Finding and maintaining balance is a challenge in the best of times for most people; but for those who have recently been injured, it can be especially challenging. If you’re struggling towards balance at any point of your life, keep reading today’s guest article by Emma Sturgis for some great tips!
Remaining healthy while going through the healing and recovery process is very difficult. This is especially true when it comes to the foods you eat. Being stuck inside or sitting on a couch all day can make it nearly impossible to stay on track with healthy goals.
Here are some important tips for finding balance during recovery:
Prevent Vitamin Deficiency
Eating a well-balanced diet is a challenge for many people going through the recovery process. To make sure you are getting what your body needs, consult your doctor about taking a multi-vitamin or possibly a supplement. These vitamins are especially beneficial during recovery:
- Vitamins A-D
Manage Your Caloric Intake
Whether you are an Olympic athlete or just go on the occasional walk, the truth of the matter is your body needs less calories when it is at rest. During recovery, consider your activity levels, and then plan your meals accordingly. If you do decide to cut back on your food intake, continue to eat just above your minimum caloric amount each day.
Eat Whole Foods
Eat foods that help your body, not hurt it. The more good-for-you food you eat while healing, the quicker your body recovers. Avoiding processed foods can be especially tricky when you do not feel up to cooking, so try to have someone cook healthy, nutritious meals for you, or consider using a healthy delivery service.
You can also prep food in advance to have some quick, pre-portioned snacks. Examples of this may include:
- Pre-portioned frozen grapes
- An apple with low-fat string cheese
- Mason jar salads
- Carrot sticks and hummus
Proteins, Starches, and Fats
Again, balance is key. Make sure to eat every 3-4 hours, and include a protein and a serving of fruit or veggies at each meal. Limit starches when in recovery, and focus on whole grain, minimally processed starches such as oats, beans, and whole grain rice. Eat 2-3 servings of healthy fats each day. Good examples of healthy fats include fish, olive oil, and avocado.
While eating healthy can help your recovery, even the healthiest of diets has its limits. You’ll need proper medical care for your injuries, if you want them to heal properly. Many people worry about the high costs of treating certain conditions, but it’s important to remember that your health should always come first.
If cost is an issue when it comes to treating your injuries, investigate your payment options. If you were seriously injured in a car accident as a result of another’s negligence, Edith Pearce at The Pearce Law Firm in Philadelphia says you may be entitled to medical costs and other damages. Again, your health should always come first—assessing your options and receiving the best treatment available should be your top priority during your recovery.
Finding a healthy balance during healing and recovery is challenging. Follow the above tips to help regain balance and have a quicker, healthier recovery.
About the Author
Emma Sturgis is a freelance writer based in Boston, MA. She writes most often on health and education. Say hi on Twitter @EmmaSturgis2