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<font><font>O</font><font>PIATE DEPENDENCE RECOVERY DIET AND LIFESTYLE </font></font>



Limit the following addictive foods to 20 percent or less of your total calories because these foods and additives can increase the intensity of anxiety, irritability, worry, depression, attention deficit, and other symptoms common to opiate cravings and recovery.

  • Low-fat, -carbohydrate, -calorie, and high-fat diets

  • Refined sugar including high fructose syrup

  • Products made from hammer and cylinder milled enriched flour or whole-wheat “fake grain” flour

  • Fried, blackened, burnt, or dark-browned meats or vegetables (i.e., potato chips)

  • Excessive salt (i.e. eating out at delicatessens, pizzerias, and restaurants)

  • Cheese and whole milk

  • Milk chocolate

  • Partially hydrogenated plant oils such as canola, corn, soy and olive (first-press or extra virgin organic olive oil is recommended), butter, margarine, mayonnaise, and animal fat

  • Omega 3 from supplements or flaxseed oil

  • Red meats consumed more than once a week

  • Tuna, Chilean bass, halibut, swordfish, king mackerel, orange roughy, and grouper

  • Abstinence from sugar substitutes including Splenda, NutraSweet, Equal, aspartame, or Stevia, found in some diet beverages, gum, breath fresheners, jello, fruit pops, flavored yogurt, as well as diabetic or low-carbohydrate drinks, foods, and snacks

  • Processed protein such as bacon, canned meats, cold cuts, egg powder, ham, hot dogs, cheese, soy (hydrolyzed plant protein), and whey

  • MSG and glutamate within ingredients such as autolyzed, hydrolyzed, or textured plant protein; bouillon; broth; caseinate (cheese protein); enriched cornstarch; flavoring; gelatin; high fructose corn syrup; spice; soy protein, stock; or whey (cheese protein).


Follow the OPIATE RECOVERY DIET in conjunction with a physician-designed detoxification protocol because these foods help reduce the intensity of opiate withdrawal symptoms.


Eat the following medicinal foods (80 percent of your total calories) because they help reduce the intensity of anxiety, irritability, worry, depression, attention deficit, and other uncomfortable symptoms commonly associated with opiate urges and recovery.

  • Good carbohydrates containing antioxidants such as apples, avocados, bananas, beans, broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, cherries, corn, cucumbers, grapes, mangoes, oranges, oregano, peaches, peanut butter, pears, peas, peppers, plums, strawberries (organic), turmeric, walnuts, wild rice, and zucchini.

  • Real grain such as old-fashioned oats, barley, and wild rice

  • Real and unprocessed plant oil containing several antioxidants and omega 9, 6, and 3 in the right ratios from organic first-press olive oil; avoid heating above 400 degrees F

  • Organic poultry, eggs, lean meat, peas, beans, lentils, nuts, and seeds

  • Flounder, sole, salmon (wild or canned), talapia, anchovies, and sardines in moderation

  • Lycopene-rich, low-sodium organic tomato sauce

  • Filtered water; freshly brewed organic green, white, red, or black tea over ice with organic apple juice (TAPPLE); fresh carrot, grapefruit, or pineapple juice, or processed apple or tomato juice. The Magic Bullet Express blender/mixer at is good for retaining the total fiber and nutrient value of fresh organic produce drinks.

  • Dark chocolate

  • Chips, cupcakes, cake, pasta, bagels, English muffins, cookies, energy bars, and bread made from organic stone-ground, whole wheat, as found in BrightFoods recipes. This requires baking or pasta-making skills.

  • Organic low-fat or skim milk and cheese in moderation for people under 45 (see prostate cancer prevention link for reasoning)

An optimal opiate recovery lifestyle should couple the Opiate Recovery Diet with a good night’s sleep schedule (i.e. 11 p.m. until 7 a.m.); 40 minutes of aerobic exercise such as walking, tennis, or golf, five to seven times each week; plus a daily spiritual component, stress reducer, or immaterial enrichment such as meditation, prayer, yoga, fishing, reading, working a crossword puzzle, or seeing a movie.



*THIS CAME FROM A WEBSITE OCCUPIED BY <font>Psyche Nutritional Sciences, Inc.

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