Preparing for the Bariatric Diet Phase 1
Preparing a health-filled bariatric diet phase 1 shopping list for my gastric bypass was not easy for me. It took a long time to learn the most healthful choices for my bariatric life. It was much more challenging than I expected.
So, to simplify bariatric food shopping for you, we’ve put together a shopping list for each phase of the bariatric diet: pre-op, and post-op phase 1, 2, 3, and 4. Each is covered in a dedicated article to keep it easier to understand and not overwhelm you so early in your journey. This is a huge lifestyle change and it’s going to take some time to learn what it really means to eat healthy.
This article covers the bariatric diet phase 1 shopping list, a liquid diet. Links to the other bariatric diet shopping list by phase appear at the end of this article. And if you need a primer on the bariatric diet, read: How Does the Bariatric Diet Work?
Simplifying the Bariatric Diet
Our bariatric diet phase 1 shopping list makes it easier for you to make the most healthful choices for your bariatric life. We’ve even included links, where possible, for you to order and have food shipped directly to you from Amazon or from the BariatricPal Store. This makes it that much easier to manage through the bariatric diet phase 1 — and the beginning of your new lifestyle.
We recommend also that you read two articles related to bariatric food shopping:
My best advice is to keep bariatric food shopping simple in the beginning. Don’t stock up on foods because, for one reason, you’ll be eating so much less than you can imagine and those stockpiles will to sit in your pantry as long as army meal rations. And for another reason, your tastes may change after bariatric surgery — so you might not like the bariatric foods you’ve stocked up on.
As always, follow your trusted healthcare provider’s advice over anything stated here. Simply make any modifications necessary to the lists and use them for your bariatric shopping trip, whether at the online store or at a brick and mortar store. Our shopping list is provided as information-sharing and is not medical advice.
Bariatric Diet Phase 1 Shopping List
The initial phase of your bariatric diet will take place while you are in the hospital. You will be restricted to a clear liquid diet and required to slowly sip fluids. This liquid diet will last for several weeks and consist of water, ice chips, clear broth, sugar-free jello, sugar-free drink mixes, and sugar-free popsicles.
I always choose sugar-free products sweetened with stevia or erythritol, which are natural sugars derived from plants, over sugar-free products with artificial sweeteners that are derived from chemicals. There is far too much research about the dangers of aspartame and such products. Note well the World Health Organization recommends a limit of no more than 1.8 milligrams of stevia per pound per day, which means no more than two or three packets containing about 100 milligrams of stevia if you weigh about 150 pounds. Those on blood pressure or diabetes medications should check with their doctors before using stevia-based products, as they may interact with these medications. People allergic to ragweed may be allergic to stevia as well. The organization didn’t set a limit for erythritol because of the relatively limited risks associated with its use.
After a few days you are generally allowed to add full liquids on bariatric diet phase 1, meaning they don’t have to be clear and can be poured through a strainer at room temperature. This includes protein shakes and strained soups and watered-down no sugar-added fruit juice.
Choose fluids without sugar, caffeine or carbonation.
Here is our bariatric diet phase 1 shopping list; choose what appeals to you — do not buy everything:
- Kettle & Fire Gas-Fed Bone Broth beef or chicken
- Pacific Natural Foods Organic Bone Broth chicken and turkey sampler (be sure to get bone broth and not just broth)
- Variety herbal teas
- Matcha Maker Green Tea (this is my favorite tea, so good it doesn’t need any sweetener added)
- Coconut water is more hydrating than regular water
- Spring water, you can flavor this with SweetLeaf stevia water drops or a few ounces of no-sugar-added juice
- Sugar-free jell-o gelatin sampler
- Sugar-free popsicles
- V8 or green juice diluted with Spring water
- No-sugar-added juice diluted with Spring water
- Almond milk (many patients cannot tolerate dairy after surgery, plus this has more protein than cow’s milk)
- Yerba mate royal tea sweetened with SweetLeaf stevia drops
- Strained soups; Amy’s soups are the healthiest ready-made soups I have found and the only ones that I’ll eat. They are vegetarian and quite tasty! Check with your dietician to see if its OK to puree these through the blender then strain so you’ll keep more of the good stuff in. And if you need a high quality blender, I recommend this Osterizer. I’ve used mine every day for years!
The bariatric diet phase 1 will introduce you to protein powder or ready-made shakes, which you’ve probably not eaten up to this point in your life. The variety of products on the market can be overwhelming, and some are vastly superior to others in terms of nutritional value and taste.
At this phase of your recovery from surgery, there are two protein powders that I highly recommend. This is because you will be consuming very little food (nutrition) at a time when nutrition is paramount for your body to heal. Both protein powders are extremely high-quality and gentle enough for the bariatric diet phase 1 (not all brands are). The superior quality of these products is reflected in the price, but you are only on phase 1 of the bariatric diet for a short time so overall it’s a small investment and certainly less money than you would have spent on food before your bariatric diet! Choose one or both of the following:
- A favorite protein powder is Pure Paleo Protein Vanilla or Chocolate and this is the brand my clinical nutritionist recommends (link to Amazon but you’ll get a better price from Designs for Health and use DFH10% for the coupon code). Pure Paleo is a dairy-free, highly-concentrated beef bone broth protein isolate hydrolyzed into more peptides, resulting in easier absorption and assimilation. It’s sweetened with stevia and is made from non-GMO ingredients. Extremely high quality and, of course, the price reflects that. If you can afford it, this is the one to get.
- The other favorite is Pure Protein Complete from Young Living in chocolate or vanilla spice. It’s made from cow and goat whey, pea protein, egg white protein, and organic hemp seed protein and provides a full range of amino acids including: D-aspartic acid, Threonine, L-serine, Glutamic acid, Glycine, Alanine, Valine, Methionine, Isoleucine, Leucine, Tyrosine, Phenylalanine, Lysine, Histidine, Arginine, Proline, Hydroxyproline, Cystine, Tryptophan, and Cysteine, along with an enzyme blend and vitamin blend. Email me for buying information (firstname.lastname@example.org).
If I could not swing the price of those brands then my next choice would be:
- ETB Naturally Protein, The Clean & Lean Alternative, because it is sweetened with stevia and broken down into peptides that the body can better absorb, with no artificial flavors or sweeteners, non-GMO and rGBH-free. Check out the chocolate single-serve packs and 2-lb container of vanilla.
If I needed a dairy-free protein powder then I would get:
- Garden of Life Raw Organic Fit is my favorite vegan, gluten-free protein powder — and my favorite flavor is Bob Marley Coffee. But I’ve also used Original, and both are sweetened with stevia! I love that it has added amino acids, which are great for building the body after surgery. This vegan brand maybe a little tougher on digestion owing to the fiber so take it slow at first to be sure it causes no upset.
- Zint beef collagen powder is a terrific unflavored dairy-free protein that has no taste or texture. I add it to practically any beverage. Collagen is a protein and provides a bioavailable source of amino acids. It will benefit hair, skin tissue, muscle, cartilage, ligaments and blood cell growth. Also try Premium Marine Collagen Peptides from wild-caught snapper.
I have never used the ready-made protein shakes but they certainly seem convenient, especially if you live alone and have no one to care for you during this time.
- BariatricPal carries a large selection of ready-to-shake instant protein drinks. Plus you’ll get free shipping on orders over $69.
Pro tip: A great idea for saving money and maximizing the nutrition from the tiny bit of food you’ll be eating is to home-prepare foods before surgery and store them.
Home-made foods for the bariatric diet phase 1:
- Making bone broth is easy and nourishing in an electric pressure cooker such as this Carey 10-qt or InstantPot 6-qt using this bone broth recipe; I use the Carey cooker and set it for 240 minutes.
- Make a healthful sugar-free jello using Now Foods beef gelatin natural powder and SweetLeaf stevia water drops. Gelatin is a rich source of dietary collagen, which is the key protein in the body made up of amino acids.
- Make sugar-free popsicles in these molds using Spring water flavored with SweetLeaf stevia water drops or no-sugar-added juice
Bariatric Diet Shopping List by Phase
If you’re looking for pre-op information then read: Pre-Op Bariatric Diet Shopping List. Stay tuned for our soon-to-be-published bariatric diet shopping list by phase for 2, 3, and 4.
Living larger than ever,
My Bariatric Life