The soft foods diet phase is the fourth of five phases bariatric patients progress through after surgery. We’ve already explored the clear and full liquids phases, as well as the pureed phase. Now, it’s time for actual food! You should be at least one-month post-op before proceeding to this phase to allow your stomach plenty of time to heal. Foods should be soft, nothing tough or grisly at this point. You’ll try canned and ground meats, eggs, canned vegetables and canned fruits. Eat your protein first, and chew well. During the soft foods diet after surgery, it’s important to chew each small bite 20 to 30 times.
Purpose of the Soft Foods Diet
The purpose of the soft foods diet is to prepare your stomach for the regular bariatric diet, the final phase of your journey. Foods at this point should be soft and easy to chew – no meats that are dry, tough or grisly. Your stomach has come far, but it still has a way to go before it’s completely healed. You’ll continue to focus on staying hydrated with at least 64 ounces of water a day and getting a minimum of 60 to 80 grams of protein a day. You’ll continue these requirements throughout your weight loss surgery journey.
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