Definitely need to agree that a few extra pounds is much better than having an addiction that eats you alive. Through my addiction, I dropped all the way down to a size 2 at 110 pounds. Weird, but to be honest, I kind of liked feeling so thin. People complimented me on my figure. I kept thinking, if only you knew why I got so skinny...
I am apt to believe that my former DOC sped up my metabolism and suppressed my appetite to some extent. I rushed through a 10-day home detox through Methadone (not exactly recommended), and it basically gave me a sweet tooth out of nowhere, with a larger penchant for chocolate. I got a bigger appetite back after I finished that too. At this point, I'm around 119 pounds, which is still in the ideal/lower-middle range for my BMI, but I do feel significantly enlarged. Rationally, I know I'm not very heavy, but since my body is used to feeling thinner, weighing more just feels weird and uncomfortable. I'm definitely not hard on or judgmental toward anyone else about their weight, in personal opinion or otherwise, but it's often so easy to be harder on yourself than anyone else ever is.
I think it can take a little bit for our bodies to regulate themselves in just about every way when coming out of an addiction. Physically, emotionally, spiritually...everything goes into recovery. Immediately following the addiction, I have a feeling that our bodies and brains are reaching out for all the nutrients they can get as they begin to rebuild and restructure themselves. A multivitamin could help. I know that my whole digestive system has been doing loop-de-loops left and right since the withdrawals started.
Food can have its own comforting elements, which can sometimes be easy to get carried away with, especially if you're busy coming out of a harder time. You can think you're doing yourself a favor by pampering yourself with special treats that you normally wouldn't indulge in. However, added to the withdrawal/post-withdrawal lethargy that can keep physical activity at a much lower rate than normal, it's not too hard to figure out where weight gain might be coming from. No doubt regular exercise would do a lot to put a regulating body wherever it needs to be. If your eating habits and exercise habits are unquestionably good but your body is still feeling out of sorts, you might consider the idea that it could be something hormone related. Hormonal changes can easily have an affect on weight (and everything else, for that matter). Barring a medical issue (like thyroid or hormonal problems), managing weight is within our control. It might not feel like a priority when so much else is going on, but it's still healthy to have some level of control on the situation.
Cooking is one of my greatest passions, and I love being a very active player in the kitchen everyday. My mom was a runway model in her youth, and she swears by the Atkins thing in keeping her nice figure now. Where I live in the world, though, pasta and grains prevail, and I've never seen more fit figures in my life. In my opinion, there is nothing better than cooking from fresh, local ingredients and replacing butter and most other fats with the highest quality extra virgin olive oil you can get (especially if that means using it raw; it makes a big difference). I honestly think it's a secret to good health. I think that no-fat/low-fat diets are flawed because the brain needs good fats to function properly. If you put good fats into your system, it doesn't go out craving fats from whatever sources it can get. Lastly, I think that a whole lot of pre-packaged/factory processed foods are complicated and difficult to metabolize. I know what's in a carrot, a bean or a head of broccoli. I can't say the same for things that have ingredients with overly-manufactured names, factory-reflavorings or powdered whoop-de-dahs. IMHO, whole foods and slow food aren't hardcore. They're natural, and they're real. That's what made us into the super-humans we are today.
By the way, Bear, I'm really impressed. Seriously!