What do we do to repair the body after surgery?
So, we’ve made it through the hard part! The search for the doctor who bests suits us is over, the consults are done, decisions have been made, the big day has come and gone, and now we are recuperating. We may be experiencing some discomfort, we know the medication is helping, but it may also be making us nauseous. So what are our options? What do we eat? What do we drink?
Most of us, whether we have had surgery or not, probably have not been eating properly in the first place, so what do we do? First things first, in the days following the surgery we are probably not in the mood to eat, so we should be drinking lots of water. Coconut water is excellent along with low salt light soups.
There could be some vomiting, a loss of appetite, or a very little desire to eat. In these cases try yogurt, greek yogurt, protein shakes and protein drinks instead of meals. Eat simple meals such as chicken with vegetable broth after surgery. Our bodies need their fair share of protein to repair cells, fight infection, and heal incisions.
As the days go by we will need to eat lots of restorative foods. Our bodies need to rest and repair itself, so getting lots of rest and sleep is key. If you feel the need to snack, walnuts, almonds, and sunflower seeds are a good way to go. Breakfast can be eggs, fortified orange juice or fortified cereal. Include lots of fruits like cantaloupe, papaya, oranges, mangoes, strawberry and kiwi. Our veggies should definitely include lots of spinach, broccoli, bell peppers and beans. If eating fruits and veggies seems like a bit too much. Making fruit/veggie smoothies using a blender like Nutribullet or Vitamix can be a great way to take in large quantities of fruits and veggies without eating them all day!
Of course remember portion amounts counts! It is great to retrain the body to take in smaller amounts and now is a great opportunity and time to start!