Our care begins months before your surgery is scheduled—preparing and guiding you as you make changes to your diet and lifestyle that will ensure success before and after your surgery.
- Start to keep daily food records. Honest and complete food records are necessary before surgery to ensure long-term dietary changes.
- Start to take a multivitamin daily.
- Test out high-protein liquid supplements to find one that you like for use after surgery.
- Start to wean off sweets, desserts, regular sodas and all other sweetened beverages.
- Start to wean off caffeinated and carbonated beverages and limit alcoholic beverages.
- Gradually decrease your intake of fried foods and high-fat fast foods.
- Start eating protein-rich foods at every meal and snack.
- Eat more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
Pre-surgery shopping list
Below is a list of items that you may want to purchase before your surgery so that you are prepared when you arrive home from the hospital.
- Food diary
- Pill crusher
- Blender or food processor (to puree food)
- Measuring cup set with 1/8 and 1/4 cups and tablespoons/teaspoons
- Food scale (suggested, not required)
- Dry protein powder
- Chewable multivitamins
- Calcium citrate supplements
- Non-fat dry skim milk powder
- Skim milk, 1% milk, soy milk, or fat-free or low-fat Lactaid milk (if lactose intolerant)
- Decaffeinated coffee and/or tea
- Non-carbonated, zero-calorie beverages (flavored water)
- Bottled water (if preferred over tap water)
- Sugar-free powdered drink mixes (Crystal Light)
- Sugar substitute (Splenda, Equal, Sweet & Low, Stevia/Truvia)
- Sugar-free Jell-O, pudding or ice popsicles
- Fat-free, sugar-free pudding (can be made with skim milk)
- Non-fat, no-sugar-added light yogurt, blended without fruit (Dannon Light & Fit)
- Unsweetened 100% fruit juice or “light” juice
- Clear broth or bouillon
- Cream-based soups (made with allowed milk products and strained)
- Dry hot cereal (plain oatmeal, farina, Cream of Wheat, grits)