Bariatric Eating & Meal Plans
Combine Rex Bariatric Specialists’ staged bariatric eating plan with a suitable exercise regimen to keep your weight loss on track after bariatric surgery. You’ll start with clear liquids for the first two days after your procedure, and add bariatric vitamins and broth or bouillon on your third day. Begin eating pureed food after 10 to 14 days; advance to a soft diet within a few more weeks, and then gradually reintroduce solid foods .
Bariatric Surgery Diet
Gain the most from your surgery, and head off complications such as nausea, by learning to:
- Eat slowly (30-45 minutes for a full meal).
- Chew fully (at least 30 times per bite).
- Take smaller bites.
- Avoid drinking for 30 minutes before or after eating.
Pay attention to signs of fullness, such as pressure just below your ribs or heartburn. Overeating even a little can trigger vomiting. Get used to measuring your food, and wait a few minutes before you finish eating to decide whether you’re satisfied. Turn to our registered dietitians for ongoing nutrition counseling.
Avoid Certain Foods
Eat foods high in protein and nutrients—especially foods included in our bariatric recipes. Stay away from foods that may be hard to tolerate, including:
- Carbonated beverages
- Corn and legumes
- Dried fruit
- Fried foods
- Skins from fresh fruit
- Sugary foods
Replace desserts with fresh fruit or sorbet, and give up alcohol. When possible, choose foods that are broiled, grilled, baked, steamed or poached, rather than fried. Try to avoid vegetables and meats cooked with fats.
Follow your care team’s instructions on taking vitamin and mineral supplements. You’ll need these for the rest of your life to help your altered stomach absorb all the nutrients your body needs.
Feel comfortable eating out with friends and family, but take charge of what you order. Plan ahead and research restaurants’ menus whenever possible. Don’t be afraid to ask questions or request exceptions that are not on the menu, including:
- Smaller portions, shared entrees or children’s menu sizes
- Sauces or dressings on the side, added sparingly or not at all
- Non-fat or low-fat options
Holiday Eating Choices
Stay focused on your meal plan during the holiday season, when more food options (especially less-healthy choices) are available at social events, parties and celebrations. Eat before you attend a holiday gathering to protect yourself against overeating once you get there. Enjoy the company of your family and friends away from the food buffet.
The following restaurants have met with Rex dietitians to review the menus and modify options for bariatric friendly meals. The restaurants have agreed to the following standards: low fat, low sugar and options to avoid bread, rice, and pastas. No specific nutrition analysis has been calculated on the identified meals.
Ruckus Pizza The bariatric friendly menu is for the Cary and Morrisville locations only.