Food Phase Two
Once you receive your surgeon’s okay to progress to foods with a thicker consistency after your bariatric surgery, you can begin pureeing your foods. This will mean the following:
- Incorporate high protein foods into your diet.
- Women: 50–60 grams of protein
- Men: 60–70 grams of protein
- Start taking your chewable vitamin supplement with minerals.
- Drink plenty of fluids, 48–64 ounces per day.
The pureed diet following bariatric surgery typically includes:
- Consuming three small meals each day.
- Protein supplements
- Liquids between meals
- Wait at least 30 minutes after each meal. Then consume an 8 ounce protein supplement or shake, followed by 16 ounces of sugar free, clear liquids.
- Try to spread fluids out over a three-hour period.
- Stop drinking at least 30 minutes before mealtime.
Suggested protein sources for a pureed diet include:
- Yogurt (plain or sugar free, low or nonfat, blended without fruit chunks)
- Strained cream soups (celery, potato, mushroom, or chicken made with skim milk)
- Skim milk with 1/2 scoop protein powder
- Protein supplements added to food or water for extra protein
- Mashed cottage cheese
- Ricotta chesse
- Scrambled eggs or egg substitute
- Pureed beef, chicken, or turkey
- Baby food meats
- White fish mashed with a fork
Various vegetables and fruits can also be pureed and consumed during this phase as well.
Pureed food should be the consistency of baby food. To achieve this:
- Cut food into small pieces and place in blender or food processor
- Add liquid (broth, low calorie gravy or skim milk)
- Puree until smooth
- Season food to taste
Staying hydrated is key. Here are some tips:
- Sip all fluids slowly to prevent nausea and vomiting.
- Carry a water bottle with you everywhere.
- Other liquids to help maintain hydration include decaffeinated coffee and tea, broth, and sugar free fruit juices with artificial sweeteners.
Next week our series continues as we discuss the next phase of eating after bariatric surgery.
Bariatric surgery is not a quick fix to obesity and related health problems, but if you are willing to make a change that could save your life, it might be right for you. If you live in the Las Vegas area and are considering bariatric surgery, schedule an appointment with Dr. Heidi Ryan.