A liquid diet is usually prescribed in preparation to medical procedures or recovery from certain types of surgery that involve the mouth or the gastrointestinal organs. Two types of liquid diet are followed: the clear liquid diet and the full liquid diet.
A clear liquid diet keeps you well-hydrated and energized when the full diet is not recommended. It is usually required before tests and procedures such as colonoscopy that require no food in your stomach, and need your bowels to be cleaned out. For intestinal illness, diarrhea, vomiting, nausea and certain digestive problems, a clear liquid diet may also be prescribed.
However, since it cannot provide the adequate calories and nutrients the body needs over the long term, a clear liquid diet should not be followed for more than a few days. A full liquid diet, on the other hand, is in between the clear liquid and a soft foods diet in distinction. While it is very much liquid in the stomach, it supplies more calories compared the to clear liquid diet. This type of diet is especially advisable if you have problems chewing or eating food. Still, it is not good for an otherwise healthy, active adult to try to survive on this diet for long periods of time.
- Understand the difference between a clear liquid diet and a full liquid diet. Know which foods are suitable for each type and which ones are not advisable. The clear liquid diet includes transparent or clear liquid foods such as plain water, fruit juices minus pulps, fruit punch, bouillon or consommé, clear sodas, tea or coffee without cream, honey, plain gelatin, ice pops without fruit pulps, and the like. With a full liquid diet, you may consume transparent liquids and food with smooth consistency such as broth, carbonated beverages, coffee and tea, fruit drinks and fruit punch, fresh and frozen yogurt, butter, milkshakes, plain gelatin, plain cornstarch pudding, pureed potatoes in a soup or broth, refined cooked cereal, soft custard, strained lemonade, blended soup, ice cream, liquid meal replacements, and so on.
- If you are to submit yourself to a diet plan, whether it's a clear liquid diet, full liquid diet, or soft food diet, it is essential to seek your doctor’s advice in order to know and follow particular instructions. For what reason do you need to undergo a liquid diet? Your doctor or a nutritionist is the appropriate person to provide you diet programs which will help you the most. A list of foods and guidelines shall be given to you, which you will have to stick to in order to achieve the intended result. What you should not eat is equally important to take note of so be aware of the foods you are not to consume while on a liquid diet program. If you are advised to follow a grapefruit diet, learn to control your cravings for other foods.
- Carefully adhere to the program designed for your diet. Follow the exact amount or size of food serving. If you start losing weight or if you are beginning to feel weak, inform your doctor or your nutritionist. In such a case, you may be given a change of diet program by giving you foods that are higher in protein and calories. Do not hesitate to contact your doctor for any questions pertinent to your eating program and physiological wellness.
Be responsible for anything that goes on in your body, as you are the one who knows and feels the changes after consuming any kind of food. When it is recommended that you follow a specific diet plan, discuss with your doctor if there are other options you can take should you not feel comfortable with a liquid diet.