The First Food Stage Post Surgery

Bariatric Clear Liquids 

You are home from the hospital and resting uncomfortably on the sofa. All the notes you took as a pre.op are written in Greek, and you  don’t remember what to do. What you may have heard from or about other patients may not be the same for you. To be successful in maintaining weight loss, you’ll have to commit to new eating habits. You’ll also want to follow any guidelines that your physician will provide Remember though that we have been there and have lived it.

In the first stage after surgery patients should drink clear liquids; defined as liquids that one can see through. Doctors require anywhere from a few days up to even one week of clear fluids after surgery to minimize need for digestion, and lessen production of solid waste; allowing your gastrointestinal system to heal. Liquids should be sipped slowly as gulping can cause pain.

Immediately after surgery you must drink enough fluids to keep hydrated. There are a small percentage of post ops who are re-hospitalized because of dehydration, so it is important to sip fluids constantly throughout the day.

Warm drinks such as herbal tea or broth are soothing and relax the stomach or pouch. Clear proteins can be blended with Crystal Light or broth and will help your body to heal.

Everything will taste too sweet – use more water or add crushed ice to dilute it to your taste.  Focus on your exciting new future, drink your liquids, and pull yourself through this initial period.

Your choices are purposely very limited – hang on and do not progress to the next stage until you are told to.

Bariatric Options:                                                       Medical Form

Gastric Balloon                                                        
Lap Band
Mini Gastric Bypass
Full Gastric Bypass
Gastric Sleeve
Gastric Plication Surgery
Conversion or Revision Surgery
Duodenal Switch Surgery

dr. sergio verboonen
              Dr. Sergio Verboonen

Much success in your journey.

Respectfully,
International Patient Facilitators – Cancun and Tijuana, Mexico
On behalf of Dr. Sergio Verboonen
info@ipf-mail.com

1 800 210 5124 

Chili with Mushrooms and Beef

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Chili with Mushrooms and Beef
Chili with Mushrooms and Beef
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Servings
people
Ingredients
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Servings
people
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. In a large pot, saute onions and mushrooms in olive oil until tender.
  2. Add ground beef and garlic, stir and break up the meat until cooked through.
  3. Add canned tomatoes, kidney beans, chili powder and salt. Mix well and bring to a boil.
  4. Simmer over low heat, with occasional stirring, for at least two hours.
  5. Optional : Serve over rice with avocado, shredded cheese, and sour cream for toppings.
Recipe Notes

Number of Servings: 10

Exercise that’s not hard on the knees. Excuse Gone. Poof.

our dirty little secret ?

I get that we all thought that if we had weight loss surgery it would fix things and we would never need to worry again. That’s just not true. 

Surgery Gave us a pass to get out from under the weight but now it’s up to us to preserve that gift.

We cannot expect to maintain our new body weights for the rest of a long life without exercise. The dirty little bariatric secret. I know we aren’t supposed to admit it, but I get it and it’s just between us.

Own It.

Too many post ops use the excuse that they have bad legs, knees, ankles… and because of this they CANNOT exercise. Fact is, it’s an excuse. It’s from the same group of excuses we all used for years as to why we were 255 pounds. I DONT UNDERSTAND IT, I DONT EAT THAT MUCH, I MUST JUST HAVE A BAD METABOLISM. Psssst… it is bs. I ate very high calorie food, took in way more calories than I burned, and didn’t burn any sitting on the sofa. I own it.

Just a LITTLE exercise you can do – I promise that it will make a big

difference!

Bariatric Options:                                                       Medical Form

Gastric Balloon                                                        
Lap Band
Mini Gastric Bypass
Full Gastric Bypass
Gastric Sleeve
Gastric Plication Surgery
Conversion or Revision Surgery
Duodenal Switch Surgery

dr. sergio verboonen
              Dr. Sergio Verboonen

Much success in your journey.

Respectfully,
International Patient Facilitators – Cancun and Tijuana, Mexico
On behalf of Dr. Sergio Verboonen
info@ipf-mail.com

1 800 210 5124 

 

Dining out after bariatric surgery

Spring is here, and for many this is the season when a lot of time will be spent dining out. However, this can be challenging after weight-loss surgery and many people avoid going to restaurants to prevent overeating or eating the wrong foods.

But since dining out is a normal part of life for many, we recommend that you not avoid eating out but instead educate yourself and choose your foods wisely.

.The following strategies will assist you in making the healthiest food decisions so you can leave the restaurant feeling light and satisfied rather than heavy and guilty.

• Check the calories of every meal. Most restaurants can provide you with the calorie content of every dish they serve.

• Ask that bread and butter not be served at your table. 

• Choose a dish with lean protein such as fish, chicken or turkey.

• Choose a side of complex carbohydrate such as yams or whole wheat pasta, with a side green salad or steamed or grilled vegetables. 

• Ask how the food is prepared and avoid items that are fried, pan-fried or breaded. 

• Choose foods that are baked, broiled, grilled or roasted.

• Share your main course or request a to-go container with your food and, before you begin eating, portion out your food to approximately: 3 oz protein, ¼ cup complex carbohydrate and ½ cup vegetables. If this portion is too much, eat until you feel satisfied and add the leftovers to your to-go container. 

• Eat slowly and chew your food to a liquid consistency. To help you accomplish this, it is best to set your utensils down between bites. 

Bariatric Options:                                                       Medical Form

Gastric Balloon                                                        
Lap Band
Mini Gastric Bypass
Full Gastric Bypass
Gastric Sleeve
Gastric Plication Surgery
Conversion or Revision Surgery
Duodenal Switch Surgery

dr. sergio verboonen
              Dr. Sergio Verboonen

Much success in your journey.

Respectfully,
International Patient Facilitators – Cancun and Tijuana, Mexico
On behalf of Dr. Sergio Verboonen
info@ipf-mail.com

1 800 210 5124 

• Don’t drink with your meals since liquids may push food down and allow you to fit more food in your pouch. It is best to avoid liquids 15 minutes before and 30 minutes after a meal.

• Prior to choosing the restaurant it is always a good idea to look up the menu and nutrition facts on-line

We hope that you find these strategies helpful and that you enjoy your next dining-out experience. And remember, it is best to do everything in moderation. 

Fake Fried Zucchini

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Fake Fried Zucchini
Fake Fried Zucchini
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. preheat oven to 400'
  2. spray cookie sheet with canola spray
  3. mix dry ingredients in a flat pan or dish
  4. mix milk and egg white in another dish
  5. slice zucchini
  6. dredge in milk then breadcrumb mix
  7. spray top of zucchini
  8. bake until brown and crispy turning once
Recipe Notes

serving size -1/2 an entire zucchini

Number of Servings: 4