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Eating Plans

A full comprehensive diet plan will be offered to you after your operation, read also about it in the section "Eating Plans".

Remember the golden rules :

  • Eat small portions
  • Stop when you feel full
  • Eat slowly
  • Chew well
  • Eat only good healthy foods
  • Preoperative Diet

Diet Information Regarding Gastric Sleeve

* Only eat small portions
Stop eating as soon as you start to feel full. If you continue eating, your body will react with symptoms such as dumping, pain, nausea and even vomiting.

* Chew well and eat slowly
Take your time to eat and always take a lot of small bites. Do not watch TV or walk around while eating. It can take 20-30 minutes to eat a meal.

* Never eat and drink at the same time
Drink between meals, not during them. This prevents you from overfilling.

* Do not lie down and rest after eating
Reflux of food into the oesophagus is more likely when you are in a horizontal position. The food also remains longer, which causes discomfort.

* Eat 4 to 6 meals per day
If you only eat 2-3 meals a day, there is a great risk that you will not take in enough energy and nutrients. Since you can only eat small amounts at a time, you do not get enough proteins, minerals and vitamins. If you eat several times a day, it is less likely that you will get really hungry and forget the new eating habits.

* Only drink sugar-free beverages and avoid carbonated drinks
Drinks high in calories (e.g. milkshakes) and ice cream can prevent weight loss. Avoid carbonated drinks for the first month. How well the body tolerates them after that is individual.


STAGE 1: Liquid-only diet low in fat and sugar

During the initial postoperative phase, you should only drink nutritious drinks and water.

Example liquid diet menu:

Breakfast
1 dl low-fat milk or low-fat soured milk
1dl juice (orange or apple)

Snack
2dl protein-rich energy drink

Lunch
1dl low-fat milk prior to
1dl hot cream soup

Snack
2dl juice (orange or apple)

Dinner
1dl low-fat milk prior to
1dl hot cream soup

Evening snack
2dl low-fat milk or low-fat soured milk
Or 2dl juice (orange or apple)

Plus
At least 1-3dl other energy-free drink, such as water, coffee, tea, broth


STAGE 2: Soft-food diet

If you can handle the liquid diet well, you can move on and try food with a mashed/purée or soft consistency.

Example menu of food with mashed /purée or soft consistency :

Breakfast
1,5dl low-fat milk or low-fat soured milk prior to ½ slice crisp bread with light margarine and soft cheese or liver paste

Snack
2dl protein-rich energy drink

Lunch
1,5dl low-fat milk to 1dl prepared food with mashed/purée consistency

Snack
2dl juice (orange or apple) or mashed banana, soft, ripe kiwi, melon or pear

Dinner
1,5dl low-fat milk prior to 1dl prepared food with mashed/purée consistency

Evening snack
2dl juice (orange or apple) prior to ½ slice crisp bread with light margarine and soft cheese or liver paste

Plus
At least 5dl other energy-free drink, such as water, coffee, tea or broth


Sample Menu For One Day

Week 1 and week 2 after surgery:

Breakfast:
1,5dl low-fat milk or low-fat soured milk prior to 1 slice crisp bread or whole-wheat bread with light margarine and lean, protein-rich topping-or porridge

Snack
Fruit

Lunch
1,5dl low-fat milk prior to prepared food consisting of:

  • Meat/fish/chicken/egg/cottage cheese
  • Potato/rice/pasta/whole-wheat bread
  • Vegetables/edible roots

Snack
Fruit

Dinner
1,5dl low-fat milk prior to prepared food consisting of:

  • Meat/fish/chicken/egg/cottage cheese
  • Potato/rice/pasta/whole-wheat bread
  • Vegetables/edible roots

Evening snack
Fruit or low-fat milk product
1 slice crisp bread or whole-wheat bread with light margarine and lean, protein-rich topping

Plus
At least 10dl other energy-free drink, such as water, coffee, tea or broth


Lunch And Dinner Suggestions

These are guidelines for a portion that most can eat after 2 – 3 months

  • ½ pork chop, 1 small potato (70g), sauce, 2 – 3 Brussels sprouts

  • 1 small slice boiled salmon (50-70g) with 1 small potato, ½dl hot or cold sauce (e.g. lean,
    ready-to-eat sauce from supermarket), 1dl green peas

  • 1 whole-grain sandwich with ½ - ¾dl cottage cheese, 1 tomato

  • 1 whole-grain sandwich with ¾ container mackerel in tomato sauce, 5cm cucumber

  • 2 – 3 dl chicken salad or another type of salad, preferably with pasta or rice, low-fat dressing

  • ¾dl meat sauce (homemade or ready-made), 1dl cooked pasta (equivalent to 75grams
    uncooked), 1dl summer vegetables

  • 1 omelette Paysanne (1 egg, 1 small potato, ham, tomato, bell pepper, onion)

  • ½ jar pea soup with mustard

  • ½ jar meat soup or goulash

  • 1 small hamburger with lettuce, tomato, onion and low-fat dressing

  • 1 dl cooked pasta with 1 dl ready-made pasta sauce, 1 tomato

  • 1 slice dill-cured salmon, 1 potato in white dill sauce, 1 tomato

  • 1 oven-roasted fillet of plaice, 1 small boiled potato, horseradish, 1 teaspoon light margarine, 1dl green peas

You will be offered a comprehensive diet sheet at the hospital


Preoperative Diet

Pre-op Hypocaloric Diet (Bariatric Surgery)

Breakfast

  • 50 gram unsalted crackers
  • 25 gram Low fat cheese spread or diet jam
  • Coffee or tea with low fat milk and artificial sweetener

Snack

150 ml low fat unsweetened yoghurt or 1 piece of fruit (150 gram) (no bananas or grapes)

Lunch

50 gram unsalted crackers
Vegetable soup (unlimited)
25 gram low fat cheese spread, 20+ cheese or diet jam
Raw vegetables or salad unlimited
Coffee or tea with low fat milk and artificial sweetener

Snack

150 ml low fat unsweetened yoghurt or 1 piece of fruit

Evening meal

Vegetable soup unlimited
100 gram grilled chicken or turkey 2x/week
125 gram poached fish 2x/week
Egg omelette (2 eggs) 1x/week
100 gram grilled meat 2x/week
NO PATATOES 120 gram (cooked) pasta every 2 days Unlimited salad, steamed or raw vegetables

Late evening snack

150 ml low fat unsweetened yoghurt

Drink at least 2 litres of water a day.

Exercise at least 30 minutes per day.

Tips for an active lifestyle:

  • walk daily for 30 minutes or more
  • take the stairs instead of the elevator
  • leave the car at home and go on foot or by bicycle
  • park your car further away in a parking lot
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