Posted 3/4/2014 7:58 PM (GMT -6)
Hopefully this won't overload you but I think more info is better!
You can still eat chocolate! I DO! The best for you is dark chocolate that doesn't have any added sugar in it. Try swapping that in for the chocolate you normally eat. Trader Joes has some great options for chips - veggie chips, lentil chips...take a look at those. Not sure if there is a TJs in your area?
I spent a month in the hospital on NPO. It was horrible. I completely understand what you mean about the eating...it may take some time but try to think of eating now as eating to live and survive and be healthy. Before all this happened to me, I was constantly eating out, cooking a lot, just....I just love food! And now I have to, I HAVE to think about food differently. I will let myself cheat every once in a while but for the most part, I can't get to the point where I end up in a hospital again.
Portion control can be hard. I still have times where I want to over eat because something tastes so good and to keep myself from overeating I tell myself, "This food can be made again. It's not going away, it's not disappearing from the face of the earth, you need to stop eating and you can have more later." Maybe try eating half of what you normally eat? Not sure if you are still eating slowly and chewing everything super well, but that also makes it easier to gauge when you're full.
I would check out Bon Appetit's Healthy section: http://www.bonappetit.com/recipes/healthy?intcid=topnav
Here is a salmon recipe - easy and delicious:
They have a lot of great recipes and some of them are very easy. It just takes more time and more preparation to eat healthy.
This is an email I got from a friend - her sister is a Chiropractor and nutritionist. Good foods to eat:
WILD CAUGHT salmon
Shiitake mushrooms, oyster muschrooms
blueberries/ strawberries/ras/black - LOWEST GLYCEMIC INDEX (DAD) MOST BENEFITS-*Yes organic is expensive, pesticides=bad
cold milled/cold pressed hemp, flax seeds ( or any grain/seed.. you want cold milled/sprouted if possible.
extra virgin olive oil / avocado oil is good at high temperatures too
sweet potatoes ( not canned)
1/2 to 1 clove garlic daily - proven to lower blood pressure, cholesterol, natural antioxidant properties, decrease inflammation
Curcumin: anti-inflammatory and antioxidative
ANTIOXIDANTS major types:
Beta-carotene: Apricots, asparagus, beets, broccoli, cantaloupe, carrots, green peppers, kale, mangoes, turnip and collard greens, nectarines, peaches, pink grapefruit, pumpkin, squash, spinach, sweet potato, tangerines, tomatoes, and watermelon
Vitamin C: Berries, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cantaloupe, cauliflower, grapefruit, honeydew, kale, kiwi, mangoes, nectarines, orange, papaya, red, green or yellow peppers, snow peas, sweet potato, strawberries, and tomatoes
Vitamin E: Broccoli, carrots, chard, mustard and turnip greens, mangoes, nuts, papaya, pumpkin, red peppers, spinach, and sunflower seeds
,Prunes ,Apples,All berries ,Plums,Red grape ,Alfalfa sprouts,Onions ,Eggplant,Beans
Zinc: Found in oysters, red meat, poultry, beans, nuts, seafood, whole grains, fortified cereals, and dairy products"
Let me know if you need any other advice!!
Diagnosed with Diverticulitis 1/2014
Bowel perforation, partial colon removal & Colostomy Bag 1/2014
Reversal scheduled for April/May 2014