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2 Week Pre-Op Liquid diet Survival Tips

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OMG does anyone have pointers on how you survived your all liquid diet because I had my last appt with my dietician and I wanted to roll over and die can you really live off so little

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You can live off so little Imani - and it's important you follow the liquid pre-op diet.

Major issue when we're as puffy as we are is that we tend to have enlarged, fatty livers. The purpose of the liquid diet is to shrink the liver, making surgery easier for your doc and safer for you.

I'm not going to lie - the first 3-4 days are really tough but once you've got through that, it becomes easier. Loading up with fluids really helps get you through this.

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I agree, around day 4 it becomes easier. You'll be quite shocked by how much smaller your stomach becomes by the end of the two weeks.

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Good point Sammie!

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I heard some doctors only have you do a 2 to 3 days of liquids before surgery and others the 2 weeks. I'm thinking if mine says 2 to 3 days, I'll do a week just to give extra room...

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my doctor checked my stomach & rib area and told me that I dont have to do a liquid diet before the surgery.

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LIQUID DIET WAS HARDEST FOR ME...I HATED IT ! BUT AFTER THE FIRST COUPLE PF DAYS IT DOES GET EASIER.JUST STAY BUSY.I WAS ALLOWED LOW FAT CREAM SOUP(DRANK ALOT OF TOMATO SOUP)SF POPSICLES LFSF PUDDING BROTH AND LF YOGURT..DONT GIVE UP OR GIVE IN ITS SUCH A GREAT FEELING OF ACCOMPLISHMENT AND ALSO PREPARES YOU FOR LIFE AFTER SURGERY...I AM POST OP 11 DAYS AND ALTHOUGH ALLOWED PUREED FOOD WOULD RATHER STICK TO MY LIQUIDS.GOOD LUCK TO YOU!

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So yogurt is allowed with the 2-week liquid diet? Is the kind with fruit bits ok, or does it have to be plain (no fruit) variety? Thanks, Greg

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Greg, it really depends on what your program allows. I was allowed to have one high protein, low carb, low fat meal a day while on my two week liquid diet with the exception of the last two days.

Sadly every ones plan is different so it's best to speak with your doctor or NUT.

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I was also put on a 2 week pre-op liquid diet. Sounds hard but in a few days it will be tolerable.

My doctor explained that this diet is necessary because it would shrink the liver to make the laparoscopic procedure easier. He told me that most patients who failed to follow the liquid diet ended up having an open surgery which can be more risky than laparoscopic.

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I was on a week liquid diet. It does 2 important things. 1 it cleans your system out (the night before bowl prep is much easier). 2 shrinks your liver. They have to be able to get to your stomach which sits under your liver. THE LIQUID DIET IS NOT A LONG PROCESS! If not done you may have complications during and after surgery. No one here that has had WLS likes the liquid diet.

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I'm on the 2 week liquid pre op diet now.  I'm on my 4th day.  I'm  making it pretty well. 
Of course all I can think about is food.  But I've been having 2 cups of coffee in the morning, eating 2 bowls of jello per day (spread out).  Three AdvantEGE shakes per day ( spread out).  Also twice per day I sip on a large coffee cup of hot broth.  (The swanson chicken broth is pretty good  with lemon pepper seasoning in it.)  Also two popcicles per day. A couple of water bottles per day as well.  I walk to get my mind off of eating.  The more you walk the more water you will want.  That pretty much keeps my hunger occupied until bed time.   Running to the bathroom to pee will keep you busy too. LOL

We can do this. 

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The liquid diet can be very tough but I wanted the bypass so bad, I did whatever they told me to do!! LOL....I would have done the liquid diet for 6months if that is what it took....I actually really like the broth and the popsicles....its not so bad when I know what the results are going to be....Monday I move onto soft foods and guess what I am craving more than anything in the world......a hard boiled egg mashed up into little pieces!!

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Lynne, if you don't mind me asking.. How long after your surgery do they let you have soft foods.. about 3 weeks?  I was wondering about how long I'll be having to wait.  I'm already thinking about eggs. LOL ;)

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Hi Samzup2:  They said I can have soft foods after 3 weeks which for me is Monday.  I had the bypass so I don't know if that is the same for the sleeve.  I would imagine that it is but I would check on that if I were you.  I have been dreaming of eggs for about 2 weeks...LOL.  I see you are having your surgery on 5/28...how exciting!  I wish you all the best...for me, it is the best thing I have ever done!!!  :D

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Thanks! I'm glad you hear that you can finally have an egg soon.  Bless your heart!
As for me, I can't believe that the further I get into the clear liquid phase the more tolerable it seems to be. 
I was really worried  before I started this if I was mentally ready for the change.  Looks like I might be

getting the hang of it somewhat. It's not easy by any means, but a little more tolerable.
It's day 4 for me. 

My sister had the sleeve done last year in August, and she said that about

the 3rd day of her 2 week pre-op liquid diet, she was crying saying "I'm not woman enough for this".  LOL 
But she's lost 150 lbs already.  Seeing how much it's changed her life and watching her being able

to get outside, and walk around in the zoo or whatever she wants to do is alot of motivation for me.

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Lol!!

I'm into my second week of the post-op liquid diet and also craving eggs! Mine will be scrambled!!

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This is my 6th day into the liquid pre op.  Everyday it seems to be getting a little bit more tolerable, but boring!  I almost caved Friday night when I came out of walmart and smelled something cooking in the air.  I thought to myself... "I could get something to eat right now and forget the whole thing.. or I can keep on going".   So I managed to hang in there.  I just keep reminding myself that the buck has to stop here. 

But today I licked a saltine cracker.  I've got to get a grip and toughen up.

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Had my egg this morning....this is the first time I have really tasted it and it was good.....usually I just shovel food in my mouth at a rapid rate and not really enjoying it....now it is different!!

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Sam, I know it is hard but do not give up....you can do this...you do not have long to go and just think of the results you will have! I believe in you and I know you can do it!!!!

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Thanks so much for the encouragement!  I can't give up now after I've made it 6 days.   I will be so happy when
I will be able to eat like a normal person and get enough.. and not a mama bear that just came out of hibernation
everytime I get around some some food.  I've read that when they do the sleeve, they take away the part

of the stomach that produces grellin ( the hunger hormone).   It will sure be nice to have that problem toned down some. LOL

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I'm on day 6 of my liquid diet , day 1 was ok, 2/4 I was a witch to be around but after day 5 it has become easier! I think the fact I've noticed how much my tummy has gone down and how less sluggish I feel , it has really given me a boost and has made it easier!

9 days to go ...

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The liquid diet is the hardest thing I've ever done.
I have 5 days left until surgery.  I'm too far into this to fail myself now, but I am really getting bored with broth, jello and popsicles. I know it doesnt to any good to cry and complain about being hungry, but I'm such a big cry baby right now.  I'm not sure if people would even want to be around me at this point.   People who say this is a cop out or an easy way out of losing weight don't know what they are yapping about.  This aint for sissies. 

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Samzup, 

 

I know - it killed me… I kept trying to convince myself it was ok to cheat… But ya know what…? I ended up convincing myself that I was about to have my guts cut open for the purpose of losing weight due to (in my situation) poor decision making and a lack of self-control, so - for once in my life, I was gonna allow it to be hard and persevere. 

 

I did it… I'm absolutely thrilled I did it and now, post surgery (2 weeks today) I'm down 12 kg's… 

 

Keep up your spirits, you'll get there mate… 

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Yes I know that I'm too  close to my surgery date to screw up now.  Seems like I'm a little better today.  And I noticed that my belly doesnt scrub the steering wheel when I'm driving now.. so that helps my feelings alot. LOL   :D 

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