The basic principles of proper nutrition

The basic principles of proper nutrition


The basic principles of proper nutrition are summarized by the following:

  • One must limit food intake to three small meals daily.
  • One must serve the food on a small plate.
  • One must eat slowly and chew foods into small portions.
  • No fluids are taken with meals and for 30 minutes after the meal.
  • No food is allowed between meals.

By limiting oneself to three high-protein, small meals a day, the caloric intake will decline markedly. Extra energy will be supplied from your stored fat. You will be satisfied with a small meal.

Q: How long will I be off of solid foods after surgery?

A: Four weeks. Pureed foods will be taken during this time.

Q: What are the best choices of protein?

A: Eggs, cheese (low fat), cottage cheese (low fat), Tofu, fish, other sea foods, chicken (dark meat), Turkey (dark meat).

Q: How am I sure that I am taking enough protein?

A: 40 to 65 grams a day are sufficient.

Q: Is there any restriction of salt intake?

A: No, your salt intake will be unchanged unless otherwise instructed by your PCP.

Q: Will I be able to eat "spicy" foods?

A: You should be able to enjoy spices after the initial 6 months from surgery. You will probably use smaller amounts.

Q: Will I be allowed to drink alcohol?

A: Alcohol is an "empty" calorie. It contributes to your fat without any benefit to your metabolism. You will find that even small amounts of alcohol will affect you quickly. We suggest that you take no alcohol for the first year. Thereafter, one may have a glass of wine or a small cocktail.

Q: Will I need injectable supplemental vitamins?

A: B-12 injections are suggested once a month for the first year and every six months thereafter. B-12 may be taken orally or sublingual in many patients.

Q: What vitamins will I need to take after surgery?

A: We recommend a daily multi-vitamin for a lifetime.

Q: Is it important to take calcium, Iron, Trace elements or Female Hormone Replacements?

A: Some patients require these supplements but it is an individual requirement which can be determined by following blood studies.

Q: Do I meet with the Nutritionist before and after surgery?

A: Yes all patients are seen before surgery. Post-operative counseling is on an individual basis as required.

Q: Do I get a copy of the post-operative suggested eating pattern and food choices?

A: All patients are supplied with a printed information package at the educational seminar.

You are given guidelines for your choice of foods. You must do your part by restricting high calorie foods and by avoiding sugar, snacks and fats.