Follow these six nutritional guidelines post-rehab, courtesy of Sherry Fixelle, R.D., consultant to Promises Treatment Centers in Malibu and West Los Angeles, Calif., and you’ll be well on your way to a healthier lifestyle.
1. Don’t go long periods of time without eating. Eat breakfast when you get up, and then be sure to eat a meal or snack every 2 to 4 hours thereafter until bedtime.
2. Your meals and snacks should be a balanced mix of protein, carbohydrates and fat. Although it’s not recommended you keep strict track of the percentages, as a rule of thumb, a meal should consist of 50 percent carbohydrates (such as fruit, green vegetables, baked potatoes, yams, pasta and whole grain bread); 25 percent protein (such as chicken, turkey, beef, fish and dairy); and no more than 25 percent fat.
3. Engage in physical activity at least four days per week (if not more), 45 to 60 minutes a session. Choose something that you enjoy, whether it’s weight training, aerobic activity or a sport.
4. Watch your caffeine intake, as it negatively impacts your appetite.
5. Stay hydrated by drinking non-caffeinated fluids throughout the day.
6. Take a good multivitamin and an omega-3 fatty acid supplement daily.