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What to Eat During Your Recovery After Surgery


Updated June 30, 2014

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13 Easy Ways to Add Calories to Your Diet
If you are having difficulty getting enough calories in your diet after surgery, your recovery could be adversely affected. These tips can help you add calories to your diet without having to eat noticeably more; however, these changes are not necessarily heart healthy. This way of eating is reserved for people who are unable to consume enough calories, as this is not an ideal nutritional plan.

These changes are not suggested for someone who is able to eat well after surgery, but reserved for those who are having problems eating enough calories to support a healthy recovery. When you are able to return to a healthier diet, eliminating saturated fats and sugar while emphasizing fruits, vegetables and lean proteins, it is important to do so.

12 Ways to Sneak Calories in to Your Diet


  • Use heavy cream instead of non-fat diary creamer.


  • Use real sugar, not sugar substitute.


  • Use real butter, not low-calorie butter spreads or sprays.


  • Cook with oil, not with cooking spray.


  • Choose full calorie options if possible when eating prepared foods, such as frozen meals.


  • Suck on mints or candy.


  • Eat the highest calorie items on your plate first.


  • Keep a full-calorie beverage (juice, lemonade, soda) nearby, and drink from it whenever possible.


  • Add a dietary supplement, such as Ensure or protein bars, to your diet.


  • Snack between meals.


  • Choose vegetables with more calories, such as avocados and potatoes rather than lettuce.


  • Add a bedtime snack to your schedule.

Source: Constipation Cure-How to Get Rid of Constipation. Dr. John Anne. http://hubpages.com/hub/Constipation_Cure

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