Eating After Weight Loss Surgery
You made the life changing decision and had weight loss surgery? Congratulations on getting this far, but your work is far from over! Eating after weight loss surgery can be a challenge in itself. If you’re anything like me you won’t want to eat. But, your body has to have energy and this is an excellent time to break your addictions and change your unhealthy eating habits to healthy eating habits. Eating after weight loss surgery is extremely important immediately after your surgery and for the rest of your life!
Eating After Weight Loss Surgery
Your surgeon will place you on a strict diet. Be sure to follow your surgeons diet to a tee about eating after weight loss surgery. Your surgical team know what is best for you and for the particular surgery they performed on you. Immediately following my surgery, I was on a special diet of small portions 1/2 ounce to 1 ounce per meal, 3 to 4 times a day. All of the food had to be pureed, like baby food (gross!) But, as a I said before this is a great time to re-program your brain on eating after weight loss surgery to help your body and give it the nutrition it needs.
My Measuring Cups!
My doctor had me eating like a bird. 1/2 ounce to 1 ounce per meal. I could even barely finish 1/2 ounce. A friend had given me some small stainless steel sauce cups (like they bring ketchup or mayo to you in a fancy restaurant) and some clear Anchor Hocking dishes while I was still in the hospital. I wondered what in the world was I going to do with these? I learned real quick. Because all of your food will be the consistency of baby food, no one else in the house will want to eat it. This is where these cups are a great thing to have. You know exactly how much you can possibly eat and you won’t ruin the rest of the food in the house.
The stainless steel sauce cups were one of the most helpful things I had. I still use them today too. They are 2.5 ounces in size and are perfect for your “meal.” You probably won’t be able to each much more than that and these measure your portion perfectly for you. At first I was scared about eating too much and not loosing weight. I am still scared about eating too much today, but now I don’t want to gain the weight back!
The Anchor Hocking dishes are actually custard dishes with lids. But, they work awesome. They are 6 ounces in size, which might be a little large to start, but it will you carry those good habits when you are able to eat more. They will not stain, they are safe in the microwave, oven, dishwasher, refrigerator and freezer. The lids are plastic, but are free of BPA (all the bad stuff.) I still use these dishes today! I love, love them and highly, highly recommend them. They really help you to measure you positions to not over eat!
After The First 3 Months or so …
After your phased diets, you’ll eventually be allowed to add foods back into your diet. Keep in mind that eating after weight loss surgery will play an important role to you body for the rest of your life. It is important to add them one at a time to see if your new body can handle the foods. Several people will get a sugar and/or high fat intolerance. I got both! However, I consider myself lucky because I was able to loose more weight and break my addiction to those foods. When you do add foods back be sure to add things like:
- High lean protein foods (cottage cheese, eggs, soy milk, ground beef, greek yogurt, pork chops, salmon)
- High fibrous foods (beans, broccoli, artichokes, peas, brussels sprouts)
- Fresh vegetables (spinach, lettuce, broccoli, onions, asparagus)
- Fresh fruits (berries, apples, peaches, oranges, bananas, avocados, tomatoes)
- Have healthy choices available for snacks (fruit, cheese slices, pre-packaged almonds)
- Avoid sodas (empty calories, no nutritional benefit to your body, can stretch your pouch)
- Avoid foods high in carbohydrates (dried fruits, crackers, bread products, potatoes, cakes, flours, jams/preserves)
- Avoid foods that cause an increase in your glycemic index (white bread, bagels, instant oatmeal, potatoes, pumpkin, melons, pineapples)
- Avoid alcohol (alcohol is empty calories that give you no nutritional value)
I had a major sweet tooth, but with my sugar intolerance I could no longer eat the white refined processed sugar. I learned to enjoy fruits instead to reduce my sweet tooth cravings. Organic Raw Agave is a sweetener I am able to use. It does not increase your glycemic index and therefore does not causing dumping. And best of all it taste great!
Leave me a comment below and let me know what helped you at the start of this journey and what keeps helping you today! I want to hear from you!