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Post-op diet, stage 4

Friday, February 05, 2016

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 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...

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Stay tuned!

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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.

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  • SEAGLASS1215
    I am surprised by the "tough meat" - scallops, seem so soft to me, but I guess it's not the texture so much as what it can do inside our stomach?

    The guidelines and meal plan seem to have some great advice one can use even if they have not had WLS: tracking, having an eating schedule with no grazing, higher protein, stop eating when full...

    Looking forward to the next blog of how you did with Stage 4!
    1137 days ago
    Is stage 4 the last stage? I mean will you be doing this for life?

    Why is there such an emphasis on proteins?

    1138 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/5/2016 11:02:39 AM
    Your food list seems like it would total more that 1000 calories.
    With my serving portions, it would seem to total 1700 or so. Maybe your serving sizes are very, very small?
    1138 days ago
  • KDAVIS836
    Good luck.
    1138 days ago
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