Gastric Bypass Basics

Make sure to eat slowly. It should take approximately 30 minutes to eat each meal. Chewing slowly and thoroughly is essential During each meal, eat protein first, followed by fruits and vegetables, and then grains last. Your diet should be high in protein and low in refined carbohydrates. Avoid concentrated sweets. This includes ice cream, cookies, pies, cakes, fruit juice and soft drinks Limit fats since they can lead to nausea and weight gain. This includes cheese, peanut butter and luncheon meats. It is important to remember that the stomach can only hold ½ to 1 cup of food. Avoid snacking (‘grazing’) and opt for 4-6 small nutrient-dense meals per day. Drink at minimum 6-8 cups of non-calorie fluid per day to prevent both dehydration and constipation. Sip slowly and make sure to not drink it all at one time. Stop drinking liquids 15 minutes prior to a meal and make sure NOT to drink with meals. You can resume drinking liquids 1 hour after a meal If you are unable to tolerate dairy, substitute Lactaid for milk. You may need to take Lactase pills with dairy to help digest the lactose. Stop eating when you feel full. If you ignore this, vomiting will follow.


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