Eating Greens – Post Bariatric Surgery
Greens and more Greens
Learning to eat again after bariatric surgery can often be difficult, and knowing what foods to reintroduce to your meal plan can be challenging. Let’s take a closer look at bringing fruits and vegetables back into your daily routine.
Fruits and vegetables are a part of a healthy diet after bariatric surgery. For most bariatric surgery patients who are still in the weight-loss phase, to achieve the best results you are watching the protein, calorie and carbohydrates you ingest like a hawk. Your meals should focus primarily on protein from a lean protein source. And for variety, a low-carb vegetable can be added if you have room. Focusing on the low-carb vegetables versus higher carbohydrate vegetables in your meals will give you a better recipe for success while losing weight and improving your health.
To help avoid any difficulties, avoid raw fruits and vegetables the first two months after bariatric surgery and eat them cooked until that point. After the first two months, you are welcome to enjoy eating salads (iceberg is not tolerated as well as romaine or spinach) and raw vegetables to compliment your protein. Lettuce wraps are a great way to change up your protein and add a little low-carb crunch!
Fruit should be eaten sparingly for maximum weight-loss or wait until your goal weight to add the extra carbs that come with eating fruit. The average serving of fruit has about 15 grams of carbohydrates, which can add up quickly throughout the day.
If you are at your goal weight and can add more carbs into your diet, chose from lower carbohydrate fruits, such as watermelon, grapefruit and cantaloupe.
Maximise your Meals
Nature is hinting to us to be creative and use the all-natural herbs, spices, lemon and garlic to transform ordinary vegetables into a unique and flavourful dish. Maximise your variety by choosing fruits and vegetables that are in season for the best flavours and textures. Search for what fruits and vegetables are in season online or at your local grocer. Vary your vegetables not only in the way you spice them, but vary in their colours too. For example, if you only are accustomed to eating green bell peppers, branch out and try the red, orange and yellow varieties. You will not only get a more colourful plate, but you will be getting a variety of different antioxidants that vegetables are celebrated for in their health benefits.
Much success in your journey.
International Patient Facilitators – Cancun and Tijuana, Mexico
On behalf of Dr. Sergio Verboonen
1 800 210 5124