Information is Power: Knowing What to Expect After Bariatric Surgery

Food Phase 3

During this phase after bariatric surgery, you will transition to more solid foods. This may include soft meat, fish, chicken, cereals, cooked vegetables, and canned fresh fruits.

Your doctor will have you continue to:

  • Incorporate high protein foods into your diet and consume them first at meals.
    • Women: 50–60 grams of protein
    • Men: 60–70 grams of protein
  • Take a chewable vitamin supplement with minerals.
  • Drink plenty of fluids, 48–64 ounces (six to eight, 8-ounce cups) per day.

Post Bariatric Surgery Meal Plan for Phase 3: Adaptive/Soft Diet

  • Consume three small meals each day.
  • Add a variety of low fat, low calorie starches, fruits, and vegetables to your diet, as tolerated.
  • Avoid skins and seeds on fruits and vegetables.
  • Avoid breads.
  • Chew foods thoroughly.
  • Stop eating whenever you feel full.
  • Continue using protein supplements after each meal to meet your daily protein requirements.
  • 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.

In addition to the foods listed on the pureed diet (see last week’s blog post), begin introducing the following foods to your diet.

  • Protein Sourcesclose up of different food items on table
    • All varieties of fish and shellfish
    • Turkey breast or chicken breast (chopped, white meat)
    • Low fat deli lunchmeats
    • Sliced or grated low fat cheese (5 grams of fat or less)
    • Hard boiled or poached eggs
    • Soups (dilute with skim milk or add finely minced meats)
  • Grains/starches
    • Hot cereals
    • Unsweetened cereals softened in skim milk
    • Baked potatoes, sweet potatoes, or yams
    • Boiled pasta, noodles, or white rice
  • Fruits/vegetables
    • Canned fruit (in own juices or water packed)
    • Soft, fresh fruit without skins (apples, pears, peaches)
    • Bananas
    • Cooked or canned vegetables
    • Avoid raw, fibrous vegetables like broccoli and Brussels sprouts. Avoid skins and seeds.

Next week our series continues as we discuss the next phase of eating after bariatric surgery. Read more online at: http://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/bariatric-surgery/in-depth/gastric-bypass-diet/art-20048472

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.

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