Sunday, January 30, 2011

Stage 3 Diet (Begin 2 Weeks Post-Op, Continue for 2 Weeks)

I've been thinking about Sheila's comment about what was allowed in her diet two weeks post-op, versus mine. Funny how things vary so much between surgeons!

My "Stage 3 Diet," beginning two weeks after surgery, and continuing for two weeks:

4, 2-ounce protein servings, 1 dairy serving, 3 fruit/veggie/starch servings, 1 fat serving

- 2 oz chicken
- 2 oz ground turkey
- 2 oz fish/tuna
- 2 oz cheese or soy cheese
- 2 oz eggs or 4 egg whites or 1/2 cup Egg Beaters
- 2 oz deli meat (no roast beef)
- 1/2 cup cottage cheese
- 1 cup tofu

- 8 oz smooth light yogurt
- 8 oz skim, 1% or low-fat soy milk
- 1/2 cup sugar free pudding
- 1 cup sugar free hot cocoa
- 8 oz light yogurt drink

- 1/2 cup applesauce
- 1/2 cup mashed pears (no juice or syrup)
- 4" banana, mashed
- 1/2 cup mashed potatoes or sweet potatoes
- 1/2 cup pureed butternut squash
- 1 cup low fat creamed soup
- 1/2 cup cooked oatmeal, cream of wheat or farina

- 1 tsp butter, margarine, mayo or oil
- 1 T light margarine, light salad dressing, fat-free gravy or light mayo

- At least 56 oz non-caloric, non-carbonated, non-caffeinated liquid per day

- 60-70 grams/day

*Yawn.* I think I had a point in mind when I started writing this post, but it is late and I am tired. I was just thinking about the differences in food plans following surgery. I had cream of potato soup tonight, and a sugar-free pudding, and for the first time in my life, I am laying in bed with a terrible case of heartburn! I knew I had not eaten "off plan," but pulled out my manual just to make sure. Funny - I can eat many things, but not nearly what is on the plan, nor in the quantities suggested. When I have cottage cheese, for instance, I am measuring out two ounces, and it leaves me *stuffed.* One cup of tofu?? One cup of anything = no way possible right now.


  1. Hi Julie! Somehow your blog does not allow me to post just with name and URL. The problem is, that my other accounts are associated with a different blog which is about translation and not really of interest here :-)
    I was wondering if you'd like to change that? It's easy - I found some instructions on the web:
    1. Sign into Blogger
    2. Go to your ‘Dashboard’
    3. Click on the ‘Settings’ tab
    4. Click on the ‘Comments’ sub-tab
    5. Under the heading ‘Who Can Comment’ select Anyone (this will allow ALL readers to be able to enter their URLs/website addresses when they leave comments)
    6. Under the heading ‘Comment Placement Form’ select Embedded Below Post (this will stop sending your readers to a new page to enter comments)

  2. Thanks Susanne, I changed the settings. :) I love your blog, btw, I think I read it from start to finish yesterday!

  3. Thanks! This is better - though I understand why you'd not select that option.
    I guess you have read my "Week 2" plan, but I thought I'd post it here so people can see just how different the meal plans are depending on surgeon. This is what I was allowed to eat Week 2-6 (even though it says 2-4):