Underweight is never a good look.  I spent the second half of November and all of December trying to keep food down, for no reason other than to stay alive and be healthy again. I am shocked how quickly the pounds fell off me, leaving me looking so sick and malnourished.

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Next to me, Anna and Vicky looked positively, gloriously healthy, curvy and sexy. Like I once was. Despite being 75% Asian, I was unusual in that I was kind of buxom.

Anna says in the Ghanaian culture, whenever someone is ill, everyone would say to the ill person, “Eat, EAT!” It was difficult, but I started slowly. I started with avocados, largely because they are of high nutritional value and they taste bland. In a 100g portion of avocado, you get 160 calories, 2 grams of protein and 15 grams of healthy fats. Wow!

This is just some avocado on seed bread with sea salt and figs:

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And here are a couple of simple avocado salads (basically, I just use it as a base):

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An open-faced avocado, pine nuts, tomatoes and spinach sandwich:

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Avocado with roasted root vegetables, drizzled with balsamic vinegar and olive oil.

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I also blended avocados 9ad dates) with lots of green stuff to make a nutritious smoothie.

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(posted by Jacqueline)