Discharge Instructions: Eating a Full Liquid Diet

Discharge Instructions: Eating a Full Liquid Diet

Your doctor prescribed a full liquid diet temporarily for you. You may have trouble swallowing solid foods. Or, you may have had surgery and not be ready for solid food or need to advance to solid foods gradually. Here's what you need to know about this type of diet.

Home Care

  • Remember, this diet is temporary. You should not follow this diet longer than directed because it doesn’t provide you with enough energy or protein.

  • Contact your doctor if you are on this diet for more than 5 days. You may need nutritional or vitamin supplements.

  • Keep track of the amount of liquid that you drink and anything you eat while on this diet. Keep a log for your doctor.

Choose These Foods

  • Choose fruit juices without pulp, such as apple juice, grape juice, cranberry juice, and nectars.

  • Choose drinks such as coffee, tea (hot or cold), Kool-Aid, soda, water, milk (whole, skim, 1%, and 2%), and cream.

  • Choose desserts such as fruit ices (without chunks of fruit), plain gelatin, hard candy, Popsicles made from juices, custards, ice cream, and pudding.

  • Choose broth, bouillon, fat-free consommé, or strained cream soups.

Don't Eat These Foods

  • Don’t eat canned, fresh, or frozen fruit.

  • Don’t eat soup with vegetables, noodles, rice, meat, or other chunks of food in it.

  • Don’t eat vegetables, bread, cereal and grain products, meat, chicken, fish, meat substitutes (nuts, tofu, etc.), oils, butter, or margarine.


Make a follow-up appointment as directed by our staff.

When to Call Your Doctor

Call your doctor right away if you have any of the following:

  • Fever of 101.4°F or higher

  • Diarrhea that lasts for more than 1 day

  • Vomiting that does not stop

  • Trouble urinating

  • Trouble passing gas

  • Abdominal pain with bloating and cramping