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Common Food Issues After Weight Loss Surgery |

Common Food Issues After Weight Loss Surgery

Food Intolerances After Weight Loss Surgery

Food Intolerances After Weight Loss Surgery

One of the important things I learned after having weight loss surgery, is that there is many foods that I can no longer tolerate. Many will find that after weight loss surgery there are certain foods that you can either no longer eat, or if eaten these things it can cause you a lot of distress. Before you decide to have weight loss surgery this is something you must understand that some foods you will no longer be able to tolerate after surgery, they may cause gain pains or even worse dumping syndrome.

Some of the most popular items that will upset a lot of WLS patients after surgery are:

  • breads
  • rice
  • pasta
  • harder cuts of meats like pork and steak or drier chicken
  • eggs
  • certain vegetables like squash’s
  • cows milk or certain dairy items
  • High sugary foods

Now not all patients are the same, and some may experience no issues after surgery. One of the things I have learned after surgery is that not every day is the same, some days I can tolerate some of the above food items. Then there are some days where if I eat any of the items above I may come down with dumping syndrome, and this is common in a lot of WLS patients. Another thing to keep in mind is that in a lot of WLS patients your taste may change after surgery, you may find food items a lot sweetier or saltier than before. Or you may find that foods you enjoyed before surgery are now foods you no longer desire or even want to try now after surgery.

Some food intolerance will be temporary after surgery, and some may last for your lifetime. Your new pouch or baby stomach may not be able to handle the above food items until a year or two out from surgery, or it may never be able to handle these food items. It is just like feeding a baby, you should start off slowly trying new foods to see how it will tolerate them. By starting slowly and trying out one food item at a time just like with a baby, you are better able to see which items your new stomach can tolerate and stand.

Do not try a large variety of foods so close after surgery, this could cause you a lot of discomfort and pain including dumping syndrome. Dumping syndrome is an awful and often painful condition that can happen after WLS when you eat something your new stomach does not like and cannot handle. Dumping syndrome can cause horrible gas pains, sweating, shortness of breath, cramping and more. People whom have suffered from dumping syndrome myself included can tell you it can last for up to a few hours and can include vomiting.

To help stop or reduce your risk of food intolerance be sure to follow your Doctor or Dieticians strict guidelines on what foods you should introduce and when. If unsure be sure to also follow up with your Doctor or talk to other WLS patients for advice.

  • Rice and pasta is best not tried until 9-12 months out and it is best to try these in small quantities. These are foods that expand in your stomach and the stretching in your new pouch could be uncomfortable and even painful.
  • Bread is similar as this is a food that also expands in your stomach and should be tried once you are much farther out 9-12 months.
  • Hard cuts of meats like pork, beef and chicken can also be hard. It is best when eating these kinds of meats that the meat is moist and not dry and eat in small bites to make it much easier to digest.
  • Eggs is one item a lot of patients have a hard time eating after surgery, while an excellent source of protein you may have to wait on these as well after surgery. Scrambled eggs are the best ones to try when initially trying eggs stay away from hard boiled or poached until further out.
  • Fruits and veggies can also be hard to tolerate initially it is best to try less acid and hard ones. Good ones to try are like bananas that are soft, green beans, mashed potatoes are just some examples.
  • Lettuce is one that is very hard to digest, while I love salads I waited until almost 9 months out to try this one. I would also recommend staying clear of iceberg lettuce or hard and crisp lettuce until almost a year out. Spinach is a much easier lettuce variety on your stomach.
  • Milk and dairy items can also be hard and you may find you develop and intolerance to dairy, so trying lactose free dairy may be easier to digest during the first year. Dairy is a excellent source of protein but trying lactose free options is much easier on your new stomach.

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