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What diet precautions should be taken for adhesions?

Q: I am a 66 years old male weighing 85 kg. My past abdominal surgeries have given me Adhesions. I am restricted to soft foods, no fibre, wholemeal etc. What diet precautions should be taken?

A:Please note that these tips are only a guide. It is important to eat a variety of foods to keep you healthy:

  1. Include fruit and vegetables daily.
  2. Have foods rich in protein - e.g. meat, fish, eggs, cheese, milk or yoghurt.
  3. Foods classed as carbohydrates - e.g. bread, potatoes, pasta, rice and breakfast cereals - should make up at least half of your meal.
  4. Include milk and dairy foods two to three times per day as they are rich in calcium - choose lower-fat varieties as a healthy option.
  5. You may find that smaller, regular meals suit you better.
  6. Eat regularly (at least 3 times per day) to avoid wind formation.
  7. Always chew food well to help your digestion.
  8. Use semi-skimmed or skimmed milk, lower-fat cheeses and low-fat spreads.
  9. Drink plenty of fluids - approximately 2 litres each day. This can include tea and coffee, but water is preferable.

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