Good nutrition is essential for your recovery. Eating well-balanced meals and snacks will help you recover quickly and help you feel your best. What you eat after surgery affects your well-being.
If you do not 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 do not feel hungry.
Try to think about what your plate should look like when you are planning your meals and snacks.
Eating foods rich in the following nutrients are important for your recovery.
Use the healthful foods chart to help you choose foods for building well-balanced meals and snacks.
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According to the United States Department of Agriculture, you should:
choosemyplate.govfor more information about nutrition.
Ask your health care provider if you have questions about your nutrition and recovery.
Be sure to drink six to eight 8-ounce glasses of liquids (especially water) each day.
Eat foods high in vitamin C
to help absorb the iron that
comes from plants such as
For instance, drink a glass
of orange juice with an iron-fortified
Good sources of vitamin
C are oranges, broccoli,
tomatoes, kiwi, strawberries,
peppers, potatoes and