Nutrition: Phase 1/Post-Operatively

by | Oct 7, 2020 | Nutrition

Drink 64-80 oz WATER per day 

Eat Whole Foods- eat an orange vs orange juice; baked potato vs fries 


Antioxidants- prevention of free radicals, repair damaged tissue, helps body protect and repair itself 

Berries, grapes, spinach, pomegranate, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, strawberries 

Vegetables- healing tissue, vitamins/minerals 

Carrots, sweet bell peppers, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, brussel sprouts, sweet potatoes, potatoes 

Fats- (nuts, oil, fish)- strengthens immune system, absorb vitamins/minerals, energy, vitamin E 

Olive oil, avocado, coconut oil, nuts, seeds, almonds 

Dark leafy greens- vitamins A,C,E, K essential for blood clotting 

Kale, spinach, Swiss chard, Bok choy, romaine 

Meats and other alternatives- high amount of protein (amino acids) helps repair muscle tissues and speeds up healing. 

Chicken, salmon, cod, rockfish, turkey, beans, lentil, nuts, eggs, tofu 

Probiotics- healthy bacteria fights germs and infection 

Yogurt, sauerkraut, acidophilus 

Brightly colored fruit- vitamin A, C, carbohydrates, fiber, antioxidants Oranges, apples, berries, melon, apricots, peaches, grapes, grapefruit, mango, papaya, tomatoes 

Whole grains- carbs needed for brain function and nerves, prevents muscle breakdown Whole wheat, steel cut oats, quinoa, wild rice 

Calcium- bone strength, nerve impulse regulation, blood clotting and muscle strength….. kale, yogurt, almonds 

Carbohydrates- energy for muscle, brain and nerves….whole grains, carrots, sweet potatoes

Fiber- system regularity… raspberries, nuts, beans 

Iron- red blood cell production… garbanzo beans (hummus), spinach, cashews, beets Magnesium- promote healing, decrease pain, improve sleep… nuts, seeds, avocado Potassium- cell growth, heart tissue… squash, sweet potato, white beans 

Protein (Amino Acids)- helps rebuild damaged tissue, speeds up incision healing… eggs, poultry, beans 

Vitamin A- helps build new bone, muscle and skin tissue… carrots, sweet potatoes, apricots 

Vitamin B- create red blood cells, brain function… meat, seafood, eggs 

Vitamin C- provides collagen needed for repairing tendon and ligament tissue… oranges, strawberries, bell peppers 

Vitamin E- antioxidant, helps make healthy red blood cells and use vitamin k… sunflower seeds, swiss chard, asparagus 

Vitamin K- blood clotting… brussel sprouts, broccoli, romaine lettuce 

Foods to Avoid: 

Sugars- food and soft drink… weakens immune system, high in bacteria Processed Food– white, sweet, packaged foods… blood sugar spikes, drains energy, constipation 

Alcohol- blood thinner/slows blood clotting, impairs immune system Dairy- digestion problems, inhibits nutrient absorption 


Cannot get enough eggs/egg whites 

Yogurt/Açaí bowls, smoothie- protein shake (granola, berries, almond milk/butter, honey, chia seeds, cinnamon) 

Steel cut oatmeal (cinnamon, vanilla, almond milk/butter, honey, blueberries)

Potatoes, brown rice, quinoa 

Fruit (mango, papaya, grapefruit, melon, apricots, peaches) cereal with almond milk 

*acidophilus- supplement to drink or bowl 

*saltwater flush- 1 cup water and ½ tsp sea salt, once per week 

*herbal tea the night before 


Soup- lentil, broccoli, potato, chicken noodle, bean, tomato 

Salad- (kale, spinach, romaine, seeds, apple, almond, carrot, avocado, tomato, lemon, cucumber) 

Sandwich- turkey, tuna, egg salad (light mayo), mustard, romaine, avocado 


Fish, chicken, pasta (avoid cream sauces/alfredo, salad, sweet potato, wild rice, quinoa, beans, broccoli, brussel sprouts, bell peppers, asparagus, spinach, cauliflower, carrots, beets 

(Breakfast for dinner) 

*Drink herbal tea or laxative tea once per week, drink saltwater mix following am.