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Bariatric Surgery Recovery Diet: Week Three

A fruit juicer and fruitsAt 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.

Weeks One and Two Lead Up to This

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.

A Soft Food/Blended Food Diet

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.

Recommended Foods for Week Three

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

  • Turkey breast
  • Chicken breast
  • Eggs
  • Fish
  • Shellfish
  • Low-fat deli meats
  • Low-fat cheese
  • Creamy soups with minced meat

Starches and Grains

  • Hot cereals
  • Softened and unsweetened cereals in skim milk
  • Baked potatoes
  • Yams
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Boiled noodles

Fruits and Vegetables

  • Bananas
  • Soft and skinned fruits
  • Canned fruit
  • Cooked/canned vegetables

What to Avoid

In general, patients will want to avoid the following in week three:

  • Bread
  • Fruit skin
  • Vegetable skin
  • Seeds
  • Raw, fibrous vegetables
  • Carbonated beverages

You should also plan on hydrating between meals rather than during. Drinking water is important for proper healing and bodily function.

Continue to Take Things Slowly and Conservatively

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.

Variety Expands, and So Do Your Eating Options

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.

Contact Tijuana Bariatric Center

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.

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