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  1. The program I belong to recommends no caffeine ever, but decaf coffee and herbal tea were ok starting right after surgery. Check your guidelines or get in touch with your NUT.
  2. It definitely gets easier, but the timing for everyone is different. I know it's really hard to be patient, especially when you aren't feeling well. Think "one day at a time" (or even one hour at a time) and try focusing on one habit each day: sipping enough water or broth or even sf popsicles to get all the liquid in -really important to feel better, adding a bit more protein, walking a bit more. You don't have to do them all right after surgery, but it will get to the point that they are second nature. Be sure to pace yourself and get plenty of rest. It takes your body a while to heal, but it does eventually heal. Regarding the pseudo hunger pains: for a lot of people this is actually an acid reflux thing. You can ask your surgeon to prescribe something (or something stronger) for this. For protein, try Greek yogurt or cottage cheese or even beans run through the blender, and test out different flavors of protein drinks (Nashua Nutrition has sample packs so you don't have to buy an entire jug of something you might not like). Wishing you all the best as you recover from surgery.
  3. So the official term is gustatory rhinitis. It's a similar response as when you eat hot chilis and your nose runs, but in our case it's the sensation of our having eaten enough food that stimulates the response. Here's an article I found after doing a very quick search, there's probably more indepth stuff out there:
  4. I get this as well. As far as I can tell, it has something to do with the vagus nerve.
  5. Trader Joe's in my area carries these, but not all flavors.
  6. Winzi

    German food

    I was there for about 3 weeks and lost over 3 lbs. It's all about portion control... Have a wonderful time!
  7. Haven't written here for a while because now I'm on automatic pilot: drinking water, getting in the protein and veggies, exercising pretty much daily (walks, water aerobics and lifting). I'm getting stronger and more fit. Weight loss is slower now, but that's as expected. Something like half a pound a week. Consistency means success to me, so I just keep plugging along. I did a meditation retreat over the July 4th holiday that was awesome, and am going to an emotional eating support group. The tendency to turn to food hasn't left, but it's not as ever-present as prior to surgery. This cartoon captures what sometimes goes through my head when the scale doesn't match my agenda (got to let go of that):
  8. Thinking of you and wishing you all good things.
  9. I take Benefiber mixed into liquid and a stool softener (I have an internal hemorrhoid). Once a week I take psyllium (same as in Metamucil) mixed into water. From what I can tell here, constipation is the number one unpleasant side effect from this surgery. There are lots of threads here about it. Different people try different things such as Miralax, Milk of Magnesia, Smooth Move tea, Senna, Magnesium Citrate, prunes, even enemas. Supposedly drinking lots of water, getting exercise and eating high fiber foods like vegetables can help as well. Wishing you the best.
  10. I'm wary of this idea. Just my opinion, but it seems to me like playing with fire. Would a recovering alcoholic be wise to volunteer to tend bar? And yes, while we shouldn't push our dietary requirements on others, there's pretty much no one in this entire country who needs to eat more sweets, homemade or not. Even people without weight/food issues don't need more fat and sugar! An alternative might be learning to do ceramics. Keeps your hands and mind busy, same sort of hands-on (squishy clay instead of dough) and you even bake your creations. A kiln isn't so different from an oven. Or maybe bake flour salt ornaments for sale at a Christmas bazaar or something like that? Proceeds could go to charity and there'd be absolutely no temptation to take a nibble or two.
  11. A year ago my Hemoglobin A1C result was 7 and estimated average glucose level was 154. Just got today's results: A1C of 5.7 and eAG of 117. So happy!!!
  12. Winzi

    Hi all!

    Hope all goes well for you.
  13. Distraction with other activities works well for me. Hope this doesn't go over like a lead balloon, but multiple research studies have shown a relationship between TV watching and obesity, likely related to lower amount of physical activity and increased sitting, food advertising for unhealthy foods, and snacking behavior when watching television. Maybe there are some other activities you'd enjoy more that would keep your mind, hands and body too busy to think about food such as reading, crafts, exercise, needlework, dancing, playing musical instruments, chatting with friends, taking walks, playing games, doing puzzles, etc. We get into habits and a lot of them for people with our history are tied with food, so it's only natural it will take a while for our minds to form new, healthier habits. It does get better, and it gets better faster if you do some creative problem solving to help things along. Wishing you all good things.
  14. From a blog post called "5 Everyday Reasons Being Strong is AWESOME!" by Lisbeth Darsh: 1. You save time because you don't have to wait for someone else to lift anything. 2. You can smile when people say, "you can't lift that" ... because you can. 3. You feel like your a•• has a purpose in life. (aka, your posterior is not just for decoration!) 4. Your pride gets a well-deserved boost. 5. Your mind gets stronger in other ways too. Such as: what seemed daunting becomes commonplace, you aren't as scared, your perseverance increases, your focus gets sharper, and life feels like it gets better. The closer: Strength feels even better than ice cream tastes. And ice cream tastes pretty damn good.