Since you might have a lot on your mind throughout your recovery period and as you adjust to your new lifestyle, one of the best preparatory steps you can take prior to surgery is to get your kitchen ready for your new diet.
Clean out your cupboards
Prior to undergoing LAP-BAND surgery, your bariatric surgeon will provide you with nutritional information and a post-surgery diet plan. You will most likely be given a list of foods that are acceptable to eat, as well as foods you should avoid at all costs after surgery.
During the few weeks prior to surgery, go through your cupboards, refrigerator, and freezer and discard all unhealthy foods such as potato chips, cookies, sodas, and other processed high-calorie meals. If the food item is unacceptable after surgery, discard it immediately, or else you may face temptations and cravings that could lead to cheating and potential health risks with the LAP-BAND.
Make a grocery list and stick to it
Grocery shopping will actually be much easier after LAP-BAND surgery since you’ll mainly be restricted to a variety of healthy fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, and low-fat dairy products. Develop a grocery list based on the foods you’ll be allowed to eat, and stick to the list when you arrive at the grocery store. Failing to bring a shopping list with you could result in impulse purchases that could be devastating to your diet and weight loss.
Some foods to include on your shopping list are:
- Sugar-free popsicles (for when you do have dessert or sweets cravings)
- Flavored broths and liquid soups
- Protein shakes
- Protein-rich foods (yogurt, egg whites, tofu, salmon, white-meat poultry, legumes)
- Whole-grains (cooked oatmeal, whole-grain pasta, unsweetened whole-grain cold cereal)
Before your LAP-BAND surgery, make sure your kitchen is stocked fully with liquids as required for the first several days after surgery. After you undergo LAP-BAND surgery, you’ll be spending time recovering at home and probably won’t be up for grocery shopping during the healing phase. Be sure to have clear broths, water, and clear, flavored gelatin on hand immediately following surgery.