Following a gastric bypass or any bariatric surgery, you will need to follow a special diet. During the first 5 days you may be on a liquid only diet. Then as you progress onto foods you will begin with foods that are smooth in texture. These are called pureed food.
When the stomach has undergone major bariatric surgery it will take time to heal. As a result, you can’t eat any food with lumps. It would simply be too painful and put the tummy at risk. Here are some top tips for following a pureed food diet at the start of your gastric bypass journey. As mentioned, Pureed food bariatric style is the second stage after a liquid-only diet.
What Is Puree?
Puree is liquidised food without and lumps and bumps.
How To Puree Food
Have you ever made puree? It’s really very simple and easy to Puree food. You simply pop your meat, veg or protein into a blender, add a little stock and blend.
If you want to know how to make a vegetable puree, there are some fantastic pureed food recipes for adults over on The Organic Kitchen!
Pureed Food Ideas for Adults After Gastric Bypass
- Avoid lumps at this stage.
- Blend foods together for flavour. It may be a good idea to purchase a blender or a blending stick. This can really help during the puree food stage following weight loss surgery.
- In terms of texture, it is good to aim for the same consistency you would find in yogurt.
- Aim to have 1-2 tablespoons of pureed food per meal and increase slowly until you reach 4 tablespoons.
- Make sure you eat at least four to six meals a day.
- Try to get good nutrition in your pureed foods. The more nutrients the better.
- Eat your pureed foods slowly and stop as soon as you feel full.
- Don’t drink at the same time as meals. You should drink at least 30 minutes before a meal or wait until 30 minutes after you have eaten. If you try to drink after eating, you could have serious discomfort and pain.
- Make sure you include a protein source at each meal. There are plenty of high protein foods to choose from chicken and fish to beans and lentils. Finding a good source of protein to add to your bariatric menu will not only help you to fill your pouch, it will help with the healing process and support you as your wounds heal.
- Try to increase your milk intake during the pureed food stage of your bariatric weight loss journey. Milk is nutritious and will help you to remain hydrated. You can add milk to your pureed foods to add additional goodness.
What are your struggles with eating foods after gastric bypass? Comment below as I’d love to hear from you.