Everything you put into your body will effect your physical recovery. Some foods have the right nutrients needed to help build bones, some repair and rebuild tissue, some others can provide energy and increase physical and mental stamina.
I was made aware that there are many more foods that you should avoid. I woke up in the hospital with swollen knees and a stiff neck. I assumed that would be quite normal CONSIDERING ALL OF MY OTHER INJURIES. Months went by and the swelling continued. The shock from my accident seemed to push my immune system into overdrive. I could not stop the inflamation of my joints. Some of my medications were reducing my appetite. My Jaw was still healing and I was loosing too much weight.
I have a great friend that has converted to a Raw Food diet. He suggested to start juicing fruits and vegetables, and lay off of foods that contained processed sugars and starches. He didn't tell me to stop eating meat, although he doesn't agree with it. The focus was avoiding the processed sugars and starches. He also gave me a small juicer, whole bunch of health supplements to sample, and a few fruit and vegetable combinations to start out with. I took to the juicing quickly. A year later he gave me a larger juicer. A favorite juice of mine has half a pineapple(great at helping to reduce swelling), a couple of oranges, a serious amount of spinach, 5 or 6 large carrots, and a sweet potato(It does make a LOT of juice which is great nutrition for someone having trouble eating.
The juice is a real energy pick up, and it lasted longer than coffee. At that time all I would drink would be juice and water. I would still eat most regular meals but reduced the sugars and starches. I had stopped eating breads for a while, and found that potatoes and tomatoes increased my inflammation. If I had french fries at lunch I would start feeling sore joints again pretty quickly. The same would occur if I ate food items containing tomatoes.
It wasn't long after making the veg and fruit juices that I began to do more exercise. I now go to the gym regularly and work with kettle bells, along with body weight exercises. My appetite is back, and I am stronger than ever before.
You can find out more about healing with nutrition at therawfoodworld.com.