But What Do You Eat?
One of the most talked about parts of a post gastric bypass lifestyle is food – because its the biggest change especially in comparison to someone else. And so the question I get all the time is … but what do you eat?
The first few weeks are quite restricted, your body is healing from surgery, however after a month or so new textures can be introduced and I really started to get a little crazy with the flavours … and the herbs and the spices. Oh the spices!
In the last week or so I have bought harissa paste, red chipotle salt and sriracha sauce. And I finally found coconut aminos. I think I’m going to need a bigger pantry.
Anyways, I’m rambling. First things first – how much can I, or rather how much do I eat?
It varies. The recommended serving size is 1/2 a cup – for the most part protein – with some other soft solids.
Falafel (3tsp), Homemade Aioli and Paprika, one Cherry Tomato, 3 Baby Spinach Leaves
Whats on the ‘Eat This’ list?
Fresh fish, canned tuna, canned salmon, sardines.
Skinless chicken thighs, smoked chicken, premium mince (beef, pork, chicken, venison), shaved meat (ham, beef, turkey, chicken)
Prawns, scallops, kidney or liver, slow cooked beef
Lite baked beans, kidney beans, black beans, cannellini beans
Chickpeas, eggs, tofu, lentils
Include some of these protein containing condiments;
Hummus, extra lite cream cheese, cottage cheese, edam cheese, noble cheese, reduced fat feta, unsweetened yoghurt, lite sour cream
And to make up the rest of the plate;
Tomato, cucumber, avocado – chopped into salsa sized pieces
Cabbage, iceberg lettuce – finely shredded
Carrot, raw beetroot – grated
Grated Carrot, Beetroot and Cabbage with Homemade Aioli, Lemon Juice and Coriander
So its not all that bad – in fact its not bad at all. I think thats a pretty great selection! Anything I buy in a packet or a can has to have less than 10grams of fat/sugar per 100grams. I aim for closer to 5grams.
The ‘Foods to Avoid’ list is the really important one. Eating these can cause … umm … problems.
Junk food, alcohol, juices, fizzy drinks, flavoured waters
Potato, kumara, pumpkin, corn, yams, parsnip, cassava, taro
Bread, pasta, couscous, rice, quinoa, barley, amaranth, millet
Bulgur wheat, buckwheat, breakfast cereals, popcorn
Fruit (few frozen berries are okay)
Processed meats like sausages, crumbed meat, poultry, fish
The secret ingredient is always cheese.