Can I use a straw? There is no evidence-based practice that shows using a straw will be harmful to you. There is a small amount of air at the top of the straw that might get sucked into your stomach each time you take a sip. Air in your stomach can cause some pain. That space would be better used for something nutritious instead of air, so we suggest not using a straw for at least the first 6 weeks post-surgery.
Now that you have reached the start of Week 3 post-surgery, it is time to start adding pureed foods to your diet. Continue consuming clear liquids, as you did in Week 1 and Week 2. Pureed means foods that are mashed, usually cooked vegetables, fruits, or legumes that have been pressed, ground, blended, or sieved to the consistency of creamy paste or liquid.
After you have progressed through Week 1 of clear liquids, it is fine to start a full liquid diet. Basically, you are adding to your clear liquid diet, so keep drinking the clear liquids and begin to add fluids that are not clear and that can be sipped through a straw.
It is a good idea to keep track of what you are eating, drinking, and how much exercise you are getting. There is a huge variety of apps that you can download for free. These apps will help you keep track of all calories consumed, give you ideas for what to eat, help with meal planning, track your exercise, and keep track of how much water and fluids you are consuming. Most of them are free, but you can upgrade to an app with more options for a small fee. The simple free ones usually work just fine.
The composition of the post-surgery diet is essential to meeting your nutritional needs. It is important to understand the two different types of nutrients. Macronutrients consist of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats; micronutrients consist of vitamins and minerals.