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Sobriety vs. Abstinence Regarding Diet

Discussion in 'General Substance Abuse Discussion' started by Bullwinkle, Oct 4, 2019.

  1. Bullwinkle

    Bullwinkle Community Champion

    There’s been sharing regarding sobriety vs. abstinence, and not just on this forum, but at some 12 step groups. Meeting sentiment on forums or F2F meetings is sharing about following the 12 Steps, or some other recovery model, finding purpose in life or developing a relationship with a higher power, yet virtually no one shares about a healthy well-balanced diet. At work I notice the diet of many and quite frankly it’s appalling, so it’s just not those in recovery.

    Sobriety / sober is translated from the Greek word meaning calm and collected, to have good sense, good judgement, wisdom, moderation, and level-headed in times of stress. My viewpoint is that taking care of the whole me, which includes a healthy diet is sobriety. Abstinence is not sobriety when I continued with self-destructive nicotine addiction. A major study that supports my premise is that unhealthful eating is responsible for more deaths worldwide than any other risk factor, including smoking. In some parts of the world i.e. third world cultures bad diet is understandable, but in most industrialized nations it’s ignorance (lack of knowledge) why so many have become addicted to science laboratory processed food with limited nutrition, especially fast food. I couldn’t have been active in my recovery, if I were malnourished and I feel that malnutrition is a major reason for relapse.
  2. Onceaddicted77

    Onceaddicted77 Spam fighting Moderator & Realist Community Listener

    Well written thanks for your insight.
  3. Onceaddicted77

    Onceaddicted77 Spam fighting Moderator & Realist Community Listener

    It's so so important to eat right. Everyone needs to understand that that's where we get our amino acids to make our neurotransmitters.

    Processed foods are devoid of nutrients and full of added sugars. Sugar, it's very very bad for us. We were not meant to drink corn syrup all day. Cola. We gotta drink water that's all we need.

    All this stuff effects our mental health as well as our body.
    Joshstillclean and True concern like this.
  4. True concern

    True concern Moderator

    Water for life