The Stage 1 bariatric diet is only a short time, but for the few days or week you're following it, it helps to have a variety of choices! By the way...“clear” liquid isn’t a reference to the color of liquids that are acceptable. “Clear” simply means liquids you can see through.
Warm fluids are very soothing and will help relax the muscles of your stomach:
You have a lofty protein
goal after surgery that will be impossible to meet right out of the gate. But
there’s no reason why you can’t make a little headway toward it as early as possible
by choosing protein containing clear liquids starting at the Stage 1 bariatric
High protein Bone broth
Clear liquid proteins drinks:
Fruit Flavored protein powders that can be mixed with water or a beverage like Crystal Light®:
High protein sugar free JELL-O®, (yes, JELL-O®, is considered a clear liquid!). See recipe below.
Note: You HAVE to cool the boiling water down, or the protein powder will curdle (because it starts to cook!)
Stay away from the following foods and drinks on the Stage 1 Bariatric Diet. It's a good idea to avoid them always, really! They contain sugar (=calories) and could also cause the dumping syndrome side effect after weight loss surgery:
Why Only Clear Liquids after Surgery?
Simply to allow your system to get its needed rest. Clear liquids are very easily absorbed, minimize the need for digestion, and lessen production of solid waste.
Doctors require anywhere from a day to a week of the Phase 1 bariatric diet. Follow your surgeon’s guidelines.
How Much Do I Have to Drink?
At least 64 ounces per day of clear liquids.
Drinking enough will be challenging in the beginning because your stomach is so much smaller than it used to be. You can get dehydrated quickly and easily if you don’t stay on top of it. Dehydration is the #1 cause of readmission after surgery.
What Are Some Strategies to Prevent Dehydration?
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