Postoperative Diet after Bariatric Surgery

This post is following our recent one on what to eat before bariatric surgery. The diet after your operation is very important and there is much more to it than just having smaller portions of the same food. Your diet will be introduced in stages to make sure that:โ 
– Your stomach ๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—น๐˜€ โ 
– Your ๐˜๐—ผ๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—ฒ for food is tested after the operationโ 
– You develop healthy eating ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ฏ๐—ถ๐˜๐˜€โ 
The aim of the diet is to:โ 
– Minimise vitamin and mineral ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ณ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐˜€โ 
– Restrict calories to help with ๐˜„๐—ฒ๐—ถ๐—ด๐—ต๐˜ ๐—น๐—ผ๐˜€๐˜€โ 
The diet after your bariatric operation consists of 3 phases:โ 
๐Ÿ”ธย ๐—Ÿ๐—ถ๐—พ๐˜‚๐—ถ๐—ฑ ๐——๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐˜ โ€“ for 1 week after the operation โ 
๐Ÿ”ธProtein drinks โ 
๐Ÿ”ธProtein soupsโ 
๐Ÿ”ธSmoothies as treats (e.g. kiwi, melon and banana with a โ 
small pot low fat low sugar vanilla yoghurt)โ 
๐Ÿ”น ๐—ฃ๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ (baby food consistency) ๐——๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐˜ โ€“ for 1 month โ 
๐Ÿ”นDrink 5-15min before eating and wait 30 min before drinking again after your mealโ 
๐Ÿ”นAlways have the protein firstโ 
๐Ÿ”นOnly two table spoons of food at the time, one meal max 2-4 tbspโ 
E.g., 2 tbsp pureed fish/chicken and 1 tbsp blended vegetables, 1 tbsp mashed potatoes/pureed riceโ 
Baby food consistencyโ 
๐Ÿ”บ๐—ฆ๐—ผ๐—ณ๐˜ ๐——๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐˜ – for 1 month โ 
๐Ÿ”บFood that can be cut with a fork, high protein foods.โ 
๐Ÿ”บAvoid using fat when cooking (bake, grill, poach) and use herbs and spicesโ 
E.g., Cooked fish with soft cooked vegetablesโ 
๐Ÿ›‘ ๐—œ๐—บ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ:โ 
โ—ฝ If you feel bloated or nauseated then stop eating โ 
โ—ฝ Fluid intake should be slowโ 
โ—ฝ Chew your food thoroughly โ 
โœ… ๐—”๐—ณ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐Ÿต ๐˜„๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—ธ๐˜€ you should be ready for a regular diet:โ 
โ–ช๏ธ Make sure it is low fatโ 
โ–ช๏ธ Avoiding simple sugars (cakes, ice cream, chocolate)โ 
โ–ช๏ธ 3-5 small meals each dayโ 
โ–ช๏ธ 6-8 glasses of water and low calorie beverages each dayโ 
โ–ช๏ธ Eat slowly and stop when feeling satisfiedโ 
โ–ช๏ธ All drinks zero calories, avoid alcoholโ 
We will make sure that you will get a meal plan as well as supporting you throughout your postoperative time. Most importantlyโ€ฆyou can do this!