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Traveling as a new post-op

If you have/had a summer surgery date, chances are you’ll be going away from home at some point soon after your WLS.  Two months after my RNY, we went to Lancaster PA for a long weekend.  At that point, I was still on soft foods, and still feeling my way around what I could eat, and what was a real bad idea to try.

The first night, we ate in a chain restaurant that was near our hotel, and if memory serves, the only thing they had on the menu that would qualify as semi-soft protein was a dish of cottage cheese.  Breakfast at the hotel was a bit easier, as they always had scrambled eggs, but while on the train tour, the snack bar had nothing but fried junk. 

That’s about how all four days of eating went.  My point is (yes, yes, I do have one!) you cannot count on being able to find appropriate foods in restaurants when you are a newbie.  If you’re traveling, it’s a must to pack protein!  Either buy the individual protein packets, or measure out Imageindividual scoops into little snack size bags.  Another good way to carry protein powder is in those little formula containers that hold 3 servings.

Make sure you also bring a shaker bottle, and a small bottle of dish soap so you can was your bottle out in the sink.  One good choice of protein powder is Nectar.  The Grab n’ Go are already pre-measured, but better yet, they mix so easily in just plain water.   I always like to take the Crystal Light individual servings with me on trips too.  It’s a good way to flavor up a glass of water at the table. 

As long as you have plenty of protein with you, you don’t have to worry if there is nothing pouch worth when you make a pit stop with the family to eat!  And speaking of pouch worthy, here is my newest protein drink!

ImageFruit Pie Protein Shake

1/2 cup frozen blueberries

6-8 pitted cherries

1 cup skim milk

1 scoop EAS Vanilla Protein Powder

3 packets splenda

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

pinch of nutmeg

Add all ingredients to blender and blend until smooth.  Enjoy icy cold.

*approximate nutrition:  224 calories, 21g protein, 13g sugar




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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