Nutrition in the Postoperative Period

Following cosmetic procedures it is vital to keep your nutrition well balanced to assist the healing process and provide the optimal balance of protein, vitamins and minerals.

After any form of surgery the body requires rest and nutrition to heal.  The nutrition comes in form of protein, vitamins and minerals.  The healing process requires the building blocks of cells.

As you will be taking it easy and off the high intensity exercise for a few weeks your need for carbohydrates is much lower.  Therefore minimise your carbohydrate intake.  It is a good time for your body to go into a catabolic state and use its own fat stores.

Protein is still a good source of energy and it is ideal for the building blocks.

Drink at least 2 litres of water a day.  This helps with flushing the system and is required for healing and cell regeneration.  It also improves the bruising.

Foods to avoid in the first few weeks:

Starchy foods – bread, pasta, rice, potato, chocolates, sweets

It is ok to have a cheat once a week.  Reducing your carb intake will get your body used to more even glucose levels and you then have less food cravings (hunger pains).  When we eat sugars and carbohydrates our glucose level rise rapidly which subsequently results in an insulin spike.  This then results in the glucose being stored.  When the glucose level drops we get the craving again.  This then becomes a perpetual circle.

By having more stable glucose levels we have less cravings.  After a few weeks your body will get used to the lower carb diet and you will no longer miss them.

Try abstaining from alcohol.

Most meals should consist of meat, fish, chicken and green veg.  You can use a flavouring to make it more palatable.

Snacking during the day – raw carrots, celery, broccoli ;  use some humus, peanut butter or salsa to make it more tasty.

Have some bags of cashew nuts at work so you can also snack on those.  Having protein snacks gives us the satiated feeling and less cravings.