Put the right junk in your trunk

OP. DR. YUNUS DOĞAN

Back it up

You’ve built a booty that your grandma would be proud of. There are now enough dumps in your truck to service an entire construction site. Don’t let the salt fall out of your shaker; maintain it. Develop your derriere! Protect your assets with smart nutrition. The short shopping list for all that bass Feed your butt:

  • High fiber/whole grain carbohydrates (fruit, veggies, quinoa, brown rice, whole grain bread)
  • Protein (chicken, fish, beef, eggs, Greek yogurt, nuts, beans, soy)
  • Healthy fats (avocados, nuts, nut butters, seeds, salmon, olive oil)
  • Water

High fiber carbs

If you’re feeling up for it, go grocery shopping and spend some time in the produce section. Get some leafy greens like spinach and kale. Buy some colorful apples and soft peaches. You’ve heard “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” and it’s true! A lesser-known phrase is “Eat the fruit and it’ll help you poop” and don’t forget “If it has a pit it will help you sh–.”

Carbohydrates aren’t all bad, either, if you choose the right kinds. Grab some whole grain bread and make avocado toast. Make oatmeal. Have a colorful vegetable stir fry. Get bonus protein AND carbs with some quinoa. Keep your body’s digestive system functioning regularly with fresh fruits, vegetables and fiber-filled breads and grains.

Protein

Protein is fuel for your body even when you’re not healing from surgery. Now that your muscles and tissues are recovering and adjusting to your new shape, they need more protein. You may even feel hungrier than usual and that’s normal. It’s important to eat and feed your body so it can repair and maintain itself.

The type of protein you choose is vital. Just as those old comfort foods you used to turn to will do more damage than good, the wrong protein will not help your BBL. Lean protein is key! Drive right on past McDonald’s and go to the grocery store. Get some chicken breast, eggs, Greek yogurt and beans. It’s time to take control of your nutrition and feed your body the food it needs. Trust us, your body will thank you by looking and feeling its very best.

Healthy fats

Healthy fats should always be part of your balanced diet. When patients hear “fat,” they may think they can find good fats in comfort foods such as pizza, hamburgers, French fries or chocolate. These fats are unhealthy and can be dangerous to your health. If you want to eat pizza, change your old lifestyle, habits and way of thinking. Pizza can be healthy and foodnetwork.com can show you how.

There are so many amazing and mouth-watering sources of healthy fats, we don’t have room to list them all. A single avocado, for example, gives you 22 grams of healthy fat while also providing half of a day’s recommendation for dietary fiber. EatingWell.com referenced a study published in the Journal of American Heart Association that will ease your mind if you’re worried about putting on weight with all that “extra” fat.

Water

Water is the best thing you can give your body, period. This is even more important while it heals from surgery. In addition to keeping you hydrated, it also helps flush out toxins and promotes healing. Water also will make you physically feel better because it helps prevent swelling. As if it needs any additional hype, water aids in digestion, so if you’re a little irregular, drink water! It will help you poop more consistently. Try to drink around two liters of water each day at the minimum.

No thanks, not in my Spanx

Put on your big girl panties and understand that you need to just say no (or “just a little”) to:

  • Fried food
  • Processed food
  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine
These are the things that can quickly derail any progress you’ve made if you indulge uncontrollably. If you can remember, respect and abide by “everything in moderation,” you can make balanced decisions sustainably. Falling back into old habits with terrible food choices will be a faster disazzter than trying to dance to “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk.”

Getting creative in the kitchen is another way to enjoy what you eat without damaging your body. There are healthier ways to prepare and chow down on comfort foods that you’ve cooked. Foods high in sodium, ironically, are not ideal for your new salt shaker. Take old foods that were delicious but deadly and make them flavorful and fresh. Weelicious.com has some great recipes that recreate some of your fast food favorites.

The last stitch

In other posts, we’ve mentioned how to heal quickly after plastic surgery and how to play the long game. Both of these articles contain helpful, general information to get you back on your feet after any aesthetic procedure. And now you know the details to maintain your backstory so you can remain as bootylicious as possible. Make good decisions and preserve your jelly!

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