Craig McAllister, MD

Medical Director of Total Joint Replacement

The Everett Clinic - Edmonds

425.412.1853

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Craig McAllister, MD

Medical Director
of Total Joint Replacement
The Everett Clinic - Edmonds

425.412.1853

Recommended Foods 2 Weeks Before And 6 Weeks After Surgery

Remember that these are general guidelines. If your regular doctor or gastroenterologist has you on a specific diet then you should continue to follow that.

THE FOOD YOU EAT AROUND THE TIME OF SURGERY CAN SIGNIFICANTLY IMPACT YOUR OUTCOME.

I highly discourage fried foods and highly processed foods before and after surgery. These foods include things like macaroni and cheese, french fries, chicken nuggets, crackers, potato chips, canned vegetables, salami or any other deli meats, sausage, bacon, canned fruit, fast food hamburgers, etc.

THE FOOD YOU EAT AROUND THE TIME OF SURGERY CAN SIGNIFICANTLY IMPACT YOUR OUTCOME.

I highly discourage fried foods and highly processed foods before and after surgery. These foods include things like macaroni and cheese, french fries, chicken nuggets, crackers, potato chips, canned vegetables, salami or any other deli meats, sausage, bacon, canned fruit, fast food hamburgers, etc.

Berries: Acai berries, blackberries, raspberries, BLUEBERRIES, cherries (tart or sweet), concord grapes, goji berries, strawberries, kumquats, cranberries. Frozen are nearly equivalent of fresh. Aim for 1-3 servings per day. These berries have a high anti-inflammatory effect.
Fruits: apples, dried apricots, avocado, banana, cantaloupe, clementines, dried figs, grapefruit, honeydew, kiwifruit, lemons, limes, mango, nectarines, oranges, papaya, passion fruit, peaches, pears, pineapple, plum (especially black), pomegranate, prunes, tangerines, watermelon. 1-2 servings per day.
Beans: chickpeas (and hummus), peas, split peas, lentils, green beans, edamame, pintos, navy beans, kidney beans, etc.
Whole grains: oatmeal, barley, brown rice, buckwheat, quinoa, rye, whole wheat pasta, wild rice, multigrain bread 3 servings per day.
Cruciferous vegetables: BROCCOLI, bok choy, brussel sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, KALE, radishes, collard greens. Broccoli and kale are the best. If you are not eating the broccoli raw, cut it up into pieces and WAIT to cook it for 40 minutes to allow it to retain its health benefits. (You can buy these pre-cut from the grocer and they can be cooked right
away). 1-2 servings per day.

Greens: rocket, spinach, swiss chard, mesclun mix,
kale. 2 servings per day.
Other vegetables: artichokes, asparagus, beets, peppers, carrots, sweetcorn, garlic, mushrooms, okra, onions, purple potatoes, pumpkin, snap peas, squash, sweet potatoes/yams, tomatoes. 2 servings per day. SWEET POTATOES reduce inflammation. They are a superfood. Eat the skin ideally.
Nuts: WALNUTS, brazil nuts, cashews, chia seeds, hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, pecans, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds. 1 serving per day. Walnuts appear to be the best in the group.
Spices: allspice, basil, bay leaves, cardamom, cayenne pepper, chili powder, cinnamon, cloves, coriander, cumin, curry powder, dill, garlic, ginger, horseradish, lemongrass, marjoram, mustard powder, nutmeg, oregano, smoked paprika, parsley, pepper, peppermint, rosemary, saffron, sage, thyme, TURMERIC, vanilla.
PROTEIN: limit/omit red meat, increase fish such as salmon and tuna. Protein from plant sources appears to have minimal inflammatory effects. It appears that eggs and chicken may not be the best option currently. Whey-based and soy-based protein are good options.
HYDRATION - water, green tea, black tea, chai tea, hibiscus tea, chamomile tea, one cup of coffee. Aim for five 12 oz. servings per day. No alcohol.

IN A NUTSHELL:
1. Minimal or no red meat, sugar, saturated fats
2. Increase fish, nuts, seeds, fruits, vegetables, and whole grains
3. Try not to eat anything from a box.
4. Consume walnuts, kale or broccoli, blueberries, sweet potatoes daily
5. Increase protein to 100 grams per day unless you have a kidney disorder.
6. May consider protein supplementation.

IN A NUTSHELL:
1. Minimal or no red meat, sugar, saturated fats
2. Increase fish, nuts, seeds, fruits, vegetables, and whole grains
3. Try not to eat anything from a box.
4. Consume walnuts, kale or broccoli, blueberries, sweet potatoes daily
5. Increase protein to 100 grams per day unless you have a kidney disorder.
6. May consider protein supplementation.

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