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What you need to know about nutrition

Good nutrition is essential for your recovery. Eating well-balanced meals will help you recover quickly and help you feel your best. What you eat after surgery affects your well-being.

If you don't eat enough of the right foods, you will become tired and less able to take care of yourself. Be sure you make time to eat — even if you don't feel hungry.

Healthful meals don't have to be expensive or timeconsuming to make. You can make sandwiches, soups and frozen foods in advance.

Have healthful snacks available (such as cheese, crackers, peanut butter, fresh fruits and vegetables, fruit juices, and milk).

What to put on your plate

According to the United States Department of Agriculture, a healthful diet is one that:

  • focuses on fruit, vegetables, whole grains, and fat-free or low-fat milk
  • includes lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, eggs and nuts
  • is low in saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, salt and added sugars.
  • For complete information, go to The website contains tips and resources, foods to eat more and less of, and nutrition information for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, children, and people who want to lose weight.

    In general, you should:

    • Eat smaller portion sizes.
    • Make half of your grains whole.
    • Make half of your plate vegetables and fruits.
    • Drink fat-free or low-fat milk.
    • Eat lean proteins.


Source: Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Preparing for Your Hysterectomy, gyn-ahc-95582

First published: 04/25/2013
Last updated: 04/25/2013

Reviewed by: Allina Health GYN (Gynecology) Care Council