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A Shopping List for Bariatric Surgery Recovery

An apple and a measuring tapeWhenever a patient comes to Tijuana Bariatric Center, we want to make sure they are familiar with what life after surgery is like. We always offer tips and insight for healing and life after bariatric surgery. By knowing what's ahead, patients can make a confident decision about bariatric surgery and prepare for what's head.

The most practical advice we offer patients involves what groceries they should buy after the surgery in order to address their dietary changes. With that in mind, here's a general shopping list to consider for bariatric recovery. More detailed information can be provided during the consultation process.

Liquids and Beverages to Stock Up On

In first week of post-op recovery, patients will be on a strict clear-liquids-only diet. That means during the first week, patients should stock up on the following:

  • Crystal Light
  • Broths (chicken, vegetable, beef, etc.)
  • Sugar-free popsicles
  • Sugar-free Jello-O

As patients continue to recover and incorporate pureed foods, they will be able to drink thicker liquids and creamy liquids. Consider these food items as potential parts of a week two shopping list:

  • Protein shakes
  • Low-fat almond milk
  • Light almond milk
  • Light soy milk
  • Light yogurt smoothies
  • Non-fat milk
  • Low-fat milk

Soft Foods to Consider Early in Recovery

By week two, patients will be able to ingest very soft and creamy solid foods. For this stage of recovery, consider adding these items to your shopping list:

  • Creamy soups
  • Greek yogurt
  • Sugar-free yogurt
  • Sugar-free pudding
  • Low-fat cottage cheese
  • Ricotta cheese

Solid Foods to Purchase for Weeks Three and Four

As you continue to recovery after weight loss surgery, you'll be able to add soft foods and pureed foods to your diet. Eventually, you'll be able to eat many foods without the aid of your blender. Consider these foods listed below for this stage of healing:

  • Eggs
  • Tofu
  • Fat-free gravy
  • Cooked and mashed beans
  • Turkey
  • Chicken breast
  • Tuna
  • Salmon
  • Plain oatmeal
  • Hummus

Fruits and Vegetables to Buy

As you return to solid foods, it's important to have fruits and vegetables in your diet as well as lean proteins. In terms of fruits, you can consider the following when you're able to ingest pureed foods and once you are ready to return to solids:

  • Apples/applesauce
  • Pears
  • Peaches
  • Mandarin oranges

As for vegetables, these healthy additions to your diet are encouraged:

  • Green beans
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Broccoli
  • Spinach
  • Kale

Keep in mind that it's best for these vegetables to be cooked until they are soft, making them easier to ingest and digest for bariatric surgery patients.

Your Shopping List for Years to Come

Once you've fully healed, you'll be able to eat many of the favorite foods you've missed. It's important to keep things healthy, however. With that in mind, many of the food items and beverages listed above will be staples of your diet for the many years to come.

Knowing this, you'll note that you have plenty of options when it comes to preparing tasty, healthy, flavorful meals in the future. You can find a number of smart and simple recipes online for good eats after weight loss surgery.

Contact Tijuana Bariatric Center

For more information about bariatric surgery and how it can help you be healthier and fitter, be sure to contact the weight loss surgery specialists at Tijuana Bariatric Center today. The team at our practice will happily answer all of your questions and address your concerns.

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