Eating better is an essential part of maintaining a healthy body weight, and altering your diet to match the body that you hope to have is the best way to work towards your goals. Immediately following the tummy tuck, you can boost your health with superfoods that can help with healing, along with beginning to maintain a proper daily calorie intake. Balancing both will lead to ideal results!

Protein for healing tissue

After Tummy Tuck SurgeryProtein is the building blocks of your cells. Too little protein could slow recovery, but you should know that protein in food isn’t all equal. Some will contain more fat than others. Healthy sources of protein include fish, poultry, eggs, lean red meat, and dairy.

  • For poultry, aim for chicken breast. Darker meat can be greasy, leading to an upset stomach.
  • Eggs are good, but egg whites are even better! Whites lack the cholesterol found in the yolk.
  • Albacore tuna and wild salmon are the best kinds of fish available at the grocery store. On the other hand, stay away from Bluefin tuna and farmed salmon.
  • Low-fat dairy is healthy and small portions won’t contribute to weight gain. Avoid milk and milk products altogether if you suffer from lactose intolerance. Too much gas can feel uncomfortable in the early stages of healing.

Vitamin A keeps infections away

We always hear about the health benefits of vitamin C, but having a strong immune system after surgery is an essential defense! Vitamin A can be found in meats and vegetables. Milk, eggs, and cod-liver oils are your best bets. Other sources include deeply pigmented fruits. This means orange, purple, or dark green colours. Carrots, yams, squash, broccoli, and kale fall in this list. In addition, skin health is connected to this vitamin. Feel free to gnaw away at some carrot sticks to help your body bounce back.

Vitamin C helps with scarring

Citrus fruits are the main source of vitamin C. This includes lemons, limes, grapefruits, and oranges. Another large source that most people don’t consider is pine needles! These can be consumed as a tea. The recipe comes from Native American traditions, but is still strongly suggested as an herbal remedy. You can also find vitamin C in potatoes and tomatoes!

Vitamin K for swelling

The bruising you’ll experience will subside on its own. You can speed up the process by eating foods with this vitamin. Vegetables with dark green leaves are rich in vitamin K, and you can also get a small boost by consuming olive or canola oil.