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PHASE I Diet – In the First Two Weeks After Surgery

Two (2) weeks after surgery begin the Full Liquid Diet and protein supplements. This diet allows for a broad range of liquids. Anything that has the consistency that can be consumed through a straw is a good rule of thumb for what is allowed. However, do not sip through a straw! A suggested list of full liquids follows. Begin taking your multi-vitamins, calcium and iron daily as directed.

FULL LIQUID DIET

THIS DIET ALLOWS A BROAD RANGE OF LIQUIDS AND PROTEIN SUPPLEMENTS. YOU WILL REMAIN ON THIS DIET FOR THE FIRST FOUR (4) WEEKS POST-OPERATIVELY. THIS WILL GIVE YOUR NEW STOMACH POUCH AND DIGESTIVE SYSTEM TIME TO HEAL PROPERLY AND ALLOW YOU TIME TO ADJUST TO YOUR NEW STOMACH POUCH.

    • Optifast, Optisource, HMR, Revival, Permalen, 100% Whey Protein, Beneprotein – all of these products have been specifically formulated for the bariatric patient.
    • Low Carb Slim-Fast, Atkins Advantage, Carb Solutions, Worldwide Pure Protein meal replacement protein shakes. Available at grocery, health food and drug stores.
    • Carnation Instant Breakfast Powder or Ready to Drink – Sugar Free Only
    • Milk, Skim/Fat Free – regular and lactose free
    • Milk, instant Non-fat Dry – any brand, great to add to other food to boost protein.
    • Puddings and Egg Custards, Sugar Free Only
    • Jello – Sugar Free Only
    • Yogurt – Fat Free or Low Carb without Fruit
    • Vegetable Juices – including V-8, V-8 Diet Splash, tomato juice or fresh squeezed.
    • Soups, strained – remove vegetables, meat, poultry, seafood and noodles, rice or other pasta first.
    • Hot cereals, made thin and soupy – Cream of Wheat, Cream of Rice, Oatmeal, Grits

It is critical at this stage that you are taking in enough protein each day. You should have at least two (2) of our three meals consist of a protein shake or protein supplement added to other foods – a scoop of Whey or Say Protein powder or 1/3 cup instant non-fat dry soups, cereals, yogurt or puddings to boost the amount of protein consumed.

FULL LIQUID DIET

SAMPLE MENU

BETWEEN MEAL LIQUIDS

BREAKFAST

8:00 am ½ cup non-fat milk with 1 Tbsp. Protein powder & sugar free flavoring

½ cup cream of wheat or instant oatmeal (consistency should be like

a very, very thin soup) made with skim milk and 1 tsp margarine

BETWEEN MEAL LIQUIDS

MID-MORNING ½ cup prepared protein supplement shake

¼ cup sugar-free pudding

BETWEEN MEAL LIQUIDS

LUNCH

12:00 noon ½ cup unsweetened cranberry juice with 1 Tbsp protein powder

½ cup strained cream soup made with skim milk and 1 Tbsp Powder

BETWEEN MEAL LIQUIDS

MID-AFTERNOON ½ cup sugar free, non-fat or low fat yogurt

½ cup prepared protein supplement shake

BETWEEN MEAL LIQUIDS

DINNER

5:00 pm ½ cup strained soup with 1-2 Tbsp skim milk powder or protein powder

½ cup prepared protein supplement shake

½ cup sugar-free pudding or non-fat/low-fat yogurt

BETWEEN MEAL LIQUIDS

EVENING ½ cup prepared protein supplement shake

To increase the amount of protein in any food or beverage: Add a scoop of protein powder or 3 Tablespoons instant, non-fat, dry milk (which has 4 grams of protein)

Post-Op Bariatric Surgery Diet Guides

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