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  1. I find that I like beef broth so much better if I let it boil for about 10 minutes to make the flavor more concentrated. I know that just ups the sodium too, but it was like a treat with the concentrated flavor.
  2. I just had to share this because its so tasty and wonderful....tastes exactly like cookie dough! I found it here (http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2014/08/04/cookie-dough-protein-shake/), but altered it a bit to be pre-op diet friendly and just based on my taste buds. 1/4 cup skim milk 3/4 cup skim milk frozen in cubes 1/8 tsp salt 1/4 tsp baking powder 1 scoop (or serving) of vanilla protein powder. I've been using Unjury, but I'm sure any type would work. 1/2-1 TBSP Torani sugar free vanilla or sugar free cookie dough syrup (optional--I still find it tasty without the syrup) 1/2-1 tsp maple extract (could probably use vanilla extract too, but I haven't tried this variation yet) Blend all together. I find that it helps prevent clumps if you blend the dry into the liquid milk first, then add the frozen milk cubes last. Nutrition: 180 Calories and 29 g Protein (will vary depending on type of protein powder and milk you use). Hope you enjoy as much as I have!
  3. I tried the Isopure zero carb in the alpine punch flavor. Amazingly tasty, but it made my tongue and throat numb. It reminded me of the numbing mouthwash I was given as a child for strep throat....is was the most awful sensation! I couldn't finish it. Anyone else ever had this happen? I'm bummed because it tasted so good and was such a nice change from the creamy shakes.
  4. Thanks everyone for the replies and words of encouragement!!! I am doing the preop diet as my surgeon prescribed...from some of the others I've read it seems pretty restrictive. However, I didn't mean that I only get 200 cals a day....just that that was how much I had had when I was in the store. Total in a day I'm getting about 700-800 cals. I get 2 protein shakes and 1 meal that has to be <300cal and virtually no carbs. Day 3, still starving...although not quite as "Hangry" as Day 1 and 2 (love my new word...thanks Wendy H :-) The sugar free Popsicles are the only things keeping me from hurting someone right now...and I hate artificial sweeteners.
  5. Hi Everyone! I'm into day 2 of my pre-op diet, and boy am I finding this challenging! I've been cutting back what I eat for months, but still I was not prepared for how difficult this 2 week diet is proving to be. I was in the grocery store today to pick up sugar free popsicles -- bad decision! I should have sent someone else! I swear the honeybuns (and everything else I passed that I can't eat) were laughing at me...and not in a schizo kind of way, but in a I have a headache and am delirious because I've only had 200 calories today kind of way. Not good! For anyone who has made it through the pre-op diet--any tips for surviving? I'm finding that I'm just angry. And I'm totally excited for my surgery--and the lifestyle changes it is bringing, but my emotions are just out of control!