So, I had spinal surgery on 6/27 to remove and replace/fuse my cervical spine. Up until that day, I’ve been doing great on keto. 22# and 4-6" lost. I dropped 3 pants sizes and overall, love how I look and feel since losing weight. The day I was admitted for emergency surgery, I was 159#. After the surgery, I could only eat soft foods. My fiance went to the hospital cafe each day, trying to find keto things that I could eat, but sadly, there wasn’t much that I was able to swallow. The hospital nutritionist encouraged me to try some complex carbs, so I did. Wheat bread dipped in gravy. Some mashed whole wheat noodles. Sweet potato. Oatmeal. I couldn’t really eat much.
Fast forward to being released home, and she encouraged me to keep up with some carbs, lots of vegetables and fruits. So, basically she said that my body needs all things not keto for the nutrients, as bone repair and regeneration (my bone is now fusing to cadavar bone) is the most complex process in the body, and requires significant nutrition. I should also be eating an extra 500-800 calories per day.
Well, I’ve legit been ravenous since the surgery. I can eat every five minutes and not feel satisfied. Of course, stupid carbs are soft so mashed potatoes and gravy has been my go to. I tried mashed cauliflower and couldn’t get the texture down. So I switched to mashed sweet potato for the nutrients. Ugh. Pancakes are soft. So is bread. So are noodles. It’s a problem.
I dropped to 154 # right after surgery, even with the carb load. It’s been two weeks since the surgery and I’m 160.8 # this morning.
I feel like I do need to incorporate some fruits and vegetables into my diet to help with healing. I’m done with simple/non-keto approved carbs now that my throat has healed from the intubation and I can eat regular food. My question is, how high can/should I go on the carb count to incorporate some things I know my body needs, without gaining the weight back?
I"m sure there’s no magic answer, but any idea on what my diet should really look like right now?
I hope this makes sense. I’m not able to exercise yet, so I need to keep my diet in check to keep my weight under control, yet still need to give my body what it needs to heal. Should I incorporate ketones or any supplements?
Thanks for any ideas!