I wanted to share with you a quick story about one of our longtime members. She started with us for private training back in 2017 and has been working really hard on her health and losing weight. Over a span of 6 months, she was able to lose over 25lbs sustainably, while also being able to build her strength and clean up her eating habits (she was also able to keep her results during the ever decadent holiday season).
Recently, she had to get foot surgery. We were concerned because she would be off her feet for a prolonged period of time, as a result she would not be able to keep up with her program. It was feared that she would lose her progress.
However, we did come up with a plan of action. Even though she will have to spend time off her feet, the biggest thing we could control is what she ate and put in her body. We were able to come up with a plan of action to help her heal from the procedure:
1) Eat more veggies than before- The fiber found in the vegetables will help her feel satisfied while she is not as active. If you are like me, when I am home, all i think about is food. It gets even harder when you can't really do too much physically. Plus the micronutrients found in the food will help aid in tissue healing and manage inflammation. (did you see last week's email about magical Chinese greens?)
2) Eat more collagen through soups and broths. Research has shown that the ingestion of collagen is both good for gut health, but also for tissue healing. This is going to be super important given a foot surgery.
3) Just focus on eating a little less carbohydrates. Yes, you read that correctly, a little less versus none. Our brains need some carbohydrates to function. So eating a little less than what she is doing now, being that she will also be a little less active when she comes out of surgery.
This was our game plan for the month following surgery. Her protocol was to be off her feet for about a month before having to get back into physical activity. The super exciting part about the surgery was that after the medical history review, the anesthesiologist said that "she was the healthiest patient they saw that day"!
The combination of exercising regularly and a realistically healthy diet allowed her to have lab values that impressed the doctors.
We are so proud of her and so glad that she chose to work with us.
To our client who is healing from the foot surgery, you know who you are. Keep up the good work and we will be seeing you in the gym soon!
Have a great day,