Floridians are veterans at prepping for a hurricane, but if this is your first time prepping for the storm season after your bariatric surgery you’ll probably prep differently than in previous years.  Depending on where you are in your post-op healing, you will need to stock your pantry and prepare meals according to whether your diet consists of mostly pureed, soft solids, or solid foods.   

Hydration will still be essential so devise a way to keep your hydration a priority.  Oftentimes as people shelter or during clean-up it is easy to forget to stay hydrated or replenish after exertion.  Hydration should be consumed via a liquid rather than relied upon through food, however, incorporating liquid in your meal can be part of your plan.  If you suffer from GERD, you may want to keep your liquid consumption separate from your meals.  Tips for GERD

Something to keep in mind is that prepping many pureed or blended foods will need to be done without power.  Having blender bottles, whisks, and manual mixers can make your life easier.  We also recommend monitoring how much sugar and sugar substitutes are being consumed; excess of either can cause a hormone response or gastric upset.

We always recommend that buying items that you will actually consume.  While items like Spam are pantry stable, if you are unlikely to eat it, don’t waste money buying it.  If once the hurricane season is over, you’ll most likely want to consume the items before they expire.

Food & Water Items:

Bottled Water – you’ll want bottled water to drink, cook, and clean with.  We recommend having at least two gallons of water per person in your house for at least five days. 

Low-carb Fluids – Having bottles of unsweet tea and Trop50 can help inspire you to stay hydrated.  They are also easy to carry and mix with. Smaller bottles help keep products sealed until they are consumed and not having excess that need refrigeration keeps precious cooler space free for other items.

Shelf-stable Milks, Broths and Stocks – These items can provide much needed vitamins and minerals, salt and hydration.  Often leftover fluid will need to be refrigerated or stored in a cooler so plan accordingly with size appropriate packages for your situation.  Supplies to make nut milks at home – Homemade nut milk can last 4-5 days.  Having a nut milk bag and bulk nuts in your pantry is an easy way to add vitamins to your smoothies.  DIY Almond Milk

Protein Powders – Having protein powders for smoothies and recipes is important.  Having a variety of flavors can add interest to your days while unflavored powders provide the most versatility.

Pre-Made Protein Shakes – When the power is out or you feel you need a quick meal, pre-packaged protein shakes can be shelf-stable solutions.  They are also easy to transport in cars and to shelters.

Vitamins and Medication – Stock up on your vitamins and medicine to ensure you have enough to get through a week or two while supply chains are normalized

Whole Grain Crackers

Laughing Cow Cheese  – These are portion-controlled and shelf stable.  Unopened wax units do not require refrigeration.

Shelf-stable Hummus and Salsas – Hummus and salsas can add great protein, vitamins and/or fiber to your diet.  You can eat them on their own, with crackers, use the salsa as a marinade or paired with a broth for an instant spicy veggie soup, and so on.

Canned Meats and Jerkies – Canned salmon, tuna, chicken and other meats can be easily consumed when chopped finely.  Jerkies can also be finely chopped even blended and stored as a fine crumble.

Canned Fruits and Vegetables – Low carb fruits and veggies and their liquid can be used in recipes in a variety of ways.  Low carb options are the best option.  Avoid options that contain corn syrup and added sugars.

Dried and Canned Beans – Beans can be a healthy source of protein and protein absorption is important after bariatric surgery.  Beans can be pureed, used in soups, or eaten whole (depending on your post-op stage).  For those not used to preparing dried beans, print out recipes that tell you how to prepare beans safely.  (Printed instructions will be important if power or internet services are unavailable.)

Oatmeal – Oatmeal packages can be purchased or portioned from larger containers.  Oatmeal can add fiber to smoothies, as a meal or mixed with other ingredients.  Avoid oatmeal packets that are filled with sugary ingredients.  Oatmeal can also help hold hydration in your system. 

Protein Bars – Store-bought protein bars are often chock full of sugar and inflammatory ingredients.  Homemade versions can often be created with ingredient control and stored.  Having the items on hand to quickly whip up a batch when the storm alerts begin can ensure your bars are readily available.

Nut Butters – Peanut butter and other nut butters is very versatile as a stand alone or when mixed with other ingredients. Peanut butter packets can be very convenient while in a shelter or traveling. 

Pre-made Sugar-free Jello and Pudding – Having jello and pudding can be a comfort and they add some stabilizing hydration to your system.

Mayonnaise, full-fat dressings, mustards, and other condiments – Condiments can come in single servings and add flavor and fats to your meals.  By stocking up on appropriate items can keep the high-sugar options out of your diet. 

Non-Food Items:

Coolers

First Aid Kit

Medical Appropriate Items (to provide post-op care) – such as reusable ice bags, pain medication, alcohol wipes, Band-Aids, or other items to care for your incisions

Cooking Resources – such as a manual can opener, bottle opener, filled propane tanks, charcoal, lighter fluid, lighters, battery-powered blenders

Bug repellent, sunscreen, battery-operated fans, and other items that will keep you comfortable and safe during hurricane recovery

Lists of area emergency services/shelters

Battery-powered radios and flashlights

Batteries

Baby Wipes

Paper Products

Dry shampoo and hygiene products