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Liver Shrink Diet

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I am posting the Liver Shrink Diet that I am to follow for the next 14 days before my surgery on April 3, 2007

Breakfast - Sugar Free Carnation Instant Breakfast drink or any other substitute shake if it has 220 or less calories and at least 10 grams of Protein.

Mid Morning Snack - 1 small piece of fruit

Lunch - Protein Bar or Protein Shake with same rules as above

Mid Afternoon Snack - 1 small piece of fruit

Dinner - 3 oz. lean meat, Salad with Balsamic Vinagrette dsg., 6 unsalted crackers and 1 small piece of fruit

Evening Snack - 1 msall piece of fruit

I do believe that I am going to struggle with this diet as I am used to eating more food than this, but I will do my best as it is Doctors orders and I want my surgery to go well.

Rob

383 pounds presently and soon to be on "The Loser's Bench"

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I called it the "incredible liver shrinking diet". The Dr.s office called it the LSD. Be thankful, yours is better than mine was. It worked though, I lost like 17lbs in a couple of weeks and the Doc said my liver looked great. Makes for an easier surgery......Good luck

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Wow, that's tough! It was easier for me to simply go on all liquids pre-surgery, than to be able to have some food. Good Luck!

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Your lucky! My presurgery diet is 30 days! 5 optifast protein drinks a day and one meal which consists of 3-4 ounces of protein meat 1 cup cooked veggies one piece of fuit or 1/2 cup of apple sauce....

Geez I guess looking at both plans they both suck...but Rob being re-born in april is awesome.

Best wishes on the surgery and please let us know how it goes!

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HUNGRY?????? I am starving!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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So I start my liver shrink diet tomorrow, well actually today but you know. And I am like OMG I can't believe that I have gotten this far and that I am actually on the last stretch. I am looking forward to starting it, I am afraid of being hungry. My diet is exactly the same as the original posted diet. shew...it's not over yet!

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Honestly, that's a lot of food for a pre-op liver shrinking diet. Compared to many other doctor's plans, I mean. I was allowed protein shakes, broth, sugar free Jello, sugar free popsicles, and low fat yogurt. No protein bars, no fruit, no meat, no crackers, no salad.

Kelly

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Yours is very similar to mine, except that I could not have any fruit. Now I am 4 weeks out and it has been 6 weeks without fruit other than pureed. I am ready for a salad and some fruit.:)

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I am certainly hungry thats for sure. I was thinking to myself I should go on the liquid thing a few days before the day before my surgery (which is what my doc said I needed to do) but thinking about the fact that I am going to be on liquids for a while after isnt very apealing! Although at least I wont be stomach renching hungry like I am now! lol

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My doctor didn't put me on any pre op diet but said I should try and loose 5 lbs to make surgery easier. I think I will do the same as you all are doing.

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a few words for thought while you're going through the hunger issues right now.

1. It's temporary and imperitive to your surgery going well

2. It's going to jump start your weight loss and help you mentally prepare for eating after surgery

3. I had 14 days of pure clear liquids. nothing more than broth and SF jello. I survived ;)

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My doctor didn't put me on any pre op diet but said I should try and loose 5 lbs to make surgery easier. I think I will do the same as you all are doing.

The liver shrink diet is hard (as I sit here with my stomach grumbling). But I think that it is good. Most of it is to make you loose weight, as the weight you loose enhances your liver to get smaller. I also think that the restriction on carbs and sugar is what makes your liver more firm...and of course NO ALCOHOL. Good luck on your diet, which ever one you choose to do!:P

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Well I have to say is

I'm starving!!!!!

I so wish I could eat something yummy. I almost caved to some pizza.

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I've been eating like that for about 7 months. It isn't as hard as you think it will be. You are always eating or getting tready o eat something.

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Mine was a 10 day pre-op liquid diet. By liquid I mean NO food. LOL I could have sugar-free popsicles, broth, sugar-free kool aid, etc. I have to admit, I slipped up a couple of times. Including the night before surgery my husband took me out for my "last supper". LOL...I wouldn't recommend that, though! :P

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Day one of the Liver Shrink Diet. Feeling pretty hungry and grumpy! Came home and had a banana? Does that qualify for a small piece of fruit? Does anyone know if the salad is just lettuce or can you have other stuff in it, like onions, peppers, tomato cucumber ect? I tried to call the dietician to ask, but got the message machine! :mad:

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Day one of the Liver Shrink Diet. Feeling pretty hungry and grumpy! Came home and had a banana? Does that qualify for a small piece of fruit? Does anyone know if the salad is just lettuce or can you have other stuff in it, like onions, peppers, tomato cucumber ect? I tried to call the dietician to ask, but got the message machine! :mad:

It seems that every doctor's definition of a liver shrink diet is different. Mine would allow all the toppings on the salad, but I know others are on a liquid only diet. I can't imagine that veg. would trouble your liver.

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Day two of liver shrink! I passed up an awesome looking cupcake and donut! Quite proud of myself! :) Not a day goes by in elementary school that someone isn't sending around a birthday treat! Now that I think about it, there was an icepop given to me too! I took it, took one bite and put it down on the table. When I thought about it again, someone had swiped it! Probably a good thing, cuz I don't think that is on the liver shrink diet! :eek:

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According to my surgeon the liver shrinking diet isnt so much about losing weight as the liver firming up(shrinking). It decreases the risk of having to convert from laproscopic surgery to open surgery. They also said majority of the people that had to be converted were people who didnt stick to the pre-op diet as they should have....

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Hi I'm Erika and I'm new here.  I just started the Liver Shrink Diet yesterday.  I'm due to have Vertical Sleeve on May  8th.  I am supposed to eat from 800 to 1200 calories a day with at least 60g of protien.  It is recommended that 2 meals are low calorie, high protein weight loss shakes, 1 small snack, and 1 light meal.  SO basically:

 

Breakfast: (250 calories)

1 low calorie protein shake

1 piece of fruit

 

Lunch:  (250 Calories)

1 low calorie protein shake

1 cup raw or cooked vegetables

 

Snack (150 calories)  

1 piece of fruit

1 serving low/non fat dairy

 

Dinner (350 calories)

3 oz lean meat  (white meat chicken/turkey, fish, pork loin, flank steak, or 95% lean Hamburger)

1 cup of raw or cookied veggies

1 serving whole grains.  

 

Sip on calorie free liquids during the day

 

So far, I had a protein drink for breakfast (233 calories)

but my snack I didn't get a piece of fruit.  I had a ci[ 80 calorie Tomato Basil soup (I guess tomatoes are fruit!) and a Light Frigo Cheese stick

 

For lunch I had another shake (200 calories.  GNC Total Lean 25 cookies and cream)

 

NO idea what i'm going to have for dinner yet.  Maybe a cup of salad veggies and some 3 oz of chicken breast on it.  No idea what to do for the whole grains.  Any suggestions?  I've been on a very low carb diet since October (i'm down 63 lbs so far) and I have no idea what constitutes a serving of whole grains.

 

I am not starving really, (probably because I already have been since October lol) but I am already weary of shakes and cannot find any I really LOVE so far.  Any suggestions since I have a month of these in my future?

 

:) Glad I found you all.  We need all the support we can get!

 

Hugs

Erika

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I'm waiting on surgery to be scheduled.  Found out insurance hadn't even been sent info to precertify.  Sucks! 

 

Started my pre-op diet last Thursday anyway, just in case they decide to fit me in before year end.  Surgeon agreed to it on 11/25 but didn't submit and neither did bariatric program.  Praying that they make this right.  I started process in July and still waiting.  Pulmonologist tomorrow.  Last thing except pre-op surgeon visit and pre-op bloodwork.  I have a $6,000 deductible to meet (met for this year) so if it goes after December it starts all over and there's no way I can afford it.

 

I can only have Carnation Instant Breakfast No Sugar Added, mixed with water, one 8 oz. serving of skim milk allowed per day.  Can have sugar free popsicles, sugar free jello, and 8 oz of decaf coffee or tea per day.  Not totally hungry, just bored.  Gotta try though so I can get in if they make space for me.

 

Wouldn't live on it forever, but for 14 days---not too bad.

 

T

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I am not starving really, (probably because I already have been since October lol) but I am already weary of shakes and cannot find any I really LOVE so far. Any suggestions since I have a month of these in my future?

:) Glad I found you all. We need all the support we can get!

Hugs

Erika

Bariactric Fusion is great n has 27 grams of protein and it taste pretty great too

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It's very interesting to see the different approaches surgeon's take to the pre- and post-op diets.  

 

The Liver Shrink Diet that was originally posted looks like a buffet compared to what I was allowed pre-op.  For 12 days it was 3 protein shakes, all the decaf and sugar free liquids I wanted, SF jello and SF pudding prepared with skim milk, Fat free broth, unlimited salad and veggies with FF dressing, and SF popsicles,  A few days in I asked my NUT and was allowed a little fruit and the occasional plain baked potato so that helped me get through.  The last two days before surgery was clear liquids only, which was agonizing.  My NUT commented last time I saw her that they once had a patient who chose not to do the pre-op diet and when they opened her up, the liver was too large to work around and they had to close her up and stop the surgery.

 

As a post-op, there are five stages to my diet.  It amazes me when I see posts that the surgeon doesn't have patients do a pureed phase or it's only 3 days on liquids.  I would be really afraid to have yogurt and cottage cheese less than a week out.  But I guess every surgeon is different and has different experiences and knowledge that forms their opinions.

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CTgirl74,  you are absolutely right!  Each doc wants something different.  Mine is very strict, but before I had my original surgery I had no pre surgery requirements at all.  Knowing what I know now, I'm horrified!  I also think every program has its own personality.  Mine has pretty strict guidelines for 1-3 days post-op, 4-7 days post, 7-21 days post, etc.  But I have a fellow patient who had his surgery done in another program and his guidelines are much less restrictive. 

 

I think the pre-op is crucial to a good surgery.  Anything a patient can do to reduce risks during surgery should be done.  Also, follow your guidelines and you'll have good results.  I have had some problems but there are some corrections that need to be done with my surgery.  I also got discouraged by lack of results which I thought at the time were totally on me.  At this point, I know it was about 50/50.  I shouldn't have gotten discouraged and could have stuck to proper eating and had good results.  I would not have reached my goal because the surgery had some issues, but I probably would have kept off the weight that was lost.  If I'm able to get the revision, I have so much more support now and will have the knowledge to back it up. 

 

I hope all the pre surgery patients will follow the doc's advice and learn as much as they can on their own.  If they do, they are well on their way.

 

T

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Thought I would post my LSD "diet" I wish I could eat as much as some have posted,

 

Here is the link Pre-Op Diet and Nutritional Guidelines.pdf for you too look at,  it is kind of tuff, I have done it 2 times now will try and do it tomorrow again to see if I can do it.

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