In order to help maintain muscle, lose fat, and promote proper healing, it is very important to include enough protein in your diet. Your body makes thirteen amino acids, which are the building blocks of protein. However, there are nine “essential” amino acids that your body cannot produce, which you must obtain from food sources. It is important to eat “complete” foods, which are foods that contain enough “essential” amino acids. Be sure to eat plenty of lean protein foods, which are lower in calories and will help you maintain your weight loss.
This information is for use only after you have had surgery. We are sending it now so you can have your kitchen stocked with the essentials when you get home. This information is not to be used for your pre-op diet meals. Protein (Meat, Poultry, Fish & Eggs) Buy lean meats, fresh or frozen. Eggs, egg whites, or Egg Beaters. Chicken (ground). Turkey (ground). Fish, white fish, salmon, halibut, pollack. Tuna, crab, scallops. Beef (ground). Pork (ground)
You should have two or three protein shakes daily and all the salads (with homemade dressing, not store bought), NON-starchy vegetables (e.g. carrots, celery, zucchini, broccoli, cauliflower, radishes, onions), and approved soups (e.g. tomato basil, sacred heart, egg roll) that you want.