How to Make the Change

Veggie Dish
Veggie Dish

By Sam Takeda

So, you may have been using cocaine and other drugs and abusing alcohol. So, how to get off of drugs and alcohol? Although, I do not see any studies published in addiction treatment regarding the benefit of a seafood and plant-based diet, I think the diet can be successfully used for people that are addicted to cocaine and alcohol. The hardest part is changing the diet. Too often, people blame the addiction or anything they can blame the problem on. People can blame a family member, a bad day, a death in the family, their job, somebody they had an argument with, their house, or their kids, and the list goes on.

For instance, when I was addicted to crack, I blamed my father for the negative feelings I had. I used to use crack to erase those negative feelings. To me, my father seemed very unemotional, and I thought he did not care about what I did with my life. But, I realized that he does care, and he is a person that does not express his emotions.

Mussels
Mussels

The important thing to do is identifying the root problem to your addiction. In my opinion, most often, the problem with addiction lies in your diet. That is something people often overlook because eating food usually makes people satisfied and happy.

Before suggesting a diet change, I want to emphasize the importance of consuming enough foods that are dense in vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals. “How can I do that?” People might ask. It is both hard and simple. It is hard because eating habits are hard to change. It is simple because the concept is simple. Eating whole foods as opposed to refined and processed foods is the key to consuming enough vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals. Meat and dairy derived from land animals are packed with nutrients that can keep a person energized and healthy, so if you were to take those out of the diet, you would need to replace the nutrients with plant-based food and/or seafood that has equal or more nutrient content than food derived from land animals.

Raspberry
Raspberry

Refined foods such as sugar, white rice, white bread, white flour and the like are stripped of those important nutrients, so they should not be a staple part of your diet. Especially sugar, it does not contain any nutrients beside calories derived from sugar. White rice, white bread, and white flour, at least, contain protein, carbohydrates, minerals and vitamins. So sugar should not be part of your diet at all, only in instances where a food contains it in small amounts. A person that loves sweet food can obtain it from fruits, 100% fruit juices, stevia, and molasses. Stevia is a natural calorie-free sweetener derived from the leaves of a certain species of plant. It has a natural sweet taste that mimics the taste of sugar. Molasses is the by-product of the refining process of sugar and contains fair amounts of calcium and other minerals, and some vitamins. Caution needs to be taken when switching to a plant-based and/or seafood diet. That caution is to make sure that one does not consume a lot of refined foods such as table sugar, and high fructose syrup, which is found in soft drinks.

Bananas
Bananas

The human body needs nutrients, such as protein, carbohydrates, minerals, vitamins, and phytochemicals to rebuild the body, maintain the body, and grow. Refined foods do a poor job in accomplishing those functions because of the low level of nutrients. So, a person that is planning to switch their diet to a plant-based and/or seafood diet needs to plan their meals to incorporate as much whole foods as possible.

Oil is not a whole food, however, recent research suggests its benefit to our body. It supplies the necessary vitamin, vitamin E. So even though it is not a whole food, it should not be categorized with sugar and refined carbohydrates. However, vegetable oils should not be eaten in excess.

So, what are whole foods? They are foods such as beans, lentils, vegetables, fruits, and whole grains. To an extent whole wheat bread is considered a whole food; but it does contain a minimal amount of sugar, which should not affect our bodies as much as consuming large amounts of sugar that are found in soft drinks. At first, the healthy foods mentioned above might not seem tasty. But remember, we are trying to change our dietary habit, and that takes some work.