PRE-OP NUTRITION STRATEGIES
WHO IS IT FOR?
All ages & genders
All major or minor surgeries
Outpatient or inpatient surgeries
→ Supports the healing process
→ Reduces the risk of common complications
→ Reduces the rate of muscle atrophy/breakdown
→ Low-cost / high-reward strategy to implement
→ Realistic for individuals to apply
QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR DOCTOR
→ Can I consult with a dietitian to discuss nutrition strategies before surgery?
→ What can I (if anything) consume on the day of surgery?
→ Will my current weight impact the outcomes of surgery?
- Keep eating – don’t cut calories
If your activity levels have changed, it may be tempting to eat less. Healing, both before & after surgery, requires more calories. Keep eating!
- Build a balanced meal
A balanced meal consists of a protein + carbohydrates + fat and vegetable (bonus!). To help with building a balanced meal, you can use the plate method.
- Eat protein
Protein is crucial in preventing muscle loss, preserving your muscle mass, and aiding in the healing process. Aim to include in both meals & snacks.
- Choose complex carbohydrates
Complex carbs such as whole grains, beans, lentils, oats, and potatoes can help to reduce metabolic stress, decrease inflammation and prevent hypoglycemia.
HOW TO BUILD YOUR PLATE