On around Day 3 or 4 after surgery, things get exciting! You graduate to a Full Liquid Diet. This is particularly exciting because it includes Strained Low Fat Cream Soups. You will never realize how much you love these until they are all you have! 🙂 For this phase you can have all of the things from Days 1-3 with the addition of:
- Low fat skim or 1% milk, soy milk, almond milk, Lactaid
- Strained low fat cream soups
- Low sugar low carb protein supplements
I was so happy! I used Fairlife fat-free milk to make my soups to fortify them with protein. This milk has 13 g of protein in a cup (and only 6 g carbs) so it was a great choice (and still is) for me. It tastes great too. I made my soup on the stove top so that I could be sure it wasn’t lumpy….strained it twice to remove any meat, lumps or veggies…and then separated it into 2 ounce servings that would be ready when I was. My favorites were Cream of Chicken, Cream of Asparagus and Cream of Mushroom. It was just nice to have something different at that point.
The schedule is the same – protein at the top of the hour (2 oz, taking 15 minutes to consumer) followed by hydrating liquids (2 oz per 15 mins). A large part of the day is spent prepping, and when you are not prepping you are SIPPING! It is like a job. I was constantly sipping something, recording it in my journal, warming up soup, or some combination of those things! It. Was. Exhausting!