Post-Anesthesia Snack


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I am having surgery tomorrow and after waking up from anesthesia they always make me eat applesauce and/or crackers, and ginger ale and/or cranberry juice before they let me take any pain meds. I know that pain meds are not ideal but there is no way that I can not take them, so I have reconciled this with my Whole30; it's only for 2-4 days. I am even prepared for how they affect my appetite and digestion and have meal planned accordingly. But I am wondering what my options are for substitutions for standard hospital snacks.

I was considering bringing a Lara bar (never had one but I think the sweetness would be good in this application) and my own unsweetened cranberry juice or some unsweetened apple juice and asking my doctor if I may have this afterward instead. Is the Lara bar too heavy though? I will have been fasting for about 12 hours.

Now that I think of it, hospitals must have foods for all sorts of dietary needs. Should I just tell them before hand and hope they're able to serve me something compliant?

Thank you for those who take the time to respond!

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Why not have applesauce and cranberry juice, or even ginger tea (which could help settle your stomach if you have nausea post-anesthesia, which I *totally* do)? A Larabar is pretty heavy to throw at your body when it's trying to wake up. 

You can definitely have unsweetened applesauce on Whole30 

Hoping all goes well! :) 

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56 minutes ago, laura_juggles said:

Why not have applesauce and cranberry juice, or even ginger tea (which could help settle your stomach if you have nausea post-anesthesia, which I *totally* do)? A Larabar is pretty heavy to throw at your body when it's trying to wake up. 

You can definitely have unsweetened applesauce on Whole30 

Hoping all goes well! :) 

Thanks for getting back to me!

I think I will bring some individual unsweetened applesauce and a small cran juice of my own too, just in case what they have is not compliant. From my experience most things like that have so much needlessly added sugar.

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You could also throw a banana in your bag. Soft, comforting, easy to digest. I would think the point of the food before the pain meds is so as not to upset your stomach. Banana or applesauce would work perfectly. 

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