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Step 4: What do I eat now

Well if you are like me you didn't eat well before the surgery which may have contributed to the seriousness of the situation. So lets concentrate on what to eat now.

Stay on a diet of liquids and soft foods for the first week after surgery.These foods will be easier for your body to digest and are also easier to swallow. After this first week, gradually incorporate more and more soft foods into your diet over the course of the next 4-6 weeks.[12]

  • Ideal foods to eat and drink during this first week include broths, soups, applesauce, milkshakes, puddings, jello, popsicles, and mashed potatoes.

  • Avoid eating foods that are hard to digest, such as crusty bread, bagels, tough meats, raw vegetables, and nuts.

  • It is important to note, fatty foods are out. Foods difficult to digest out.

Low-fat foods. Low-fat foods will be easier for you to digest and are less likely to cause gas, bloating, or diarrhea. After your surgery, you shouldn't eat more than 30% of your calories from fat, even if it's from low-fat foods. Low-fat options include: 

  • Low-fat, 1%, or fat-free dairy products

  • Fat-free cheeses

  • Egg whites or egg substitutes

  • Veggie burgers

  • Beans, peas, lentils

  • Oatmeal

  • Whole grains

  • Brown rice

  • Low-fat crackers and bread

  • Fruits

  • Vegetables

  • Soups with a vegetable base

  • Mustard

  • Salsa

  • Sauces made with skim milk

  • Light margarine

  • Light mayonnaise 

  • Light salad dressings

High-fiber foods. Foods high in fiber can help normalize your bowel movements. However, you should gradually increase your fiber intake over several weeks, since increasing it too rapidly can make gas and cramping worse. There are two types of fiber, soluble and insoluble. Both should be a part of your diet. 

Soluble fiber absorbs water during digestion. It can increase the bulk of your stool and slow down digestion. Examples of foods high in soluble fiber include: 

  • Black beans

  • Lima beans

  • Navy beans

  • Pinto beans

  • Tofu

  • Chickpeas

  • Soy burgers

  • Oatmeal

  • Oat bran

  • Apples

  • Okra

  • Beets

  • Pears

  • Prunes

  • whole grains

  • fresh fruits and vegetables

  • legumes and beans

  • nuts and seeds

  • bran cereals and oatmeal

Insoluble fiber doesn't dissolve in water. It absorbs fluid and sticks to other materials. This forms softer, bulkier, and more regular stools. Insoluble fiber helps your body process waste better. Good sources of insoluble fiber include:

  • Wheat bran

  • Wheat germ

  • Oat bran

  • Beans

  • Lentils

  • Legumes

  • Berries such as blackberries, blueberries, strawberries

  • Green peas

  • Spinach

  • Cauliflower

  • Green beans

  • Carrots

  • Potatoes

  • Nuts

  • Whole wheat flour

Lean protein

People who eat meat can choose low fat cuts to avoid eating too much fat. Some examples of low fat protein sources include:

  • chicken or turkey breast

  • fish and seafood

  • legumes

  • nuts and seeds, but only in small amounts, as they are high in fat.

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