Nutrition Corner - Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center
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Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center


Nutrition Corner

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Diet Progression following surgery:  

How a patient progresses their diet following weight loss surgery is largely individualized to the medical center doing the procedure, and to the patient's tolerance to food. At Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center, we do not routinely require you to follow a liquid diet prior to surgery, but there may be circumstances when the surgeon requests it.

  • You will not eat & drink the night before surgery and the day of surgery.
  • You will receive a bariatric clear liquid diet on Day 1 after surgery that consists of several non-calorie liquids.
  • You will receive a bariatric full liquid diet on Day 2 after surgery, if you tolerated the clear liquid diet. This diet consists of strained soups, skim milk, and cream of wheat in addition to clear liquids from the first day.
  • You will receive a bariatric pureed diet on Day 3 after surgery, if you tolerated the full liquid diet. This diet consists of foods in a pureed form, as well as clear and full liquid foods. You will be discharged from the hospital on a pureed diet.
  • You may slowly transition to a soft, regular textured diet 1 month after surgery.

Our Favorite Foods...and ways to eat them!

This list will continue to grow, so check back often. If you have suggestions to add to this list, email the dietitian at

1.  Plain Greek Yogurt

 - Mix (non-fat) plain greek yogurt in some dry ranch powder, and dip your favorite veggies  in for a high protein snack.
 - Mix (non-fat) plain greek yogurt and fresh fruit for a sweet flavoring.  You will get extra  fiber by adding fruit.

2.  Natural Peanut Butter

 - Make a peanut butter & banana sandwich using the banana as the bread.  Slice the  banana down the center and fill with natural peanut butter.  It will give you both  protein and fruit all in one "mini" sandwich.

3.  Edemamme

 - Microwave in a bowl for 1-2 minutes, and a small amount of kosher salt and enjoy!
 - Use the already shelled soybeans as a topping in a salad.  Great way to add extra nutrients and protein.


Eating after weight loss surgery does take some planning and preparation, but you are not required to eat "diet" food for the rest of your life. There are so many yummy foods that are healthy, have tons of nutrients, and won't break the bank.

This list is just getting started, so check back for more recipes coming soon!  If you have a unique recipe you would like to see added to this list, email the dietitian and let me know. 

Pureed Month


White Bean Dip


For Life

Taco Chili  Pumpkin Pancakes 

Balsamic Tuna Salad 

Black Bean Burger 
Italian Turkey Burger Roasted Salmon 
Chicken Fajitas with Avocado & Corn Salsa  Chicken Pita Sandwich      
White Bean Dip   Mango Salsa Pizza 

Tips for surviving the Pureed Month

  1. Purchase 1-2 weeks worth of food prior to having surgery.  This will help eliminate  chances of eating the wrong food after surgery.
  2. If you plan on pureeing your own food, do so before surgery.  Use ice cube trays to freeze the pureed food.  Each "ice cube" is 1 ounce of food.  Simply pop out the food, heat it up, and your meal is ready.
  3. Many patients will find several days worth of pureed foods they like, and just repeat for 1 month.  Variety is not as important during the first month, but staying on a pureed diet is.
  4. Come to support group for support from veterans who have been through it before!
  5. Remember, this is 1 month you must eat pureed foods. Just 1 month. It will be over before you know it. You can do it!