My husband just had an outpatient surgery to repair his hip (quite a bit of wear and tear from his childhood daredevil tendencies)Whilst coming out of anesthesia, and as his bones and cartilage are healing, I was instructed to provide him with “light food” such as “soda pop, jello, and broth”. First of all… soda pop?! The love of my life has just had his hip ripped open and repaired and you want me to help him recover by giving him a COKE? Some sugar with some chemicals. Great. That sounds like a jolly good idea.
The next suggestion was Jello. Yes, I imagine that a nice gummy or jello made from Great Lakes gelatin and some natural fruit juices would be healing for his poor cartilage. But is that what they are referring to? No. It’s jello. J-E-L-L-O. As in Jigglers. Sugar and Corn Sugar, and Coloring. Next please.
Broth. Again, do you really think they had some ancestral home brew in mind? Or is it likely that most people would read that printout and head straight to the Campbell’s Can of Sodium labelled “chicken broth”.
UGH! my head hurts. How can we possibly take the medical institutions seriously if they are hellbent on destroying bodies after then go in to fix them? Performing surgery is for those who took the time to go to school to learn how to cut people open. Healing and restorative food recommendations are for the people who have learned how to help and heal bodies holistically. Lord knows I am so thankful for all the doctors, nurses, and surgeons out there, but please keep them away from providing diet suggestions.
That being said, are YOU looking for a healing and restorative meal? This one is sure to get you back to your ol’ self in no time.
Ginger Butternut Soup
1 small butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and diced
1 inch fresh ginger
1 small yam, peeled and diced
1-2 tsp. turmeric
3 c. bone broth
2 cloves garlic
1/2 red onion, sliced thinly
- In a large soup pot, melt coconut oil or ghee
- Add onion and garlic until fragrant
- Add butternut and yam and stir while onions keep softening, sprinkle in some salt
- add broth and ginger and bring to a simmer
- Cook until yam is tender. Add turmeric and a pinch more salt
- Using an immersion blender, blend until completely puréed
- Add more salt to taste if desired