Nutrition is always important, but particular attention needs to be given to your diet post-operatively. Your body needs extra calories and protein in times of stress, and surgery is certainly considered stressful, both physically and emotionally. Proper nutrition will help you to heal more quickly and to prevent infection. There may be limiting factors such as loss of appetite, nausea, and constipation/diarrhea. If these are issues, please consult your registered dietitian or surgeon. Please also refer to my previous blog regarding strategies to help deal with these issues.
The following sample menu provides a daily minimum intake of 1700 calories and 100 grams of protein, which would be adequate for a 150 lb person. The daily energy and protein recommendations post-operatively would be 20-25 calories/kg body weight, and 1.2-1.5 grams of protein/kg body weight. This is NOT the time to restrict your calories or protein unless you have a pre-existing medical condition that requires medical and nutritional consideration. If you do have a pre-existing condition, it is important that you consult your surgeon or registered dietitian prior to your surgery. It is recommended that you consume frequent small meals (about 5-6 /day) to evenly distribute your food intake, avoid overeating, and for increased tolerance if you are having problems with appetite, digestion, or absorption. Again, this sample menu does not take into consideration any specific dietary restraints. Please refer to my earlier blogs for gluten-free or vegetarian/vegan options.
For a more individualized and personal diet and exercise plan, please consult a nutrition expert such as a registered dietitian. Nutrient data was obtained from www.myfooddiary.com.
½ cup uncooked oatmeal (cook in water)
1 cup 2% milk
1 cup fresh blueberries
1 mozzarella string cheese
6 Triscuit crackers
1/2 cup canned tuna in oil
1 Tbsp mayonnaise
3 wheat Melba toast
Celery sticks (2 stalks)
¾ cup whole milk Greek yogurt (Chobani)
½ cup cantaloupe cubes
3 oz fried center loin pork chop
½ cup mashed potatoes (whole milk/butter)
½ cup steamed broccoli
1 tsp butter
4 Tbsp guacamole
9 tortilla chips
Again, this a general sample menu that does not take into consideration any pre-existing medical conditions that will require dietary restrictions. For a more individualized diet plan, please consult your surgeon and registered dietitian.