Hi, everyone. I've been "trolling" this forum for a while but was too nervous to join until I finally decided to dive right in. I don't know anyone else that has had gastric bypass so I don't have anyone to ask the million questions that have popped into my mind when I looked at the date and realized that the liver shrink diet is less than a week away and the surgery is less than 3 weeks! EEEKKK! I guess I was in denial that I was actually going to do this until it snuck up on me. Can anyone give me some advice about the following:
- Vitamins No. 1: Does anyone use a vitamin service that may or may not be covered by insurance? My doctor's office gave me a form that I filled out and gave back to them for a company called Nutrition Direct. I don't know if this is a great idea or a rip off. They have been calling and texting me constantly and I haven't responded to them. If it's a great idea, then I want to go ahead and get it in place. If it's a rip off, I need to start figuring out what I need to have on hand when I get out of the hospital.
-Vitamins No. 2: Any advice on timing of taking the vitamins in a way that would be easy to remember? I'm currently on medications that I take in the morning and at night so that routine would not be hard to continue. However, I don't know enough about the vitamins to know if that timing would work.
Chicken Broth: Any advice on chicken broth? The brands carried in stores seem to only have 2 grams of protein per cup. This doesn't seem like a significant protein source after surgery when you are trying to get in 60-80 grams of protein.
Protein Shakes: My plan is to mainly survive on bottled protein shakes to get my protein in while on the liquid diet after surgery. Right now, I drink a glucose control shake every morning in order to take my pills and I like and are used to them. They have 16 grams of protein. Is that enough? Any recommendations for ones that might taste good and have more protein?
Like I said I have a million questions and this is just a few. I don't want to be obnoxious and ask too many at once! I am also open to any other lessons learned the hard way.
Thank you for any advice anyone can give me!