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The Cabbage Soup Diet for Pre-Heart Surgery

The cabbage soup diet is one of the oldest fad diets around, according to Diet.com. The seven-day plan still has its followers today. Proponents of the diet claim you can lose 10 to 17 pounds in one week. Folklore has it that cardiac surgeons once recommended the cabbage soup diet for obese and overweight patients who were facing surgery. But most mainstream health practitioners and organizations including the American Heart Association discourage this diet.

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Who developed the cabbage soup diet and when it came out aren't really known. Diet.com reports that the diet may have emerged in the 1950s. It fell out of favor for a while and then re-emerged in the 1980s under several different names, including the Dolly Parton diet, the Trans World Airlines stewardess diet and the model's diet. The diet fell out of favor again and re-emerged in the 1990s as the Sacred Heart diet, as well as the Spokane diet, the Mayo Clinic diet and Miami Heart Institute diet. None of these health-care institutions have ever endorsed this diet.

Diet Details

The cabbage soup diet is a strict regimen that you must follow for seven days. Although there are many versions of the diet, they are similar. On all days, you may have all the cabbage soup that you want, as well as specific foods. On the first day, you may eat any fruit you want with the exception of bananas. On the second day, you may have raw and cooked vegetables, with the exception of corn, peas and beans. A baked potato for dinner is recommended. On the third day, you may have unlimited fruits and vegetables. On day four, you must eat three to eight bananas and skim milk. On day five, you may consume six tomatoes and 1 lb. of red meat or fish. On day six, you may have beef and vegetables, and on day seven, you may have brown rice, fruit juice and unlimited vegetables.

Considerations

The cabbage soup diet is meant for short-term use because it is extremely low in calories, lacks protein and does not provide the vitamins and minerals you need to stay healthy. The diet yields a rapid weight loss that is usually not sustainable. Most of the weight loss is water weight. The cabbage soup diet is high in sodium. If you are a heart patient, this can be a problem, as it can affect your blood pressure. This is one reason it's highly unlikely that any cardiac surgeon ever prescribed this diet for heart patients facing surgery.

Healthy Dietary Recommendations

If you are an overweight or obese heart patient, and your doctor suggests losing weight before surgery, try making healthy changes instead of following the cabbage soup diet. Decrease your calories, as well as sources of saturated fat and trans fat, such as butter, full-fat dairy products, meat, processed foods and commercially produced items. Decrease cholesterol intake by avoiding eggs, red meat and shellfish. Cut back your sodium intake to less than 1,500 mg per day by limiting canned foods, processed foods and salt. Add whole grains, lean proteins like chicken and fish, low-fat dairy and plenty of fruits and vegetables to your diet. These foods can promote weight loss, while providing you with important nutrients that keep you healthy and protect your heart. Do not begin an exercise regimen without getting your doctor's OK.

7 Day Rapid Weight Loss Diet for Heart Surgery Patients

The Sacred Heart Diet is a seven-day rapid weight loss plan that is rumored to have been developed by the cardiology department at the Sacred Heart Memorial Hospital; the hospital, however, denies this claim. Theories state that the diet was developed to help overweight cardiac patients lose weight before the start of surgery. A seven-day rapid weight loss diet for heart surgery patients is a soup-based plan that claims you can lose 10 to 17 pounds in the first week.

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Proponents of the Sacred Heart Diet also assert that the soup helps flush out toxins from the body, leaving you feeling healthier and more energized. Some people also claim that the ingredients in the soup help you burn calories faster, although this is a false theory. The diet is merely a reduced-calorie plan.

Diet Basics

The main staple on the Sacred Heart Diet is a broth-based soup. Each day involves consuming some of the homemade soup, which is made from tomatoes, onions, beef broth, soup mix, celery, green beans, carrots and peppers. The diet details a strict seven-day plan that you must follow precisely. On the first day of the diet, you may consume soup and fruit only. The second day allows the soup, vegetables and one baked potato. On the third day, you can eat all of the soup, fruit and vegetables that you want and the fourth day allows soup, at least three bananas and skim milk. On the fifth day you eat beef, tomatoes and soup and on the sixth day you are required to eat at least one serving of soup, along with unlimited amounts of beef and vegetables. The last day of the plan allows soup, brown rice, vegetables and unsweetened fruit juice.

Healthy eating before & after surgery

September 25, 2014 by Anne Baker

What should you eat before surgery?

No one wants to “go under the knife” and be operated on yet, every day thousands of surgeries are performed. Some are truly emergency procedures done to save a life while others are elective surgeries.

An elective medical procedure is one we schedule. Many of these procedures are done to replace a body part that’s worn out, damaged or infected. And some doctors advise their patients to undergo preventative surgeries….

It’s strange that we don’t question preparing for many events in life yet most people don’t prepare their bodies for elective surgery. We spend a great deal of time preparing for a wedding, taking an exam, an important business meeting, or a competitive athletic event. Why then, is it when it comes to surgery, most people never give preparation much thought?

Anytime the body undergoes an operation it’s being put under added stress.

Recovering from surgery requires more nutrients from our bodies. Being well nourished leading up to surgery, means your body is better equipped to handle surgery and this translates into a faster healing and recovery.

There are steps you can take to mitigate some of this stress, help support healing and make recovery as fast as possible. I have put together some suggestions of healthy foods to eat before surgery and right after surgery. You can avoid eating the horrible hospital food by bringing a small cooler with you full of nourishing REAL foods.

Here’s what to eat before and after surgery

During a surgical procedure free radicals are released. This is why boosting foods rich in anti-oxidants is very important leading up to and after surgery. While fruits are best enjoyed raw or juiced, vegetables are often easier to digest for people when cooked. The point is to eat as many of these health giving foods leading up to and after surgery. I have found consuming raw vegetable juicing to be helpful to begin shifting to a full fast which is required before a procedure. Raw vegetable juices are also very easy to digest and make a good transition back to eating more solid foods once you are back home after surgery.

Good sources of anti-oxidant rich foods include the following:

  • Allium sulphur compounds: Leeks, onions, garlic
  • Anthocyanins: Eggplant, grapes, berries
  • Beta carotene: Pumpkin, sweet potatoes/yams, mangoes, apricots, carrots, spinach, green leafy vegetables, lettuces, parsley
  • Cryptoxanthins: Red peppers, pumpkin, mangoes
  • Flavonoids: Tea, green tea, citrus fruits, onion, apples
  • Indoles:Cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, kale
  • Lutein: leafy greens, spinach, kale, collard greens, green beans
  • Lycopene: Tomatoes, pink grapefruit, watermelon
  • Manganese: Seafood, lean meat, milk, nuts
  • Polyphenols: Thyme, oregano, pepermint
  • Selenium: Seafood, lean meat
  • Vitamin C: Oranges,lemons, limes, berries, kiwi fruit, mangoes, broccoli, spinach, peppers

The body is 80% water. The detoxification process relies on water to sweep away toxins and convert fat soluble nutrients to water soluble nutrients. And, since medications must be processed through the liver staying hydrated before and after surgery is essential to clearing these substances from the body. For most people drinking 60+ ounces of water per day is a good goal. While recommendations are to drink half your body weight in ounces of water per day, this is extremely difficult for most people. If you feel thirst, you are dehydrated. Start the day with a glass or two and then just keep sipping throughout the day. Remember that filtered water is best since there are many contaminates in tap water. Since hospitals do not use filtered water, I advise bringing your own filtered water to the hospital to drink as you await release to go home.

  1. Strengthen the GUT and optimize absorption of nutrients

It’s standard procedure to be given anti-biotic as a preventative measure before or during and sometimes after surgery. Anti-biotic kill both pathogenic and beneficial bacteria in our GUTS. The problem with this is that since 75-80% of natural immunity resides in our GUTS, this actually reduces our natural protective barrier.

There are foods rich in probiotics and digestive enzymes you can eat to help keep your GUT integrity strong and also guard against leaky GUT. Some of these include:

  • Yogurt
  • Kefir (both dairy and water)
  • Apple cider vinegar or other traditionally fermented vinegars
  • Naturally fermented vegetables; sauerkraut, kimchee
  • Fermented beverages; beet kvass, kombucha
  • Fermented bean and legumes
  • Naturally fermented chutneys and salsas

A word on probiotic supplements and surgery

I recently had two surgeries and discussed my concern about antibiotics destroying all the good bacteria I had with my surgical doctor. I asked if I could continue my probiotic supplementation leading up to surgery. She was very understanding and supportive and approved of my doing so. As long as your doctor approves this, and frankly, most doctors do not seem to have objections to probiotics these days, taking your probiotic up to and after surgery is very helpful.

Bone broths are one of THE VERY BEST foods you can eat leading up to, and immediately after surgery. Making your own bone broth is easy and it’s a delicious and very comforting food to sip on right after surgery. You can add fresh vegetables to the broth and make it into a nourishing soup and bring it to the hospital in a thermos like I did.

Homemade bone broth is a rich source of minerals. Bone broths contain collagen and gelatin that benefit gastric ulcers, as well as proline which is used for the formation of collagen. Bone broths also contain glycine which improves digestion by increasing gastric acid secretion as well as helps prevent the breakdown of protein in muscle. Glycine also helps the body detoxify and induces sleep. Broths are also a rich source of another amino acid called glutamine that is very healing to the lining of the small intestine and commonly used to help heal leaky GUT.

Bone broths are excellent for anyone who is ill or recovering from surgery or who have any kind of serious health concern, such as an autoimmune disease. Broths are truly food as medicine!

If you need more help uncovering what foods are supportive and which are not for your health condition, I can help. Let’s talk! Contact me here!

Chicken Stock

1 whole free-range chicken or 2 to 3 pounds of bony chicken parts, such as necks, backs, breastbones and wings

* Trader Joes sell a package of drumsticks that works well.

gizzards from one chicken (optional) – I do not use these as I don’t care for the flavor. I also remove most of the skin as I don’t like the chicken fat.

4 quarts cold filtered water

2 tablespoons unpreserved apple cider vinegar

1 large onion, coarsely chopped

2 carrots, peeled and coarsely chopped

3 celery stalks, coarsely chopped

1 bunch parsley

*Note: Farm-raised, free-range chickens give the best results. Convetionally-raised chickens will not produce stock that gels.

If you are using a whole chicken, cut off the wings and remove the neck, fat glands and the gizzards from the cavity. Cut chicken parts into several pieces. (If you are using a whole chicken, remove the neck and wings and cut them into several pieces.) Place chicken or chicken pieces in a large stainless steel pot with water, vinegar and all vegetables except parsley.

Bring to a boil, and remove scum that rises to the top. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 4 hours. The longer you cook the stock, the richer and more flavorful it will be. About 10 minutes before finishing the stock, add parsley. This will impart additional mineral ions to the broth.

Remove whole chicken or pieces with a tongs or a spoon. If you are using a whole chicken, let cool and remove chicken meat from the carcass. Reserve for other uses, such as chicken salads, sandwiches or curries.

Strain the stock into a large bowl and reserve in your refrigerator until the fat rises to the top and congeals. Skim off this fat and reserve the stock in covered containers in your refrigerator or freezer.

***Please remember to check pre-surgery supplement guidelines you will receive from the hospital or your doctor prior to surgery as many supplements may interfere with the anesthesia or other medications you may be given. It is very important to follow these instructions for stopping certain supplements usually two weeks prior to surgery unless otherwise approved by your physician.

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