Roxann

No appetite/nothing tastes good

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Hi gang. I'm almost seven months out. Nothing tastes good right now and I have no appetite. Once in awhile something sounds good or I get a craving for something but then when I have it I don't eat more than a bite. Pretty much all I've been able to stomach is string cheese and popcorn. I don't dump, and there's not real reason why I don't feel like eating. I'm wondering if other people have experienced this aversion to food at all so far out from surgery? I am not getting nearly enough nutrition at this point.

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Roxann,

I think you should call your Nut. and /or Doctor.

7 months after surgery you should be eating more for sure!

Good luck, and keep us posted.

Chrissie

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I haven't had much appetite lately, either. I've dumped several times lately, and maybe that has kind of created an aversion to food. Also, I am having back trouble, and am in a fair amount of pain, so maybe that is diminishing my appetite. I don't know. It's hard to force yourself to eat when nothing tastes good. I've gone back to doing two protein drinks most days so I can at least get my protein in. I suggest you do the same. If you find any other answers, let me know.

Kelly

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Hi gang. I'm almost seven months out. Nothing tastes good right now and I have no appetite. Once in awhile something sounds good or I get a craving for something but then when I have it I don't eat more than a bite. Pretty much all I've been able to stomach is string cheese and popcorn. I don't dump, and there's not real reason why I don't feel like eating. I'm wondering if other people have experienced this aversion to food at all so far out from surgery? I am not getting nearly enough nutrition at this point.

Sounds like it is time for a follow up to the Doc...

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There are many people out there(myself included) that food just doesn't have any appeal. For me, it caused such problems for me(both pre-op and post -op) that I have to force myself because I know the repercussion of "not" eating. The suggestions of checking back with your nutritionist, and the Dr. just to make sure that everythiing is going right- is a great idea. Also check out some of the recipe sections on this and other sites- I knwo I get in a "rut" with what I am eating and sometimes all it takes is checking out some new ideas to spark my interest.

Getting in enough nutritionaly is oh- so important.- don't let yourself fall behind because the side- effects can be detrimental to your health.

Take care

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I'll be brutally honest. I'm about 20 months out and still nothing appeals to me much. I know everytime I eat I am going to feel like crap, so I pick and choose what I eat. It's sad, but that's what it has come to.

Food isn't something i enjoy anymore, it's more like a chore. No matter what I eat, I hurt.. just the extent of the hurt/discomfort is different.

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I'm right there with you Roxann. Had surgery november. Have followed pretty much your trajectory. Loss was slow to start. Last week I lost 5lbs 7 months out. Its like it doesn't interest me.. even rare mild hunger doesn't inspire me to eat. Don't dump on anything. dont get sick. Nothing sticks..its just like food, like an long held old and unkind lover has lost it's appeal. I'm bored with it. The act of eating sometimes is repugnant. I do it because i must but not often enough. Sometimes only once or twice a day and small amounts. We need to remember we got to this place to be healthy not to replace one eating disorder with another or to feel our bodies buckle under the strain we put them under.

I have been depressed this last month or so. I dont know if it is that which is putting me off food or if lack of food causes depression. We have to be careful not to become addicted to the act of weight loss for its own sake.

xx

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all my stats below are wrong. Cant get around to fixing them. Am 185 now

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I'm 21 months out and have still to have any sensation of hunger and therefore, rarely get a hankering for something yummy to eat.

I just look on food as a source of fuel now - other than fruit (with cottage cheese and/or yogurt) = I just don't particularly enjoy anything.

I eat because I have to. And so should you - it's just a case of finding something that is quick and goes down easily (like me and my fruit and yogurt etc.).

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I'm 21 months out and have still to have any sensation of hunger and therefore, rarely get a hankering for something yummy to eat.

I just look on food as a source of fuel now - other than fruit (with cottage cheese and/or yogurt) = I just don't particularly enjoy anything.

I eat because I have to. And so should you - it's just a case of finding something that is quick and goes down easily (like me and my fruit and yogurt etc.).

Oh god, peaches and cottage cheese has been my life source so far. yum!

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Oh god, peaches and cottage cheese has been my life source so far. yum!

Strawberries, raspberries, pineapple (YUM!), blueberries - anything goes. Cept for mango - that is REALLY weird with cottage cheese.

Toast some slivered almonds - that takes it up a whole new level.

Talking of which - I'm on a bender with a mixture of slivered/sliced almonds, jumbo rolled oats, wheatgerm - all toasted under the broiler until brown (keep an eye on it - toasted to burnt in a nanno second. I make up a big tray - it keeps well.

I also add some chopped, dried apricots, raisins, cranberries - whatever I have around.

I could/would not exist without cottage cheese (and yogurt). I eat it at least twice a day.

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Thanks for the advice everyone. I had a hearty appetite for awhile there, even though I couldn't eat much. Now, though, almost everything makes me feel nauseous after a bite or two. I've been doing protein shakes but I have some kind of reaction to them and I get hives (I've tried a variety of them and all affect me the same), so I have to go easy on them. I'm not sure why my appetite changed all of the sudden, but I'm going to have to work really hard to get in what I need each day.

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I wonder what in the protein shakes is giving you hives? Are you making them with milk? Are you lactose intolerant?

Kelly

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I wonder what in the protein shakes is giving you hives? Are you making them with milk? Are you lactose intolerant?

Kelly

I don't know - I'm confused by it. I eat yogurt, cottage cheese, cereal with milk and seem to have no problems. I tried one of those protein shots one time and turned red, itchy and it was not pleasant. Now I do the protein drinks intermittently - but no matter which I always get a few itchy spots, usually on my arms and chest, face and neck. It's bizarre.

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I don't know - I'm confused by it. I eat yogurt, cottage cheese, cereal with milk and seem to have no problems. I tried one of those protein shots one time and turned red, itchy and it was not pleasant. Now I do the protein drinks intermittently - but no matter which I always get a few itchy spots, usually on my arms and chest, face and neck. It's bizarre.

Sounds more like a reaction to niacin to me.

Check to see if the supplement you take has niacin in it.

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Isn't it wierd--I do get hungry but basically food doesn't taste good to me anymore

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Sounds more like a reaction to niacin to me.

Check to see if the supplement you take has niacin in it.

All of the supplements I've had trouble with had Niacin! And when I read more about it the symptoms of reaction to niacin sound exactly like what I've experienced. Thanks for the heads up!

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I have no real appetite either....except for my daily min-bag of low fat popcorn (this was actually recommended to me get some fiber in my diet because of constipation issues)...every thing else is just a chore.

I have come to loathe tuna...chicken, pork and beef still sit in my stomach like bricks...

I still use protein (added to water) twice a day just to make sure I get my protein in.

I make sure to get at least 64 ounces of fluid in (crystal light)....

I forget to eat meals, particularly breakfast and lunch on the weekends because I don't have my work routine to remind me.

The only way I know I'm 'hungry' is that my stomach hurts and I get headaches (low blood sugar?).

I'm at a stall right now which is probably because I'm not getting enough calories in...

I never would have thought in a MILLION years that I would ever have this attitude (lack of interest) toward food and eating...

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Hello...

Your symptoms are why we have the surgery, it reduces your sensation for food, like Corrine, I have no desire for anthing, I go through phases, right now its refried beans, (i MAKE SOME KILLER REFRIED BEAns!!)

This to me is a god send, the ability to control your food intake is fantastic, and when you know you have to have a shake at the end of the day to get your pritein, you know your enjoying the beauty of the gastric bypass.

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I can totally relate to not enjoying food anymore, though I am only 5 weeks post-op. I think for me there are a couple of factors involved. First of all, things just plain taste different! I don't know why, they just do. Secondly, I can't eat the foods I always loved the most. I was never a sweets girl, I was a comfort food addict. I lived on macaroni and hot dogs, bread and butter, and any other form of creamy starchy goodness. I was never big on meats, eggs, veggies, or any of that.

Now all of my favorite foods are banned, and I'm still not sold on the allowed ones. I just don't have an appetite for them at all. My mom had the surgery and she did so well because she's a big meat-eater, and she would splurge and order steak or whatever at restaurants and loves her post-op diet. It's just not for me.

Also, the thing I loved most about eating was the expereince. I always FELT GOOD when I ate, even when everything else was going wrong. I was a binger, I'd sit and eat an entire pizza and watch a movie, and it would lift my spirits into the heavens!! Now, I can barely eat enough food to keep me busy for 15 minutes, and I'm not allowed to watch tv when I eat. So it's not much of an experience at all--it's just a chore!!!

I have the HARDEST time eating more than 300 calories a day in food. I like drinks like jamba juice and vitamin water and sugar-free blended coffees, but that's not the healthiest way to get calories, ya know?! haha.

I feel your pain girl. Eating sucks. I wish I could get the energy I need to excercise without bothering with any of the food crap.

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Also, the thing I loved most about eating was the expereince. I always FELT GOOD when I ate, even when everything else was going wrong. I was a binger, I'd sit and eat an entire pizza and watch a movie, and it would lift my spirits into the heavens!! Now, I can barely eat enough food to keep me busy for 15 minutes, and I'm not allowed to watch tv when I eat. So it's not much of an experience at all--it's just a chore!!!

I was a major binger, too, and I too loved the experience. The filling of being full didn't mean just stomach full, but fulfilled. It's weird how something inanimate can be so comforting. Eating was a major coping method for me. For nothing to taste good is so odd for me! Sometimes I wish I could devour a whole pizza, but when I get to buy the next smaller pant size it makes up for it.

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I eat what I want I just eat small amounts. Things still get stuck sometimes but its usually because I didnt chew well enough or I eat too fast...I have been hungry,some days more than others. I try not to give in.I do ok. I have had days few and far between where I wasnt hungry but not many.

145 pounds gone no matter how you slice it......yeaaaaaah!

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I absolutely, positively cannot eat scrambled eggs. I don't know why...

That and bread I cannot eat yet. I guess that isn't a bad thing to eliminate from my diet.

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I don't enjoy food much either. It seems I ate more at two months out than I do now. My nut told me I should be eating a cup and a half of food. #%$? No way. I'm still eating about a half cup.

My family gets perturbed with me because it takes me all of 5 minutes to eat, then I'm up picking everything up. I can't sit there and watch them eat. Sometimes I really want to eat more but can't. Other times, I just wish we didn't have to have dinner. I could just go without it.

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I know how all of you feel. I am 6 months post op and I cannot even eat 3/4 of a cup of food. About the only thing that I can eat without feeling sick is crackers and I know that is not a good thing. I go to see my surgeon tomorrow and I am going to tell him that I am getting sick with everything and cannot eat very much (even by our standards). I also have no appetite and have gone a couple of days without eating. I am at a stall as well and I am sure it is because I am not getting the calories in that I need to. I think I only eat about 500 calories a day if that. Agh sometimes this surgery sux. :mad:

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The title of this thread is sooo me right now. I'm almost 5 mths out. I was doing really good for awhile, eating every couple of hours and enjoying eating healthy stuff. For over a week now, I have seriously been forcing myself to eat, I need the fuel... I don't think I've gone over 500 calories a day the past week or so. It soo sucks and I can't drink protein shakes, they make me sick! I'm grateful that I now look at food as fuel, don't get me wrong, but it's making it really hard for me to get the amounts that I need. I'm hoping it's just a phase.

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