Transitioning To Soft Foods (Day 15-28)

The transition to soft foods represents a huge leap toward normalcy after surgery. At this point, you’ll have a whole new world of options and a plenty of ways to trip up too. Following your post-surgical guidelines is the single best way to avoid any pitfalls and keep your diet on the right path. The keys here are to make sure you:

  • Eat a balanced diet
  • Chew thoroughly
  • Eat slowly
  • Eat 3 small meals per day
  • Do not drink half an hour before or after a meal
  • Stop eating when your hunger pangs have subsided, not when you feel full

Below is a sample of foods to eat during this phase – remember that your particular situation, as well as your surgeon’s preferences will determine what you can and cannot eat.

  • Meats such as seafood and soft, low-fat, low sodium lunchmeats and poultry
  • Tofu
  • Low fat, no sugar added cottage cheese and yogurts
  • Applesauce (unsweetened)
  • Cooked fruits and vegetables
  • Fresh fruits such as banana in moderation due to sugar content

Below is sample of foods and drinks to avoid:

  • High fiber foods
  • Raw vegetables
  • Seeds and nuts
  • Dense meats such as chicken, beef and pork, unless pureed or finely minced
  • Items high in sugar or saturated fats (especially fried and highly processed foods)

As with all phases of the bariatric diet, drinking enough water to stay well hydrated is crucial to success. Further, getting the right amount of protein is important. At this stage you may not be able to get your required protein without a protein shake supplement.

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