April 2021

Top Foods to Eat After WLS

You already know…..WLS is a major commitment, its life changing and the effects on your diet are life long.

You need to be armed with

  • Commitment
  • Good support
  • A hunger for learning more about your body and the food you put in it

And you are also well aware, WLS is simply a tool for assisting weight loss - therefore, it’s important to understand how to use this tool to the best of your ability.

After your surgery, some major changes to the digestive system occur, making it a lifestyle change that must be closely monitored.

1. Lean Skinless Chicken

Protein is a major staple in the post gastric-bypass surgery, but visible fat and skin should be trimmed off.

Protein not only aids the body in healing, but it is essential for sustained weight loss long-term.

It keeps you feeling full, and helps to regulate blood sugar so cravings are avoided.

2. Eggs

Soft scrambling someeggs is a great way to get healthy protein and nutrients into the bodywhile also being easy to digest.

Avoid dry eggsandhard-boiledeggs after surgery.

3. Lentils

Lentils have 18 grams of protein, and 15 grams of fibre per cup.

This is great because the protein helps the body heal, and the fibre aids withdigestion after weight loss surgery.

4. Yoghurt

Eating non-fat, no sugar added Greek Yoghurt is easily digested and gives an added boost of calcium to the healing body.

If unflavoured yoghurt isn’t your thing, hand crush some frozen berries to put into the yoghurt.

5. Fish

Fish: Is perfect to eat because it is low-calories, high in protein, and packed with heart and brain friendlyomega-3 fatty acids!

Salt water fish are also a source of Vitamin D which helps curb depression and anxiety.

6. Oatmeal

Cooked, sugar-free cereal such as oatmeal or cream of rice digests easily.

It is importantto avoid all white breads with sugar added- and opt for the whole-grain, whole wheat variety instead.

7. Berries

Berries are so healthy because they are packed with antioxidants and low in sugar.

Pick blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, and strawberries for a sweet treat.

If eating them whole is an issue, they can be mashed or pureed.Do not add any sugar,  and avoid high sugar fruitssuch as bananas and mangoes.

Also avoid dried fruits which are loaded in sugar.

8. Water

Water: It is important tostay hydratedafter gastric bypass-but small amounts of water must be consumed throughout the day consistently and regularly.

Avoid drinking 30 minutes before or after eating.Also avoid sodas and any sugary drinks.

It is best to drink pure water or natural, unsweetened teas.

Other Tips

Listen to your body and visit your dietitian or nutritionist regularly– this relationship is lifelong, so be sure you find someone you are comfortable with.

Keep testing your blood regularly,to detect any nutrient deficiencies early before health issues present

Take your supplements as recommended by your healthcare team – for life. 

Jacqui Lewis

BHSc Nutritional and Dietetic Medicine

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