Pureed Diet, 2 Weeks Post-Op – 4 Weeks Post-Op
Once you have completed two weeks of the liquids phase of the post-op diet, you will graduate to purees. The protein goal is still 70-80 grams per day. These foods should be soft and wet. As you add in foods, you will start the 30/30/30 rule of eating and drinking. You want to avoid drinking 30 minutes before a meal, your meal should last 30 minutes, and you should wait 30 minutes after a meal to start drinking again.
Guidelines for the Pureed Diet phase
Avoid eating and drinking at the same time. You should space liquids at least 30 minutes before eating and at least 30 minutes after.
Schedule your meal times to ensure you are eating small meals and not grazing throughout the day. Setting a timer may be helpful.
Aim for three meals and two snacks per day. If you are struggling to meet protein goals, utilizing a protein shake for one snack may be helpful.
Start by portioning out ¼ cup.
Eat slowly and without distractions like television. You should make your meal last about 30 minutes.
Prioritize protein with every meal!
Appropriate foods to add during the Pureed Diet include
• Scrambled eggs/egg substitute
• Baby food
• Low-sugar Yogurt (without chunks or granola added)
• Blended cottage cheese
• Low-fat cream soups
• Nonfat refried beans
To make your own purees, you will need to chop food into small pieces then blend or use a food processor to reduce the texture. For most foods, you will need to add liquid to thin the mixture enough to achieve a puree. To do this, add milk or broth. You are looking to achieve a thin, mashed potatoes like consistency.
Foods best to avoid during the Pureed Diet
• Chunks, seeds, or nuts
• Dry cereal
• Coarse cooked cereal
• Rice or noodles
• Nut butter
Don’t Forget to Stay Hydrated
Continue to sip hydrating fluids like water or sugar-free liquids throughout the day. Sipping every 5 to 10 minutes is a good rule of thumb. Remember, you should avoid eating and drinking at the same time. Give yourself at least 30 minutes before a meal without drinking and 30 minutes after before you resume drinking. You should drink at least 48 ounces of fluid per day.