Continuing my WLS blog series...
After day 45 on my program, Stage 4 begins. Gradually.
1000 Calorie Meal Plan - slowly work towards
- 8 protein servings
- 2 vegetable servings
- 2 fruit servings
- 1 dairy serving
- 2 fat servings
- 3 starch servings
- NO SODA!
No carbonation; it can swell in the stomach and cause damage. I do know of some people that have added it in slowly, but I'd rather not risk it.
- NO ALCOHOL for one year!
There are a few reasons for this. With the tiny stomach, you can get dangerously drunk on a tiny amount. Also Alcohol can physically damage a healing stomach. And there is a large risk of transferred addiction; since you can't use food for comfort, alcoholism could become the next struggle.
FOODS TO AVOID until 3-6 months out:
- Tough meats such as red meat, hamburger, lobster,
- or scallops, clams, and shrimp
- Raw fruits and vegetables that are stringy or have peels
- ie; celery, asparagus, oranges, pineapple, peapods, grapes
- Popcorn and nuts
- Doughy breads - toasted bread tends to be more tolerated
- Rice and pasta
- Always eat your protein first
- Then focus on vegetables and fruits
- Starches are last, if you must eat them
- Listen to your body and stop eating when full.
- It's normal not be able to eat everything in the beginning.
- Work towards an eating schedule.
- Avoid picking or grazing which can lead to weight gain.
- Have planned meals and snacks.
- Keep track of how much you are eating and drinking
- Don't drink for 30 minutes after eating
So how did I do with this? Umm...
PS: not all WLS food plans are the same.
Mine is from Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.
Yes, serving sizes are tiny!
Tough meats - I think we are used to swallowing large amounts, so it's not obvious. Before my surgery I made some meat loaves i muffin tins to try a recipe. Then I tried it again with ground turkey. What a difference! I could really chew down the turkey, but not the beef.