Sunday, June 7, 2009

Liquid Phase Diet

For all of you wanderers looking into the gastric band, here are some ideas for the Liquid Phase. The liquid phase is the first week (or two depending on your doctor) after having gastric band surgery. After surgery, you need time to heal. That is why a liquid diet is needed. Remember, this is only temporary. It stinks, but it is temporary. After the liquids phase comes the mushy phase. It gets a lot better then. There will be more on that later.

Ideas and Recipes for post-op Liquid Phase

Breakfast Ideas
Sugar-Free Hot Chocolate with Sugar-Free Cool Whip
Milk, Chocolate Milk
Yogurt without any chunks. Fiber One
Yogurt Smoothies- Dannon Activa
V-8 Diet Splash- Fruit
V-8 Fusion Light- Fruit and Vegetables
Fruit Smoothies- found by the yogurt
Protein Shakes-
-EAS Protein Shakes AdvantEdge Carb Control are great.
-They are low cal, low carb, and have 17grams of protein
-Slim Fast High Protein Mix

Carnation Instant Breakfast w/ Milk
-Flavors include: Chocolate, French Vanilla, Strawberry, Chocolate Malt, Dark Chocolate
-Some even come in sugar- free
-On average: 13 grams of Protien and 50% of daily calcium
-There are also some great recipe ideas on their website found here
- For example:
Chocolate Azteca
1 packet chocolate Carnation Breakfast
1 cup of fat-free milk
1 tablespoon Carmel Syrup
1/2 tablespoon Cinnamon
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1/2 teaspoon of Instant coffee granuales

Blend well in Blender. Great hot or cold.

Lunch and Dinner Ideas

V-8 Veggie Juice Low Sodium

Jello Pudding- yummm, it makes you feel like a kid again. There are so many different flavors to choose from! They have quite a few flavors in Sugar Free and Fat Free like Vanilla, Chocolate, Lemon, Pistachio, Banana Cream, and even Cheese Cake! Try mixing Chocolate pudding with Cheese Cake pudding for Chocolate Cheese Cake! Enjoy it now, It might be the last chocolate cheese cake you'll ever have...

Tomato Soup
Chicken Broth
Beef Broth
Chicken Noodle- strained without the chicken or the noodle :)
Cambell's V-8 soups- They come in a little green box.
-Flavors include: Sweet Red Pepper, Tomato Herb, Garden Broccoli, Butternut Squash, Southwestern Corn. Just add a little bit of milk or water, salt and pepper for taste. Strain.
Cambell's Soup has a ton of soup options. Like cream of mushroom, cream of chicken, cream of broccoli. Add milk, salt and pepper to taste. Puree, then strain.

Any soup without chunks will do. If you like being prepared, try making your favorite soup ahead of time and freezing it in ice cube trays. Pop them out when they are frozen and put them in a ziplock bag. That way, when you get home, you don't have to worry about making soup. All you have to do is take out the amount you want and microwave.

Avoid chunks by pureeing then straining all of your soups.

Other Ideas

Children's Chewable Multi-vitamins- be sure to chew well
Real Fruit Popsicles
Frozen yogurt
Jello Gelatin
Juice without pulp
Tropicana Orange Juice Trop50 pulp free- 50% less sugar and calories
Diet Snapple
Diet Sobe
Crystal Light
Sugar free Kool-Aid
Diet Gatorade G2
Diet Powerade Zero

I hope you got a few good ideas. Always remember to listen and follow your doctor's guidelines. I am not, nor do I claim to be, a doctor. I know only through my personal journey and the guidelines given to me by my medical team.


  1. As a new bandster, I'm so grateful to you for starting this blog!! I'm still in the liquid phase, and here's something I came up with last night. I had roasted a chicken for my daughters a couple of days ago, and made stock out of the bones. I added some cracked red pepper to the stock, so it was nice and spicy. I strained it with cheesecloth so I had just some broth, which I mixed with hot milk to make "cream of chicken soup." It was DELICIOUS! It tasted like the broth from corn chowder. I'm going to have some for lunch in a little while. The liquid phase is not so bad.

  2. Hi,
    I'm newly banded and just found this site - it's awesome. I'm still on liquids and find adding good spices to the shakes makes them much easier to drink. My favorite right now is basil with roadside lemonaide protein powder.

  3. As the others have mentioned, I too am new to being banded... thank you for you time and dedication you put into this site! Me, my magic bullet and protein power are looking forward to trying out some of your tasty creations.

  4. Anonymous- Congrats on the band!

  5. Hi there,

    You're site is fabulous! Thanks!
    I've also just found another site,
    I think it's based in Australia - it looks great and they keep it updated quite often. It's helping me.



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