Eat This, Not That: How Your Diet Impacts Your Plastic Surgery Results

For individuals interested in a plastic surgery procedure, maintaining a proper diet and exercise regimen can help enhance results and reduce recovery time. I will continue to do my part to meet your desired aesthetic goals, but I also place the utmost importance that you do your part to preserve your plastic surgery results. Providing yourself nutritional care two weeks before and after surgery is an important aspect in meeting your cosmetic surgery desires. In order to achieve correct preoperative and post-operative nutrition, you must meet your recommended intake of vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, protein, and fat. According to popular nutrition data, the chart below illustrates healthy, yet tasty alternatives to substitute for high-fat, high-calorie choices:

EAT THIS
Calories
(serving size: 1)
NOT THAT
Calories
(serving size: 1)
Air Popped Popcorn
110 (1 oz)
Potato Chips
155 (1 oz)
Fat-Free Plain Greek Yogurt
17 (1 oz)
Vanilla Ice Cream
59 (1 oz)
Brown Rice
32 (1 oz)
White Rice
37 (1 oz)
Almond Milk
7 (1 fl. oz)
2% Milk
15 (1 fl. oz)
Olive Oil
119 (0.5 fl. oz)
Butter
102 (0.5 oz)
Hummus
47 (1 oz)
Mayonnaise
170 (1 oz)
Wheat Pasta
35 (1 oz)
Pasta
45 (1 oz)
Coconut Water
6 (1 fl. oz)
Grape Juice
16 (1 fl. oz)
Granola Bar
113 (1 oz)
Milk Chocolate
152 (1 oz)
Hazelnut Spread
153 (1 oz)
Peanut Butter
167 (1 oz)

If you’re looking to make the first steps towards healthy lifestyle changes, our in-house NESTA Weight Management Specialist, Jackie Madison is here to help. With the Lifestyle & Weight Management program, Jackie will help coach you through your pre and post-surgery transition by teaching you how to commit to an active lifestyle, achieve weight loss and weight management goals, provide effective eating habits, manage your time, assist with battling stress and more.

If you are interested in any of the cosmetic procedures I perform, please contact us today. Be sure to connect with me, Dr. David Whiteman, on FacebookTwitter, and Google+ for plastic surgery news.

How Your Physical & Mental Health Impacts Your Plastic Surgery Results

When it comes to plastic surgery, both your physical and mental health plays a very significant role when it comes to the overall outcome of your procedure(s). There are many factors such as fatigue, anxiety, stress, eating habits, and exercise which all play a part in achieving desired plastic surgery results. There is however necessary pre & post-operative steps that should be taken in order to minimize potential complications and further ensure optimal recovery.

How Your Physical and Mental Health Impacts Your Plastic Surgery ResultsA healthy body starts with maintaining a proper exercise and diet regimen, which is essential to help fight against possible infection, and repair blood vessels, muscles, bones, and skin following your surgery. Additionally, a steady diet consisting of vitamins, carbohydrates, protein, and antioxidants can help in decreasing your chances of cancer, heart disease, or diabetes. Typically, I recommend patients wait a few weeks before partaking in light physical activity and 4 to 6 weeks before returning to a regular workout routine.

As with any surgery, there is always the risk of complications, therefore it is vital that patients be mentally healthy and stable before and after receiving cosmetic procedures such as tummy tucks, liposuction, or mommy makeovers. The thought of going through surgery, deficiency of sleep, and the pain and swelling during recuperation may often cause patients to become stressed. It is known that stress is one of the leading causes of weight gain and noticeable signs of aging. One of the best ways to minimize stress is by making sure to get the recommended 6-8 hours of uninterrupted rest. Lack of sleep can affect productivity, memory, weight and aging. When we sleep, our bodies go into “repair-mode” to mend the damage from daily activities by replacing old cells and stimulating new skin cell growth.  When our bodies are not able to get enough rest, they become stressed and release increased amounts of the hormone cortisol. An increase in cortisol can affect the skin’s collagen production, which is beneficial in preserving the skin’s elasticity, and can lead to the formation of wrinkles and fine lines.

While I offer various facial and body procedures, I place the utmost importance on patients leading a healthy lifestyle in order to preserve successful and aesthetically-pleasing results. If you’re looking to make the first steps towards healthy lifestyle changes, our in-house NESTA Weight Management Specialist, Jackie Madison is here to help. With the Lifestyle & Weight Management program, Jackie will help coach you through your pre and post-surgery time period by teaching you how to commit to an active lifestyle, achieve weight loss and weight management goals, provide effective eating habits, manage your time and assist with battling stress.

If you are interested in any of the cosmetic procedures I perform, please contact us today. Be sure to connect with me, Dr. David Whiteman, on FacebookTwitter, and Google+ for plastic surgery news.

Healthy July 4th Cookout Recipes & Menu

Preparing the perfect menu to serve to your family and friends for your July 4th cookout can often be challenging. Though most may prefer the hot dogs and hamburgers off the charcoal grill route, or a big helping of coleslaw or potato salad on this day of celebration, I recommend opting for dishes that are not only tasty but also healthy. Check out a few low calorie recipes that I enjoy as inspiration when preparing your Independence Day feast.

Watermelon Salad w/ Balsamic Vinaigrette

Prep time: 10 minutes

Serves: 4-5

Ingredients:

1 whole seedless watermelon, cut into small chunks
1/2 pound baby arugula leaves
1/2 pound crumbled feta cheese
1 bottle of light balsamic vinaigrette dressing

Instructions:

In a large bowl, combine watermelon and baby arugula leaves. Sprinkle a handful of feta cheese on top and lightly drizzle with balsamic vinaigrette. Toss well and serve.

 

Grilled Vegetable Skewers

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 10 minutes

Serves: 4-5

Ingredients:

10 wooden skewers
2 red bell peppers, cut into chunks
2 yellow bell peppers, cut into chunks
½ pound of whole fresh mushrooms
1 red onion, cut into chunks
2 zucchinis, cut into 1-inch slices
1 package of cherry tomatoes
½ cup olive oil
½ teaspoon sea salt
2 lemons

Instructions:

Soak skewers in water for 15 minutes. Lightly coat grill with oil and preheat grill at medium temperature. Alternately arrange peppers, mushrooms, onion, zucchinis, and cherry tomatoes onto skewers. While the skewers are cooking, whisk together olive oil, sea salt, and juice of the lemons and brush onto the skewers. Occasionally turn and baste the skewers on medium heat until the vegetables are tender.

 

Fresh Corn Salad

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 3-5 minutes

Serves: 4-5

Ingredients:

6 shucked ears of corn
1 red onion, diced
3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
3 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

Instructions:

In a large pot, bring 2 cups of water to a boil. Immerse corn in water and cook for 3-5 minutes, cover the pot and let the water return to a boil again, keep the pot covered and turn off the heat. Drain and place the ears in ice water, and once cooled, cut the kernels off the cob.

Mix together the apple cider vinegar, olive oil, salt, and black pepper. Place the kernels in a large bowl and lightly pour the vinegar mixture on top. May be served cold or at room temperature.

 

Sugar-Free Vanilla Bean Ice Cream w/ Fresh Berries

Prep time: 10 minutes

Serves: 4-5

Ingredients:

1 pound of fresh organic strawberries, sliced in half
1 pound of fresh organic blueberries
½ pound of fresh organic raspberries
1 can of whipped cream
1 container of sugar-free vanilla bean ice cream

Instructions:

Mix together berries in a large bowl. Place two scoops of sugar free vanilla bean ice cream in individual medium size bowls. Put two large spoonfuls of berries on top of ice cream and finish off with whipped cream.

 

By continuously eating healthy foods, you can ultimately improve your overall quality of health.  Providing yourself nutritional care two weeks before and after surgery is vital in meeting your cosmetic surgery desires.

Keep checking back periodically as I will be sharing more tasty recipes in the future. Stay up-to-date with me, Dr. David Whiteman for more healthy recipes, exercise and post-surgery tips and connect with us on FacebookTwitter, and Google+.