For long term success after bariatric surgery it is important to follow a balanced and to include a variety of food and food groups.
Tips to keep in mind:
- Continue to reach daily protein (60-80 grams) and fluid goals (64 oz). Keeping food logs can help you track your intake and can be done on paper or online (fitday.com, myfitnesspal.com)
- Continue to practice mindful eating, use smaller plates, baby-spoons or chopsticks to help slow down your eating
- Take your time incorporating foods into your diet plan, add only 1 new food at a time to better understand which foods you can and cannot tolerate
- Continue to take as directed, your multivitamin/mineral, calcium with added Vitamin D, and vitamin B12 supplements. It is ok to switch to non-chewable if desired
- Continuing to focus on meeting protein goals is important. We recommend choosing lean meats and low fat/non-fat dairy products the majority of the time
Other components in a healthy diet include:
- Whole grains, fruits and vegetables
- Continue to choose low sugar and low fat foods
- Everyone's needs will vary, but once you reach a weight maintenance phase you will likely be eating:60-80 + grams of protein including 2-3 dairy per day (8 oz = 1 serving)3-5 vegetables/fruits per day (1/2 cup = 1 serving)3 grains per day (1/2 cup or 1 slice = 1 serving)
It is important to keep yourself involved in support groups and to schedule regular visits with the Dietitians and other members of the OHSU team according to the post-op visit guidelines or any additional visits as often as you feel they are needed.We encourage you to contact us with any questions and are always able to schedule appointments as needed to help.