Those who’ve recently undergone a weight loss surgery are probably feeling great about their newly trimmed bodies, but that’s hardly the end of it. Be it gastric banding, gastric bypass, or sleeve gastrectomy, your body becomes oversensitive to food after the surgery.
With your stomach a lot smaller now, you need to eat controlled portions, if not you could suffer from nausea, vomiting or constipation.
But its not just about how much you eat—what you eat is equally important. You must focus on foods that are lighter and healthier, making it easier for the stomach to break them down. If you don’t take adequate care, you could put on weight again.
Support your surgery by following a nourishing, protein-rich diet that expedites the healing process. Here’s a list of foods that you can, and must, include in your meals.
Enjoy a bowl of this steaming hot drink. However, it needs to be clear, without any bits of tofu, vegetables, noodles or meat. Ensure that it is low on sodium, with nothing more than 140 mg of salt. Chicken, beef or vegetable and bone broths are easy on the stomach and high on protein, essential for a quick recovery.
Another important source of protein, dairy is great for the healing process after a weight loss surgery. Avoid full-fat cream and fatty cheese, and opt for skimmed milk, fat-free soy milk, blended low-fat cottage cheese, part-skimmed ricotta cheese, and light yogurt.
All green smoothies instantly hydrate the skin, reducing puffiness and lending an inherent glow. Blend 4 celery stalks, 1 bunch of parsley, 2 handfuls of spinach, 2 carrots, 1 apple, 1 beetroot, 1/2 a handful of kale, along with a little lemon and ginger for taste, and you’re done.
Before you resume your regular diet, start having soft foods such as boiled veggies, scrambled eggs, finely ground tuna, minced tender chicken, or shrimp. These can easily be incorporated into a gravy or a sauce.
As soon as your body starts taking down liquids easily, you can move onto pureed food. Try soups made of beef, chicken, turkey or vegetables like spinach, carrot, and beans. Cooked cereal, custard and pudding, melons, pineapple, and apricot will also do.