I think you have some good ideas and you should keep walking (like this) with your mind engaged. I understand the philosophy of cutting many foods right away and hoping to get them back later. I always liked that better than having to cut more and more. I would expect your body to be working hard at recovery for a while. I had leg swelling, one leg (right) bigger than the other for a long time. My doctors said that my lymph system was going crazy. Mine seems to have been linked to foods that bothered me, but as I understand the lymph system helps to clean out the body for whatever reason. Squats was an exercise that I thought helped with the swelling when I could do them. You could start with one or whatever is comfortable. It is incredible to watch as the swelling finally recedes. Best wishes as you heal and go on with your life.