Have questions about the post bariatric surgery diet? I have your answers! And trust me, I know what I'm talking about because I'm a bariatric dietitian.
The scalpel has done its job, now it's time to focus on the fork. I know you’re feeling a mix of emotions…Excitement for the weight loss journey ahead and getting your life back, but also uncertainty and fear about navigating the post bariatric surgery diet.
You're not alone. But don’t worry, I'm here to guide you through it….every bite of the way.
Let’s start at the beginning…
The recuperation period is like the hangover after a wild night out with surgery. It's all about:
Not Eating After Surgery?
Not exactly rocket science: Start with clear liquids and work your way up to solid food. Makes
intuitive sense. Kind of like what a baby does without
needing a PhD!
Now if you’re going to ask me how long each stage lasts, I can’t give you an exact answer. Because there is no exact cookie cutter answer.
It's not a one size fits all kind of thing.
Everyone's post bariatric surgery diet journey is different. Some may move through the stages quickly while others may take a bit longer. And that's okay! (Kind of like babies. Does every baby walk or talk at the exact same month?! )
So it’s probably not a good idea to compare yourself and your own progress to anyone else’s on Facebook. Stay in your own lane, my little unique snowflake!
Your surgeon will guide you through each phase of the post op diet progression and make sure you're on the right track. Make sure you show up for all of your follow up appointments and adhere to their specific post op diet instructions.
Really? Do I really need to talk about this?!
JUST DON’T DO IT! Should be ‘nough said.
But in case it’s not… And you're thinking about sneaking in a steak or pizza, don't even try it! Your tiny tummy won't be impressed. And trust me… the side effects aren't worth it. Potentials include:
Yeah, no thank you.
Moving on to…
Make Life Easier:
(Cause who doesn’t love a good pneumonic device?!):
When it comes to the post bariatric surgery diet, hydration is key. Did you know that dehydration is the number one cause of readmission post op? And let's be real, who wants to go back to the hospital?
Your body still needs 64 ounces of fluid a day, even with a smaller stomach. But don't worry, I've got you covered with what to drink after surgery and my top 5 water tips to help you avoid dehydration.
I’ve also got your back debunking the top 3 urban myths about:
Protein is the foundation of the post bariatric surgery diet, and let me tell you, “protein, protein, protein” is like the "ABCs" of weight loss - you'll be singing it in your sleep!
But how much do you need? Why? And how do you do it with a stomach the size of an egg or banana? It's like a game of dietary Tetris.
Don't worry, I've got you covered with everything you need to know about protein, including a list of the best lean high protein foods, how to hit your daily goals, and simple menu suggestions that will make it a no-brainer.
Bariatric Protein Shakes : Your New BFF
With a new tiny tummy, and the inability to eat enough protein from whole foods alone, say hello to your new BFF: bariatric protein shakes. I provide you
Eating should be a leisurely activity, not a race to the finish line. Chew your food well, savor each bite, and listen to your body - if it says "stop eating," then stop eating.
This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to how to eat mindfully!
Track your progress:
And if you didn't do so in the pre-op period:
And of Course:
Just because the surgery is over, doesn't mean the battle is won. The real challenge begins now; it's time to follow the prescribed bariatric diet for life!
Navigating the post-surgery diet can be daunting, but with my help, it doesn't have to be! We'll ease back into eating, hydrate, protein up, eat mindfully, and take all the measures necessary for success.
It's like a weight loss bootcamp, but with less push-ups and more protein shakes. So grab your fork, and let's do this!