Post-Op Bariatric Surgery Diet: Clear Liquids – First 7 Days of Surgery
Hi and Welcome to Mexico Bariatric Center. I’m Prudence Ticknor, bariatric dietitian, and Health Coach. Today we are discussing the first phase of the post-surgery meal plan; clear liquids.
After surgery your body needs time to rest and adjust to the changes so you will gradually incorporate foods back into your meal plan as your stomach completely heals which usually takes approx. 6 weeks. There are 4 phases of the post-surgery diet. The first being clear liquids. This phase goes from 2 to 7 days after surgery. The reason there is a range of the phases after surgery is because each person is different and you heal and adapt at different rates. It is very important for you to learn to be mindful and listen to your body; it will tell you when it is ready to go to the next phase. The first goal after surgery is to get and stay hydrated. Your goal is to be able to consume 48 to 64 oz. of fluids before moving to the next phase. Clear liquids are anything that is transparent; you can see through like herbal tea, apple juice, broths, and jello. I recommend getting a low sugar juice like Honest Kids; it only has 10 grams of sugar per serving versus the 28 grams of most juices. If you buy regular juice, just dilute 50/50 with water. Being mindful not to consume too much sugar at one time will help with minimizing the chances of diarrhea or nausea that sometimes comes post surgery. To assist with being able to get the minimum requirement of 48 ounces of fluids, avoid any extremes like too hot or too cold. Having warm teas or broths and room temperature water or juices is the best option. The other thing that will assist you is having something warm first thing when you wake up; this helps in relaxing the stomach muscles.
After surgery you will not be able to gulp fluids anymore, so train yourself to sip throughout the day. After surgery it will be significant for you to be sipping fluids constantly to get the proper amount to keep you hydrated.
Overall your clear liquids will consist of water, any broth, any herbal tea, juices like apple, grape or cranberry, jello or popsicles. If you want to add lemon to your tea that would be fine, this will decrease the acidity of the drink; although lemons are acidic, they have the opposite effect in our bodies and help in creating an alkaline environment.
A lot of people ask me about clear liquid protein. You don’ t need to take them during this phase but if you want to use for a variety it’s fine. Examples would be the whey protein bullets or is pure. Remember your goal during this phase is rest for your body and hydration.
What you can not have , these are no’s is soda or any carbonated beverages and coffee not even decaf. After surgery your stomach is very sensitive and many people have problems with nausea and acid reflux. Because coffee is acidic it can exasperate the acid reflux. You want to wait a minimum of 30 days before you attempt to incorporate coffee back into your meal plan. If you are having any type of acid reflux do not use coffee until this goes away.
When you are quickly drinking 64 ounces and feel hungry, your body is telling you it is ready for phase 2, which is thick liquids.
Feel free to join our Facebook support page for more information or view the post-surgical meal plan for specific guidelines which you can print out from our website ; Links are below. Here at Mexico bariatric center our goal is to take this journey with you and provide you with excellent care with both pre and post-surgical support.
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