Post Op Healthy Eating – What Foods Can You Eat After Surgery To Help Your Recovery?

Have you ever wondered why the food you get in hospital is so ‘bland’ tasteless and unexciting?

I have too.  As a nutritionist, there are lots of healthy exciting ways in which you can present food to ‘heal’ the body


Food can have a great impact on your recover and how quickly your body heals, so it is important to eat the right foods to prevent complications after surgery such as constipation, high blood pressure, sores not healing.  Eating the right foods to provide the necessary building blocks of protein your skin and body needs to heal quickly is essential.

So What are The Best Type of Foods To Eat?

One of the best things you can do to improve your nutritional status when you are recovering from surgery is to focus on whole foods. That means to choose foods that are “whole” or unprocessed. For example, an orange would be a whole food. Orange juice, though, would be a more processed version. A baked potato would be a whole food, while a French fry would be more processed and less healthy, having been fried. Aim to obtain most of your nutrition from whole foods, which is actually a healthy way to eat every day, not just the weeks following surgery.  Now depending on what your illness is, your body may not be able to process fibre so be aware of what types of whole foods you need to eat. 


Processed foods tend to have higher amounts of fat, sugar, salt, and chemical additives, but far less fiber and vitamins than their whole food counterparts. One easy way to stick to more nutritious, less-processed foods is to focus on the outside aisles of the grocery store. Most grocery stores are set up with unprocessed foods on the outermost areas of the store in the produce, butcher/fish, dairy, and bread areas. By doing most of your shopping in those areas, you will naturally choose healthier foods.

Foods that Can Cause Constipation

Constipation is common after surgery because prescription pain medications are often used in the days following a surgical procedure and have a known side effect of decreasing the movement of the intestines.  While some foods can help prevent or treat constipation, there are other foods that can make constipation more likely. Constipation can increase your pain level and can place additional stress on your incision, so it is important to avoid whenever possible the following, processed foods, cheese, milk and dairy products, red meat, sweets, cakes, pastries, dried or dehydrated foods.

High Fibre Foods

We all know fresh fruits and vegetables are a great source of fibre, brown, whole meal and whole grain bread is a very good source.  Oatmeal is another source that contains slow glycemic properties, which helps to balance the blood sugars.

SO I hope you have found this post useful, please do like, share, leave a comment below.  If you want to ask questions on a health issue, feel free to email and I will respond personally to your request.



imageNutraburst is a liquid vitamin that is a great supplement for those going through post surgery recovery as it has ovr 72 minerals, 22 phytonutrients, antioxidants to help build and repair the immune system.  image


About Colette Morris

Colette Morris writes about her life and business experiences and insights. She is passionate about Healthy Living, and giving back to society in any way she can. A very determined lady an excellent motivator and leader who loves a challenge. She is also a very down to earth and family orientated person. If you get value from her posts, be sure to leave a comment and let her know.