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Stick to your food phase!

Before your bariatric surgery, you will see a dietician who will give you a very specific list of foods you can eat right after your surgery.  Typically phase 1 is liquids, 2-3 oz at a time, first clear liquids, then “full” liquids.  Phase 2 is normally pureed foods, phase 3 soft solids, and phase 4 solids. 

I can’t stress enough how important it is to follow the guidelines you were given!  No matter how good you feel, you’ve gotta stick to the list!  I’ll use myself as an example.  Three weeks post-op, I’m feeling like purees just aren’t cutting it and eager to move on to phase 3.  So I scramble myself an egg, and mash it up really well with a fork, figuring that was close enough to purees, and I was going to be moving on in a few days anyway.  It would be okay.  WRONG!  It was my first experience with dumping.  I thought I was going to die on the spot, and spent the next 45 minutes in agony. 

Trust the phase list your doc gave you!  They know what they are talking about and what is best for your body!  I’ve heard several stories like my own, people trying to jump ahead a bit early, and it never ends well.  One post-op who was four weeks post op told me he did good with most foods but bread.  BREAD?!  At four weeks out?!  Please, for your own safety, stay in the phase you’re supposed to be in, for the whole time you’re supposed to be in it. 



Hello, I'm Kate, and I'm a 10 year gastric bypass post-op. I started this blog, as well as my nutritional website, to help other bariatric surgery post-op's on their journey as well as pre-op's with their decision if bariatric surgery is right for them or not.

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