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Nutrition Resources

Nutrition Resources

All of the follow information will be thoroughly reviewed during our comprehensive nutrition classes that are available prior to surgery.

Pre-Op Liquid Diet

Following a one-to-two week high-protein, low-carbohydrate liquid diet prior to bariatric surgery is required. Following this diet promotes liver shrinkage, which enables a quicker, safer surgery for the patient. 

Most of our patients follow this diet for seven days prior to surgery, and we have found this more than adequate compared to some of the longer pre-op diets. 

Below are some recipes that can help you achieve this goal:

Bariatric Liquid Protein Supplements

When choosing liquid protein supplements from the pharmacy or grocery store, it is imperative that you read labels. Look for powder or pre-made liquid supplements with:

  • At least 15 grams (g) of protein per 8-ounce (1 cup) serving.
  • Less than 20 grams Total Carbohydrate per 8-ounce serving.
  • Less than 5 grams fat per 8-ounce serving.

Recipes for Making High-Protein Supplements at Home

High-Protein Milk

Instructions:

In a blender, mix:

  • 1 cup skim milk.
  • 2 scoops (1 ounce) protein powder.
  • Sugar substitute (optional).
  • Vanilla or flavoring (optional).

This recipe provides:

  • 190 calories.
  • 28 grams protein.
  • 2 grams fat.
  • 1 gram fiber

Bariatric Pureed Sample Menu

Guidelines:

  • Protein is the priority! The average patient needs 80-90 grams daily. At meals, always eat protein first.
  • Do not drink while eating. Wait at least 30 minutes after a meal before having fluids.
  • When you drink, sip. Don’t gulp, use straws or drink alcohol.
  • Take 20-30 minutes to eat each meal. Stop eating when you feel full. If you keep eating, you may vomit, and overeating also stretches the pouch and may keep you from losing weight.

8 a.m.

  • 4-6 tbs. of thin cooked cream of wheat mixed with 2 tbs. of skim milk
  • 1 chewable multivitamin

9 a.m.

  • 1/2 cup skim milk — Sip slowly (1 oz. every 15 minutes).

10 a.m.

  • 1/2 cup sugar free beverage — Sip slowly (1 oz. every 15 minutes).

11 a.m.

  • 3 tablespoons fat free cottage cheese and 1 tablespoon strained peaches.

Noon

  • 1/2 cup sugar-free lemonade — Sip slowly (1 oz. every 15 minutes).

1 p.m.

  • 2 to 3 tablespoons strained beef
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons mashed potatoes
  • 1 chewable calcium tablet

2 p.m.

  • 1/2 cup decaf tea with sugar substitute — Sip slowly (1 oz. every 15 minutes).

3 p.m.

  • 1/2 cup liquid protein supplement — Sip slowly (1 oz. every 15 minutes).

5 p.m.

  • 6 tablespoons sugar-free instant pudding with 1 scoop protein powder

6 p.m.

  • 2 to 3 tablespoons strained canned fish
  • 2 tablespoons mashed potato
  • 2 tablespoons pureed carrots
  • 1 chewable multivitamin tablet

7 p.m.

  • 1/2 cup skim milk — Sip slowly (1 oz. every 15 minutes).

8 p.m.

  • 3 tablespoons low-fat cottage cheese
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened applesauce with a sprinkle of cinnamon
  • 1 chewable calcium tablet

9 p.m.

  • 1/2 cup cream of chicken soup

10 p.m.

  • 1/2 cup decaffeinated coffee — Sip slowly (1 oz. every 15 minutes).

Bariatric Surgery Soft Sample Menu

Take 20-30 minutes to eat each meal. Wait 30 minutes after a meal to drink any liquids.

7 a.m.

  • 1 egg, poached or scrambled without added fat
  • 1/2 cup oatmeal with 1 scoop protein powder
  • 1 chewable multivitamin tablet

8 a.m.

  • 1/2 cup skim milk — Sip slowly (1 oz. every 15 minutes).

9 a.m.

  • 1/2 cup decaffeinated coffee — Sip slowly (1 oz. every 15 minutes).

10 a.m.

  • 1/2 cup liquid protein supplement — Sip slowly (1 oz. every 15 minutes).

11 a.m.

  • 1/2 cup sugar-free lemonade — Sip slowly (1 oz. every 15 minutes).

Noon

  • 2 to 3 tablespoons strained beef
  • 2 tablespoons mashed potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons pureed green beans
  • 1 chewable calcium tablet

1 p.m.

  • 1/2 cup water—Sip slowly (1 oz. every 15 minutes).

2 p.m.

  • 1/2 cup decaf tea with sugar substitute—Sip slowly (1 oz. every 15 minutes).

3 p.m.

  • 1/2 cup liquid protein supplement—Sip slowly (1 oz. every 15 minutes).

4 p.m.

  • 1/2 cup skim milk—Sip slowly (1 oz. every 15 minutes).

5 p.m.

  • 2 to 3 tablespoons strained turkey
  • 2 tablespoons mashed potato
  • 2 tablespoons pureed carrots
  • 1 chewable multivitamin tablet

6 p.m.

  • 1/2 cup sugar-free instant pudding, made with one scoop protein powder

7 p.m.

  • 1/2 cup liquid protein supplement—Sip slowly (1 oz. every 15 minutes).

8 p.m.

  • 1/2 cup water—Sip slowly (1 oz. every 15 minutes).

9 p.m.

  • 1/4 cup low-fat cottage cheese
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce with a sprinkle of cinnamon
  • 1 chewable calcium tablet

10 p.m.

  • 1/2 cup water—Sip slowly (1 oz. every 15 minutes).

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