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Bariatric Meal 14 Weeks After Gastric Bypass

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Well, since having my Gastric bypass 14 weeks tomorrow, I wanted to share a photo of the food I am now having. I tried this meal. I managed the chicken and potato and one tomato. However, I tried lettuce but it could not stay down. Really, I’m not sure if I’ll ever be able to tolerate salad/lettuce again. Here are my results after a gastric bypass – 14 weeks check-in.

Eating After a Gastric Bypass

They say if you can’t eat a certain food then try again in a few months. I shall try the lettuce again. I really do want to be able to eat salad! This part has been extremely frustrating.

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It’s still very tough, but, I’m only sick about once or twice a week now . A few weeks ago, it would be 12-14 times a day. Yet, I’m learning how to eat slow and chew chew chew. It’s a slooowww process. Plus, I’m eating 6 small meals a day and the reality is — I won’t ever finish the plate. Honestly, I have to leave food — I can’t eat everything on my plate.

Gastric Bypass Surgery Side Effects: Eating Out

I think going out to eat is hard. I can’t enjoy a lovely, delicious meal yet. I’ve heard other bariatric patients say they manage a child-size meal — but mentally and psychologically it’s difficult to accomplish. It’s tough not being able to eat the same foods as my family or the same size meals. In addition, I can’t even eat certain healthy meals. My gastric bypass diet is not enjoyable or pleasurable right now at 14 weeks.

Gastric Bypass Surgery Risks

However, this was my choice and I did it to improve 3 things: my health, my weight and by cutting down my weight. Plus, I cut down the steroid dose which helps prevent diabetes, bone issues and other conditions. So, as hard as it is, I’ll get used to it. One day, I will enjoy the success as a bariatric patient after a gastric bypass.

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Gastric Bypass and the Liquids Phase Diet Day 1-5

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I recently underwent a gastric bypass operation and one of the many questions I am asked is what food and drinks are you allowed? From joining various support groups and online forums, I’ve quickly come to realise that the rules are different in most places. Every hospital has different guidelines, timeframes and suggestions for what should and should not be eaten, how much and when.

This post will focus on Liquids immediately after a Gastric Bypass.

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Days 1-5 The Liquid Phase

All drinks should be smooth (no bits or lumps). Some hospitals say to drink through a straw, others say don’t do this as it can add gas to the stomach, which you really don’t want after a major operation as the stomach is already filled with gas.

The most important thing is to NOT take huge gulps but to drink small sips. Start with small sips and if this feels comfortable you can gradually increase the amount you take in one go. Be careful not to gulp your drinks as this may result in vomiting.

Aim to have a minimum of 2½ litres (4 pints) each day to avoid becoming dehydrated. At least 1-1.5 litres of this should be nutritious liquids.

Avoid all fizzy drinks. Fizzy Drinks can cause gas in the stomach pouch which could result in stretching. That would not be good and would defeat the whole purpose of the gastric bypass.

Nutritious liquids

Some Nutritious liquid options are:

Skimmed or semi-skimmed milk fortified with skimmed milk powder (1-2 tablespoons per 200ml)

Slimfast powder added to skimmed milk.

Complan

Smooth soup (homemade or tinned) fortified with 1-2 tablespoons skimmed milk powder.

Homemade Smoothies. Smoothies. (Fruit blended with milk) These need to be homemade as Shop-bought varieties will be too high in sugar.

Unsweetened fruit juice (limit to 1 small glasses per day)

Example Meal Plan

Example meal plan Breakfast Fruit smoothie (200ml)

Mid morning Fruit juice (200ml) Lunch Complan or Nestle Build-Up milkshake or a glass semi-skimmed milk including 2 tbsp skimmed milk powder (200ml)

Mid afternoon Slimfast (200ml) Dinner Thin soup with 1-2 tbsp of skimmed milk powder (200ml)

Supper Nestle Build-Up milkshake or Complan (200ml)

(Plus water/tea/coffee/sugar-free squash etc in between) When you feel ready, move on to Stage 2 The Puree/blended Stage

I hope this is useful. I am not a doctor and recommend anyone who has a GASTRIC BYPASS, follows the plan given them by their dietician/surgery team. This is simply me sharing one diet plan. To read about the next phase the pureed Diet phase please read here.

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Gastric Bypass Journey One

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Gastric Bypass Journey One

Physical

Well I have 6 days to go until my Gastric Bypass and it’s day 8 of the Liver Shrinking Diet. Sticking to this diet has not been easy as I’ve felt really hungry and wanted to eat. I’m not wanting Junk food, I don’t usually eat junk anyway, I just want to eat something other than milk or eggs and a slice of ham or chicken etc. It’s not easy and I’m battling through and proud to say I have stuck to the Liver Shrinking Diet 100% so far and I am hoping for some awesome results at the end of the two weeks.

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So as I started my diet, I did get some judgemental comments and unsupportive comments from certain people, who in my opinion are just jealous that I am living my life and doing something about my heath issues. However the majority of people have been super super supportive and I’m really pleased and grateful. So thanks to everyone who has sent me kind and supportive messages.

My Husband has been really supportive. He has not eaten anything really nice in front of me to tempt me, except on Saturday night when he stopped by McDonalds on his way home and brought with him a Double Cheeseburger. I was not impressed. He could have eaten it before he came in but hey, it was just another obstacle I had to overcome.

I have been eating rather healthy for the past 18 months anyway, but when your food intake is restricted and limited it’s not easy seeing other people eat nice things in front of you.

Emotional

My biggest difficulty during the first week has been feeling hungry and accomplishing something major. I achieved a 2016 blogging goal and immediately thought “man, I’m so pleased, I need to treat myself”. Then I thought, “Oh I cant. I’ll have to give myself an hour of TV instead”. I’m trying to change my thought patterns.

It’s so so easy to reward yourself or comfort yourself with food whether it be good healthy or unhealthy. It’s a mindset we are taught from a young age. In my daughter’s class those who stayed on Green all week for good behaviour were given a hot chocolate with whipped cream and marshmallows.

I think focussing on good behaviour and praising is much better than focussing and giving attention to those who don’t behave at school. However at the same time, food rewards reinforce the thought pattern to eat for celebration. Maybe it would be better to give the kids a prize, like a pencil or a cute rubber or pencil sharpener. It’s just a thought.

My point is that in life I’ve always had the thought, to celebrate a win, an achievement or good thing with food. It’s part of the culture I grew up in but now I am going to have to change this mind set as I start to build a whole new relationship with food.

I am super super pleased with my self as i have stuck to my diet 100% and I hope to lose a small chunk of weight before the big day next week.

I am nervous but I’m not over worried. I know everything will be okay. It’s just going to be hard, and a life changer. I’m doing it for the right reasons, for my reasons. I hope to be slimmer, healthier, happier, more confident, to look good, to be able to have more energy, to reduce my steroids and increase my chances of being well enough to have a second child in 2 or 3 years time.

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Low Carb Diet After Gastric Bypass

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It’s almost been 11 months since I had my Gastric Bypass and it’s been one heck of a journey. I guess I never knew what it would be like and I didn’t know what to expect. I could only go by what I had read and heard about the procedure and so in a way I went in knowing some things but the experience is so much greater than what you’re told.

I guess the only way to explain Gastric Bypass is to say it’s like giving birth. You hear stories and learn about it but until you actually go through the labour you can’t truly know what it’s like. Likewise for Gastric Bypass and Bariatric Surgery, until you’re actually on the losers bench, it’s just all theory and that can only get you so far.

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Eating Low Carb Foods

So one of the subjects I’d like to focus on today is the issue of ditching the Carbs after Gastric Bypass. Immediately after bariatric surgery you go onto a liquid diet, followed by the pureed diet and then the soft food diet.

A bariatric diet allows for carbs however I’ve always been told it’s the last thing to eat. Whether your on pureed or soft foods or are now able to eat solid foods once more the advice is the same. Firstly you eat the protein, followed by vegetables and then if you have room in your pouch you can have carbs.

Switch Carbs For High Protein Foods

Eating protein after Gastric bypass is super important. It’s needed for the body to repair and to maintain muscle and strength as you lose weight. Filling up on protein can really help the body to feel fuller for longer and is a really important focus for bariatric patients.

I’ve always been told by my dietician, if I can fill up on protein and veg then I won’t need the carbs and the less carbs the better for weight loss. However, for me carbs are often my favourite part of the meal. I love potatoes, rice, pasta and bread so not having any at all is not going to work for me. Instead I have a very small amount of carbs which I do save for last and enjoy.

If I’m having a casserole, I’ll eat the meat, then veg and then a small potato. Likewise, with spaghetti bolognese or a pasta dish, I will now serve much more protein onto my plate and have a very small serving of pasta. Some people after gastric bypass won’t be able to tolerate pasta. I can, however I cannot eat noodles. It’s different for everyone!

We now add beans and lentils to our meals to increase the protein and add few if little carbs.

Cutting down on carbs is not easy for me. I really do like potato and rice and so I guess like with any food, moderation is the key.

Can I ditch the carbs completely?

No, I can’t!

I think if I quit carbs completely I’d end up feeling like I’m missing out and then want them even more. If I just have a small amount per meal, it satisfies and I feel better about it.

The key for me is moderation.

I still love sandwiches,  however I don’t eat certain bread anymore. I don’t eat wrap or tortilla bread and avoid white bread. If I really want a sandwich I will get a thin or brown bread and cut off the crusts which I now see as extra calories I don’t need.

I’ll put plenty of protein, lean meats or low-fat cheese into the sandwich and lots of salad items. I can then enjoy a sandwich which has a higher portion of protein and veg to carbs.

After gastric bypass you avoid fried and fatty foods. I don’t eat anything like chips or fries anymore. If I really fancy something special I might have half a jacket potato or a few wedges. I guess it’s not about ditching the carbs altogether but rather about ditching certain carbs which are cooked in certain ways.

I’ll still have a few spoons of rice with a meal but I’m not going to go and eat a huge risotto. I no longer really have a desire for pasta based meals too. I don’t fancy ever having lasagna again, but if I were to have it, I’d make my own sauces which were low in sugar and make it a protein, bean and veg lasagna instead.

I guess having a Gastric bypass is a tool. It helps me to eat less carbs but I have to make the choices of which carbs to eat if I do have them. Carbohydrates are now a little extra added to a meal, rather than a carb based meal. It’s not easy getting used to these changes but it’s important and will help me to hopefully lose more weight.

I’ll continue to try and focus on the protein and veg and hopefully find some lovely low carb or no carb recipes to try out in the coming months.

Low Carb Recipes

Do you have a favourite no carb meal? Have you ditched the carbs or do you need a few to keep you going like me? Here are a few low carb recipes that you may find super useful!

(Since spending two almost two weeks in hospital over the Christmas/New Year period I have regained 10 pounds. I’m back to 16 Stone which I’m not pleased about but am working towards losing it all over again)

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