Lemons, Oranges, Pinapples, Cucumbers & Protein

  • btowell
  • Dallas, TX
  • 2 years ago

This is what I lived on after my surgery. I would drink about half a gallon or more a day of a little fruit concoction; Water, 2 lemons thinly sliced, 2 oranges thinly sliced, and a whole pinapple chunked. I would mix this all in a gallon pitcher and let it sit over night. For the first week this is all that I drank. I would also eat atleast 1 large whole cucumber a day and sometimes even 2. I ate chicken with most meals and drank 1-2 slimfast drinks per day, not to lose weight but to ensure that I was getting that extra amount of protein and carbs that my body needed. You can usually add any type of meal replacement bar or shake to get that extra umph of protein. From my research i can tell you that Greens would have made a nice addition to my diet but i just dont do Greens so I stuck with what is listed. This is just my opinion and what I think worked for me.

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I'm sorry you felt attacked for your post, the Admin has been doing this for quite a while and has seen it all, she's just trying to stop issues before they start. I had two huge open spots of my own by just going back to my desk job too early, not even using my arms much. Move, work, do what you're doc says to do. All we can do is offer help based on what's happened with others so many times. We love ya! Glad your healing's going well.
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I was told by my PS office to increase my protein intake by 15g per day between now and the surgery to help with healing after. I'm not going to because I weigh and measure all my food so I already eat 8 oz of protein a day plus two 8oz servings of greek yogurt per day, lots of fiber, fruits and veggies, no sugar or wheat (I have celiacs). But I will pay special attention to these fruits and the veggies for help with swelling. Thanks for sharing all this info ladies!!
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I don't do wheat either! Just something to watch out for... I found I was much more sensitive post OP :( Generally I have a very mild reaction to wheat... If I eat a little nothing happens. If it's a big part of my diet I get swelling and puffing through my mid-section, but nothing that would classify me as full on celiacs. Wellll, now if I eat a little I get all the intestinal issues everyone with full blown celiacs get :( I'm sure it will calm back down once my body is back to normal, but I just wanted to let you know mine seems to be aggravated by like 10x right now!
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This food list is great advice. I have also been focusing on foods that fight swelling heavily... Pineapple, berries, kale, and good fats like salmon and nuts. I've also been doing a lot of greek yogurt to help with digestions... I didn't have major constipation issues like a lot of other people did, and I think a few daily servings of this stuff really helped!
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Oh! And Odwalla protein drinks! Nothing wrong with the slim fast approach, but to me these Odwallas are as tasty as milk shakes so when I don't want to eat they really help!
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That's interesting that they're so zealous about that! My doc told me I could return to the gym at 6 weeks.
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They aren't, please don't listen to this. They are wonderful ladies who just want to best for everyone.
If I'd returned to work and the gym too soon I'd have had big problems with open scars and infection.
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Yeah, so wonderful that when I wrote a post about what my DOCTOR told me I could do, they deleted it because it did not coincide with their views. Realself is just that, REAL, not a biased over opinionated bunch of old women telling other women what to do. I am so sorry that you do not agree with my point of view, but rather than voice your 2 cents on my post of advice, please create your own.

Thanks dear!!!
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I was back at fully recoverd capacity around 6 weeks. I got alot of info from breasthealthonline.org. Check under the breast reduction board for some great info but PLEASE BEWARE, the site is moderated by some over-zealous women who are in their 60's and wont agree with you even getting out of bed before 3 months. There is a TON of info on the site though, I took alot of it in and it was useful, some of it i had to toss to the side because I know my body. There are thousands of women on that site and they all post their real experiences so thats nice. I just urge you to take the immobility advice with a grain of salt. I think being mobile and active immediatley after my surgery helped my a ton, and i also think that not doing anything for the first several weeks will hamper someones recovery. Get up, get the blood flowing. if you stay down too long you will be overly sore and your body will be weak. Im warning you now though, if you post a comment on the site about returning to the gym before 3-4 months, you will be attacked, so please be cautious, it happened to me.
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Thanks again Btowell, I'll keep my physical activity to myself... I'll check out the site, right now!!! Thanks so much for all your help and advice.
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How odd, when all the medical indications seem to indicate you are fine to return at 6 weeks! My hubby is a doctor, and he even thought 6 weeks was a stretch! He was worried about my laying around for the first week solid, and kept setting little goals for me like to go for a 2 block walk twice a day, etc. for the first week. And you are absolutely right... Moving around might pose some small post op risks to your breasts, but being completely inactive for months and months poses major risks to your entire body! Humans are made to move around, even when healing.
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Good to know your husband encouraged you to go for a walk a few days post surgery. I'm a self proclaimed gym rat. The thought of having little to no physical activity. I have my pre op tomorrow that is one of my question what should I be doing to improve circulation and gain energy.
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Btowell, thanks for your feedback I will definitely look into the healing powers of fruit and protein, I'd like to think I'm a fairly healthy woman but one could never learn too much. Is there a particular site or boom you read to get me started? Btw, thanks for the advice on the gauze, polysporin, and saline solution. Btw how long did it take for you to start back with your regular intense workout routine? I'm a gym rat and my fear is not being able to get back soon enough. Thanks again and any other pointer will be greatly appreciated. Congrats on your new boobies, can't wait to join the club.
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You can research the skin healing powers of the fruits listed, the research on it is overwhelming. The same goes for hte protein. Good nutrition is by far the best thing that you can do for yourself while healing. I had an absolutely amazing recovery. Just wonderful. I am also in my ealry 20's so im sure that plays a role in my recovery as well. I do not want to tell anyone what they should do, i just want to tell you what worked for me, because when i was researching before my surgery, i just wanted to know what worked for other people. I also remained active throughout my healing. I laid in bed for 2 days and i was back to basically normal activity afterwards. My breast healed beautifully, i was just thinking about how awesome they were earlier. I have resumed a full work out routine. a very intense one at that, with no issues at all. I read many things about women saying dont lift your arms and dont do this and that. i listened to my body, im a grown women and know when enough is enough, or when i can handle more. I have had 2 c-sections as well, and i would rate them worse than the reduction. Good luck to you, and i wish you the best. Also, a side note - 4x6 nonstick gauze pads WILL BE your best friend, you need severl boxes of these, i think i used 4-5 myself, a nice bottle of saline wash, and some polysporin (i used 4 tubes) with pain releif. I was all set and this is what i used. Once again, Congrats and i wish you the best!
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Hi, please help me understand what the fruit concoction and slim fasts are for. Does protein aide in the healing process. I'm reading all the threads on real self and this one stuck out. Looking forward to reading your response I'm reading up and taking notes onEVERYTHING to have nice pretty perky boobies and most important a speedy recovery and healthy recovery.
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Thank you for sharing your tips.   Very helpful:)

 

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