Your doctor ultimately the one doing your surgery so listen to their pre-operative instructions! Always discuss the Pre and Post- Operative Protocol with your Doctor well before your surgery.

These are general recommendations and do not address individual conditions. For advice on anything not covered in general recommendations or questions about supplements, please contact me personally.

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WHAT SHOULD I EAT BEFORE SURGERY?

You are undergoing plastic surgery with the desire to improve yourself. There are steps you can take long before your procedure that will optimize your recovery and results.

Having good nutrition habits will prepare you for healthy surgery, improve your recovery, and direct you to a healthy lifestyle for lasting results.

It is recommended to avoid fish oil supplements 2 weeks before and after surgery.

Whole and nutritious foods are the building blocks that are essential for wound healing, tissue repair, inflammation reduction, and even mental health.

Taking the time to develop a nutrition strategy before surgery prepares your body for healthy surgery, a speedy recovery, and sets out on the path to a healthy lifestyle for lasting results.

To heal, your body needs greater amounts of nutrients to withstand the increased demands that healing places on it.

What Do You Mean By Nutrients?

Think of nutrients as anything you can consume that ‘nurtures’ your body.

Carbohydrates

Carbohydrates are the body’s primary energy source to support new tissue construction and wound healing.

While many surgeries require fasting, consider eating healthy carbohydrates for your last meal so that your body has stored the glycogen necessary for post-operative healing.

Protein

Protein is involved in collagen formation which can be acquired through additional supplemental proteins to support wound healing processes. (insert BCAA)

Eat only lean cuts of meat and seafood as red meat is rich in saturated fat that can lead to inflammation.

Healthy Fats

Healthy Fats support cell structure and play an important role in mitigating inflammation.

Inflammation is the body’s natural response to stress.

Stay Hydrated

Your body will be using a lot of water to remove waste products. Thirst is your bodies signal that it’s dehydrated and just a small decrease in hydration can impair the bodies performance.

Remember to keep plenty of water by your side after surgery, as staying hydrated with clean water will help eliminate inflammation. Fruit contains a lot of water and can help keep you hydrated.

Should I Take A Muti-Vitamin Or Supplements?

A high-quality multivitamin can also be used to fill the gaps of deficient vitamins and minerals that are essential for wound healing and the maintenance of healthy tissue.

Omega-3

The Omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil help facilitate the body’s natural cascade of anti-inflammatory responses during and after surgery.

The surgery process causes inflammation, and although inflammation is part of the healing process, too much inflammation delays healing and increases pain.

(It is recommended to take 3g of high-quality Omega-3 supplements to improve the bodies performance. Do not consume more than 5 g of Omega-3 supplements/day and DO NOT take it 2 weeks before and after surgery).

Arginine

Arginine is an amino acid that plays an important role in tissue regeneration and healing, very important after surgery!

While our bodies store a small amount of arginine from the foods we eat, these stores are quickly depleted after surgery.

Pre-loading the body with therapeutic doses of this amino acid before surgery has been shown significantly improves:

  • Wound healing
  • Collagen deposition
  • Reducing the risk of wound infections
  • Pneumonia,
  • Urinary tract infections

Additionally, arginine has been shown to increase insulin sensitivity in diabetics and also supports our immune system by helping the body create more infection-fighting helper T cells. (More than 10g at a time can cause diarrhea).

Get The Gut Right To Get The Mind Right To Get The Body Right.

Keeping Your Microbiome Healthy

(Link to article Gut Feelings) There are trillions of tiny cells that live within our gastrointestinal tracts and are collectively known as our gut microbiome, which is responsible for a variety of functions, including:

  • Helping us digest and absorb food
  • Supports the nervous system, brain function and influences mood
  • Helps regulate our blood sugar levels and keeps our metabolism running
  • Provides about 80% of our immune system

When you eat, you are planting and cultivating your gut biome. You have the choice of creating a healthy gut biome or unhealthy biome that will determine the health in the rest of your body.

However, choosing the behaviors below will reverse gut damage, support bowel function (especially post-surgery) and help build a healthy microbiome over time that nourishes and sustains a healthy body.

EAT YOUR VEGETABLES!

EAT YOUR VEGETABLES! Vegetables are natures weight loss pill and cure what ails you. Most health problems would be solved if people ate more vegetables!!!

While fruit also contains necessary nutrients and aides in hydration, it does contain a lot of sugar and is easy to overeat and keeping you from any weight management goals. 

Focus on vegetables, then fruit.  You want to consume 3 servings of vegetable for every 1 serving of fruit.

Whole, colorful foods from plants should be present in all your meals to promote optimal health and longevity. Plants rich in fiber, will help you feel full, control weight loss, maintain a clean digestive system and assist with post-surgical constipation.

Pre-biotic

There is a lot of information on the importance of probiotics, but not as much information on the equally important prebiotic.

If pro-biotics are the seeds planted in our healthy garden, then pre-biotics feed our garden of healthy bacteria and keep them thriving.

Prebiotics come from abundant fibrous carbohydrates, such as colorful plants, beans and legumes, and whole grains such as oats, Ferro, bulgar wheat, etc.

Pro-biotic foods

Pro-biotic foods contain the beneficial bacteria required for a healthy gut. Think of it as planting the seeds to your healthy garden.
Natural probiotics are found in cold fermented foods and cultured foods. These include:

  • Greek yogurt
  • Kefir
  • Miso
  • Kombucha

Some pickled and fermented foods like:

  • Kimchi
  • Sauerkraut
  • Pickles

Buying Tip:
Look for foods that indicate they must be kept refrigerated at all times (even before opening them), as heat / acid processed foods will kill off probiotics. Cold-fermented foods with pro-biotics will often have cloudier brine.

Reduce Stress

It seems that stress reduction can benefit us in all aspects of our lives, so it is no surprise that it will also help you maintain a healthy body.

When you combine stress with a diet high in processed foods and low in fiber, the diversity of your gut bacteria diminishes and creates a gut environment that allows unhealthy bacteria to thrive. This has the negative health effects of increasing your appetite for unhealthy junk food and affecting your sleep, making you feel restless at night.

Constant stress also produces high levels of cortisol pumping through your body. This, combined with poor gut health, has been linked to the development of disease, stomach bloating and increased fat deposits around the mid-section

Everyone’s stress load is different and their ability to manage stress is individualized.  While pain and stress are inevitable, our responses to pain and stress are not.

Reduce Sugar and Sugar Substitutes

We’ve all heard sugar is bad for our health and our waistline. But a lot of people are surprised to see how much sugar is hidden in the foods we eat. Make sure you are reading the food label ingredients for hidden sugars as a little bit of sugar here and there adds up to a little bigger waistline later.

It can be nearly impossible to avoid sugar entirely but make a conscious decision as to when and what you use. Choosing sugar substitutes like truvia, stevia, and monk fruit are less likely to contribute to a growing waistline and keep you on track to your weight loss goals. Challenge yourself to see what foods you consume everyday that has sugar in it and can you slowly cut back on that sugar or take it away entirely?

Sugar begets more sugar. Have you ever noticed that once you start eating something sweet, it is difficult to stop? That’s because sugar stimulates the brain and intestine to consume more!

Remember this the next time you think you will only have 1 bite.