17th May 2016
What to eat after gastric band surgery - pureed stage
So, you’re through the first 2 weeks of liquids, and now you’re onto purees. At this stage, you may notice your tastebuds changing slightly and this is an extremely exciting time for most as you can experiment more with flavours and textures and there is a wider variety of foods you can eat.
Your stomach is still healing and it is very important that you follow the advice given to you as you don’t want to risk complications. Start off the weeks by making your ‘purees’ more fluid and gradually build up to a thicker consistency, to allow your stomach time to adjust. Below are a list of suitable foods that you may want to consider:
- Protein Shake – blended with ice/fruits for a thicker consistency.
- Soft/Runny scrambled egg
- Puréed chicken, Quorn, tofu, minced lamb or beef. Use sauce / gravy for smooth consistency
- Soft fish mashed into fine flakes
- Ready Brek, porridge or Weetabix
- Mashed potato
- Thick vegetable soup
- Puréed/ mashed veg
- Stewed/mashed fruit
Many also like to mash up a combination of foods such as your standard Sunday dinner but in pureed form. Your food may contain soft lumps but not any hard lumps, skins or pips etc as they may get stuck and cause discomfort.
You will find that most of the time, you’ll be unable to finish all of what you prepare and ideally you should be aiming to eat only around 6 tablespoons. Your pouch can only hold around 2 tablespoons at a time so throughout this stage eat very slowly, and only consume a small amount at a time, giving the food time to pass through your band. Remember to drink calorie free liquids throughout the day too to keep yourself hydrated.