Easy ways to add calories to your diet
If you have trouble getting enough calories from your diet after surgery, it can negatively affect your recovery. These tips can help you add calories to your diet without having to eat a lot more; however, these changes are not necessarily good for your heart and will not help you lose weight.
This diet is for people who cannot consume enough calories, as it is not an ideal long-term eating plan. Some people find it really difficult to eat enough food early in their recovery, and these tips are for these people.
When you can get back to a healthier diet by cutting out saturated fat and sugar, with a focus on fruits, vegetables, and lean protein , it's important that you do so.
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Follow these tips:
- Use heavy cream instead of low-fat heavy cream.
- Use real sugar, not a substitute.
- Use real butter or margarine, not low-calorie spreads or sprays.
- Cook in oil, not cooking spray.
- Whenever possible, choose high-calorie foods when eating convenience foods, such as frozen foods. For example, don't go for frozen lunches for Weight Watchers as they are calorie controlled, but go for the all calorie version.
- Suck on mints or hard candy.
- Eat the most nutritious foods on your plate first.
- Keep a high-calorie drink (juice, lemonade, soda) close by and drink from it whenever possible.
- Add dietary supplements like Guarantee or protein bars to your diet.
- Snack between meals.
- Use high-calorie snacks like nuts and seeds.
- Think of food as your job and do it often. Treat television commercials as a reminder to grab a snack.
- Opt for high-calorie vegetables like avocados and potatoes instead of salad.
- Add a bedtime snack to your routine.
Frequently asked questions
What can you eat if you feel unwell after surgery?
To maintain your strength, try to eat small amounts of soft foods throughout the day. Ginger ale, chicken broth, crackers, plain toast, and bananas can be good options. Hard gingerbreads or mints can also calm your stomach.
What should I eat after maxillofacial surgery?
Your doctor or dentist will tell you what to eat after your maxillofacial surgery . You will likely be asked to drink fluids and eat soft foods for the first few days. Smoothies, shakes, applesauce, pudding, ice cream, soup, and protein shakes are good examples.
What to eat after gallbladder surgery?
You may notice changes in your digestive system after your gallbladder is removed. In particular, your body may have a harder time digesting fatty foods. Avoid fatty or fried foods for several weeks to reduce gastrointestinal pain or discomfort. Try to keep your calories from fat within 30% of your daily calorie intake.
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What you eat in the days and weeks after surgery can help determine how quickly you recover and how well you feel during your recovery. Take the time to eat right, choose foods that you know are healthy and nutritious, and make sure you are consuming enough calories to support your body as it heals.