Eating a Healthy Breakfast with a Lap BandPosted: Jun 28 in Post-Bariatric Diet by Staff
After Lap Band surgery, you will have to adjust your eating habits to adjust to your new, smaller stomach capacity. It is important to make sure that the foods that you eat are both highly nutritious and unlikely to cause digestion problems. The tips below can help you have a nutritious and satisfying start to your day after your weight loss surgery:
- Avoid breakfast pastries like doughnuts, strudel and muffins. These items are high in fat and sugar without providing adequate nutrition. The volume of food that you can eat after weight loss surgery is much smaller than before, so make every bite count!
- Have a small piece of fruit each morning. Albany’s many produce stands have a great seasonal selection.
- Incorporate 2 to 4 ounces of lean protein into your meal. Soy sausage, broiled chicken breast, egg whites and cottage cheese are all good choices.
- Whole grains provide needed fiber and help you to feel full. Oatmeal and whole grain cereals are good choices.
- Instead of sugary juice, opt for water or tea with your morning meal. Juice and milk can add too many calories to your meal, which can result in weight gain. Stick with no-calorie beverages. Be aware that carbonated beverages may not agree with your stomach and should be avoided, especially in the morning.
- Chew each bite of food slowly and completely before swallowing. It takes time for your stomach to send the signal to your brain that you are full. Eating slowly can help you avoid overeating. Overeating can stretch your stomach capacity, and undo the benefits of your Lap Band surgery.