Returning to a normal diet
It can take time to return to normal after some surgical procedures. It is advisable to try to eat little and often, with lots of small snacks and high energy drinks between meals.
You will need to ensure you are getting enough energy and protein from your food so try to avoid watery soups, too much fruit and vegetables and large drinks at mealtimes.
It is important to note that some people develop diabetes following pancreatic surgery. You may be started on tablets to manage your blood sugars but some patients will need insulin injections to replace the insulin the pancreas normally produces.
You may be referred to a diabetes nurse specialist who will help you manage your diabetes and give help and advice on your insulin injections and managing your diet.
If you are at home following surgery and have symptoms of diabetes including thirst, rapid weight loss and you are passing a lot of urine, contact your GP.
Suggested foods for returning to a normal diet, include:
- Small bowl of porridge (add cream/jam/honey)
- Small glass of fruit juice
- Small piece of cake
- Milky coffee
- Scrambled eggs made with full milk and butter
- Creamy soup with croutons and toast and butter
- Thick & creamy yoghurt or mousse dessert
- Glass of milk
- Small portion of meat with potatoes, rice or pasta; small portion of vegetables; ice cream with sauce
Chocolate bar, cheese and biscuits, packet of crisps
Hot chocolate (milk based), fruit juice, milky coffee
Some people need additional high protein or high energy supplements to help them recover from the operation. You will be advised about these by your medical team. It is important to ask your medical team before taking any other supplements or herbal remedies as these may interfere with your treatments.