That's a good question. I'm not sure what is the answer. I'll do some research in Google and get back to you if I discover an decent answer. You should email the people at Medifast as they probably know..
3 weeks prior - liquid.
2 weeks after - full liquid.
After this: try it. see if you can tolerate it..
These are my clinic's rules. However, in this week. my 16th day out, I am still pureeing and eating soft foods. Can't hurt me to be uber-cautious with the tender pouch. :)..
There are great variances in the bariatric programs. My program is as follows:.
Week 1: (Which commences after being discharged from the hospital) Full Liquids.
I was able to do cream of wheat which I was not fond of pre-op or post-op and was able to use 1% milk to make my shakes..
Week 2 & 3: Blended Medifast diet During this phase I was able to consume lowfat cottage cheese, puddings, pureed fruits/vegetables, however, the skin had to be removed. Mashed potatoes in chicken broth and poultry, no red meats. I lived off soups and greek yogurt. Shelly has a great recipe for broccoli and cheddar soup. Her baked ricotta is also great for this stage, however, I was a little leary b/c Ive had problems w/ high acidic foods in the past (tomatoes)..
Week 4 & 5: Soft Solids.
I was able to introduce toasted breads, steamed veggies, and fruits (as long as they are peeled). My nutrionist doesnt want us to eat anything other than the Arnold's Thins if we are to have bread. One bun it's 100 calories and has 5g of protein. I did try this and it was very filling. I had no appetite for the rest of the day. At this stage I am able to reintroduce any type of meat as tolerated..
Week 6: Solids.
If you'd like I can scan a copy of my booklet for your review. I am not contesting that my program is the best or that it is the only way to go but it gives me a guideline of what to follow and at what stage. I pretty much transition myself to each new stage granted that I didnt have a problem in the previous one. I'll send that to you for your review and comparison..
Josie, I would love a copy. I had.
On Thursday, dishcharged on Friday, and told to start soft foods on Monday. I guess I am getting impatient, and ready to advance..
I am finally up to 3oz a meal, and am eating high protein stuff (chicken, fish, beef, etc.), with a few condiment veggies, but in no hurry to increase the volume, just variety!..
This is a copy of my Medifast food plan post.
It also has menu ideas and recipies...
Thanks, Patricia! I am saving that with all my other WLS stuff on my laptop!..
Wow! I am on my 2nd month and am lucky if I get in 3oz of meat and a few tablespoons of veg at dinner..
I had to do liquid 10 days, then puree for 3 weeks, now solids as tolerated. Still working on trying different things......
2 weeks full liquid (including soups and cream of wheat).
2 weeks pureed.
2 weeks soft.
Nonfat milk, jello, pudding and protein drinks are included in all stages. After six weeks I can introduce regular food..
I got my Medifast food plan list yesterday but I hve not had the.
Yet. I know following the.
Clear liquids for 1-3 days then.
4-7 days is general liquids with transitioning to meals.
Then after 5 weeks it's transitioning to solid foods.
I have this packet of what I can and can't eat. Gotta read and read it...
For 5 days prior to.
: water, ice, and sugar free grape Kool-Aid sip one ounce medicine cups as soon as possible until the day after.
Day 2: Calorie-Free Clear liquids (Duration: 1 day).
Day 3: Sugar-Free, Liquid or semi solids ( 2-3 weeks).
Weeks 4-8. soft moist, ground/pureed foods (3-4 weeks).
After 28 days after surgery/ Lowfat solid foods. This is the Medifast diet from then on...
It seems that I see all kinds of different advice based on what they were told by their surgeons..
How different are our plans? Here's mine:.
1 month: dairy products/yogurt.
3 months: fruits and veggies.
6 months: whole-grain carbs..
I am 6 weeks post op. Mine has been about like Josie posted below. I have been able to add as I have felt comfortable and tolerate. MD office has suggested that I don't depend on protein drinks, etc for my protein to get it all from food. This has not worked since I have had a "resistant" pneumonia for the last 4 weeks, the past 2 weeks I have had to eat what I can manage to keep down due to the coughing...
Most plans provide guidelines, however, you may progress faster than the plan. I was on a regular Medifast diet at the end of 4 weeks post.
With the blessing of my nutritionist. The instructions were to chew, chew, chew, small bites and stop eating when the first hint of fullness was detected. It was also recommended to introduce new Medifast food items one at a time, so if something was upsetting it could be easily determined which Medifast food caused the problem..
My only Medifast food problems were with the white meat of chicken and scrambled eggs. I even can handle those now at 3 months post.
I check with my nutritionist via phone a couple of times and asked her if I could progress to the next Medifast food level; because I was not experiencing any problems and I hated the liquid and pureed stages. I was off liquid in 4 days and pureed at about 10 days post.
Slow purposeful eating was the key for me..
This is of some help. Just my experience..
Stage 1 (Hospital): Clear Liquids.
Stage 2 (Week 1): Full Liquids (Jello, Broth, Strained Soup,.
Shakes, SF Pudding, etc.).
Stage 3 (Weeks 2-4): Soft/ Pureed (Oatmeal, Canned Fruit, FF Yogurt, 2% LF Cheese, Moist Chicken, Fish, Eggs, Soft Beans, Yogurt, Cottage Cheese, WW Crackers).
Stage 4 (Week 5): Solid Foods (Gradual re-entry) Add fresh fruit, salads, crunchy vegs, high fiber cold cereal, quinoa, well toasted WW bread..
If Medifast food disagrees, discontinue and re-introduce later..
Empty carbs and calories. Liquids around meals, chewing, etc. rules apply..
AT LEAST 5 times per week...
Mine is fairly ambitious and is tailored if you don't tolerate well..
1 day post op .. clear liquids.
1 week full liquids.
1 week pureed ... crackers were okay at this level.
1 week mechanical soft.
Regular.... always with the proteins first followed by other foods. And.. all the chew chew chew........
It worked well for me and I've had few problems....
Wow, I hadnt realized how different my program was until I read this post. It is pretty specific, but here are the basics....
Forever rule: three 20 minute meals a day (no snacking). No drinking with meal and 30 minutes before and after..
Week 1: Water, caffeine-free herbal tea; sugar-free jell-o; chicken, turkey or vegetable broth..
Week 2-end of first month: add protein supplement, vitamins (can swallow whole if tolerated), chicken/turkey, fish/seafood (basically anything that swims or walks on 2 legs), eggs, cottage cheese, tofu, beans, low-fat low-sugar yogurt, reduced fat cheese, light mao, soy sauce, dried herbs/spices, olive oil, canola oil..
End of month 1-month 4: add liver, cooked vegetables (no corn, peas, potatoes or tomatoes), pealed fruits (no orange, grapefruit, lemon, lime or pineapple), low-fat dressings, low sugar sauces, reduced fat or natural nut butters..
End of Month 4 on: all foods as tolerated (3/1 ratio of protein to other foods. Protein first. White carbs (rice, potatoes, bread, etc) limited to 4 times a week..
Again, it's the only program Ive seen like it on here, but it's worked for me!.
I was on clear liquids for a week, full liquids for a week, pureed foods for the next week and then soft foods for week after that. My first solid, crunchy Medifast food was five weeks into recovery when I finally went back to work but I didn't push it, I still had plenty of soft foods. I was so excited to have dry cereal I used to pack it in a snack bag for lunch..
I think no matter what your program recommends you can't go wrong getting your multi-vitamins, protein and water in. Try new foods one at a time so you can figure out how they effect you...
I AM REALLY CLOSE TO KITTY'S PROGRAM...REAL CLOSE....
I AM TRYING TO DO AS MUCH PROTEIN FROM Medifast food NOW AS POSSIBLE, AND STRUGGLE SOME DAYS DO DO ANYTHING, BUT DO THE BEST I CAN...I AM ALLOWED SOME STARCH NOW, BUT IT IS A SLOW GO THERE AS MOST ARE NOT AGREEING WITH ME...ISN'T THAT A SHAME...NOT....
1/2 CUP OF RICE KRISPIES IS ABOUT THE ONLY CARBS THAT IS SETTLING OKAY...AND THE LAST 2 DAYS SKIM MILK IS ALL I HAVE BEEN ABLE TO TOLERATE...THAT AND ONE CUP OF LITE APPLE JUICE....MAYBE TODAY WILL BE BETTER...