If you’ve recently had bariatric surgery, you’re probably figuring out the inner workings of your new diet. Your nutrition concerns will be different than before you had surgery, and in the first several weeks after your procedure, it can be a challenge.
You will need to change up your meal plan while watching your calorie and carbohydrate intake. Here are some important must-knows about how to bring fruits and vegetables back into your diet after weight loss surgery.
The benefits of fruits and vegetables.
Fruits and veggies are a healthy and necessary part of your diet after weight loss surgery because they are packed with vitamins, antioxidants, fiber, and flavonoids. However, they can also be full of carbohydrates, so you should be careful to focus on introducing low-carb veggies back into your meal plans.
Green beans, broccoli, tomatoes, bell peppers, spinach, asparagus, and cauliflower are all good examples of vitamin-rich, low-carb vegetables. Squash, potatoes, peas, corn, and sweet potatoes have higher amounts of carbohydrates per serving and if you eat too much, it could slow down the weight loss process.
When it comes to fruits, eat them sparingly, simply because fruit servings have an average of 15 grams of carbs. This adds up over the course of a day and could slow down your weight loss process. Lower carb fruits include cantaloupe, grapefruit, and watermelon. Bananas, apples, and pineapple are higher in carbs. If you’re craving fruit, try adding some sugar-free fruit preserves on Greek yogurt.
Your new diet will require you to think outside the box a bit and get creative with meals. When you’re cooking, use spices, all-natural herbs, and fresh lemon or garlic to transform vegetables into a flavorful side dish. Branch out and try new healthy recipes and talk to your local grocery store produce expert on which veggies and fruits are in season. With a little creativity, you’ll be able to say goodbye to boring, flavorless meals, and introduce a wide array of healthy dishes into your diet.
Concentrate on exercise and small meals.
Be sure to eat small portions of food, as this is key to effective weight loss after surgery. In addition, if you have started a new exercise program, eating an extra small meal or two during the day can be beneficial, as it will give you the extra calories and protein you need to support your new, active lifestyle.
Your new diet will take a bit of research and dedication, but soon you’ll see a difference in how you look and how much energy you have. This is an exciting motivator! Contact our team today for more information on how we can support you on your journey to a healthy, active new lifestyle.
Added on 02/09/2017
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