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What diet should I follow under phase IV of post-obesity-surgery?

Tonya Bolden
Alternative & Complementary Medicine

In early September I went into phase IV of my must, must, must healing plan. At last! For breakfast, lunch, and dinner some food I could sink my teeth into! -  kinda sorta. It was baby food. For breakfast: one ounce of a high-protein food, a half ounce of fruit, and a half ounce of starch.(two tablespoons)  For lunch and dinner: one ounce of a high-protein food; a half ounce of veggie; and a half ounce of starch or fruit.

The high-protein food list included pureed fish and meats; scrambled or pureed eggs; and several things I could not have due to lactose intolerance: cottage cheese, cream soups, yogurt, milk. For the fruit, it was take your pick - so long as it was pureed. Veggies? Whatever I wanted, just so long as it was pureed. And not gas forming. So I could say yes to carrots, green beans, squash, and such, but unless I wanted to be in a great deal of discomfort, I had to say no to the likes of broccoli, cauliflower, lettuce, spinach, and cabbage. Until I healed, such gas-producing veggies would put too much strain on my little pouch.

For starches, it was more of the same from that recommended in phase III of postsurgery diet plan in the book Half The Mother, Twice The Love, plus the options of rice, pasta, and baby-soft mashed potatoes or yams. I was glad that I could eat some food with a bit more heft, but that baby food was icky; so flavorless. I understood why babies make that face when they see baby food coming toward them. I started pureeing my own food.

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