BARIATRIC DIETS – General Guidelines

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  5. BARIATRIC DIETS – General Guidelines
  • While drinking liquids sip slowly, do not gulp, do not use a straw 
    • Use a spoon to help you sip your liquids slower
  • Avoid extreme temperatures (extreme hot or cold foods or liquids)
  • “30-Minute Rule” – avoid drinking fluids for 30 minutes before or after eating solids or drinking protein shakes
  • “30-Second Rule” – chew each bite 30 times or for 30 seconds before swallowing
  • Always check your tolerance level when taking fluids or solids by mouth
  • Stop drinking or eating when you feel full, do not force yourself to complete your meal or beverage
  • Avoid carbonated beverages
  • Avoid caffeinated beverages
  • Limit sugar, sugar substitutes are permitted (Refer to the list of “Sugar-Substitutes”)
  • Recommend avoiding alcoholic beverages for 6 months
  • Do not skip meals, have 3 meals per day (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
    • Give yourself 30-45 minutes for each of your main meals
    • Avoid returning to your meal after a few hours
  • Avoid “grazing” or eating constantly throughout the day
  • Always remember to keep increasing physical activity as tolerated

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