Post-Op Phase 2

Sleeve Gastrectomy/Gastric Bypass
Post-Op Phase 2 – Soft Solid Foods – Day 22-42
3-4 oz. per meal

When to Start Stage 2

Start this diet at post-op Day 22 and continue for 3 weeks.  This is still time learning about your new body. Let your pouch be your guide on portion sizes. Stop eating BEFORE you feel full. Remember overeating can lead to nausea, vomiting, and stretching out your stomach.

Stage 2 Menu: Includes foods listed on the full liquid diet plus:

  • Lean ground beef, ground chicken and ground turkey (90% lean) baked or broiled
  • Fish or salmon, baked or broiled eggs
  • Lean canned chicken or tuna (in water); deli meat, thinly sliced
  • Creamy peanut butter (limit to 1 tablespoon per day)
  • Low fat or fat free cottage cheese and ricotta cheese
  • 2% or fat free string cheese, cheese slices, or laughing cow cheeses
  • Canned fruit (fruit cocktail - no grapes or cherries) in its own juice, light, or no sugar added
  • Soft Bananas (remove strings) no more than 2-3 per week
  • Soft cooked or canned vegetables
  • Light yogurt all flavors (Low fat Greek Yogurt)

Foods to Avoid:

  • All raw fruit (except banana)
  • All raw veggies, including lettuce and tomato
  • Cooked or raw asparagus, celery, corn, or peas 
  • All nuts
  • Bread, pasta, rice, crackers, tortillas, chips, etc.

Sample Meals

  • 1 oz. of meat provides you with 7 grams of protein.
  • Try to consume 60g of protein daily from food and protein supplements.

Make sure to choose:

  1. Protein food FIRST
  2. Fruit or vegetable SECOND.    
  3. Starch/grain LAST if at all.

Servings listed below are only estimates. You may be able to eat more or less.

1/2 cup total (4 oz.)
Egg or Egg whites scrambled with 1 oz.
low fat cheese topped with 1 TBSP salsa
2% string cheese
Natural applesauce
1/2 cup total (4 oz.)
Low fat deli turkey breast
1/2 deviled egg made with low fat mayo
Canned tuna in water mixed with low
fat mayo and mustard
1/2 cup total (4 oz.)
Baked fish
Cooked green beans
Lean ground beef/turkey patty*
(use caution)