Preparing a health-filled pre-op bariatric diet shopping list before my gastric bypass was not easy for me. After a lifetime of being a processed food junkie, I did not understand what were 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. Our bariatric shopping lists make 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 (I love the convenience, price and selection on Amazon). Read: How Does the Bariatric Diet Work?
What follows below is the pre-op bariatric diet shopping list. You will find the bariatric diet shopping list for phases 1, 2, 3, and 4 in the article that is linked at the end of this article.
As always, follow your trusted healthcare provider’s advice over anything I’ve stated here. Simply make any modifications necessary to the lists and use them for your bariatric shopping trip. Our shopping list is provided as information-sharing and is not medical advice.
Why the Pre-Op Bariatric Diet is Important
Pre-surgery dietary changes are necessary in order to build a good foundation from which to begin your weight loss journey. Bariatric surgeons restrict patients to a liquid protein diet for the one to two weeks before weight loss surgery. Some bariatric surgeons even require that weight loss surgery patients lose 10% of their body weight before surgery.
Such changes will not only better prepare weight loss patients for surgery but also will help define the change in diet that follows bariatric surgery. A high-protein, calorie-controlled diet prior to surgery is a good starting point. Read: First 6 Months of Gastric Bypass Weight Loss
Add to that, following the pre-op liquid diet puts your body into ketosis. This allows your body to use your fat stores as an energy source. And why this is important, is that the fat in your liver shrinks considerably in a short amount of time.
A large liver prevents your surgeon from visualizing certain anatomy during the procedure. If the liver is too large, it then becomes unsafe to perform your weight loss surgery. Surgery may then be cancelled and rescheduled to a later date.
Pre-Op Bariatric Diet Shopping List
The pre-op liquid diet shopping list will contain mostly protein powder or ready-made shakes. Here are a few brands and flavors that I enjoy:
- I just ordered my second tub of Protein One MultiVitamin & Meal Replacement – Cinnamon Swirl. I am hooked on cinnamon but it also comes in double fudge, French vanilla, and raw (unflavored). And be sure to save my recipe for Cinnamon Bun Pancakes for when you are eating solids! Unfortunately it is sweetened with sucralose, which can cause digestive distress and accordingly I am no longer able to use it.
- Another favorite is 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.
- Garden of Life Raw Organic Fit (vegan, gluten-free) my favorite flavor is Bob Marley Coffee but I’ve also used Original
- Syntrax Nectar (gluten-free, lactose-free) my favorite flavors: roadside lemonade, strawberry-kiwi, and fuzzy navel but you may want to try this sampler of all 15 flavors. It’s sweetened with sucralose so if that is a problem for you then order the Nectar Naturals sweetened with stevia. It comes in a variety of flavors: vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, peach, fruit punch and orange.
- I have never used the ready-made protein shakes but you can find a variety of brands on the BariatricPal Store. That’s another “go-to” for online bariatric shopping! READ: Making the Bariatric Diet Easier
Include several or all of the following on your pre-op bariatric diet shopping list, depending on your taste-preferences:
- Kettle & Fire Grass-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)
- V8 or green juice
- Sugar-free/No sugar-added, non-caffeinated, non-carbonated beverages such as iced yerba mate royal tea, variety herbal teas, and coconut water
- SweetLeaf stevia drops (for sweetening tea)
- Almond milk
- Spring water, you can flavor this with SweetLeaf stevia water drops
- Sugar-free jell-o gelatin sampler, better yet make your own jello for optimum nutrition using Now Foods beef gelatin natural powder and SweetLeaf stevia water drops
- Sugar-free popsicles, even better to make your own using SweetLeaf stevia water drops
Some bariatric surgeons have their patients follow a ketogenic diet rather than a liquid diet preoperatively. The main difference here is that weight loss patients will consume lean protein during each day of the pre-op bariatric diet. I found the keto diet confusing, as well as there are lots of unhealthy keto recipes on the web and Pinterest. So I highly recommend Leanne Vogel’s Keto Beginning program, because she completely explains the diet and makes it simple with meal plans, shopping lists, recipes, and more.
You will move through the bariatric diet phases 1, 2, 3, and 4 after your surgery. Next up is the Bariatric Diet Phase 1 Shopping List.
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