What diet pattern should be followed after a bypass surgery?
Q: My 54 years old uncle weighs 60 kg and is 160 cm tall. He has undergone a bypass surgery a month back. Please suggest a diet chart for him. Could you let us know the do's and don'ts for him to lead a normal life?
A:Since your uncle has an ideal body weight according to his height, he is advised to have normal balanced diet. His diet should contain complex carbohydrates like oats, brown rice, barley, whole wheat, bajra and jawar. He is advised to have proteins in every meal for e.g. lean meat, egg whites, dairy products (made from low fat milk), fish, soya, whole grain and pulses. Being diabetic, he should avoid simple sugar, desserts, puddings and fruit juices. Oil intake should not exceed 1 to 2 teaspoon full in a day. He should consume lots of salads and include more of fruits (exclude high carb fruits) and steamed vegetables in diet. He should drink plenty of water (if he is not in heart failure – Please check with y our cardiologist) and try to be physically active. His diet should be: Early morning:
- Tea with 2 Marrie or cream cracker biscuits
- Oats with milk (1 cup/muesli/wheat flakes)
- 1 egg white, 2 slice of brown or whole wheat bread
- 2 permitted fruits (150 grams) / lemon water / tender coconut water
- 2 Chapattis with one small bowl boiled rice with a bowl of cooked seasonal vegetable, curd, salad
- or 3 Chapattis with 1 medium bowl boiled Dal/Chicken/Fish with a bowl of cooked seasonal vegetable, curd, salad
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