I fell and broke my wrist and a rib less about 2 weeks ago. The wrist is in a hard cast; unfortunately it is my right hand and I am very right hand dominant. The fall was in my own back yard; I was carrying a large sack of pine needles down the rock garden hill, and I tripped. Rock is harder than bone! Lucky I didn't crack my head or break a hip!
So I learned very quickly that I cannot cook or eat quite the same way. I can't chop vegetables with my left hand, and cutting and cooking overall is difficult. BUT I found some very good shortcuts that are enabling me to continue healthy eating! In particular I am appreciating some new convenience foods. They all more or less meet my diet plan in terms of calories and fat content.
1. pre-chopped healthy 8 veggies from Trader Joe's; prechopped onions and celery
2. frozen seafood paella; and frozen pasta with clams
3. frozen shepherd pot pie
4. shelf stable indian vegetarian meals (lentils; veggie curry stew; eggplant in spicy tomato sauce)
4. butternut squash soup
5. frozen whole grain waffles with frozen berries and greek yogurt
6. I've added some pre-sliced cheeses and cold cuts, and pre-sliced bread (I just can't slice stuff)
Some of my ideas for food have not panned out. I bought an electric can opener (I can't operate my manual opener) -- but I couldn't get that to work with just one hand either! So in the middle of making big pot of turkey/veggie chili stew, I couldn't open the canned beans, the tomatoes, or the broth. And one or two frozen meals were inedible -- blah tasting, rubbery, over-salted.
Finally I am getting well enough to think about exercise. Housework takes longer and is more challenging, as is yard work. (I had to do SOME yard work before the storms). Plus I can't lace up my usual walking shoes!!! But I located a pair of old hiking boots that are pre-laced with a toggle to tighten the laces; they don't exactly fit so I can't go far, but they are much better than wearing my clogs. I am looking forward to being able to hike again, and to eventually returning to exercise classes -- those activities will have wait until my broken bones mend. For now, I am concentrating on daily activity and walking.
This has been a real eye-opener for me. It is humbling to struggle to do simple tasks: make the bed; take a shower; wash my hair; get dressed (ever try to put on a bra one-handed? -- not easy!) It makes me really appreciate the challenges that so many people face every day! And I admit it: I'm proud of myself for trying to continue with healthy habits through this challenging time!