Written by: Leah Roberts
After an HD Body Sculpting procedure, your body will begin to heal itself naturally. But this process can be a tedious and slow going, and there is not much we can do about this. However, there are ways to fuel your body with the exact nutrients and food that your body needs for quicker healing!
And as we know- quicker healing means quicker dynamic results! And who doesn’t want that right? Eating these nutrients below, not only encourages quicker healing time, but also increases your strength and energy! That way you are able to get back to doing normal activities sooner.
So what are these foods?
Fiber & Carbohydrates are a must
Often times after any procedure or surgery, the anesthesias used can cause some constipation. If not taken care of properly, this can actually cause a lot of pain! With that said, keeping up a high fiber diet after a procedure is quite vital in preventing constipation. Often times, fiber is found in carbohydrates- two birds one stone! Loading up on carbohydrates after a procedure helps boost your energy alongside fiber!
We suggest integrating high fiber foods into your daily diet, rather than using fiber supplements. Try these food below, and for the first bit of your recovery, avoid high amounts of dairy, cheese, sweets, red meats, dehydrated, or processed food during healing time, as these encourage constipation!
- This could be as simple as choosing to make your sandwiches with whole grains, such as dark rye, barley, or whole wheat breads.
- If sandwiches aren’t quite your thing, try other types of grains, such as oatmeal, brown rice, wild rice, or quinoa!
- Fiber-rich fruits include bananas, mangoes, oranges, apples, strawberries or raspberries, etc.
- As for vegetables, try to aim at the darker colored vegetables. These often have a higher fiber content, and vegetables are already naturally great carbohydrates! This includes veggies like spinach, asparagus, green bell pepper, broccoli, avocado, artichoke, potatoes, corn, etc.
- As the saying goes, “Beans beans the magical fruit”, beans/legumes are a world-known source of fiber! Beans and legumes in the themselves already high in carbohydrates as well given their natural starchy make-up. Include more navy beans, black beans, pinto beans, lentils, or chickpeas into your meals. Other random sources in the legume family include alfalfa, clover, soybeans, or even peanuts. Don’t be afraid to get creative!
- Here are some fun recipes to look up and try: quinoa stuffed avocados or quinoa stuffed bell peppers. You could cook some chickpeas or navy beans in with your quinoa! Or even go classic American- mashed potatoes, asparagus, green beans, and some corn!
You can’t go wrong with Healthy Fats
Healthy fats are an excellent way to improve immune response and aid the body’s vitamin absorption. But it’s important to remember that’s it’s not just any fats- only the healthy fats matter.
- Some of the highest and healthiest fats will be found in nuts/seeds! The most common among these is walnuts, almonds, sunflower seeds, ground flaxseed, chia seeds, and pistachios. You can eat the nuts by themselves, or even dabble in some nut/seed butters such as peanut butter, coconut butter, almond butter, cashew butter, or sunflower seed butter. Yum! Try mixing a couple scoops of peanut butter into your fibrous oatmeal in the mornings sprinkled with some chia seeds!
- Oils are also a superb source for healthy fats. Oils such as olive oil, coconut oil, flaxseed oil, avocado oil, etc. This is perhaps one of the easiest ways to integrate fat into your diet, by cooking or baking with these precious oils.
- Perhaps one of the best sources of healthy fats, and the added benefit of omega-3 fatty acids- Fish. Fatty fish like salmon, sardines, mackerel, trout, or tuna, are rich with fatty acids. But don’t over do it! Fish, like most foods, is great in moderation- don’t give yourself mercury poisoning by eating fish 3 times a day for weeks at a time!
Protein, Protein, Protein!
Amino acids found in protein help majorly in healing and tissue regeneration, as well as boosts your strength and energy. We’re talking lean protein- this means white meats like turkey, chicken, and seafood (of course!). Red meat & dairy products are great sources of protein, but these are not considered the lean meats we are referencing here.
There are not recommended simply because there is a high level of saturated (unhealthy) fats, as well as fights against your fiber intake to constipate you.
If you are vegetarian or vegan, it is very easy to get your lean protein from other sources. This may include tofu, nuts, beans, certain veggies, tempeh, or even protein supplements.
Vitamins and Minerals ARE the most important
Arguably the most important nutrients needed after a procedure- Vitamins and Minerals! Specifically, let’s talk about a few essential ones needed post-op and why:
- After procedure, you are definitely going to want to get some Vitamin A & C in you! Both have extraordinary healing properties for the body. The body uses a lot of these two vitamins after a procedure in order to make connective tissues and all-around tissue healing. Some food you can find high levels of Vitamin A include oranges, carrots, kale, spinach, and sweet potato. And of course the best source for Vitamin C would be citrus fruits like oranges, kiwi, berries, or even veggies like potatoes, tomatoes, and bell peppers! Yum!
- Vitamin K is an awesome source for quick blood clotting, to help heal access points made during procedure. It’s not only necessary post-procedure, but you should consider getting a lot of Vitamin K before procedure as well. This is best found leafy greens like spinach, kale, or collard greens, as well as in fish, liver, and vegetable oils!
- Have you ever heard of Coenzyme Q10? Yeah most people haven’t, but it’s actually one of those secret vitamin-like necessities for the body that we usually get plenty of without even knowing! Coenzyme Q10 is a great helper to boost vital metabolic processes, which provides quicker digestion, boosts energy, and maintain healthy muscles. In our situation, this vitamin is a fantastic contributor for wound healing! You can find this hidden gem mostly found in animal products like beef, sardines, or mackerel. But you can also find high amounts in olive oil, spinach, broccoli, or cauliflower. Interesting right!
- Now this may be a given, but maybe not- Iron. Iron is already known to heavily for being an essential mineral, part of hemoglobin- the oxygen carrying helper of red blood cells. As we know, healthy blood is essential for healing properties! Again, this is one of those that is best found in all your meat protein, but actually has high levels in spinach, lentils, dark chocolate (yum!), pumpkin seeds. potato, quinoa, etc. Iron is a necessary, but easy mineral to obtain!
Follow this simple little guide after your HD Body Sculpting procedure to heal quicker, and see quicker results. But most importantly, follow the Post-op instructions you will receive from your provider! Those are even more essential. If you want to get the best all-around results from your procedure, take care of your temple!