new hope surgical

1950 N. Harlem Ave
Elmwood Park, IL

Monday - Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
After Lap Band Surgery

Lap-Band guide after surgery with sample bariatric friendly menu items.

The Hunger Scale

  • 1. Your stomach acid is churning, and you feel very weak.
  • 2. You feel uncomfortable and irritable.
  • 3. Your stomach is growling and you are hungry.
  • 4. You feel a little hungry and uncomfortable.
  • 5. Satisfied and comfortable, but you could eat a little more.
  • 6. Satisfied and comfortable.
  • 7. Full.
  • 8. Bloated and full.
  • 9. Uncomfortably full.
  • 10. Stuffed. You are so full, you feel sick.

* Eat only when you are feeling 1, 2, 3, or 4.

Additional Tips
  • Eat 2 to 3 meals per day. No snacking.
  • Take 1-2 bites, wait 10 minutes before you take your next bite.
  • Choose bulky food that will leave you full and satisfied longer.
  • DO NOT drink your calories: Only water, crystal light, or sugar-free drinks. Stay away from soda.
  • Wait 45 minutes after you take the last bite of your meal before you drink any liquids.
Sample Menu Plans
Sample Menu 1½ mini bagel
1 hard cooked egg or scrambled egg
3 oz. water packed tuna
1 slice whole wheat bread
3 oz. baked fish
½ cup cooked carrots
Sample Menu 21 slice lean ham
1 slice low-fat American cheese
½ mini bagel
¾ cup low-fat cottage cheese
1 slice whole wheat bread
3 oz. lean turkey
½ cup cooked green beans
Sample Menu 31 scrambled egg
½ mini bagel
3 oz. lean ham
1 slice whole grain bread
3 oz. baked chicken
½ cup cooked spinach
Bariatric Recipe Modification List
1 cup whole milk1 cup skim milk
1 cup evaporated milk• 1 cup evaporated skim milk or
• 1 cup skim milk + 1 cup nonfat dry milk powder
1 cup buttermilk1 cup lukewarm skim milk + 1 tablespoon lemon juice or vinegar. Let stand 5 minutes, beat briskly
1 cup cream or half & half1 cup evaporated skim milk
1 cup sour cream• 1 cup nonfat sour cream or
• 1 cup nonfat plain yogurt or
• 1 cup 1% cottage cheese whirled in blender with 1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 cup cream cheese• 1 cup nonfat cream cheese or
• 1 cup soft curd light farmers cheese (pot cheese) or
• 1 cup whipped 1% cottage cheese
1 whole egg• 2 egg whites or
• ¼ cup egg substitute
1 oz. unsweetened baking chocolate 3 tablespoons cocoa powder + 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
1 cup whole milk ricotta cheese
• 1 cup part-skim ricotta cheese or
• 1 cup 1% cottage cheese
Mayonnaise• Nonfat mayonnaise or
• Nonfat plain yogurt
1 tablespoon butter or margarine2 teaspoons canola oil
1 cup solid shortening 2⁄3 cup liquid canola oil
1 cup margarine ¾ cup canola oil
Oil for sautéing • Nonstick spray or
• Bouillon, wine, or water
Oil in salad dressing Vinegar, nonfat yogurt, buttermilk, lemon juice, tomato juice
Nuts (in gelatin salad)Chopped celery, carrots, or water chestnuts
FatTry replacing fat with an equal amount of light or dark corn syrup, honey, pureed fruit (i.e. Banana, thick applesauce, prunes)
SugarNo calorie sweeteners

Coping With Food Triggers

  • Eat only sitting down at one designated place
  • Sit in a different seat at the table
  • Leave the table as soon as eating is done
  • Do not combine eating with other activities, such as reading or watching TV
  • Do not put bowls of food on the table
  • Do not keep trigger foods at home
  • Keep all food in cupboards where it cannot be seen
  • Shop for groceries from a list after a full meal
  • Limit the amount of money taken when shopping
  • Plan meals and snacks
  • Plan for special events, parties, and dinners
  • Freeze leftovers in individual containers
  • Ask others to monitor eating patterns and provide positive feedback
  • Substitute other activities besides snacking

Ways To Prolong Meals And Reduce The Amount Of Food Eaten

  • Eat slowly and savor each mouthful
  • Put down the fork between bites
  • Delay eating for two to three minutes and converse with others
  • Postpone a desired snack for 10 minutes
  • Serve food on a smaller plate
  • Leave one or two bites of food on the plate

Bulky Foods

These bulky foods sit above the band, leaving you full and satisfied.

½ turkey sandwich

½ mini bagel with scrambled or hard cooked egg

1-2 oz. water packed tuna mixed with 1 teaspoon low-fat mayonnaise + 1 slice whole wheat bread

1 slice lean deli sliced ham + 1 sliced low-fat American cheese + ½ mini bagel

½ plain grilled chicken sandwich

½ plain grilled turkey burger

½ small, plain grilled hamburger


* Be sure to include protein rich foods at every meal. Protein sources include: chicken, turkey, lean beef, lean pork, fish, eggs, and low fat cheese.