Gastric surgery is not just about going and getting a surgery done one fine day. It is about adopting a different way of life. Gastric bypass patients have to have a strict diet at all times throughout their life.
WatchMeGetSkinny, a fellow Youtuber, underwent gastric bypass two years ago and gives us an insight into what he eats on average in a day.
This is his routine on a working day though his meals vary from time to time.
Eating After Gastric Bypass Surgery
Small Portions and 5 Meals in a Day
Morning: His morning meal begins at 7:30 a.m. So here, the trick lies in waking up early in the morning and allowing your sluggish system to function in an appropriate manner. For this very purpose, he makes sure that he sleeps in time and avoids late nights as far as possible.
He has a third of a banana, a tablespoon of raisins, a tablespoon of walnuts and half a scoop cinnamon flavoured protein. He mixes these ingredients together in a bowl and sometimes is not able to finish the final product completely. He has snacks at 10:00 a.m. every day.
Snack #1: For snacks he has boiled broccoli, cauliflower and carrots and a few pieces of cheese. This meal is ideally scheduled for 10:00 a.m.
Lunch: He has his lunch at 12:00 p.m. Lunch would probably be home made chilli with cheese and 6-8 crackers with it or something similar.
Snack #2: At 3:30 p.m. he has a snack of diced turkey breasts and cheese cubes.
Dinner: At 7:30 p.m. for dinner, he has a portion of nacho chicken. For a side dish, he has a salad made with corn and black beans made in a south-western style.
Snack #3: At night his final meal is a protein shake, which is made of 8oz (300 ml) of milk, two handfuls of ice, concentrated focused flavour (usually citrus), 4-6 cubes of pineapple, a scoop of protein (Matrix orange cream), along with half a banana. All of this is blended together till it’s nice and thick and creamy.
This little meal is considered vital because it is consumed a few minutes before sleeping. As the human body is deprived of nutrients during the night, it is vitally important that the last meal of the day is high in nutritive value. This helps your body from becoming nutrient deficient during the night.
WatchMeGetSkinny says that one has to be very careful about one’s dietary habits post surgery. There are some days when you can eat more and some days when you can eat less. Your diet will always be in control. So that is a choice you have to make before you undergo bypass surgery.
WatchMeGetSkinny found inspiration in a twisted tree and says life has many twists and turns. Gastric surgery and life post surgery is just another adventure that he undertook, and interestingly, he emerged from this adventure as a true winner.