“Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food.” – Hippocrates
I am amazed that the hospitals haven’t caught on yet to healthy eating. I mean seriously, the first meal they give my hubby after his motorcycle accident and 2 surgeries was roast beef, mashed potatoes and gravy and canned green beans, white bread and margarine. Are you kidding me? That is going to help him heal?
Meredith had the same problem after having the baby. You would think the hospital would know foods that are going to promote healing and actually be healthy for you.
Luckily, I know a little about healthy eating and can encourage them to eat better and provide them with the foods that will help them to heal faster. I really believe that is part of the reason why Brian is healing so quickly. The doctors have been amazed at how well he is doing just one month post-accident.
What can you do to help yourself? Eat whole foods! Stay away from dairy, red meat and processed foods. Drink a LOT of water. Eat a lot of fresh fruit and veggies. No sodas. That is one thing the hospitals really pushed. They wanted Brian to drink diet sodas. WHAT?????
Some of the best foods to eat:
Grapes, blueberries, strawberries, oranges, kiwis, olive oil, celery, ginger, garlic, curry powder, eggplant, nuts, tuna, salmon, mackerel, black and green tea. Cherries are a natural pain reliever. Tomatoes are great for their lycopene, a powerful anti-oxidant.
Foods rich in vitamin C (citrus fruits, strawberries, kiwis, peppers) and vitamin E (nuts, olive oil) have anti-inflammatory effects. Omega-3 rich fish oil and fatty salt-water fish (salmon, tuna, mackerel) also fight inflammation, besides the widespread publicity in recent years of such fish benefiting both heart and brain health. Turmeric has also been shown to prevent inflammtion.
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When will the hospitals and doctors catch on to the best ways to eat for healing? I’m just glad that my family will listen to me and eat what I suggest! Most of the time anyway!!
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