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Learning to Eat Well After Hysterectomy

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Woman learning to make better choices for eating well after hysterectomyHow can I eat well after my hysterectomy so I can improve my overall health?

Trying to find a healthy diet plan can be complicated. There are so many choices, each following a different theory. The trick is to find one that provides you with the nutrients and satisfaction you need without excessive fat and calories.

The best way to incorporate a healthier eating style is to start small. If you make smaller, more manageable changes rather than larger, drastic ones, adjusting your diet could be easier and you may be more apt to stick with the changes.

Rather than counting calories, eliminating all junk food, and measuring every meal, start thinking of your meals and snacks in terms of color, flavor, and texture. Slowly include fresh ingredients to add a variety of colors, flavors, and textures to your meals. For instance, you can start by having a small side salad with your meal. Later, you can add colorful fresh veggies to it. Eventually, you can replace one meal a day with a large, vegetable-laden salad with light dressing.

One at a time, you can also start replacing less healthy foods with fresher ingredients and healthier choices. Start having low-fat whole grain breads in place of white ones. Replace sugar cereals with oatmeal or low-fat granola. You can try pretzels in place of potato chips, muffins instead of donuts, and bagels instead of pastries. Your doctor may be able to help you choose which foods you should avoid and which ones to replace them with.

How you cook your meals can slowly change, too. Rather than frying foods, try baking them in the oven. Instead of using butter when cooking, try switching to olive oil. Steaming vegetables keeps them nutritious and delicious. Rather than cooking your fruits in a pie, try eating them fresh with sugar-free jello or a low calorie dip.

As you work to change your diet, consider what you drink as well. Liquids can contain excessive fat, sugar, and calories you don’t need. Consider flavored water instead of soda, green tea in place of sweet tea, and low fat milk instead of whole milk. You can also start making healthy smoothies and veggie drinks.

As your diet improves, don’t forget to watch your restaurant and fast food choices. Those meals can be filled with unhealthy fat and calories, even in small portions. Look for fresher, healthier alternatives such as grilled chicken, baked fish, and salads with dressing on the side. For sides, choose steamed veggies, fresh fruit, and a glass of water with a slice of lemon.

Try not to get discouraged or expect too much too soon. Fad diets, drastic changes, and starving yourself will only lead to frustration and failure—not to mention poor health! It is better to make slow, small changes that you will be able to stick to permanently.

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.

12-06-2013 - 10:51 PM


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