Nutrition

You can support your recovery process through your diet. It is important to eat food with a high energy content. Bread with syrup and cheese, peanut butter, meat, toasted ham-cheese, fruit, carbohydrates, fats, etc.

 

Your body needs extra energy, because you are already lagging behind. Make sure you eat enough but also good (vitamins).

 

Please be careful with new and trendy diets. Something like low-carbohydrate diet, eating a lot of lettuce, a nut diet, a lot of fish, eating a lot of yogurt, becoming a vegetarian or vegan, that is not an issue now. 

 

You are very low in energy. You just must eat well. Now is not the time to experiment with these types of diets. 

 

You are tired and vulnerable. So, eat healthy and enough. Think about meat, potatoes, vegetables and if you prefer not to eat meat, choose a meat substitute or fish. 

 

In short, your diet can contribute to recovery. Make sure your food is sufficient and has a lot of energy.

 

Own experience

 My body was so low in energy that I really could notice that after breakfast, lunch or dinner my energy level increased. It usually took half an hour before I noticed that. I felt more energetic, and my well behaviour improved.

 

I made sure the food was good. Fresh vegetables, meat, potatoes and carbohydrates. I was also eating more fruit and multi vitamin pills. My immunity was still low, so I was vulnerable to disease. By eating this I hoped to build up more resistance.

 

Some products I avoided. French fries, fast food, pizzas, alcohol and real coffee where foods I noticed that my body wasn’t feeling well. I got a stomach-ache and often didn’t feel well. So, I stopped eating this.

 

What I did make sure of, was that there was always sugar/candy/banana in the house. If I became a little faint, I always had something to get an energy shot from. 

 

Furthermore, I ate everything and generously. I also gained some weight after my burn out, but I take those reserves for granted.

 

What is positive?

You learn to listen to the needs of your body and less to your head. You know you must eat and is just fine and no you don’t have to overeat, but don’t cut corners either.

 

Food can also be an energy boost when you are just faint or when something exciting is about to happen. Eating fruit can help improve your immune system. So, eat an apple or pear every now and then.

 

Tips:

1.   Just eat like your guideline tells you. 

2.   Stay away from hip diets. That’s not good for your recovery. You are vulnerable and this can increase the vulnerability

3.   Watch out with alcohol. Your body needs energy to recover. Alcohol doesn’t work that well

4.   Stock up on emergency supplies at home and at work. That’s for when you get faint, so you always have plenty of energy nearby. 

 

Keep it going it will be fine!!

Once, way back in the 90s of the last century, they explained to me in high school that the body gets energy from: carbohydrates, fats and proteins!

 

Carbohydrates are sugar, fruit, grains, rice, pasta sweet potatoes, etc. This is an energy source especially in the short term.

Starch (potatoes) is converted by your body into carbohydrates, so that too is an energy source in the medium term.

Fats are butter, oil, cheese, nuts, avocado, seeds, fish, fat from meat (bacon/sausage). This is an energy source, especially in the long run.

Protein is milk, yogurt, meat (muscle tissue). This is also an energy source in the long term.

It is also wise to avoid: white bread, chips, pizza, cola, etc.


Actually, it is very logical. If you don’t eat that, your body doesn’t have access to an energy source and with a burn out that’s not so smart. 

 

Conversely, if you eat well (bread with cheese, potatoes with meat, sugar in the tea, occasionally meat (or meat substitute) etc.)

then you really don’t have to be Einstein to understand that this helps.

 

So, check whether you are getting enough energy. That will help you!!