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#1 JeepGirl43

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Posted 29 October 2010 - 12:19 PM

I am only one month out and still on soft foods, but can eat about 6 oz without any discomfort. I was wondering if this is normal and what I might expect for the future?

Could some of the folks who are further down the road please tell me your experiences?

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#2 Tigergal71

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Posted 29 October 2010 - 01:12 PM

This is what I worry about. Not knowing when it's 'enough'. These days, I'm on liquid protein only, but sometimes I drink and I have what feels like a sort of 'full' feeling. It's NOT full. Satiated maybe??? I don't know. It scares me cause I'm so worried that this will fail me. I gotta think positive. My doc told me prior to surgery that my pouch will hold 6 - 8 oz. That sounds like ALOT????
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Posted 29 October 2010 - 01:44 PM

Even now, I can only eat 2-3oz of dense protein at a time.

And that works out at about 1/4 cup.

At your stage, my diet sheet recommended that amount too.

But for things like soups, cottage cheese, refried beans and the like, it was 1/2 cup.

Denser the food, the smaller amount you can eat but the upside is that it will keep you fuller for longer anyway.

I still measure/weigh my foods - not the vegetables and fruits and as I like to eat 6-8 times a day, I just spread my daily amount into smaller meals/snacks.

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Posted 29 October 2010 - 03:57 PM

I have the exact same worries. I am struggling with the "no hunger , no full" - feeling. I am feeling insecure with my new tool.

It seems that I am tolerating food very well again.
First week: clear liquid diet
second week: full liquid diet
third week: puree
fourth week: soft food

I am in the puree stage, and I am allowed to eat everything that is pureed.
I did not have had any dumping or throwing up, but I had two times a very painful feeling of being stuffed.
That happened, when I estimated the food wrong and it kind of swell in my pouch.

My fear is, that I might have overstretched my pouch by theses mistakes.

A couple of days I was a nervous wreck , because of the fear of failure.
Thanks to the good people here in this forum I am doing better now. It seems, that a lot of us know this fear of failure, especially right after the surgery when everything is new. I am just trusting and hoping, it might improve over time.

Acouple of days ago, I signed myself up in a food diary. Its for free. And it actually gave me back some peace of mind, because I know now, I am not screwing it up regarding calories.
The site is:
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Hope you are feeling better and more secure over the time.
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Posted 29 October 2010 - 04:16 PM

Dense protein 1-2 oz.....chili 1/2 to 1 cup easily
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Posted 29 October 2010 - 04:48 PM

4 months out and I can eat way too much of anything. I could easily eat an 8oz steak if I wanted to. At a business dinner I ate 2 large shrimp and a 6oz filet with no issue. I was only going to eat 1/2 the steak, but it was like $55 so I figured I should eat it.

I can easily eat a 6" sub or a whole sandwich on regular bread.

I have to be really careful. I do pretty well 90% of the time.

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Posted 29 October 2010 - 05:30 PM

For dense protein I can only eat about 3 1/2 ounces, but 4 ounces normally per meal. I am almost 7 months out and trying to keep my pouch from stretching out too much. So far it's going really well. I've lost 100 pounds since march.

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Posted 29 October 2010 - 07:30 PM

ok JeepGirl pretty much hit it on the nail for me. I can't tell you guys how much I live in fear (surgery 8/17/10) of my stomach stretching out. I had the Gastric Bypass and I walk constantly and eat extremly small meals. but I seem not to get full at times but I even find it hard to mentally tell yourself to stop eating even when you are full (like old habits can die hard).

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Posted 29 October 2010 - 08:27 PM

I am almost 2 mos. post op and I am only allowed 4 oz of food per meal. And at time it is hard to even get in that full 4 oz of food...I have lost 34 sence my operation.

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Posted 30 October 2010 - 12:43 AM

4 months out and I can eat way too much of anything. I could easily eat an 8oz steak if I wanted to. At a business dinner I ate 2 large shrimp and a 6oz filet with no issue. I was only going to eat 1/2 the steak, but it was like $55 so I figured I should eat it.

I can easily eat a 6" sub or a whole sandwich on regular bread.

I have to be really careful. I do pretty well 90% of the time.



That's crazy.

I never feel full so I eat with my eyeballs. I know about what I am supposed to eat so that's all I put on my plate.

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Posted 30 October 2010 - 01:23 PM

Tell me about it. I don't eat like that, but I can. I do pretty well with portion control, just kinda sucks that I have the ability to eat to much. Oh well, still losing and doing well.

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Posted 30 October 2010 - 02:52 PM

I have one of those pouches that SCREAMS when I eat too much so I try to stick with approximately 3 ounces total per meal which includes my 2 ounces of protein, then veggies after, etc.

Last night for dinner I had grilled shrimp and green beans.......the shrimp were HUGE and I usually only eat 4-5 medium sized ones......well, after 4 bites of green beans and 3 of the SUPER HUMONGOUS shrimp, I was in PAIN......not sick, but hurting!

I think everyone's pouches stretch over time, so we have to follow CINWA's advice and weigh and measure! Oh, and I asked my hubby to please not buy any more GIANT shrimp, ha ha!

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Posted 01 November 2010 - 11:38 AM

Even now, I can only eat 2-3oz of dense protein at a time.

And that works out at about 1/4 cup.

At your stage, my diet sheet recommended that amount too.

But for things like soups, cottage cheese, refried beans and the like, it was 1/2 cup.

Denser the food, the smaller amount you can eat but the upside is that it will keep you fuller for longer anyway.

I still measure/weigh my foods - not the vegetables and fruits and as I like to eat 6-8 times a day, I just spread my daily amount into smaller meals/snacks.


Ditto! except I eat about 5-6 times a day and haven't added fruits and veggies yet.

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Posted 01 November 2010 - 11:50 AM

At 13 weeks I can eat up to 3 1/2 ounces of solid protein. But, that leaves no room for veggies/fruit so I usually stop at 2 1/2-3 so I have room for fiber. The more dense your food, the longer you will feel satisfied.

The softer the food the more I can eat & the quicker I 'feel' hungry (more like my tummy starts rumbling to tell me to eat, than a feeling of hunger.) I can eat about 1/2-2/3 cup of cottage cheese and things like chili I could probably do a cup easily...not that I do.

I weigh anything and everything I put in my mouth. It's working well, I'm down 71# since my pre-op diet, 56# since surgery.
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Posted 01 November 2010 - 07:19 PM

Wow, my pouch must be really small. I can only eat about 1.5 oz of dense protein and no more than 1/3 of a cup of softer foods. Not really complaining though, I've lost 109lbs so far. :-) I do feel hungry a lot, but I just drink more fluids, especially at night which was my dangerous snacking time prior to surgery.
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Posted 02 November 2010 - 12:57 AM

I've learned with soft foods (yogurt, soups, chili) I can eat it with no problems of getting the "too full" feeling. I've also noticed I can eat some veggies with no problems either. Carrots are fine with me but for some reason lettuce has been a problem lately. Meats I can still have a hard time with sometimes but I really don't eat meat all that often, though I do miss i,t but it seems to hurt my pouch when I do eat it so I don't generally eat it. I have been able to eat eggs though lately and I was actually surprised I could eat two eggs now with no problems but a month ago I couldn't. I hope that doesn't mean my pouch is stretching out :(
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Posted 02 November 2010 - 07:51 AM

I am 6 weeks out and still on mushy foods. I can eat 2 oz. If I go over that I get sick everytime. The last week I have been getting full on about 1.5 oz.

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Posted 02 November 2010 - 06:02 PM

im 7 weeks out tomorrow and im supposed to be on mushies but have found the texture makes me gag them vomit...so i try to stick to ground meats ect and chew like crazy.
that being said...
i max out at 2oz of dense protein, that includes meat, egg, cheese strings ect and even 2oz is sometimes too much.
softer foods like yoghurt, pudding ect, i can do about 3-4oz total.
drinkage i can do 8 oz in about 1/2 hour, liquids seem to pass through unhindered...

if your concerned, call your nut, i know everyone is different but was told once im past the 'tender stages' and my pouch has truly healed i should be looking at a 4-6oz meal total with 4oz of that protein.

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Posted 02 November 2010 - 07:19 PM

I'm 9.5 weeks post-op and have really nver had any consistent feelings of "fullness." So I am eating 5-6 oz of dense protein and 6-8 oz of "slider foods (chili, etc...)." Losing OK esp now that I have been able to get back up to my usual exercise routine.....but do worry about how I'll do post "honeymoon" period.

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