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PHASE II Diet – Three Weeks after Surgery

BLENDED/PUREED DIET

You will now progress to a blended/pureed diet. You can now add foods to your full liquid diet. The following is a list of what would be acceptable at this point.

      • Thicker Soups: Split pea, Lentil, Vegetable, 98% Fat-free Cream soups.
      • Fruits: Very ripe banana, applesauce (no sugar added) cooked fruit.
      • Vegetables: Cooked well, so that they are very soft – peas, beans, beets, carrots, squash. Avoid potatoes as they are high in carbohydrates.
      • Soy Protein: Boca Burger or Gardenburger blended or pureed or Tofu which can be blenderized into shakes or soups to add protein.
      • Poultry or Fish: Blended to the consistency of pate or chopped liver
      • Eggs, Whole or Whites: soft boiled, poached or scrambled very easy
      • Egg Substitutes: Eggbeaters, Better than Eggs, etc.
      • Cottage Cheese: 1% or fat free
      • Nut Butters: Peanut butter, almond butter, soy butter: natural without added sugar.

Chew all your food well at least 25 times. If you have dentures, be sure to cut your food into very small pieces and chew it thoroughly. If you don’t follow these precautions, you may experience vomiting, stomach irritation and swelling. You could also have obstruction of the small gastric pouch. If solid foods cause nausea and vomiting, go back to the liquid diet you had earlier. Then you can slowly add soft foods and eventually transition to solid foods. Vomiting may increase the incidence of band slippage, stomach slippage or stretching of the small stomach pouch above the band. IF VOMITING AND NAUSEA PERSIST, CALL YOUR DOCTOR IMMEDIATELY.

Think of your new pouch as shaped like a funnel. You can pour any liquid into this funnel and it will run through and out the bottom. The same thing happens with your pouch when you only consume liquids. So you do not want to drink your calories or overeat.

BLENDED/PUREED DIET

SAMPLE MENU

Beginning ½ hour before a meal and 45 minutes after a meal, drink water and other no calorie or sugar-free, non-carbonated beverages in between meals.

BETWEEN MEAL LIQUIDS

BREAKFAST

8:00 am ½ Hard-boiled egg, mashed and seasoned

½ cup pureed apple sauce

¼ cup high protein oatmeal

BETWEEN MEAL LIQUIDS

MID-MORNING ½ cup prepared protein supplement shake

BETWEEN MEAL LIQUIDS

LUNCH

12:00 noon ½ cup pureed breast of chicken (no skin, baked, broiled or

grilled)

½ cup sugar free pudding (high protein)

BETWEEN MEAL LIQUIDS

MID-AFTERNOON ½ cup low-fat or non-fat yogurt

¼ cup blended homemade cooked fruit or very ripe banana

BETWEEN MEAL LIQUIDS

DINNER

5:00 pm ¼ cup pureed pork or fish with fat-free broth

¼ cup pureed cooked green beans

¼ cup cooked squash

1 teaspoon olive oil

BETWEEN MEAL LIQUIDS

EVENING SNACK ½ cup pureed non-fat cottage cheese or tofu

½ cup fruit juice or pureed cooked fruit

In between meals, drink at least 6-8 cups of water and any other no calorie or sugar-free, non-carbonated beverages.

  • EAT 6 small liquid, and blended meals each day, but add one solid food item at one meal the first day. Add one more solid food item each day.

ALL NEW FOODS NEED TO BE SOFT, COOKED OR CANNED.

  • AVOID all raw fruit and vegetables, nuts, popcorn, pickles, olives or relishes.

 

  • RECORD all new foods and any problems you have with them in a food diary and let your doctor know of any problems or questions you may have.

 

  • CHEW your food very well before swallowing. The consistency of the food should be liked mashed potatoes. Make sure that each bite is very small (as if you were feeding a baby) and continue to eat small amounts slowly. Eat about 2 Tablespoons over 10-15 minutes.

 

  • CONTINUE to take your multiple vitamins, calcium supplements, iron and B12 supplement as directed.

 

  • DRINK at least 6 cups (48 ounces) of water and other low/no calorie fluids between meals.

 

  • AVOID beverages that have alcohol or caffeine and those that are carbonated.

 

  • REMEMBER, don’t use a straw or chew gum

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