Your Resource for Bariatric Recovery

Phase 1: Clear Liquid

"You can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something - your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life."

— Steve Jobs


The most important aspect of your diet, immediately following bariatric surgery, is to keep well hydrated. Remember, your stomach is still recovering from bariatric surgery. It’s common to experience nausea or vomiting at this point. Your bariatric surgeon will advise you when to advance to the next phase of your diet.

Suggested Recipes

Recommended Liquids

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  • Water
  • Clear broths, such as chicken, beef, or vegetable Fruit juice such as apple, grape, or cranberry diluted with water.
  • Sugar free sports drinks, flavored water, or other flavored drinks.
  • Decaffeinated coffee or tea
  • Sugar-free gelatin or popsicles
  • Ice chips


  • Stay hydrated! Drink from the time you get up in the morning and throughout the day until the time you go to bed.
  • Drink at least 48 to 64 ounces of fluid per day.
  • To avoid becoming nauseated, drink slowly by sipping your beverage.
  • Dilute the fruit juice you drink. Dilute 4 oz of juice with 4 oz of water. Limit your fruit juice intake to 2 cups daily.
  • Choose sugar free beverages.
  • Avoid caffeinated or carbonated beverages as they may upset your stomach.
  • To avoid bloating, do not use a straw, chew gum, or suck on candy.
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