Eating with the a gastric balloon in you stomach can take some getting used to. It will be different from how you’re used to eating…which is really the whole point of gastric balloon weight loss – learn to eat healthier portion sizes and healthier foods for long term weight loss and healthier living. Although different, it doesn’t have to be overwhelming. A little bit of planning and preparation will get you going in the right direction and on your way to a slimmer, healthier you.
Once you’ve completed the first week or two of a liquid to semi-liquid diet, you’ll likely be cleared by your surgeon to progress to more solid foods. Meal prep is going to be a tremendous aid in keeping you on course. If you haven’t done it before, meal prepping simply involves setting aside some time once or twice a week to make meals for when you’re too tired or busy to cook. It’s like homemade TV dinners, ready and waiting for whenever you are. Meal prepping reduces the chance of poor eating decisions dictated by hunger and tiredness. If you don’t have a healthy meal waiting for you at home after work it can be tempting to just grab fast food because you’re hungry and don’t want to cook. Or if you don’t have something to take to lunch, guess how easy it is just go out to eat with coworkers and be tempted to eat something you’ll regret later? It’s very easy and we’ve all been there.
So, here are a few tips that can get you in the groove of meal prepping and keep your diet and healthy lifestyle on track:
Make Your Grocery List: Have fun and mix things up a bit but plan to get certain “staples” that will be easy to incorporate into any meal. Here are some we’ve found helpful to have handy:
- Egg whites
- Greek yogurt
- Sweet potatoes
- Fruits: soft fruits such as berries, bananas and other fruits if you can avoid the skins
- Vegetables that can be cooked well
- Protein Shakes
- Sugar free pudding
- Sugar free popsicles
- Sugar free gelatin
Cooking Time: Put your favorite show on or crank the tunes and have fun while cooking your food. Invest in some little plastic meal containers or mason jars to store your meals. Make them easy to just grab from the fridge or freezer.
- Marinate meats
- Bake, broil, grill, pan-cook or crock pot it
- Boil eggs
- Measure out ¼ cup of oats for overnight oatmeal
- Chop veggies to get them ready to steam or bake.
- Bake, microwave or mash sweet potatoes
- Cook rice or lentils
Measure Proper Portion Sizes: per meal
- 3 ounces of meat
- ½ cup of cooked veggies
- ¼ cup of starch
- 3-4 days in the fridge
- 2 months in the freezer
Some Pre-cooked Foods: to further help cut down on prepping.
- Rotisserie chicken
- Canned chicken, salmon or tuna
- Precooked shrimp
- Greek yogurt
- Steam in the bag veggies
- Microwavable brown rice
- Low sugar instant oatmeal
Just remember, plan ahead and have fun! You can do this!