SlenderLovingCare

Drinking with meals

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Hey,

Sorry if I'm doing this wrong. I'm new here. I'm about 3 months post op gastric bypass and I am having serious trouble with not drinking with meals.

I try to restrict the salt and spice in foods but none the less I feel like every time I eat that i am just DYING of thirst, my mouth feels dry and horrible.

I was also wondering if people manage to eat spicy foods without drinking? I used to love eating really spicy, very very hot food but now I can't imagine that because of not being able to drink.

How do people cope with this? This seems to be the hardest part for me post surgery.

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heya SLC (love the name...catchy) by far not drinking is the hardest part for me. I was just thinking about this earlier. I used to drink @least 3 (16oz glasses) during meals! I was always called a camel and felt like one too. Sometimes if I have to I take teeny sip others I goto bathroom and rinse mouth out. I hate feeling icky mouth!

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heya SLC (love the name...catchy)

Haha, thanks. I came up with it when trying to find a username for youtube.

I guess that is something I had not thought of, just rinsing your mouth out in the bathroom. That sound like a good idea. I really, really miss spicy food.

Do you think it would be too much liquid if I sucked on an ice cube during a meal?

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I have trouble with it too.... i take tiny little sips during my meal. :(

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I find this so hard too....and Im now 6 months post op. I take sips if I need to, just try not to drink too much. Its hard :(

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For any of you pre-oppers out there... listen up, while you're waiting to have the surgery make it a point to quit doing the things you won't be able to do after surgery such as drinking during meals, soda, carbonation, eating smaller meals, getting in your protein, etc. I know I have said this many times, but I believe it's one of the best things I've learned pre-op. I'll make it easier to do afterwards instead of doing it because I HAVE to/ or quitting cold turkey!

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To be honest, it is really hard to train yourself to do this.. but as Serena mentions above... it helps to train yourself preop for some of these changes, this one in particular.

A lot of times, if you're having trouble with this, it is often because you're not well hydrated when you're eating. I find a much more difficult time waiting when I'm short on my fluids. So it's really important to focus on getting well hydrated throughout your day so this becomes easier.

And if you need added incentive for not drinking with meals, read this..it might help you understand why it's so important.

Good luck:

http://www.thinnertimesforum.com/post-op-gastric-bypass/34541-why-we-dont-drink-meals.html

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You guys need to watch this video. It is a great visualization of why you shouldn't drink with meals. It got me back on the bandwagon.

[url=http://formerfatdudes.com/2009/11/friends-dont-let-friends-drink-and-eat/]Former Fat Dudes!

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SLC, I try to drink a glass or two of water (or Crystal Light or whatever) about 20-30 minutes before eating. That really helps. Like Kel said, it's a lot easier to wait at least 30 minutes after eating if you keep yourself well-hydrated during the day. Try it and let us know how it's going.

P.S. When I eat really spicy stuff and have a real hankering for something to drink after, I take a sip of milk and that usually helps. Obviously, we should try to avoid drinking for 30 minutes (at least) after eating, but sometimes you just need something. I don't think that will harm anything as long as you don't make a habit of it.

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If its something Hot or we go out to eat I order a class of Ice chips.The waitress usually looks at me odd but it helps.Get a hot tongue put an icechip on it then either eat it or slip it back into your cup.Im really discreet with it though I dont want to just be slurping on ice and spittin it back into my cup ya know,lol

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I thought as a pre-op that it would be very hard for me to learn to eat without drinking. But what I found was that since I could only eat such tiny amounts in the beginning that it wasn't hard at all. Not that I never wanted a drink, but it wasn't a big deal like it was when I used to eat large portions and needed something to wash it down. So as I got into the habit (and never gave in) of not drinking with 1 ounch of food, then 2, then 3, I adjusted without missing the liquid too much. Now I like my foods very well seasoned and I LOVE spicy foods, so yes, I sometimes feel the need for something to get the strong taste out of my mouth. On those ocassions I might rinse my mouth with about a teaspoon of water and swallow or just go brush my teeth. But swallowing even a teaspoon of water is something I only do like once a week. As far as eating VERY spicy foods, I don't eat anything that I think would set my mouth on fire. But I can still enjoy the moderately spicy foods that don't cause an intense reaction.

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