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Gastric bypass diet is a special diet for people who hadgastric bypass surgery. This type of surgery actually changes your anatomy, orthe anatomy of your stomach at least, and you need to face some serious changesin your eating habits.

After the surgical procedure is over and you start therecovery process, your doctor will address you to the professional dietitian whocan help you create the plan for your diet. He or she will advise you what toeat and what to avoid, how much and which food to eat for every meal of theday, and even how to prepare the food suitable for your stomach after thesurgery.

You should know that there are different phases of the dietafter the gastric bypass surgery. Adaptation of your own body to the new circumstancesand new ways of food digestion usually dictates the tempo of the diet stages. Inmost cases it takes about 3 months to get back to the solid, regular food withnormal texture.

Liquid Diet

This is the first stage of the gastric bypass diet, and itusually involves people who just had the surgery done. It lasts for a day ortwo, until the staple line starts to heal. After that time, the diet isconsisted of liquids on the room temperature, usually some broths, strainedcream soups, milk and unsweetened gelatin or juice. It is recommend to sip thefluids very slowly and to take only 2 to 3 ounces at a time (which isabout 59 to 89ml).

Pureed Food

When you can tolerate liquid food, doctors and dietitianswill introduce some pureed food to your menu. You can now take some softfruits and vegetables, egg whites, fish, lean meat, beans and yogurt. These shouldbe blended with some liquid, and you can choose from: skimmed milk, water, unsweetenedjuice, some fat free gravy or broth. Avoid spices and milk products at thispoint of the diet, or use it very carefully and in very small amounts.

Soft Solid Food

Pureed foods should be used for several weeks and once yourdoctor approves, you can start with some soft solid food. Mash the food withthe fork, and you can eat diced meat, cooked vegetables or even some fruits.

Solid Food

Eight weeks after the surgery, if you were able to tolerateall the food so far, you can integrate some solid food to the menu. Spicesand crunchy food might still be difficult to digest, so be careful with thesetypes of food. It’s advisable to avoid popcorns, breads, nuts, seeds, driedfruits, granola, tough meat, carbonated drinks and fibrous vegetables.

Additional Tips

Always eat small amounts of food, eat slowly and chew thefood you eat. Choose the food rich in proteins and avoid high sugar and high fat food.Between the meals remember to take some liquids and drink slowly. Whenintroducing something new to the menu always be careful and watch for thereaction of your body. Use recommended mineral and vitamin supplements regularly.

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