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Post-op diet, stage 3a

Monday, February 01, 2016

After two weeks of clear liquids and protein shakes, I was thrilled to finally start eating "soft texture" foods.

The following is from the Stage 3 handout:

This stage gradually re-introduces soft foods to your system. You will still rely on protein shakes but will start experimenting with new textures.

Fluid Goal: Aim for 48-64 ounces daily
Protein Goal: 60-70 grams/day
Protein Shakes: Aim for 2-3 protein shakes daily

Soft Texture Foods:
Protein - Choose 3-4 per day
- 3 oz fat-free Greek yogurt (without fruit chunks)
- 1/4 cup low-fat cottage cheese or part-skim ricotta cheese
- 1/2 cup tofu
Non-Protein - Choose 2-3 per day
- 8 oz fat-free or light yogurt
- 1/2 cup applesauce (unsweetened)
- 1/2 cup canned pears or peaches (no syrup)
- 1/2 banana, mashed
- 1/2 cup cooked oatmeal, cream of wheat, or farina
- 1/2 cup sugar-free/fat-free pudding
Please Note: Breads, rice, pasta, red meat, and most fruits and vegetables are not part of Stage 3.

If food feels 'stuck' in your chest, don't panic and don't drink water. Stay calm, move around, and it will pass. Afterwards, think about what might have gone wrong... Were you eating too fast? Was the food dry? Too tough? Not chewed well??

My choices were primarily Greek yogurt, ricotta cheese and applesauce. Tofu? *shudder* No thanks. And I never bothered with cream of wheat or oatmeal because they didn't satisfy my protein or water requirements, and my tiny new tummy could only hold so much.

At this stage, I was happy with trying baked ricotta, or mixing vanilla yogurt & applesauce. Yum! And I was totally delighted with how fast I was losing! This was the third week post-op and I felt GOOD! Zero regrets!

Well, except that I'd have to go back to work. The time off was wonderful. I spent a lot of time on-line, collecting recipes, finding blogs, and talking to others like me on various forums.

Another thing I did was to buy some small plates and bowls, and some appetizer forks and spoons. They really help.


Stage 3a only lasts a week. Check back soon to hear about 3B!


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No pain. Well, it hurt for a few days to go from lying down to sitting up, and a few gas pains, but that's it.

And as for hunger, it was only head hunger, but even then it wasn't much because it was such an exciting adventure!


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