At Tijuana Bariatric Center, our team is always focused on immediate health concerns and long-term wellness. This is why we place a lot of attention on bariatric surgery recovery, particularly when it comes to diet and exercise.
We'd like to continue our look at bariatric surgery recovery right now by consider a patient's diet in their third week after surgery.
As you may remember, weeks one and two of your diet after bariatric surgery is primarily focused on liquids and the reincorporation of protein into your diet. This is to help get your body accustomed to the new size of your stomach and the nature of your revised stomach pouch.
By taking things slowly, you can avoid serious pain and discomfort that may occur from forcing yourself to eat solids too soon. This changes by week three.
In week three after bariatric surgery, patients will be able to eat select softened foods and blended foods. This means that many protein sources can now come from actual meats and food items rather than from protein powder in shakes. Patients should chew their food thoroughly since they are still in the process of recovery.
There is a wide array of foods that can be added to one's diet by week three. Consider the following recommendations below when it comes to your nutritional needs.
Sources of Protein
Starches and Grains
Fruits and Vegetables
In general, patients will want to avoid the following in week three:
You should also plan on hydrating between meals rather than during. Drinking water is important for proper healing and bodily function.
As you are continuing to recover, be sure to chew thoroughly, savor your food, and take things slow. You should never force yourself to eat too much or to return to all solid foods at this point. Pay attention to your body and its needs, and be sure to express concerns to us if you have any with regard to your diet and feelings of wellness.
Now that you have access to more foods in your diet, you will be able to explore new eating options. There are plenty of websites out there that can recommend some recipes and diet tips for this soft food phase of healing. This also prepares you for life moving forward following bariatric surgery and what kinds of eating options are out there for you.
For more information about bariatric surgery and what you can do to lose weight safely and efficiently, be sure to contact our weight loss surgery center today. The team at Tijuana Bariatric Center will help you achieve a healthier body mass and all of your health and wellness goals.