Soft and Pureed Food After Bariatric Surgery
28 Bariatric Soft and Pureed Foods and Recipes when healing from Gastric Sleeve, Gastric Bypass or other weight loss surgery procedures
A few notes on the healing diet after bariatric surgery
Goodbye Liquid Diet!
How EXCITING to advance your diet from liquid protein shakes all day to having some actual texture!
(But if you are still on the liquid phase….here is a list of 26 Liquid Phase Recipes)
When that bariatric liquid diet is finally over, it can be hard to know where to start! Which brings me to my next point.
Start with one puree or soft food at a time
Start with one thing at a time. In fact, some of these recipes will mix a few ingredients together. The better way to ease into this phase of the diet is to start with a single food alone and see how you tolerate it (similar to babies ) before adding in more.
This allows you to identify if you have any discomfort, what food it was from.
In my experience, if someone is not tolerating their pureed or soft food well it may be related to the size of bite, the speed of eating or a little too much.
Do remember, anytime you go from one phase of the bariatric diet to the next, take it very slowly. Increasing texture means hitting fullness much faster!
If you are afraid of vomiting after bariatric surgery
I mean, who wants to vomit anyway?
There are two main reasons why a new post-op patient may vomit. One, they ate too large of a bite, too quickly or too much. Here is a
On the other hand, they may have what we call “foamies” or “frothing” which is when mucous is collecting around the healing stomach and causes food to come up with foam or mucous around it. (I know, so lovely.)
If you ever have foamies or frothing, drink a warm beverage before eating like hot broth or herbal tea. This will help break up collected mucous. You may also consider allergy medication, consult with your doctor.
Compare these recipes with your Puree and Soft Phase program guidelines
Be sure and compare your program guidelines against any of the puree food or recipes below. All bariatric programs differ based on what they feel is best for your healing. The healing phase after bariatric surgery is 8 weeks! Take it slow and steady and learn from every bite and meal.
It is very normal and very common for weight loss to stall out when you advance your diet from liquids to the next phase of pureed food or soft food.
Check your scale once a week to see how it’s going but do avoid weighing more often! I know it is difficult but this is a confusing time for your body and the scale has made many a patient anxious in the early months after surgery.
Pay more attention to how your clothes fit and how you feel. They are much more reliable indicators than the scale! Here is a video about weight loss stalls after bariatric surgery.
By the way, HYDRATION is still the most important thing. Yes, even more than protein. Since you cannot drink with meals and for 45-60 minutes after your meal adding food in means taking time away from drinking water. If you are way behind on water, do not hesitate to contact your program.
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