Our expert says:
I am indeed sorry to hear of this unfortunate sequence of events. I agree with your psychologist that you need to consult someone who can assists you with a balanced slimming diet. I would recommend that you consult a registered dietitian (visit the Association for Dietetics in SA Website at: www.adsa.org.za and click on "Find a Dietitian" to find a dietitian in your area). You should be able to find a registered dietitian in the Springs area. Dietitians are trained at university to provide diets for patients with many different medical conditions, among many other aspects of diet in health and disease. The dietitian will have to provide an individual slimming diet prescription for you that takes all your problems into account, as well as the medications you are taking and also lowers your blood cholesterol levels. Also ask your neurosurgeon who did the spinal operation if you are allowed to do exercise, and if so, what type of exercise (for example, going for walks or swimming or cycling - exercise which uses up energy without harming your back). Exercise will also help with the depression if you are permitted to do some. But please ask the neurosurgeon before you do any exercise.
The combination of the balanced diet and exercise (if permitted) should make a marked and positive difference to your life.
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