High-Calorie and High-Protein Diet: Care Instructions

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Your Care Instructions

A high-calorie, high-protein diet gives you more energy and extra nutrition to help your body heal. Your doctor and dietitian can help you design a diet based on your health and what you prefer to eat. Always talk with your doctor or dietitian before you make changes in your diet.

Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.

How can you care for yourself at home?

  • Eat three meals a day, plus snacks in between and at bedtime.
  • Include favourite foods in your meals. This will help make meals more pleasant.
  • Drink your beverage at the end of the meal, because drinking before or during the meal can fill you up.
  • Eat high-protein foods, such as:
    • Meat, fish, and poultry.
    • Milk and milk products. Add powdered milk to other foods (such as pudding or soups) to boost the protein.
    • Eggs.
    • Cooked dried beans and peas.
    • Peanut butter, nuts, and seeds.
    • Tofu.
    • Cheeses.
    • Protein bars.
  • Eat high-calorie foods, such as:
    • Butter, honey, and brown sugar, added to foods to make them taste better.
    • Oils, sauces, and gravies.
    • Peanut butter.
    • Whole milk, yogurt, mayonnaise, and sour cream.
    • Granola cereal with fruit and granola bars.
    • Muffins, pancakes, waffles, and other breads.
    • Milkshakes, puddings, and custard.
  • Try high-energy drinks, such as Ensure, Boost, or instant breakfast drinks, if you have trouble eating solid foods. They will give you both calories and protein. Soups and smoothies also are good sources of nutrition.
  • Keep snacks around that are easy to eat, such as pudding, energy bars, ice cream, and flavoured ice pops.
  • If you can, take a walk before you eat, to make you hungrier.
  • Do not waste energy eating foods that do not give you much nutrition, such as potato chips, candy bars, and soft drinks.
  • Drink plenty of fluids. If you have kidney, heart, or liver disease and have to limit fluids, talk with your doctor before you increase the amount of fluids you drink.

Where can you learn more?

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