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Unread 02-10-2007, 07:04 PM
diet after surgery

Hi.I had surgery on Tues and came home on Fri. I need some suggestions on eating. I am not that hungry, and keep defaulting to my "hospital diet", which consists on strawberry jello, few sips of chicken soup, few bites of lettuce, saltines or graham crackers, water, some sips of diet coke. I am aware that this is not particularly nutritious, and as I get hungrier over the next few weeks, would like to have a plan of something nutritious that SOUNDS goods to eat.
I am generally a vegetarian, but my regular diet of vegetable related foods sounds horrible to me. And it is hard to think on these drugs...
Any ideas would be helpful. Thanks!
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Unread 02-10-2007, 07:25 PM
diet after surgery

Before I went into the hospital, I made a big pot of minestrone, and we lived on that for a while. If you smell some food cooked, it might spark your appetite, you will just have to try. Just make sure to keep hydrated.
Unread 02-10-2007, 09:11 PM
diet after surgery

Your tastebuds are probably out of whack. It's so soon after your surgery I wouldn't be too concerned about how little you're eating, as long as you ARE eating. Are you vegan? What about cheese and eggs? I lived on scrambled eggs with a little cheese in them, a piece of toast and hot tea for the first week after surgery!
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Unread 02-10-2007, 09:13 PM
diet after surgery

I am not a vegetarin but I did eat cereal as it was easy and the dr said it would keep my bowels moving (yuk). I also at crackers and cheese (unless you are a veggen). Those cup a soups like veggie and cream of potatoe, cream of broc came in handy also. My daughter keep me supplied in fresh lettuce so I had lots of salad also. I also was not hungry and had to force myself to eat. Still do sometimes and other times I am just hungry and not sure what I want to eat.
Take care of yourself. You need to eat to get better.
Unread 02-10-2007, 10:21 PM
diet after surgery

Peanut butter has lots of protein, and you need not stand to cook to have it. Protein helps repair tissues.
Unread 02-10-2007, 10:27 PM
diet after surgery

I also had some fudgecicles along with soup and crackers and turkey sandwiches with chips. Really didn't eat alot the first 2 weeks. I did drinl alot of cranberry juice and warm tea. The warm tea helped with the gas pains alot. I ended up losing 10 pounds after surgery which was ok by me. Hope this helps some. Take care..........
Unread 02-11-2007, 05:14 AM
diet after surgery

I basically ate sandwiches and ice cream for the first couple of weeks. My appetite was totally out of whack!

This week, week three, I have noticed a return to normal, and I have found myself craving iron rich foods, and I have been cooking myself regular dinners. My ice cream has stayed on my menu also....
Unread 02-11-2007, 11:16 AM
diet after surgery

I ate very light, also. My diet consisted on things easy to fix like oat meal (fiber), peanut butter (protein) and jelly sandwiches, Healthy Choice individual micro. soup cups (chicken and rice is my fav, you can avoid the chicken and eat the rest), orange sherbert (soothing, but not as many calories), peppermint tea (great for gas pains!!!), LOTS of cranberry juice (for your kidneys), fresh fruit (get our vitamins), oh, and don't forget chocolate (my fav. "medicine" of all)!!! I lost 7 pounds in my first 4 days and am healing nicely, so far. You're still very fresh from surgery, so your body is still adjusting to the trauma of surgery. Each day will get better, just get lots of rest and drink a lot of fluids to stay hydrated, etc.

Welcome home and be sure to pamper yourself!!
Unread 02-17-2007, 11:10 PM
thanks for the tips and support

Thank you to all who made suggestions on my lack of appetite and ideas for food.
Good luck to all of you, and thankyou!
Unread 02-17-2007, 11:51 PM
diet after surgery

I was sorta like you too after surgery, not wanting to eat and it was partly because I didn't have an appetite. I ate salads laced with grilled chicken, (love McDonald's Asian salad w/chicken), boiled eggs and bacon, pink grapefruits with nutrasweet, fresh fruits, an occasional peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and I drank lots of iced water and some diet Cokes. I also liked eating no-sugar pop cicles when I wanted something sweet and Cheerio's cereal with Equal.

Now almost two months later, I still watch what I eat. I have cut regular sweet drinks/juices out of my menu, along with most fried foods and white breads pretty much unless I'm dining out. I do have some fried foods once a week but not like before, when ever I wanted it or thought about it.

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