I just underwent major surgery and I feel lousy; my body aches, I’m lightheaded, and I have no appetite! My post-op diet of liquids just progressed to a soft diet as part of the effort to give my gastrointestinal tract rest until it fully wakes up from the anesthesia. Although I don’t feel like eating, smooth, cool foods are very soothing in my parched mouth and throat. To hasten my recovery, I know it’s important for me to focus on protein for structural repair and carbohydrates for much needed energy to recover. Fortunately, the hospital where I am staying has many protein, fruit and vegetable options to pique my tired taste buds.
The most comforting food I have had during my hospital recovery was sliced pears. I asked specifically for these because they’re a good source of energy and an excellent source of fiber – another important nutrient following surgery. The ripe pears felt so smooth, cool, and juicy going down my ragged throat; and although I hope I will be discharged tomorrow, I have asked to have pears at every meal because they are so soothing!