More Healthy eating for Weight Loss surgery patients

The weight loss surgery is done. Now it’s time to eat! However, it won’t be as easy as it used to be. In fact, right after surgery you won’t be hungry, but you will be used to eating. Are you prepared to change your diet habits?

You will experience a few different phases of eating and diet changes. Your diet will progress as your stomach both heals and adapts to processing the food. During your healing time you will eat many small meals and drink lots of liquids.

Let’s take a look at the different diets you will be required to follow from right after surgery to a year down the line.

You wake up and are hungry! Guess what is on the menu? If you are lucky, ice chips. This is a common menu following any major surgery. Luckily, the ice chip phase won’t last long and soon you will be on your way to clear liquids, not including beer. Clear liquids is pretty much anything that you can see through. This includes water, chicken broth, sugar free ice-pops, diluted apple juice and other juices without a lot of sugar, Jell-O (sugar free of course), and tea (decaf).
You will not be able to eat a lot, but you need to keep your body hydrated. Set a goal to drink about 2 ounces every half hour.


After about two days, you can begin to eat “solids.” Actually, your healthy eating at this phase will be pureed foods. These foods will have the look of a paste or a thick liquid. Luckily, anything can be pureed with a blender. Fruits and vegetables make great pureed meals. Make sure there are no lumps in your food. You will also begin adding protein into your diet.


Your healthy eating hits the next stage after three of four weeks of healthy eating with pureed foods. Now you will graduate to soft foods. Some examples include cottage cheese, oatmeal, mashed potatoes, soft cheeses, pudding, yogurt, breads, noodles, cooked vegetables, scrambled eggs, meatloaf, and soft cooked chicken or fish. Remember, you will not be able to eat a lot and will continue to eat small meals.

This will continue for about 8 more weeks before you can return to a “normal” diet.

Finally! Normal foods. However, eating will never be the same. Expect to eat three small meals and three small snacks a day. If you eat to much, you will feel discomfort such as nausea, pain, vomiting or cramping.

Since many of the nutrients will be lost with the new path your food will take down the digestive system, be sure to include multi-vitamins into your diet.

Remember, do not go onto the next food stage until your stomach can tolerate what you already have been eating. Drinking liquids between meals is also extremely important. If you feel pain with any food, avoid eating it until your body is ready.

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