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Navigating life after the gastric balloon: Tips and meal plans for success

Post-procedure, your lifestyle and eating habits will need some adjustments to maximize the benefits of the gastric balloon. In this blog, we’ll provide you with tips and meal plans to help you make the most of your new path to a healthier life. 

Post procedure tips: 

  1. Hydration is key: Staying hydrated is vital after your gastric balloon procedure. Sip water throughout the day to avoid dehydration and promote a sense of fullness. 
  1. Listen to your body: Pay attention to hunger and fullness cues. It’s easy to overeat if you eat too quickly or ignore these signals. Eating slowly and try to each bite. This will help you feel satisfied with smaller portions. 
  1. Portion control: Keep portion sizes small and manageable. A good tip to help with this is to use smaller plates and utensils to help you gauge portions better.  
  1. Chew thoroughly: Chewing your food thoroughly not only aids digestion but also helps you feel satisfied faster.  

 

 

Meal plan examples:  

Here are two examples of some meal plans to get your started on your post gastric balloon journey: 

 Meal plan 1: 

  • Breakfast: Greek yogurt with berries. 
  • Mid-morning snack: A small apple with a tablespoon of almond butter. 
  • Lunch: Grilled chicken breast with a side of mixed greens with a low-calorie dressing. 
  • Afternoon snack: Carrot sticks with hummus. 
  • Dinner: Baked salmon with steamed broccoli and quinoa. 
  • Evening snack (if needed): A small handful of mixed nuts. 

 

Meal plan 2:  

  • Breakfast: Scrambled eggs with spinach. 
  • Mid-morning snack: A protein smoothie with spinach, banana, and protein powder. 
  • Lunch: Turkey and avocado lettuce wraps. 
  • Afternoon snack: Sliced cucumber with cottage cheese. 
  • Dinner: Stir-fried tofu with mixed vegetables and brown rice. 

Remember that these are just sample meal plans, and it’s essential to tailor your meals to your own preferences and dietary needs. Focus on lean proteins, whole grains, fruits, and vegetables to ensure you’re getting the necessary nutrients. 

Conclusion:  

As you embark on your post-gastric balloon journey, it’s important to remember that this procedure is a tool to help you adopt a healthier lifestyle. By staying hydrated, practising portion control, following balanced meal plans and optimising calories to make the most of this opportunity to transform your life. And remember, you’re not alone in this journey. The gastric balloon group is here to support and guide you along the way.