What you ‘Should’ and ‘Shouldn’t’ be Eating

We have seen an interesting trend among the weight loss surgery community – the constant search for ‘special’ foods products, or foods ideally suited to the weight loss surgery patient.

As a member of different online weight loss surgery groups we see endless questions on particular food products and whether they are ‘allowed’ or ‘not allowed’, or whether they are good to eat after a particular surgery. People often post pictures of food products seeking feedback – generally packaged food with clever marketing and tag lines.

We need to clear some things up:

  • There is no one food that should NEVER be eaten after weight loss surgery.
  • There are no magic foods that all weight loss surgery patients should eat.
  • Normal, basic foods are fine and adequate for people after weight loss surgery, it is the balance of these foods that is important.
  • Seeking out and only eating the lowest energy (calorie or kilojoule) foods or diet products is not always the best option.
  • The less processed, packaged, highly-marketed-for-magic-health-benefit foods we seek out, the better!

We realise this may surprise some of you.

We have worked with hundreds of weight loss surgery patients over the last 10 years and those we see doing well eat normal, healthy food most of the time. Rest assured, normal healthy food doesn’t mean lettuce leaves and apples!

Lets take a look at a real life example of the choice we can make to nourish ourselves well or poorly. We have compared two common lunch choices, a pastie, or a tuna, cheese and salad pita bread wrap plus a skinny latte. The nutritional analysis of both meals is interesting:

  • Pastie: 498 calories (2085kJ),13g protein, 29g fat, 46g carbohydrate, 2.6g iron, 34mg calcium, 2.4g fibre.
  • Tuna, cheese & salad pita/wrap plus a skinny latte: 451 calories (1885kJ), 39g protein, 15g fat, 35g carb, 3.1g iron, 500mg calcium, 4.9g fibre.

As you can see the wrap and latte has more than double the protein, half the fat and less carbohydrate. It is also higher in iron, calcium and fibre. We didn’t list them as it became too much, but the wrap was also higher in zinc, thiamin and folate, which are also important nutrients after weight loss surgery.

Supporters of the pastie would say it is easy to grab on the run, but healthy choices can be made easier with some careful planning.

In summary, you need to find a middle ground of eating foods you enjoy, but that are reasonable nutritionally.

You do not have to eat foods you don’t enjoy. I am not a big lover of meat. I am not vegetarian, I do eat meat, chicken and fish, but I am often just as happy with a vegetarian meal. A high protein diet that required me to eat steak twice a day would cause me to become quite depressed the first day of commencing it! I can still get plenty of protein from fish, eggs, milk, yoghurt, cheese and nuts.

If you don’t like meat, you don’t have to eat it. Similarly, if you don’t like fish, or don’t like yoghurt, you don’t have to eat them just because they are “good for you” or “high in protein”. You need to find a middle ground that works for you.

Before you go, please grab one of our FREE Weight Loss Surgery Toolkits.

If you are new to weight loss surgery our Getting Started Toolkit is for you. Simply click here to sign up for your copy.

If you had weight loss surgery some time ago, or need help to get back on track, our Reboot toolkit may be just the thing. Click here and we will be sure to get a copy on the way to you.

Hi! We are Justine and Sally. Working with over a thousand people each year preparing for, undergoing, or who have had weight loss surgery, we are here to support you.

FEATURED BLOG POSTS

Post Surgery Portions

Post Surgery Portions

Portion sizes following weight loss surgery – internal cues or external rules? What is best for me?

LATEST RECIPES

Slow Roasted Tomatoes

Slow Roasted Tomatoes

The perfect, prepare ahead side dish that is oh so good! I use these super sweet tomatoes as a delicious addition to salads, as a cracker topper with ricotta or cottage cheese or even stirred through some pasta. You don’t need to stress about exact cooking times or...

Veggie Chickpea Fritters with Feta & Dill

Veggie Chickpea Fritters with Feta & Dill

Makes 8 fritters 125g can corn kernels, drained 125g can chickpeas, drained and ‘smashed’ 1 small zucchini, grated ½ cup baby spinach, chopped 80g feta, crumbled 2-3 sprigs of dill, chopped finely 1 egg 1/3 cup besan (chickpea flour) Combine ingredients together. Add...

Moroccan Spiced Mince

Moroccan Spiced Mince

Makes 8 cups 2 teaspoons olive oil 1 brown onion, diced 2 garlic cloves, crushed 500g lean lamb or beef mince 2 - 3 teaspoons Moroccan seasoning 1 tomato, diced 1 carrot, sliced into strips using a potato peeler 2 stalks celery, strings removed, thinly sliced or diced...