What Can I Eat After The LAP-BAND?
As your surgery date grows closer, you may be feeling anxious and wonder: What Can I Eat After The LAP-BAND? Your LAP-BAND diet will gradually change during the first four to six weeks after you have the LAP-BAND surgery. Once you are ready to eat, you will continue on the strict liquid diet that you began before the surgery. Soon you will progress to pureed foods and then on to a soft food diet.
Finally, when your stomach is completely healed, you will begin to eat solid foods again. Wondering “what can I eat after the LAP-BAND” becomes one of the most important questions of you new life. You will want to make sure that you have stocked your pantry and refrigerator with grocery items that are highly nutritious. It is very important that you pack in as much nutrition in each meal as possible since you will not be eating the same volume of food as you did before. Your LAP-BAND diet motto should become: Quality over Quantity!
While the LAP-BAND will help you control the amount of food you eat, the food choices you make will determine your LAP-BAND diet's success, so it is important to chose your meals wisely. To improve your health while maximizing the number of pounds you lose each month, it is important that you eat foods that are low in calories, but high in nutritional value.
Your doctor will recommend that you generally avoid “unhealthy” foods. Sugars, such as jams, jellies, honey, syrups, high-calorie soft drinks, cakes, cookies, candy and ice cream may taste good and they will fill you up, but they won’t supply you the good nutrition that your body needs. Low-fat foods are always recommended, so you should strictly limit your consumption of foods like cream soups, fried foods, bacon, sausage, chocolate, potato chips, pies and pastries. You should also avoided starchy foods such as white rice, cream or Alfredo sauces and things made from white flour such as pasta. Fats, such as butter and oil, should be used in moderation, and no more than 3 to 4 teaspoons per day. Wondering What Can I Eat After The LAP-BAND will become easier to answer over time and will eventually become second nature to you. You should always try to stick with three small meals each day and avoid snacking between the meals for the best results.
While some foods may be considered healthy, they may not be good choices for those with the LAP-BAND unless they are well chewed because of the complications that they might cause. Fibrous foods, such as asparagus, celery, corn, dried fruit, oranges, pineapples and sweet potatoes should be avoided completely as there is a chance that these foods can get lodged in the stoma which is the stomach opening that is created during the LAP-BAND procedure. Other foods that might also cause complications if consumed after LAP-BAND surgery include nuts, popcorn and the skins and seeds of fruits and vegetables, such as grapes, potatoes and tomatoes. Tough meats like steak, pork chops and hamburger should be cut into small pieces and chewed well.
When it comes to what you can drink after the LAP-BAND, you should try to stay clear of carbonated drinks like soda and champagne because the bubbles of carbon dioxide may cause the small stomach pouch to overly expand and cause you to feel discomfort. You should try to drink at least 64 ounces of water or other fluids each day and sip them slowly, however, you should not drink liquids with your meals because these liquids will “flush” down the foods you eat and counteract the fullness you normally feel with the LAP-BAND.
Alcoholic drinks are not the best choice for someone with a LAP-BAND because of their lack of nutritional value and their tendency to break down vitamins. Alcohol is also calorie-dense and is likely to hamper the rate of your weight loss. If you replace nutritious foods with alcohol and other nutritiously lacking foods, you may risk your health by not getting all the vitamins and minerals that your body needs each day.
Knowing what you can eat after the LAP-BAND surgery will not only help you feel prepared, but will also give you the best chances for healthy and successful weight loss!
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