Post surgery diet

  • posted by wallendbeenstation

    I have just returned home following 4 weeks of diet interruption. Initially I had an Umblical Hernia ,then after a week of recovery I had an emergency Gall Bladder removal.
    Prior to my Hernia operation I had been Mosley dieting and had lost 18 kg, stabilized my blood sugars to 4.9, and corrected my fatty liver . The Surgeon told me that my weight loss and sugars greatly assisted my recovery.
    My questions what should I eat after surgery to regain strength, but not to undo the good work I’ve achieved?

  • posted by Mixnmatch

    I would probably carry on with the diet, but maybe slightly higher in protein and a good variety of it for the recovery period. You shouldn’t need to up your carbs too much for strength, just eat normally, and with as healthy a mix of fruit and vegetables as you can.

  • posted by Firefox7275

    Depends which underlying medical condition(s) you are dealing with: Metabolic Sydrome, Type 2 Diabetes or more. What your surgeon/ specialists have advised, what specifically you mean by ‘Mosley dieting’.

    For optimal healing and recovery the body needs a balance of *all* the macro and micro nutrients, not too few overall calories such that you are in catabolism (tissue breakdown, inc. weight loss) rather than anabolism (tissue building, inc. weight gain). Protein is *not* more important than other nutrients. It is needed little and often from breakfast since our only ‘stores’ are muscle (inc. the heart!).

    As I noted in another thread, the ongoing phase of the Clever Guts Diet fits in pretty well with UK official healthy eating guidelines (I haven’t read the Blood Sugar Diet book so can’t comment on that).

    Minimising processed starches and sugars, more healthy fats inc. oily fish and olive oil, eating a really wide variety of wholefoods from *all* the food groups, appropriate portion sizes …

    If you are eating reduced carb/ lower grain it is important to get the lost minerals and fibres from other food types. So a wide variety and balance of beans, lentils, seeds, nuts, very long cooked bone broths and cocoa/ low sugar dark chocolate.

    With animal proteins I would opt for the micro nutrient dense ones: whole organic eggs, very oily fish, other seafood esp. molluscs, organ meats such as liver, probiotic-rich cheeses (from unpasteurised milk/ mould ripened/ rind washed/ grass fed sheep or cows), game meats. Don’t waste calories on low nutrient chicken breast, white fish or other pale and lean meats.

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