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WIAW: Eating for Healing

Last week, I broke my finger.

And by broke, I mean blenderized. But it’s a bone fracture, either way. I saw the x-rays for the first time on Monday when I went to the orthopedist. There’s a neat little cut going about halfway through the bone on my middle finger. Not to mention the lovely cut that goes about 270 degrees around the bone on said finger. Ouch.

Anyway, “foodie” that I am (although sometimes I wonder what exactly that term means), I decided to do a little research into what to eat to help recover from a wound or bone fracture: in this case, both.

Here’s what I discovered:

  • Eat more in general. Your calorie needs are higher when you’re recovering from an injury or surgery. I don’t know how much a relatively small fracture would impact my calorie needs, but I did notice that I was unusually hungry on Thursday and Friday (the accident happened Wednesday night). Since then, my metabolism’s calmed down a bit, but I’ve still made it a point to eat regularly, plenty of protein, carbs, and fats, and certainly not to lessen my intake, even though I didn’t go to my usual Friday spin class.
  • Protein. Your body needs protein to heal and repair itself.
  • Minerals. Especially calcium, iron, and zinc. These are what your bones are made of, and I guess zinc helps a lot with healing, too.
  • Vitamins. Basically all the vitamins. I was reading a few places that K and C are especially important when healing from an injury, but D, E, B and A are important, too!

So basically, in summary, eat well all around.

So here are a few things I’ve been eating this week to try to get in that extra nutrition and hopefully heal up quickly. Thanks to awesome What I Ate Wednesday hosts Arman, Laura, and Jenn! To see what other bloggers have been eating, head over to Laura‘s today!

  1. Fortified cereal. I discovered that one of the best sources of zinc in our diet is beef–and I’m not a big beef eater. But a single serving of Cheerios has lots of vitamins and minerals, including 60% of your DV of zinc! (And I don’t know about you, but I almost never eat just a single serving of cereal.) Plus there’s the good calcium and protein from the milk. So my staple breakfast of Cheerios and bananas that you’ve seen so many times on this blog before took on new importance.
  2. Lots of kale. When I went to the grocery store on Thursday after the injury, one of the first things I picked up was a big bag of kale. Kale’s especially high in vitamins K and A, but it also has calcium, vitamin C, manganese, and copper, and even iron. I also grabbed some Hilary’s Eat Well burgers, which were on sale for a good price. I like buying Hilary’s Eat Well when I can because it’s made in my hometown: Lawrence, Kansas. Or as native Lawrence residents call it: LFK. I’ll let you use your imagination for what the “F” stands for.
  3. Chicken noodle soup. I had all the ingredients, some of which were originally intended for the pot pie which started this whole finger-in-blender fiasco. 😛 But anyway, with chicken for protein, plus peas, more kale, carrots, and broccoli, I figure this guy also helps me gets in lots of those vitamins and minerals.I’ve also been eating lots of grapefruit–the Trader Joe’s ones have been so good! and I very much associate grapefruit with winter time. Plus, they’re a great source of vitamin C!
  4. ProNourish. Anyone remember when I decided I hated these things? Well, I still had a number of them in the closet, and suddenly, a high-protein, easy-to-digest drink fortified with lots of vitamins and minerals seemed like just the thing I needed. I discovered I did like them better the subsequent times I tried them, and I also discovered I liked them heated up in the microwave. Kind of like hot cocoa, but without the cocoa?
  5. I made another batch of my ham-and-broccoli twice-baked potatoes. Lots of vitamins in broccoli, calcium in the cheese, protein in the ham, and the potatoes themselves are also a great source of vitamins and minerals, especially if you eat the skins!I seem to be using this photo a lot for such a crummy photo. Anyway…
  6. Nuts and seeds. Lots of nuts and seeds are high in minerals, so I’ve been snacking on almonds, and I also made myself a batch of Healthy Maple Buckwheat Granola from Let’s Get Living! I used pumpkin seeds and almonds, since pumpkin seeds are high in zinc. I’m pretty sure I burned it–oops!–but I’m definitely trying it again! It’s not too sweet, and very hearty and yummy.
  7. Comfort food. Last but not least, I have, I will admit, been eating a fair amount of sweets and treats. I know I shouldn’t feel too bad about this, but I do, especially since I know it’s not the best thing for healing my wound. *sigh* When I stopped by Walgreens the night I went to Urgent Care, my friend Dana got me a bag of gummy bears, which is my favorite non-chocolate candy, so I’ve nibbled on those on a few occasions. I also made this awesome batch of gluten-free, dairy-free cookies–man, they’re good. Look for the recipe tomorrow on the blog!

Have you ever had a bone fracture and/or bad wound? What did you eat when you were recovering?

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  1. Cora says:

    Pretty interesting, eh? All that stuff that happens inside our bodies – that we don’t necessarily know or feel is going on. Even a “small” injury, I’m sure, causes our bodies to work extra hard to find all its repair mechanisms to replace what was lost and get the healing process going. It can be hard (especially for anyone with a tendency to restrict) to trust that our bodies may need more in these situations, especially if we can’t “see” whats going on inside… but it does. Good for you for looking into and being conscience of helping your body out at this time. Everything looks delicious and super super nutritious.
    And the sweets? Our minds need nutrition too, ya know. Especially during a time of injury or illness. If our minds aren’t happy our physical bodies won’t work as well. I’m a firm believer.
    PS those look like crinkle cookies. I love crinkle cookies.

    1. Joyce says:

      Yes, they are crinkle cookies. Wouldn’t it be fascinating if we could see what’s going on inside our bodies as they heal up?

  2. Kat says:

    I’m sorry to hear about your poor finger! And I totally never even thought about EATING in regards to helping my body heal. Is there certain foods to eat that can help out my slipped disk? Cause that sucker just won’t heal up!
    And now you’ve got me craving stuffed potatoes. Looks so good!

    1. Joyce says:

      I don’t know, but ouch!–sorry about your slipped disk. Back injuries are not fun!

  3. Ouch! I’m sorry to hear about your blender accident. It sounds very serious and painful. Are you okay now? Sending you all the best wishes for a [relatively in this case, I guess?] healing.
    Choosing what you eat with its healing properties in mind is a smart concept. In a way, that’s what athletes do, too, no? Exercising in a way “stresses” our body so what we eat fuels its recovery. Anyway, it looks like you ate some delicious meals. I’m happy you liked the granola, too. Pumpkin seeds are a favorite of mine to snack on so great idea!

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