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Post-Bariatric Diet: Clear Liquid Diet

A clear liquid diet allows for healing time and to make sure that your body can tolerate anything by mouth. This diet usually lasts for only 1 – 2 days after your operation.

At first, take in liquids every ½ hour – about 2 ounces at a time. Then gradually increase your intake of liquids to 6 to 8 ounces every hour. Drink very slowly and refrain from gulping.

Because this diet does not contain enough nutrients, it is important to take your chewable multivitamins, calcium, B12 and iron as directed.

CLEAR LIQUIDS LIST

WATER: Plain or flavored, non-carbonated, non- sparkling*

CLEAR BROTHS or bouillons, fat-free**

CAFFEINE–FREE COFFEES AND TEAS - no milk, cream or artificial creamers

APPLE JUICE, CRANBERRY JUICE, GRAPE JUICE, ORANGE JUICE (no pulp)

Mix your juice with water. Equal amounts of juice and water to make it ½ strength

CRYSTAL LIGHT – or equivalent sugar-free Kool-Aid type drinks

SUGAR FREE GELATIN

SUGAR FREE POPSICLES

* You may drink regular tap water or drink any of the many bottled waters available. There are flavored waters that are sugar-free, non-carbonated, with few to no calories called FRUITE 2-0 or PROPEL or FUZE SPLENDERIZE. Available at Wal-mart, Sam’s Club, and grocery or health food stores.

** You can get these broths and bouillons either already made in the can that are 99% fat free, e.g., Swanson, College Inn, Banquet or store brand, or you can find them in cube or powdered form – Herb-Ox, Wyler’s, Knorr, etc.

CLEAR LIQUID DIET SAMPLE MENU

½ Hour Before Breakfast Water

BREAKFAST

8:00 am 1 oz JUICE – Apple or cranberry, reduced calorie

(lite) Chicken broth

Sugar free Jello

Decaf coffee or tea with Splenda (no milk or creamer)

½ Hour After Breakfast Water

MID-MORNING SNACK

10:00 am 2 oz juice

½ Hour Before Lunch Water

LUNCH

12:00 noon 2 oz juice – Grapefruit (no sugar added)

Beef broth

Sugar free Jello

Decaf coffee or tea with Splenda (no milk or creamer)

½ Hour After Lunch Water

MID-AFTERNOON SNACK

3:00 pm 2 oz. fruit juice or sugar free popsicle

½ Hour Before Dinner Water

DINNER

5:00 pm 2 oz. white grape juice (no sugar added)

Chicken broth

Sugar free Jello

Crystal Lite

Sugar-free sorbet

Decaf coffee or tea with Splenda (no milk or creamer)

½ Hour after Dinner Water

EVENING SNACK - 2 oz fruit juice or sugar free Jello

IN BETWEEN MEALS, DRINK WATER AND ANY OTHER NO CALORIE OR SUGAR-FREE, NON-CARBONATED BEVERAGES.

Post-Op Bariatric Surgery Diet Guides

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