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Eating Guidelines

Your doctor will more than likely give you eating guidelines similar to the ones outlined below:


Following a healthy diet is an important component in your long-term weight loss success. Eating nutrient-rich foods before surgery is just as important as eating nutrient-rich foods after surgery; you want to make the calories count. During each nutrition class and pre and post-operative appointments, the dietitian will review diet plans and meal planning strategies. The dietitian will provide the necessary material as you progress through the program. Before and after surgery it is important that you:

You need to think of your stomach as being “brand-new”; a lot of foods will not be tolerated in the weeks and months post-op. The main goal after surgery is to meet your protein and fluid needs. After surgery you will be following specific dietary guidelines in order for your body to adequately heal. You will progress from clear liquids to solid foods within a six week period; solid foods are slowly introduced back into your diet.

Mindful eating:

Mindful eating is eating when we are hungry and stopping when we are full. It is seeing food as nourishment, and pleasure. It is learning to savor the flavor and appreciate the textures, smells, and presentation of food. Mindful eating is eating good quality and proper quantity of foods.

Practice being a mindful eater. This skill takes time to develop so do not give up. Start by initiating one (or all) of these tips:

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