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Post-Bariatric Surgery Nutrition: Stage 3

On week 4, you can continue consuming the foods from Stages 1 and 2 and begin adding in soft foods. During this time, your gut is still healing, so you'll likely only be able to consume a couple of ounces per meal. You should be reaching the protein goal given to you by your bariatric surgeon every day.

How to eat during Stage 3:

  • Eat every three to four hours (breakfast, midmorning snack, lunch, midafternoon snack, dinner, nighttime snack)
  • Expect to eat a couple of ounces of food every meal.
  • Take 20 – 30 minutes to thoroughly chew and swallow your food.
  • Eat protein foods first, fruits and vegetables second, and whole grains or starchy vegetables third.
  • Eat mostly protein, and add small amounts of soft-cooked vegetables and unsweetened fruits. Fresh raw vegetables and fruits should NOT be eaten until Week 12.
  • Rinse off canned fruits to remove excess sugar, even if it's packed in water or natural juices.
  • Foods should be fork tender or cooked until tender enough to cut, mash, or pull apart with a fork.
  • Foods can be cooked using cooking spray or small amounts of healthy fats, such as olive or avocado oil.
  • Foods can be mixed with nonfat mayonnaise or non-fat salad dressing.
  • DO NOT drink fluids while eating or for 30 minutes afterward.
  • DO continue sipping liquids throughout the rest of the day (40 – 60 ounces total).
  • Stop eating when you feel satisfied.

Protein Foods

  • Low-fat/nonfat low-sugar Greek yogurt (no fruit pieces)
  • Low-fat or fat-free cottage cheese
  • Low-fat or fat-free cheese
  • Low-fat or fat-free refried beans
  • Eggs (any style)
  • Tofu or tempeh
  • Smooth natural nut butters (no sugar added)
  • Lentil, split pea, or black bean soup (strained)
  • Miso or egg drop soup
  • Flaky fish
  • Soft-cooked seafood
  • Ground chicken, turkey, pork, beef
  • Shredded meat
  • Chicken or tuna salad
  • Chili
  • Burger patties made from beans, lentils, or black beans
  • Lean-cut, thinly sliced deli meats
  • Edamame
  • Plant-based meat

Vegetables and Fruits

Soft-cooked, canned, or frozen

  • Carrots
  • Beets
  • Mushrooms
  • Spinach
  • Squash
  • Green beans
  • Asparagus
  • Broccoli (very well steamed)
  • Cauliflower (very well steamed)
  • Cooked fresh fruits (avoid citrus)
  • (Avoid raw fresh fruits and vegetables until 12 weeks post-surgery)

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