Recuperating after bariatric surgery usually requires that people eat liquid foodstuff that is easy to digest and less strenuous on the newly reconfigured GI tract. Such people therefore must take only fluid meals for about twenty days after being discharged from the hospital for easier digestion and absorption of such food stuff. It is after this period of time has elapsed that the diet can be changed gradually to softer foods and pastes that are easier to digest. And it takes another six months before they can get back to their normal diet of eating solid food. This is normally a very difficult period for such patients as they can no longer have their favorite diners and get proper nutrition as they used to. Despite this condition however, there is still plenty of hope as there are bariatric diet that offer both food nutrition as well as essential vitamins that are enough to keep one healthy.
A bariatric diet mainly constitutes of modified foods that are taken to provide for nutrition and satiation all at the same time. Immediately after surgery however, the diet must strictly constitute pure fluid that must be taken in very small quantities at several intervals per hour, many times in a day. The quantity that is recommended for such fluid intakes should not surpass 65 ml or a quarter of a normal tea cup. This should be taken in quarter of an hour intervals through gentle sips. This should be nutritionally complete fluid that has high protein content yet very thin for easy digestion. In addition to this, one should also consume great amounts of clear isotonic fluid at various intervals to battle dehydration. This fluid should also be free of caffeine and not carbonated. Introducing such noxious compounds like caffeine only serve to lengthen the healing process as well as work negatively towards weight loss.
After a period of six months or more, one should graduate to a bariatric diet that consists of semi solid and solid food. These are heavier and more filling than fluids than were taken previously. Recommended foodstuff at this stage include soft foods that are easy to digest like soft fish that has been steamed or grilled, tender cooked skinless poultry, beans, soy mixed with vegetables, tuna and soft boiled eggs. Cereals and peanut butter can also be introduced at this stage to be used especially during breakfast. All these are foods that are easy to digest and very nutritious. During this period however, one should avoid sticky foods that are not easy to digest and also cause constipation. Such foods include white bread, overcooked macaroni and pasta.