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PHASE III Diet– Solid Foods – 4 Weeks after Surgery


You have gotten through the most critical stage of your post-op care and you can now return to a more normal diet of solid foods. Keep in mind that you should select soft, moist, easily chewable food as you transition into this phase. Always begin your meal with high protein choices (see list) followed by vegetables, fruit and carbohydrates. This will assure that you have received the most essential vitamins and nutrients to maintain optimal health.

Important Reminders: Remember to eat slowly. Cut your food into small bite-sized pieces. Chew each bite thoroughly, at least 25 times, before swallowing. Do not drink any liquids ½ hour before you eat and during your solid meal. Do not drink any liquids for 1 hour after your meal. Liquids will pass through your new stomach pouch quickly and will not make you feel full. Consuming only solids at each meal will give you the proper feeling of fullness (satiety) while limiting the amount you eat. Take at least 20 minute to eat your meal.

Always read labels to determine how many calories each food contains and how those calories are broken down (% from fat/protein/carbohydrates). Choose mainly nutrient dense foods containing protein, complex carbohydrates, fiber (greater than 5 grams per serving) and low in fat (less than 3 grams per every 100 calories).

Begin the Soft Solid Diet when you are at approximately Week 5 postoperatively. This diet includes all foods previously mentioned and adds the following:

    • Eggs – including whole eggs, egg whites and egg substitutes.


    • Mild Cheeses – Low Fat or Fat-Free: Cottage cheese, Farmers cheese, Ricotta, Muenster, Havarti, American, Mild Cheddar, Mozzarella (sliced, shredded and string)


    • Poultry - Chicken and Turkey – white meat only – baked, broiled, grilled, boiled or canned. White meat chicken in the can is an easy and tasty choice.


    • Fish – baked, broiled, poached, grilled or canned. Salmon, Tuna and sardines are all good canned choices.


    • Nut Butters - Peanut, almond, soy or sunflower. Smooth variety only – preferable natural, since the brand names have added sugar.


    • Lean, Tender Meats – Preferably pork or veal. Red meats tend to be harder to digest at this stage – however, you can have any of prepared baby food meats as they have already been pureed for easy digestion and come in small 4 oz jar servings.


    • Soy Protein/Tofu – Boca Burger, Gardenburger, Morningstar Farms


    • Vegetables - cooked or canned – green beans, wax beans, beets, peas, carrots, squash or any other non-starchy vegetables. Try to refrain from fibrous and raw vegetables at this time as they are much harder to digest and can cause obstruction of the digestive system. If you are using canned vegetables, check for sodium content – you want to choose those lower in sodium.


    • Fruit – Cooked or canned – applesauce (unsweetened), peaches, pears, fruit cocktail, apricots, cherries (if canned, choose those packed in water, in their own juice or in light syrup only), bananas, grapefruit and orange sections with membranes removed, ripe melons (eat infrequently as they contain high amounts of natural sugars)
    • Cereals/Starches – Oatmeal, Cream of Wheat, Cream of Rice, grits and sparing use of barley, whole wheat crackers, 100% whole wheat pastas and brown rice.





8:00 am ½ cup Skim milk

½ cup cooked oatmeal

½ cup cut up strawberries (fresh or frozen without sugar)

1 oz Part –skim Mozzarella cheese (1 stick of string cheese)



12:00 noon ½ cup chicken noodle soup, high protein

¼ cup canned tuna, salmon or chicken mixed with 1 Tbsp. fat

free mayonnaise or Miracle Whip

½ cup cooked fresh or frozen veggies



5:00 pm ¼ cup tender, cooked chicken/turkey/beef/pork (cooked in a

crock pot or pressure cooker to cook meat tender while

keeping it moist).

¼ cup soft, cooked green beans

¼ cup soft cooked potatoes

2 tsp. diet margarine or 1 tsp. olive oil


EVENING SNACK 1 Serving of fresh fruit


You can add protein supplements in the form of protein bars now. But only choose those protein bars that meet these guidelines:

  • Choose bars containing less than 15 grams of sugar
  • Choose bars containing less than 8 grams of fat
  • Choose bars containing less than 200 calories per bar

Post-Op Bariatric Surgery Diet Guides

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