Post-Surgery Care: 7 Food Types To Prepare
No matter what type of surgery you had, or will have in the future, it is worth knowing that your diet post-surgery can make a big difference to your recovery. Nobody likes having to undergo surgery. If this is something that you must do, it’s up to you to ensure that your post-surgery care is excellent. Recovery is not always easy. You can make it easier for your body if you eat right and stay healthy.
Many foods are known to help with healing, as it improves immune function, soften hard stools, reduce inflammation, and provide your body with its needed energy. Before your surgery date, it’s therefore important to shop for that food that you know can contribute to your healing and recovery process. If your doctor tells you that you’d have a longer recovery period, you might need help in getting fresh ingredients and doing the grocery shopping for the weeks to come.
The following are examples of the best food to prepare for better post-surgery care and recovery:
If you have the time before your surgery, you may want to take a day off to meal prep. Take the time to peel, chop, and portion ingredients which you can store in the freezer. Doing so will make it easier for you to come up with hearty soups for your post-surgery meals. Hearty soups are great, as it allows you to have a mix of different vegetables and meat on your diet. Because it’s in soft form, the meat is also boiled or cooked such that it’s soft enough to incorporate in a soft diet. That way, your meals are still delicious, easy to digest, and healthy. Also, preparing soups are easy. When you have the ingredients pre-cut and chopped and then stored, all you have to do is pour them all in one pot and leave it to cook, while you rest.
One of the top enemies you have to be on the lookout for when recovering from your surgery is bacteria on your open wound. The bigger and deeper your stitches or wound, the higher the likelihood of contracting an infection. Unfortunately, an infection caused by bacteria may complicate your recovery process. So, to fight off bacteria, you need to equip your body with good bacteria.
What’s the best source of good bacteria? Probiotics. These are living bacteria and yeasts which are beneficial for your body in general–not just for post-surgery care. With a strong coming in of good bacteria, you can enjoy a higher certainty of keeping the bad bacteria in check.
The best food sources of probiotics you can have are:
Fresh Cooked Vegetables
Freshly cooked vegetables, particularly green leafy vegetables are a no-fail. It’s full of nutrients, and it’s also fiber-rich. This means a diet composed of vegetables will be easier for your body to digest. You won’t have to worry about suffering through bouts of constipation and hard stools, to add to the pain you’re already going through.
Freshly cooked vegetables are great for surgery recovery for the following reasons:
It may improve wound healing
It could decrease inflammation
It may enhance immune function
Whole grains can’t be overlooked, given the strong potential benefits it comes with for your post-surgery care. Whole grains are an essential food group packed with an extensive list of nutrients and vitamins which could help in wound healing. For instance:
Magnesium, to improve the body’s defense mechanisms
Protein and zinc, to repair the body’s destroyed tissues
Iron, to deliver oxygen to the wounded area
Some whole grains to consider including in your post-surgery care include:
If you can now tolerate a bit more solid food, be sure to add berries to your diet! You can have berries as a healthy snack on its own, or incorporate it in your oats or yogurt. If you can’t have solid food yet and you really want to have berries, you can puree fresh berries into your own cold drinks or healthy popsicles.
Berries are rich in Vitamin C, which the body needs to promote better healing. It also boasts of high levels of antioxidants which support a stronger and healthier immune system function. When your immune system is strong during your post-surgery recovery process, you may be able to successfully avoid infection.
Any type of fish is already a good protein source for your post-surgery diet. But, if salmon is available in your local grocery or supermarket, salmon is one of the best. It’s packed with protein, Omega-3 fats, and B vitamins, which are needed for your body to be in its tip-top shape after your surgery. Omega-3 fats, in particular, may promote wound healing and reduce inflammation.
Also, salmon is very easy to cook. So, you won’t have to stress about cooking difficult and fancy meals when all you want to do is relax.
Eggs are one of the top healing foods, packed in a shell. There are many ways you can whip up meals with eggs, so cooking should also be easier on your part. For instance, you can boil eggs to mix with salads and bread.
You can also have boiled egg as toppings for your rice porridge. Or, whip up an egg omelet with vegetables, cheese, or milk. Do you want a quick and easy no-fail? Fried sunny side up eggs on top of toast or savory oats. With the many ways to cook eggs, your post-surgery diet doesn’t have to be bland and boring after all.
Apart from ease of preparation, one small egg is packed with nutrients that can help promote better healing. These include:
Going through surgery and then navigating through the post-surgery process can be a daunting and overwhelming experience. Granted, the pain will be present during the post-surgery recovery, along with many other discomforts. This is the reason why it’s very important to be gentle and to take it easy on your body.