Meal Breakdowns: Pre and Post- OP

Prior to surgery, your doctor may have a pre-op diet you must follow. This varies with each surgeon. Some just have a 1 day clear liquid diet, some have 2 weeks of liquids before surgery. Mine had a 1 month 1200 calorie diet and a 1 day clear liquid diet the day before surgery. The point of this diet is to shrink your liver and make it easier for them to navigate inside of you to complete the surgery laparoscopicly.

On the day of surgery, you will not be able to eat or drink anything… and then post-op you will not want to.


In order to leave the hospital, you must be able to get down, and keep down 4oz of liquid per hour and walk the hospital to get the gas that they pumped into your stomach. Yes, this means that they want you to burp, fart and use the restroom on your own. Now- When they let you leave, your post-op diet starts… You are required to limit your sugar, fat, and carbs to prevent issues with digestion. I will create a tab that includes screenshots of the Kaiser printouts for each week. In addition to a daily intake of 64oz of water, and 60 grams of protein (as close as you possibly can the first 2 weeks, and then at least 60 after that) you must follow the following breakdowns (these vary by surgeon’s office)

Weeks 1-2: Full Liquids- this includes pre-made protein shakes (i.e. premier protein, equate protein etc.), bone broth, low-fat creamed soups, sugar-free pudding or greek yogurt. This stage is relatively easy because for the first week you are not interested in eating or drinking anything… Week 2, YOU.JUST.WANT.TO.CHEW.SOMETHING…. it is frustrating, but you have to push through.

Weeks 3-4: Pureed foods- regular protein shakes, scrambled eggs, thinned mashed potatoes, blenderized creamed soups, non-fat yogurt or greek yogurts. The introduction of scrambled eggs and mashed potatoes are life savers here! They help you to feel like you are chewing something and are the closest to real food.

weeks 5-6: Soft foods- anything soft like steamed or poached fish, tuna, ground chicken or turkey, low fat beans, tofu, well cooked veggies (Except those that are gassy like brussel sprouts, broccoli and asparagus). Pure joy… not because you are starving, or that food sounds good, but when you are hungry you want something that is a bit more satisfying than soups or thin mashed potatoes… Low fat beans and ground turkey were my faves!

Weeks 7-12: Regular foods- this means any normal food, but limited to 400-600 calories per day; .25 – .5 cups per meal. This is where things are tough for most… Yes, TECHNICALLY you can have what you want, but you shouldn’t. This surgery is a tool, it will not eliminate your food addiction if you suffer from that. It will not make you not crave hot Cheetos (They sound so good, but I have still avoided them like the plague). Having something that doesn’t meet my meal plan, just because it is tasty, is not worth risking my overall goal with this surgery.

Months 3-6: Regular foods with a daily calorie intake of 600-800; .5 – .75 cups per meal

Months: 7-12: regular foods with a daily calorie intake of 800-1000; .75-1 cup per meal

Months 12+: regular foods with a daily intake of 1000-1200; 1-1.5 cups per meal

Now- with these meal plans there are foods to avoid (mentioned some in the photos below) as well as the fact that you will be taking vitamins every day for the rest of your life. You also will have prescribed medicine post op, however this is typically for only a few months. I plan to do a post covering why certain items are meant to be avoided and the full breakdown of vitamins to take. I included the pages below for reference, but there are additional supplements to take that are helpful.

I will be writing up a post on my daily foods, and including some of my favorite post op snacks and recipes! I post a lot of this on Instagram, so follow me there to see daily posts!

Please leave comments or message me if there is something specific you would like to know or would like me to cover.

Sophia Carolina

The images above do not belong to me- they are directly from the Kaiser packet provided by my surgeon.

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