After a surgery, your metabolism can speed up, burning more calories. This is why is it important to still take in the right amount of calories that contain nutritional value. If you are not consuming enough calories, your body will start burning muscle mass, decreasing more energy. Also, consuming protein-rich foods such as lean chicken, fish-including salmon and cod, will help give you more energy and help the healing process. Other foods that will help decrease swelling after surgeries include: nuts, seeds, whole grains, vegetables, and fruits. It is also important to cook with healthier oils such as: canola and extra virgin olive oil. Water is also essential to help decrease inflammation. Try and at least drink some with every meal. Remember, the more colorful your plate the more nutrients you are consuming!
Some food can increase inflammation and delay healing. Foods to consider cutting out, or reducing from your diet while healing after an injury include: red meat, processed foods, white bread/pasta, and pop. These foods contain a lot of unnecessary sugars.
It is important to consider what you are eating during the healing process to help get you feeling back to yourself sooner. A good variety of unprocessed foods will give you more energy as well as decrease inflammation and pain.