Hello: Just thought it might be helpful to some of you concerned about diet and healthy eating. I pretty much stuck to the all BLAND diet for 3 weeks after surgery. White rice, white bread, pasta, etc. and as much protein (salmon, peanut butter, chicken) as I could eat to regain strength. Then a couple of days ago, I had my first visit with the surgeon and was told I could start eating whatever I wanted. That is, being cautious with some of the vegetables in the cabbage family.
So today, I went to my vegetable garden and picked the first pea harvest for the year. I ate about 10-15 peas, just to be careful. Then I ate a fresh strawberry from our Amish neighbors and cooked some dried fruit in my cream of wheat. Such a thrill to be able to have some flavor and more well-rounded nutrition.
For any of you who felt the same sense of deprivation, I hope this gives you some hope for the future. I know everyone has different experiences and different maladies, so I certainly don't prescribe this new freedom, but I do want to offer some encouragement for those of you who are waiting for permission to eat more "normally." The time will come.