Before the Journey

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Like many expeditions into the unknown, the Gastric Balloon journey has a beginning, middle and end. Below is a detailed look at what to expect:

Eating Guidelines

• Eat slowly and chew thoroughly

• Use small dishes to help with portion control and always stop eating when you feel full

• Gradually introduce a variety of foods to your meal, especially those high in protein like meat, poultry, fish, dairy and eggs. Have a protein-rich food with each meal

• Choose well-cooked vegetables. Raw vegetables should be chopped into small pieces and avoid foods difficult to digest, such as raw cauliflower and onions and fried foods

• Moderate your use of artificial sweeteners and diet soft drinks

• Avoid things with high caloric density such as sugar, honey, candy, sweet drinks, dried fruits, fat based dressings and nuts

• When using salad dressing, stick to olive oil or balsamic vinegar

• Avoid eating late at night and do not eat for at least two hours before going to sleep. The gastric balloon tends to move up when you lie down and may cause reflux and nausea

Drinking Guidelines

• If you do have reflux in the evening, avoid coffee, tea, alcohol, tomatoes, oranges and/or other acidic foods. If the reflux persists, try placing pillows underneath your head so your not laying flat.

• Do not smoke

• In case of vomiting, stop eating for at least two hours then drink a small amount of water and proceed with soft foods as tolerated

Lifestyle Guidelines

• Meet regularly with the New York Bariatric Group’s team to stay motivated and committed to the program

• Attend scheduled follow-up meetings for optimal results

• Keep a diary of what you eat and how much you exercise

• Make your new nutrition plan a long-term lifestyle change