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Liv’s Recovery Kitchen

By author and Nutrition and Recovery Advocate, Olivia Pennelle
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What if I told you that you could make the early days of your recovery easier?

We arrive into recovery damaged; not only mentally and emotionally, but physically.

Physically, my liver was scarred, I had gained ten stone, and suffered with severe skin problems. Mentally, I was numb, wired, drained and in a state of shock. If someone had told me that my body would completely heal itself and I would lose 50 pounds of that excess weight and learn how to gain more energy, I probably wouldn’t have believed you. Here I explain how…

First off, the liver is a regenerative organ and, even though some scarring can become permanent with excessive use of drugs and alcohol, I was very fortunate that my body was able to completely repair itself. It did this by my stopping using.

“Today, four years in recovery, my life is significantly more stable. I am energised (mostly), I feel great and I have a lust for life. I just wish someone had told me what I know now. So it is my mission to share it freely, and liberally!”

How did I create more energy and a sustainable mood? Simple: decent macronutrients – the main food groups: protein, carbohydrates, fruit & vegetables, and fat – is how. And exercise. But in this article, I’m going to talk about the most powerful for repair and energy – protein. Let me explain why…

The function of protein, essentially, is for energy production, growth and repair of cells. It is fundamental to cell repair and functioning; the necessity of which is at an all time high when we enter recovery, given the damage we have done to our bodies in using. Another function of protein, is to keep you feeling full – the body requires more energy to digest protein, than, say carbohydrate (rice, pasta, bread, oats etc). Frankly, we don’t eat enough good quality protein. It is recommended that we eat a palm sized amount for women, and two palms for men at every meal. This is why when you have a bowl of pasta you don’t always feel satisfied – because the body is still requiring protein, especially in the early days when the protein requirement is even higher.

“So, in essence, eat less sugar and eat more protein! Take care of your body, you only have one.”

How? Here, I have a great recipe for a whopping amount of protein: Pecan & Parmesan Crusted Chicken. For more nutritional information about this recipe, click here  

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Pecan and Parmesan Crusted Chicken
This is great versatile dish, which can be served on salads or roasted squash.
  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 2 eggs
  • 80g pecans
  • 6 tbsp parmesan cheese
  • 4 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • to taste seasoning
1. Pre-heat the oven to 180. Grind the pecans and parmesan in a food processor until they form a fine crumb. Mix with onion powder, seasoning and oregano;2. Whisk the eggs and add a touch of milk (optional) and place in a shallow dish;3. Dip the chicken into the egg wash and then into the crumb mix, covering both sides of the chicken breast;4. Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes until brown and cooked through.

Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 4


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