Eating Guidelines: Your Skills for Success
Happy Food. Happy Life.
Balance Your Meals
Every diet should contain a variety of foods. Never exclude, always include – unless medically necessary, such as food intolerances or allergies.
Eat "REAL" Food
Food that comes in packages or cans with an ingredient list longer than our grocery list is not doing anyone any favors. As D says in SGM, “If you can’t pronounce- don’t eat it!” Real foods satisfy our appetite, whereas processed and pre-made foods take more to fill you up.
Eating shouldn’t feel like a burden. It should occur at times throughout the day to remind yourself how important you are and how important it is to live a healthy lifestyle.
Eat A Meal At Regular Intervals (Every 3-4 Hours)
This will help balance blood sugar levels and also helps prevent getting excessively hungry. It’s much easier to consume normally portioned sizes when you’re not ravenous.
Nutritional Therapy And Bariatric Surgery
Weight loss surgery is a tool, and tools only work when you use them correctly. You will want to practice these behaviors before surgery so that it will be easier to make them a part of your lifestyle after surgery.
Remember To Eat Slowly
People who do not slow down and eat carefully encounter problems after surgery such as stomach pains, vomiting, and/or diarrhea.
Pause between bites. Give your brain time to check in with your stomach to see how you feel or if you are full.
Take your time. Allow approximately 30 minutes for each meal. Too short and you are eating too quickly. Too long and you may eat more than you need.
Take small bites, about the size of a dime.
CHEW your food. Chew for 22! You want to puree the food with your teeth. Swallowing chunks may be painful and harder to digest.
Diet Guide: Pre-Op Diet
14 days prior to surgery, a diet low in carbohydrates and high in protein is required in order to shrink the liver. In doing so, it depletes the glycogen stores so they do not have to be moved during surgery.
The pre-surgery diet consists of the following for each day:
Carbohydrates: NO MORE THAN 30 grams each day
Protein: Approximately 80 grams each day
Fat: Approximately 60 grams each day
Note, we want to make sure you focus on limiting your carbohydrates. This diet is not healthy for long term use.
Always remember to check the nutrition label
It is important to know standard serving sizes. We provided some helpful hints for you to follow but measuring your food would be the best bet.
3 oz meat = deck of cards = 21 grams of protein
1 serving of fruit 1/2 cup = size of computer mouse = 15 grams of carbohydrates
1 serving of a vegetable cup = size of a baseball = 5 grams of carbohydrates
1 serving of bread or potato 1/2 cup = size of a computer mouse = 15 grams of carbohydrates
1 serving pasta or rice 1/2 = size hockey puck = 15 g carbohydrates
1 serving cheese = size of your thumb or four dice = 7 grams of protein
At Alaska Bariatric Center, we are committed to helping you adjust your eating and lifestyle habits for the better. For more information or to schedule an appointment, give us a call at 907-929-4263.