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Does Protein Help You Heal Faster After Surgery?

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.


  1. 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.
  2. Heat a large skillet to a nice medium heat and coat with a few drops avocado, olive, or coconut oil.
  3. Let the pan heat up before adding the rings.
  4. 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.
  5. Very gently crack one egg into the middle of each ring.
  6. Cook over med-low heat until yolks firm and egg whites harden and are no long translucent.
  7. Add optional toppings at the last minute.
  8. Spray the bottom of your spatula with non-stick coconut oil spray. Slide it underneath pepper ring.
  9. Lift carefully from the skillet and onto your plate.

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Hurricane Sandy and Surgery Healing

The entire Northeastern United States has been affected by this massive storm. Our hearts go out to families who lost loved ones in the disaster. Slowly things are beginning to return to normal; power has returned in many locations, and some gasoline has been delivered to gas stations to satisfy long lines of customers. So how has this effected surgery recovery?
Few situations get the focus Green Bay Packers WR Greg Jennings’ hernia surgery has. In Philadelphia, his surgery was postponed until Thursday,
due to Hurricane Sandy. The Packers and fantasy owners are entering heated playoff races, so surgery healing and Jenning’s rehab is topic for review. Jennings hopes to come back from his much needed surgery, to play again, before the season ends. Exact dates TBD.

But how has extreme weather effected the less publicized?

I know chemo patients who rushed to reschedule appointments to Monday, Pre-Sandy…and others frustrated by reschedule dates pushed further into November.

“POST-Operation Lap Band Surgery Questions & Answers” found bloggers in relatively good spirits…focusing on good “mushie” nutrition; without power or the help of a fridge. Post surgery cleanliness, a challenge without running water in New Jersey.

Emergency Responders, including our Doctors and Nurses press on seemingly at ease with the problems at hand. Maybe they are made of a tougher stock than the rest of us.

Dr. Jordan Metzl, a physician at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, was hoping to run the New York City Marathon today, instead he and 500 fellow Runners in Support of Staten Island are on there way to deliver emergency supplies to Staten Island.

Staten Island was one of the hardest hit areas during this week’s storm, accounting for about half of New York City’s 41 fatalities.

At 8;30 this morning, these athletes boarded the Staten Island Ferry, carrying  backpacks full of recovery aids: batteries, prepaid mobile phones, gift cards, baby wipes, personal hygiene items, medicine, garbage bags, hats and gloves, all for the hurricane victims of Staten Island.

“We have our courses mapped out and we will use our legs to do charitable work,” Metzl said. “The running community is the most charitable community I know.

I just think he might be right.

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