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The Bariatric Surgery Diet

Shortly after undergoing a surgical weight loss procedure the diet that must be followed can be strict. You must adhere to the liquid diet, high protein intake, and soft foods that allow you to ease back into normal eating. But what happens when normal eating commences? The trick is to change the way we approach eating.

A healthy stir fry

Once a patient has been recovering from surgery for over six months a regular palette of foods can fully be introduced. Surely there will be foods that still foods that you may find your body not tolerating as well as others such as red meats, breads, dried fruits, and raw vegetables. Low fat, low sugar foods are easy to process, and the variety within those parameters is enormous. Sticking to a 900-1000 calorie per day, along with roughly 2 liters of water, limit during this period will help you lose weight fast.

On initial glace, the description of food intake and food variety might seem slim or unappealing, but that is far from the case. The amount of foods you can eat are quite plentiful, in fact.

The University of Wisconsin put together some recipes for people who have had bariatric surgery. You might find that they might appeal to your regular tastes.
Here are two highlights:

Creamy Alfredo Sauce


4 Tablespoons fat-free margarine
1 cup fat-free sour cream
¼ cup egg substitute
1 cup grated parmesan cheese (or some other strong-flavored cheese)
Pinch of ground nutmeg
Salt and pepper to taste

Melt margarine over medium heat
Add sour cream
Reduce heat to low and whisk until margarine is incorporated into sour cream
Add egg substitute and continue to whisk (if heat is too high eggs will scramble!!!)
When completely mixed, add cheese and continue stirring until cheese is melted into mixture
. Remove from heat
Add nutmeg and season to taste

Calories: 105
Fat: 4 grams
Protein: 8 grams
Carbohydrate: 7 grams
Cholesterol: 14 mg
Sodium: 387 mg
Sugar: 4 grams

Broccoli, Egg and Cheese Bake


6 large eggs
4 oz light margarine
½ pound low-fat cheddar cheese
6 Tablespoons flour
2 pounds nonfat cottage cheese
10 oz frozen, chopped broccoli (thawed)
1 teaspoon salt
1 dash black pepper
1 dash paprika (optional)
4 oz jar chopped pimento (optional)
½ cup sliced mushrooms, fresh or canned (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Combine all ingredients
Spray 2-quart casserole dish with cooking spray
Place combined ingredients in prepared pan and bake for 90 minutes
Serve hot

Calories: 115
Fat: 5 grams
Protein: 12 grams
Carbohydrate: 5 grams
Cholesterol: 75 mg
Sodium: 419 mg
Sugar: 2 grams

These are low fat, low calorie, high protein ways to eat well after bariatric surgery. Be in good health. If you still have questions please feel free to call our office at (516) 616-5500 or fill out our contact form to start a conversation now.

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