Exercise and Diet – Week 1
My main goal over the next few weeks is to do everything in my power to be as healthy as possible in both body and mind. As Crazy as it sounds, I want to prepare myself now to be in the best possible position for surgery and recovery. Now, don’t get me wrong. I am not about to start doing 5k runs everyday and wrapping myself in clingfilm to avoid contamination from Covid-19. I don’t actually leave my flat anyway, to be safe! You know us autoimmune disease sufferers, we tend to get sick quick!
So how am I going to do it! I should probably mention at this point that I have not been instructed to do this by a consultant or doctor, I just kind of think its common sense, but I suppose I will let you lot be the judge of that. As the surgery I am having will be open surgery, I have come to the conclusion that there will be substantial damage in the abdominal muscles, which will take a long time to recover. So part 1 of the plan is to exercise my core muscles as much as possible before the surgery, building strength in my abdominal’s, obliques and lower back.
The method in the madness. My theory is, once the surgery has taken place, my body will utilise the surrounding muscles to help steady my torso and ease the pressure off my abdominal wall. This will help me in recovery as I believe it will help reduce the risk of a hernia around the wound or stoma site. A second benefit from training my core before the surgery is it builds new vascularity. Meaning more nutrient rich blood will be located in the area, which will promote healing.
Okay, so I know what your thinking! That sounded like he has done his homework or more likely, what is this guy talking about! Like I said, I haven’t really got a clue what I am doing but this preparation kind of helps me steady my mind. I suppose following this kind of plan allows me to feel like I have some form of control over the surgery and the outcome. What are your thoughts?
Anyway, Part 2 of the plan. We all know that we are more susceptible to getting ill and being tired and drained due to lack of nutrition or vitamin uptake in our digestive system. As I am currently on steroids and not flaring, I feel as though I am in a good place to boost my vitamin levels. So, I have started creating a daily smoothie. This smoothie includes a few different things for different reasons.
Super clean, protein, vitamin boosting smoothie recipe!
- 6 Ice cubes – To make it cold (obviously)
- 200g Greek yogurt – provides 20g protein, low in Lactose
- 5 medium Strawberries – High in Vitamin C
- 1 Banana – Calories, Potassium
- 1 scoop of Collagen Peptides
- 1 Scoop of Super Greens
- Oats can be added for extra calories
The main additions here are the collagen and super greens. The collagen has been added because studies has shown that this protein is responsible for skin health and can promote healing. Which I am thinking will help in post op recovery. Also, for those who get acne from Steroids, this is perfect for getting rid! The super greens are high in micro-nutrients to support a healthy immune system and it has a source of Iron to promote blood health. The brand I use includes a few different roots that support the body in other ways as well, by providing Vitamin C, Calcium and has anti-inflammatory properties. Perfect for Joint health.
There you have it, my plan. I would be really grateful for thoughts on this. If you think it’s all non-sense or have suggestions, I will leave the comments open! Also, if you guys want to know more about the core training I am doing at home or other smoothie recipes, let me know!
Next post I will talk about pro’s and cons of working at home with Ulcerative Colitis and Covid-19!