If you’ve been an active person for most of your life, suddenly finding yourself a patient can be demoralizing. I’ve never imagined to need my mom to wash my hair again. It happens and, somehow, it gives me a warm feeling in my belly.
After surgery, pills, fatigue and complications can make eating unappealing (in my case the story is different: I started to eat like a whale). Though recovery process is different for everyone, good nutrition can speed wound healing, improve immunity and ensure the best outcome.
The type of operation isn’t important, the body always requires extra nutrients to heal. Focusing on nutrition can mean the difference between bouncing back and a lengthy recovery.
According to my research, this is the must list of a diet after surgery.
Protein: Required to repair tissue, slow muscle catabolism and decrease the inflammatory phase.
- Gelatin (jelly, agar agar, pectin)
- Legumes (beans, lentils, chickpeas)
- Nuts & Seeds (peanuts, almonds, walnuts, pistachios, quinoa, chia seeds)
- Tofu & Soy Products (soy milk, soy ice cream, soy yogurt, tempeh)
- Wheat protein (seitan, veggie burgers)
Vitamin A: Stimulates the early inflammatory resonse to healing.
- Fruits (mango, papaya, tomato)
- Vegetables (carrot, sweet potato, spinach, pumpkin)
Vitamin C: Needed to make collagen, it is an antioxidant and thought to strengthen the connective tissue in skin, muscle, and blood vessels.
- Fruits (orange, kiwi, papaya, guava, strawberry, pineapple)
- Vegetables (pepper, broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprout, pea)
Selenium: Reduces edema (swelling) and inflammation.
- Nuts (Brazil nuts, cashew, walnut)
- Fish (tuna, sardines, salmon, halibut)
- Seafood (oyster, mussels, squid, lobster, shrimp)
- Grains (wheat germ, barley, brown rice, oats)
- Seeds (sunflower, sesame, pumpkin)
In the picture above there’s my first homemade jelly. I added one peach and a teaspoon of chia seeds.
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