The pursuit of a healthy lifestyle is an investment in life long well-being. It is a conscious process of change that should be continuously sustained and integrated into all areas of your life. The benefits of a healthy lifestyle grow over time and empower you with the physical and emotional resources that you desire. As you continue on your journey, start making healthy habits now and work on hazards that get in the way of your short and long-term goals.
Here are some examples of what your diet will look like during the Full Liquid Diet:
For Gastric Bypass patients, the full liquid diet is recommended through days 4-6 post-operative, or until full liquids are tolerated well.
Some examples of foods that can be consumed during the full liquid diet are:
Look for yogurt with small amounts (3-5 grams) of carbohydrates as well as sugar. If you prefer fruit flavored yogurt, we encourage you to eat around fruit for the first 6-12 months post-operative.
*A helpful tip is to track your meals online or on your cellphone with an app like MyFitnessPal, MyNetDiary, MyPlate. They are great resources that you can track your foods and the nutritional content.
Cottage Cheese and String Cheese
Strained soups include: tomato, split pea or cream soups prepared with water or skim milk.
You should now be taking your multi-vitamin and sublingual B-12 (1,000 mcg) on a daily basis. Duodenal Switch patients should also be taking an ADEK vitamin twice a day. If you are consuming a minimum of 64-ounces of water a day, you may begin taking a calcium citrate supplement of 500-600 mg. three times a day.
Supplementation is an important part of your lifestyle now, during your weight loss phase, and for the rest of your life. You can find suggestions of vitamins on our Pinterest page, but note that RMAP does not endorse a specific brand of vitamin.
Once you are fully tolerating the Full Liquid Diet and are seven days post Gastric Bypass, or 15 days post Sleeve Gastrectomy/Duodenal Switch, you can advance to a Soft Food Diet. As your new stomach is healing, it is important to follow the dietary guidelines. Do not add new foods prematurely. Adding solid meats, vegetables, etc., prematurely may cause sensations of discomfort, vomiting, nausea, and can cause obstruction in the healing stomach.
Lastly, you may have heard your surgeons and staff members at RMAP say, “It all begins with awareness.” This means that changes come through awareness of the choices you are making right now! The awareness lifestyle compels you to identify practices that will move you towards the health and fitness outcomes you desire! Support Groups are a great place to come and find support as you make those lifestyle changes. You can find more information about support groups on our website.
We welcome your calls to our office (801) 268-3800. Our staff is happy to assist you with any questions or concerns that you have. If you are calling after office hours with any emergent questions, the answering service will page the surgeon on call immediately.