Eating a nutritious diet is a smart choice in any situation, but when you have a torn disc, it becomes even more important since your body needs the vitamins and minerals provided by a well-rounded diet to heal itself and maintain healthy tissues.
A few tips
Some tips for eating right with a torn disc include:
- Bring your own lunch to work – By packing your own meal instead of eating out, you can better control and monitor the calories you take in and take steps to maintain a healthy weight. If your work doesn’t have a refrigerator, consider bringing an insulated bag.
- Choose healthy snacks – Rather than reach for potato chips, choose fresh vegetables or a piece of fruit instead. Even doing this once a week makes a difference and helps you begin to create healthy habits.
- Avoid temptation – Keep a non-perishable snack in your car, desk or purse to give yourself a healthy option when you’re hungry so you don’t resort to the vending machine out of desperation.
- Make small changes – A key part of maintaining a healthy diet is not to feel deprived, so whenever possible, make small changes; in the long run, they’ll add up to have a big effect. Examples include switching to low-fat dressing rather than full fat, baked chips instead of fried, using a teaspoon of oil when cooking instead of a tablespoon and using a small amount of low-fat mayonnaise instead of full-fat or switching to mustard. You likely won’t even notice the difference, but you’ll be skimming calories off your daily intake.
- Keep only healthy food in the house – Eliminate temptation and save yourself the stress by ridding your home of unhealthy food. Simply knowing that high-calorie treats are in the cabinet can make resisting much more difficult. If your family won’t allow you to completely get rid of junk food, then put it into a special section of the cabinet away from the area you usually use so you don’t have to see it every time you reach for a snack.
- Treat yourself – It might seem counterintuitive, but allowing yourself a small treat at predetermined intervals can help you be more consistent the rest of the time and avoid much larger missteps.
For more information on eating right with a torn disc, or to learn about state-of-the-art procedures performed by our surgeons, contact Laser Spine Institute. We’ll be happy to review your treatment options with you as well as provide a review of your CT scan or MRI to determine if you’re a candidate for one of our minimally invasive spine procedures.