My first adult experience with eating after surgery happened the week after I shattered my cheekbone in a skiing accident.
I was discharged from the hospital after facial reconstruction surgery and I remember wandering around the drug store and looking at the labels of meal replacement drinks for seniors while my prescriptions were being filled. I had some boxes of cereal, TV dinners and instant mashed potatoes.
That was the sum total of my post surgery nutrition plan.
I had no idea how difficult and tiring it would be to cook. I could barely stand in the shower!
I had no idea that salty foods increased swelling.
I absolutely had no idea which foods could have helped me reduce inflammation and bring my body back into balance.
If what I ate was a big part of recovering from surgery, someone would have told me, right?