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Feeding Your Family During Hysterectomy Recovery

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Planning to feed your family after hysterectomyHow can I be sure my family is well fed during my recovery?

Keeping you and your family fed during your hysterectomy recovery is important, but it will require some planning. In the days leading up to surgery, there are some steps you can take to ensure your family has hot, nutritional meals, without requiring a lot of work during your recovery.

As soon as you know your surgery date, start doubling the recipe when you cook your favorite dishes. You can then put the second batch in the freezer so your family only has to heat it up during your recovery. You can also freeze smaller servings for quick meals for yourself.

You could also take a Saturday and cook several meals specifically to freeze. Choose a variety of choices so your meals will vary during recovery. You may also want to freeze some lighter meals in case you find can’t tolerate your usual diet.

While you are making meals to freeze, consider adding in some burritos. There are a wide variety of burrito options for both breakfast and dinner. Having them individually wrapped and labeled can make it easy for anyone to grab one and go!

Soups can also be made ahead and frozen. You may need to make some adjustments, such as hold the pasta and cream and undercook your veggies a bit, but a cup of soup can be a comfort food during recovery.

Frozen desserts could also be a hit during your recovery. Pies, cookies, and cakes can all be made ahead and frozen, though you will want to be sure to seal them well.

If you will use the oven for reheating, you can freeze meals in disposable aluminum pans you can pick up at a dollar store or big box discount store. If you will need to reheat meals in the microwave, look for microwave safe plastic ware.

Label each meal with its contents, re-heating instructions, and the date. This will allow family and friends to help out with meal times.

You can also stock up on some frozen entrees, dinners, and veggies that you buy prepackaged. While you are at it, pick up some frozen fruit, popsicles, and ice cream!

Meal time doesn’t have to be stressful while you are recovering from your hysterectomy. With a bit of planning, you can have your freezer stocked so you and your family are well fed for a few weeks without you having to stand over a hot stove!

This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.

11-13-2013 - 11:34 PM


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