad or add lettuce to your sandwiches, replace it with kale. Food Swap: Kale Instead of Iceberg Lettuce  To reduce the bitter taste of kale, try adding it to an omelette, soup or smoothie.

8. Salmon

Our brain requires the right dietary fats to function properly, so a diet rich in the omega-3 fatty acids, helps keep cortisol and adrenaline from spiking when we are feeling tense and anxious. Replacing red meat with seafood with omega-3 found in salmon, chia seeds, soybeans, walnuts as well as cold-pressed olive oil is a healthier choice. Food Swap: Salmon Instead of Steak Experiment by trying out different spices and flavor combinations when cooking salmon. Sprinkle the fish with salt, pepper and garlic, add a few sprigs of rosemary, and top with some thinly sliced lemon.

The quality and intent that’s behind the food we eat, the way it is grown, the way it was produced, the way it was delivered to us, the way it was prepared, the way that we ate it – all that has a strong impact on the quality of your life and the quality of our behaviours and what we value”. David Wolfe – world expert on Nutrition

Make a small change and in a weeks time your life will be easier than it is today.

Give these food swaps a try and see if modifying your diet helps reduce your anxiety!

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Written by Karen Ireland

April 7, 2020

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