The Mediterranean diet can help your body heal after drug or alcohol addiction detox
Hummus, a spread made from garbanzo beans, can be a great addition to a healthy diet – and a healthy diet can be a powerful tool as you move beyond your alcohol or drug detox in Florida.
“Hummus is a spread made from garbanzo beans that comes in several different flavors, such as garlic or red pepper. Beans, which belong to the legume family, are a source of protein. Beans are also high in fiber, low in calories, and provide vitamins and minerals,” the health experts at Livestrong.org explain. “Pair the dip with vegetables that provide complex carbohydrates. Top choices are carrots, celery, broccoli, cauliflower and cucumbers. Hummus is also a good spread on sandwiches or crackers. Spread on whole-wheat bread, whole-grain crackers or stone-ground-wheat toast.”
Hummus has become very popular in recent years as research has shown the benefits of a Mediterranean diet. Research has clearly indicated that the traditional Mediterranean diet is good for heart health. “The Mediterranean diet is also associated with a reduced incidence of cancer, and Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases,” the health experts at the Mayo Clinic report. “Women who eat a Mediterranean diet supplemented with extra-virgin olive oil and mixed nuts may have a reduced risk of breast cancer."
The Mayo Clinic is not alone in touting the benefits of the Mediterranean diet. In fact, the research is so compelling that you’d be hard pressed to find a health resource that doesn’t promote the value of adopting the Mediterranean model. “Most if not all major scientific organizations encourage healthy adults to adapt a style of eating like that of the Mediterranean diet for prevention of major chronic diseases,” the Mayo Clinic says.
Proper nutrition can play a vital role in your successful alcohol or drug detox in Florida and your ongoing recovery efforts – wherever life leads you. At Spring Gardens Recovery Center in Tampa, you will find master’s level clinicians and physicians with the expertise to assess your nutritional needs as part of a customized medical plan. That’s just one of the many benefits that residential detox treatment provides.
So, in general, what are the foods you should be eating if you want to get on the bandwagon? The recommendations are fairly simply and straight forward. According to the Mayo Clinic, the Mediterranean dietemphasizes:
- Eating primarily plant-based foods, such as fruits and vegetables, whole grains, legumes and nuts
- Replacing butter with healthy fats such as olive oil and canola oil
- Using herbs and spices instead of salt to flavor foods
- Limiting red meat to no more than a few times a month
- Eating fish and poultry at least twice a week
Now you can see why hummus makes such a smart choice when you’re craving a snack. Many grocery stores carry a choice of hummus flavors in their deli department. If you want to take hummus to the next level, though, you can make it yourself. Bon Appétit offers a choice of 20 Creamy, Dreamy Hummus Recipes, including Sweet and Tangy Hummus, a garlic-free hummus that gets its smoky-sweet flavor and color from red pepper paste, and Beet and Ricotta Hummus, which mixes the traditional recipe up by swapping in plain Greek yogurt or even a soft goat cheese for the ricotta.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Kelly Fitzgerald is a sober writer based in Southwest Florida who is best known for her personal blog The Adventures of a Sober Señorita. Her work has been published across the web including sites like The Huffington Post, Thought Catalog, Ravishly, SheKnows, Elite Daily, The Fix, Brit + Co, Addiction Unscripted and AfterPartyMagazine. She is currently writing a memoir.