What you eat plays a role in building new cells and repairing injured ones. Because it is present in every cell, protein is one macronutrient you especially need. Functions
Protein plays a variety of functions in your body, some of which are specific to healing post-surgery. For example, protein is responsible for building white blood cells and immunoglobulins, types of cells that are necessary for immune system function. The healthier your immune system is, the more equipped you are to heal following surgery. Protein also is the major component of skin and muscle tissue. Collagen, the substance in your skin responsible for building scar tissue, is made chiefly from protein strands. By having enough protein in your diet, your body can create the scar tissue that will repair your incision post-surgery.
Always talk to your doctor before making any changes to your diet following surgery.
Here’s a recipe to get you started:Eggs in Rings
- 1-2 red, green, orange, or red bell peppers, & a large red onion
- whole eggs
- sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste.
- Red pepper flakes to taste.
optional toppings: fresh dill, fresh parsley, fresh chives, smoked salmon, crumbled nitrate-free bacon, and/or sliced red onion.
- Slice the bell peppers, and onions into 1/2, to 3/4 inch rings. Use a sharp knife to make clean cuts (to better hold the egg in place). Remove all of the the white inner flesh and seeds.
- Heat a large skillet to a nice medium heat and coat with a few drops avocado, olive, or coconut oil.
- Let the pan heat up before adding the rings.
- Place the veggie rings in the middle of the pan. Allow the rings to cook and brown lightly before adding the egg, maybe a minute or two. Turn the rings over a few times so both sides cook evenly.
- Very gently crack one egg into the middle of each ring.
- Cook over med-low heat until yolks firm and egg whites harden and are no long translucent.
- Add optional toppings at the last minute.
- Spray the bottom of your spatula with non-stick coconut oil spray. Slide it underneath pepper ring.
- Lift carefully from the skillet and onto your plate.
Although chocolate may not cure cellulite or sagging breasts, new research does find it good for the brain.
The latest news on chocolate couldn’t have been sweeter: it benefits the brain! Results of an international study – the researchers were from Australia, Maine and Luxembourg – suggested that people who eat chocolate at least once a week performed better on a series of neuropsychological tests than people in the study who didn’t consume chocolate at least once a week. The tests revealed that those who enjoyed the most chocolate among the study’s 968 participants showed improved visual-spatial memory and abstract reasoning compared to those who consumed less chocolate. The researchers theorized that the flavanols (antioxidants) in chocolate were responsible for the brain boost, just as these compounds seem to be for improvements in blood flow associated with chocolate. How much chocolate should you eat to help sharpen your memory or hone your abstract reasoning? And what kind of chocolate would be best for these purposes? Unfortunately, those questions weren’t addressed. This study may not have fully satisfied the yen for good news about chocolate, but previous animal studies have documented the protective effects of flavanol consumption on cognition, and other investigators have reported similar benefits in humans. Stay tuned.
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It’s the New Year, so time for a New You…and the obligatory quest to loose some pounds and that dreaded “muffin top”. But can muffins be a healthy part of a new diet plan, based on a sound breakfast to start the day? Rather than “the low fat muffin” remake the home baked. Most fat in muffins comes from plant oils, which is a “good” fat—an unsaturated fat that is healthy for the heart. If you take out fat, what’s left? White flour and sugar—the perfect recipe for weight gain. Instead of buying low fat muffins, modify your recipe…
1. Downsize the portions.
2. Go whole on the grains.
3. Incorporate fruits or nuts.
Go for the Muffin Makeover – maybe the Whole Wheat Banana Muffin! In the meantime, give Sculptures everyday wear a try too….Does wonders for that other muffin top.
The Sculptures Everyday Wear garment is designed to slim and tone. It hides little bulges, mainly the muffin top, the back, stomach and thighs and creates a smooth line. If there is too much fat, the shapeware will move it somewhere else, so fit is key.
Designed to flatten the stomach and sculpt the torso, derriere, midriff and in some cases thighs – all is accomplished with no visible seams. Compression shapewear looks great under slim fitting dresses, skirts and tight shirts and yes, even form fitting pants.
You may have worked hard throughout the year to manage your weight, eat healthy, and exercise…but then comes the Thanksgiving-to-New Year’s holiday season.
The average person consumes about 4,000 calories on Thanksgiving, two times the daily calories the average person needs. You’ve barely recovered from the turkey and those trimmings; and now this month is one long, tempting food fest designed to make you gain weight. There are treats and food at work, at school, at church…the parties…the family gatherings. Winter is here, (well almost), with weather that pulls you inside and promotes snuggling, not swimming or hiking or tennis. And did I mention Holiday Stress and lack of sleep?
With all the Whirl Wind of the Holidays, how do you watch your Diet and practice a Fitness Regiment?
Know that emotions are a trigger to over eating. We eat in response to feelings — and the holidays can be full of both positive and negative. We eat to remember, we eat to forget. Although understanding why you eat can offer some measure of control, experts say it’s also important to enter each event, each potential food fest, with a plan for how to handle the temptation. Need not be Scrooge, join in the merriment, but with logic, and leave the extra 15 pounds on Santa, not you.
Not the best time to start a diet, but it is critical that you make Healthy Choices. Stay on track.
Sample those special sweets…a bite, not a plate full.
Party snacks are small but have a big punch. Look for the crudities, fruit and cheese…grab a small handful of nuts.
Moderation…maybe a cranberry punch will tickle your HoHo instead of that rich egg nog.
Absolutely Stylish, A Small Plate Holiday Party instead of a four course dinner….and you’ll still fit into that little Black Dress for New Year’s
And don some layers and head outdoors. Fresh air and a brisk walk does wonders for the whole of you.
Enjoy, and Happy Holidays!