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Bariatric Surgery Full Liquid Diet

On: March 19, 2020






Compliance with a full liquid diet post-op bariatric surgery. Reduce surgical complications and decrease readmissions. Official MyBigLife Top 100 Weight Loss Journey Videos of all time!


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Hi, I’m Brittany Smith. I’m a dietician with Ohio health. Today I’m going to be talking to you about the full liquid diet. When you are discharged home from the hospital, you are going to be discharged home on a full liquid diet. Um, this diet is extremely, extremely important. It’s important that you do not advance before you are told to. You will be informed when you should advance at your two week postdoc class. If you advance too early, there’s a lot of not so good things that could happen, so we want to make sure that you are following this diet for the strict two weeks that you are supposed to be on it, on the full liquid diet and you will be consuming liquids that are rich in protein and low in sugar and fat. You also want these liquids to be the consistency of milk spoon test. There’s a little trick that you can do to determine if your liquids are the right consistency. If we take a spoon and we dip it into our milk, you can see that it all comes off. There’s nothing left on it. Now if we dip it into a yogurt that doesn’t come off so well, we kind of got stuff that’s stuck on it. So that tells us that it’s too sick. When you’re on the full liquid diet, you want to make sure that your liquids are the consistency of milk. All right? Right?

So another important step when you are on the full liquid diet is to have one of these handy a strainer. This is important because we want to make sure that you are catching any little pieces or anything that could possibly be in the liquids that you’re drinking. Any pieces could get stuck and could cause medical complications that could wind you up back in the hospital. Make sure you’re using a fine wire mesh strainer like this one. A typical spaghetti strainer holes are two big things could go through. So we want to make sure that you have one of these handy. So on the full liquid diet, you are going to be drinking liquids five to six times a day, about four to six ounces, five to six times a day. It is important that these liquids are high in protein. And they’re low in sugar and fat.

We always want these four to six ounce portions to have at least 10 grams of protein, less than 10 grams of sugar and less than 10 grams of fat. You will also be drinking clear liquids when you are on the full liquid diet. Clear liquids are things like broth, jello, water, decaf coffee, decaf tea. It is important that you do not consume these clear liquids as a protein meal. You should be having full liquids for your meal, clear liquids for your drinks. For example, a jello, a broth, a sugar free Popsicle does not have a significant source of protein in it, so that should be consumed as a liquid between your meals. So an example of a protein shake that you can use on your full liquid diet is this premier protein. So this premier protein is 11 ounces, contains 30 grams of protein, contains three grams of fat, and one gram of sugar. So as I said earlier, you’re going to be consuming about four to six ounces, five to six times a day. When you’re consuming of this premier protein, we have 5.5 ounces and 15 grams of protein. We want 10 to 15 grams of protein each time that you are eating. So this is perfect.

All right, so another option besides your premieres are to make your own homemade protein shakes. This is an example of a good protein powder that you can make your own shakeout of. So this is a way isolate protein powder. So we always want whey protein isolate that is the best absorbed form. I also recommend that you try to find a powder that has at least 20 grams of protein in a scoop. This one has 25 grams of protein in a scoop. Perfect. So you can use this protein powder like this ISO peer to make your own homemade protein smoothies. So when you’re making your own homemade protein smoothies, there’s a few important things that you have to have on hand. A blender or a food processor is necessary to make your protein shakes. You could also use a blender cup if you’re just simply mixing protein powder and milk.

Um, so you definitely need one of these on hand. And then again, we need that handy-dandy strainer. So when we’re making homemade protein smoothies, we want to have a protein powder that has at least 20 grams of protein and we’re going to use a low fat milk skim milk, 1% milk, lactose free milk or a light soy milk are all okay to be making your protein shakes with. So when you’re making a protein shake, we would put our MILCON, we put our powder in, and then you could add one to two flavor agents. Some flavor agent possibilities are things like these sugar-free Terrani syrups. There’s tons of flavors of these so you can really make whatever kind you like or you could use flavor extract. So this is a coconut flavor extract can make really delicious shake with this. So we would combine our milk, our protein powder, our flavor addons in this little blender cup, put it on, blend it up really good, make sure you’ve gotten all the powder dissolved and whatnot.

And for safety, we’re going to use that strainer and we’re going to pour our shake through our strainer. To make sure that there are no bits, pieces, seeds, nothing left in that shake. And then again, you’re going to drink about four to six ounces at a time to just go over what I said earlier. We want to make sure that every four to six ounce portion has 10 to 15 grams of protein, has less than 10 grams of sugar and less than 10 grams of fat. So now I’m going to show you how to make a couple of different shakes. The first one that I’m going to demo is a peanut butter and jelly shake. It sounds pretty delicious. So for this peanut butter and jelly shake, we’re going to start out with a half a cup of skim milk. Again, like I said earlier, you could use like soy milk, you could use, um, lactose free milk if you have a lactose sensitivity. So I am taking four ounces of the skim milk and we’re going to add it into our

next, we’re going to add some light Greek yogurt. This Dan enlightened fit Greek is a really good wine. Um, we got no fat in here. Seven grams of sugar, 12 grams of protein. So it meets all those guidelines we were talking about earlier. But as we demonstrated with the spoon test earlier, this is not appropriate to just eat right out of the carton. We got to thin it down, make it into a protein shake. So we’re going to add half a cup of that Greek yogurt, a little containers, a little bit more than a half a cup, but you could just throw the whole thing in.


so we’re going to put that yogurt in there, and I’m using Greek yogurt because Greek yogurt does have more protein, but we want to make sure that it’s a light Greek yogurt because light Greek has less sugar.


All right, so next I’m going to add some sugar free preserves. These are sugar-free Blackberry preserves, and they are seed lists. Make sure that if you’re getting preserves, it’s seedless. Because if we do, even if we’re going to blend and strain, this seeds are very small. They could go right through the strainer. So we’re going to add a table’s teaspoon of these sugar-free preserves.

It’s for some flavor and then we’re going to add two tablespoons of peanut butter powder. There’s a lot of different brands out there. There’s PD too. There’s PD fit. Essentially what this is is peanut butter with all the oil taken out, so you kind of have a peanut butter flavored protein powder and there’s six grams of protein in two tablespoons. So we’re going to go ahead and put in our two tablespoons of our peanut butter powder and then we’re going to put our lid on and we’re just going to give it a little shake and give it a blend.

okay, so that’s nice and blended. Again, you could do this in a blender food processor. I like this little magic bullet. It’s a good small little size and then we are going to strain it. Don’t forget to strain and this is a perfect little four-ounce glass, so that’s about the portion that you’re going to tolerate. Maybe a little bit more strain it.

That’s our little peanut butter protein shake, so it doesn’t have to be that complicated. There’s easier options if you don’t want to go through all that effort. It can be as simple as adding protein powder and milk to a shaker cup like this. So here I have eight ounces of milk, pouring it into our shaker cup. And we’re going to go back to that protein powder I showed you guys earlier and we’re going to put one scoop is equivalent to 25 grams of protein. So we’re going to take one scoop and we’re going to add it in to our milk. Make sure your shaker cup top is close to this, doesn’t end up all over your kitchen, and then you’re just going to give it a shake.

So this is about eight ounces of volume. Again, 25 grams of protein in that powder, about eight grams of protein in your milk. So we have over 30 grams going on in here, so that four to six ounces, we’ll have our 10 to 15 grams of protein that we’re looking for. Sometimes after surgery, your tastes may change. People often lose their preference for sweet, as crazy as that may be. So when you don’t like sweets or things taste too sweet, it’s a little complicated to find a protein drink. Um, so we have some savory options for you. One savory option is to make a high protein cream soup. So what we’re using here as the Campbell’s, you can use any brand cream of chicken soup. Make sure that you are choosing the heart healthy or the low fat version. The regular stuff has a little bit too much fat in it. So we are going to combine this cream soup with some ricotta cheese for added protein, some dry skim milk powder for even more added protein. And then we’re going to use some milk. So what’s you’re going to do to create this cream soup? So we are going to take this can of soup.

We’re going to add it to our blender cup. And it’s important that you don’t eat this soup just as is. Again, it can have some little chunks and pieces in it. And it’s also, if we look at that spoon test way too thick. Even when you cook it still a little too thick


So we’ve got our soup in there. Next we’re going to take our ricotta cheese. This is low fat ricotta. Again, make sure that you’re getting the low fat about a half a cup. And this is an important step again to make sure that we’re getting this up to that amount of protein that we are looking for. Okay, next we’re gonna add our dry skim milk powder. So this is also adding protein as I mentioned, couple tablespoons. Then we are going to add our milk, using the low fat milk. Again for this,

give me a full one

that lid on. Again, we’re going to put that on our blender cup.

I recommend taking it off, shake it a little bit, make sure that we got all those little chicken chunks that are in there down to the bottom.

Okay, so we should be left with some pretty creamy, pretty well blended soup. So then we’re going to take that soup and again we’re going to put it through that thin wire mesh strainer because if there’s a chance that any little piece of chickens left in here, we want to make sure we’re straining that out because that can get stuck in your sutures and cause some problems. So this is how we kind of know that it’s the correct consistency. We should throw it in and we just let it strain like so. Then you would proceed to heat it up, heat it up nice and slowly and we don’t want anything that we put in there to curdle up, but that’s our savory option. At the end of the day, your goal is to consume 60 to 80 grams of protein while you are on this diet. If you’re making your own protein smoothies or making your own homemade cream soup, make sure that you are sending it out, blending and straining. We want to make sure that everything’s nice and thin, the consistency of milk. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call your dietician. Thanks. Bye bye.

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