The biggest challenge for the recovery period is adjusting to your new eating habits. The post-op diet begins immediately after surgery, starting with the clear liquid diet phase for at least one to two weeks. During this time, you can drink milk, fruit, juice, water, and sherbet. You will gradually start incorporating more foods as you go through the second phase of thick, pureed liquids, after two, and soft foods after the liquid diet. After 2-3 weeks, the first foods are soup with minimal vegetables, yogurt, and pudding. After this, you will slowly move your way up to solid foods. You need time to recover and adjust to the new size of your stomach.
Once you get to the solid food stage, which is 4-6 weeks after surgery, you will only be able to eat small amounts of food at a time. If you are used to three large meals a day, start getting used to 5-6 smaller meals throughout the day. Each meal is about four spoonfuls of chewed food. It takes a while to get used to the smaller amount and recognizing the signs of being full. Make sure to chew slowly and take time during your meals, allowing your body to show signs of fullness. If you overeat, your body rejects the food, and you will be vomiting.