As you transition to solid food…
-Always remember to start slow! Introduce one food at a time and see how your body tolerates it. Only pogress to the next stage if you are comfortable with the current consistency stage.
-Listen to your body. Are you uncomfortable? Full? Do you feel pressure? These may be signs to slow down or stop eating all together. Note these feelings with the food you’re logging in your food journal.
-Use the 20/20 rule. You should chew food at least twenty times and each meal should take about twenty minutes to finish. These are a few ways to remind yourself to eat slowly.
-Drink a full glass of water thirty minutes before every meal. After each meal, drink two glasses of water to rinse the balloon.
-The gastric balloon is designed to be a tool to retrain our appetite, take this opportunity to develop healthier habits. Limit starches such as rice, bread, and pasta. Opt for a vegetable instead. Avoid fried foods, instead bake, broil, barbeque, or boil foods. Limit the use of oils, butter, cream, sugar, mayonnaise, jelly, and jam as they may be high in fat or sugar content.
-Meals high in protein are good for building lean muscle, can help you feel full faster, and curb your hunger longer. Foods that are high in protein include lean meats, fish, poultry, beans, eggs, or lentils. A protein powder may be added to shakes or smoothies.
-Exercise is crucial to the success of the Orbera Intragastric Balloon. Ensure that you are getting at least thirty minutes of exercise five to seven days a week. Walking, running, biking, aerobics, swimming, and weight lifting should be added to your weekly routine. It doesn’t matter how you do it, just do it!
-Keep track of your exercise regime in a journal to track progress.