Full Liquid Diet
What is it? A full liquid diet means eating or drinking foods that are liquid. It also means eating foods that will become liquid at room temperature. You may need to eat a full liquid diet after surgery or if you have problems chewing or swallowing. This diet should be used only if you are having problems eating because it does not supply all the nutrients you need. You may need to take liquid vitamins or minerals if you are on this diet more than 3 weeks. This diet should not be used if you are trying to lose weight.
- The foods you should eat and drink are listed below. Try to eat the number of servings listed for each group every day. Call your caregiver if you start losing weight. He can work with you to choose foods that are higher in calories and protein.
- Eat 3 meals and 2 to 3 snacks every day. Small amounts of meat, fish, or poultry may be pureed and added to soups. Puree soups in a blender until there are no pieces left. Pour soups through a strainer before drinking. You should be able to swallow all foods and liquids without chewing. It is OK to add a small amount of herbs and spices to foods in this diet. Call your caregiver if you have any questions about your injury, illness, medicine, or diet.
- 1 cup is the same as 8 ounces of liquids.
- 1/2 cup is the same as 4 ounces of liquid.
- 1 tablespoon (Tbsp) is about the size of the tip of your thumb (from the last crease).
- 1 teaspoon (tsp) is about the size of the tip of your little finger (from the last crease).
- 1 cup of food is the size of a large handful.
- 3 ounces of cooked meat, fish, or poultry is about the size of a deck of cards.
BEVERAGES: Drink 3 to 5 servings a day from this list. A serving is 8 ounces or 1 cup.
- Coffee, tea, cocoa
- Nutrition supplement drinks (like Ensure™)
- Soda pop
- Water (drink 6 to 8 soda pop can size glasses a day)
CEREALS / STARCHES: Eat 3 to 4 servings a day from this list.
- 1/2 cup cooked baby cereal
- 1/2 cup cooked cream of wheat or rice
- 1/2 cup pureed potato which has been added to soup before straining
- 1/2 cup cooked pureed oatmeal
DESSERTS: Eat 1 to 2 servings a day from this list.
- 1/2 cup fruit ices
- 1/2 cup gelatin dessert without fruit
- 1/2 cup ice cream or ice milk without fruit or nuts
- 1 whole Popsicle™ or frozen pudding pop
- 1/2 cup sherbet
FATS: Eat 2 to 3 servings a day from this list. These may be added to or mixed into other foods.
- 1 tablespoon (Tbsp) butter
- 2 tablespoons (Tbsp) cream
- 1 tablespoon (Tbsp) margarine
- 2 tablespoons (Tbsp) non-dairy creamer
- 1 tablespoon (Tbsp) oil
FRUITS / VEGETABLES: Eat 2 to 4 servings a day from this list.
- 1 cup fruit or vegetable juice
- 1/4 cup pureed vegetables in soups
- 1/2 cup strained and cooked fruits or vegetables
MEAT / MEAT SUBSTITUTES: One or two servings a day from this group are optional.
- 1-2 ounces tender meat, fish, or poultry pureed in soup before straining
MILK / DAIRY: Eat 3 to 5 servings a day from this list.
- 1/2 cup eggnog
- 1 cup any kind of milk
- 1 cup milk drinks, such as Ovaltine™
- 1 cup milkshake
- 1 cup powdered milk mixed with water
- 1/2 cup pudding or custard
- 1 cup yogurt without fruit or nuts
SOUPS: Eat 2 to 3 servings a day from this list.
- 1 cup bouillon or broth
- 1 cup strained blended soup
- 1 cup strained cream soup
SWEETS: Eat 2 to 3 servings a day from this list if you feel you need more calories. These may be added to any of the foods listed above.
- 1 to 2 pieces hard candy
- 1 to 2 tablespoons (Tbsp) honey
- 1 to 2 teaspoons (tsp) sugar
- 2 to 3 tablespoons (Tbsp) syrup
You have the right to help plan your care. To help with this plan, you must learn your injury or illness and how it can be treated. You can then discuss treatment options with your caregivers. Work with them to decide what care will be used to treat you. You always have the right to refuse treatment.