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I haven’t had surgery yet. It’s not scheduled until March. I’m just curious about protein intake. Between drinking 64oz’s of liquid and taking in all the needed protein, does it seem like you spend the entire day eating and drinking? Especially since you have to wait 30 minutes after eating before you can drink something. I know I will learn how to do it but I’d love input and suggestions for getting all the nutrients and liquids in. Thanks!

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This may not be the answer you want to hear, but... yes. Ha. :-) Especially at first - it felt like drinking, and then eating my purees at that stage was my JOB. It took a lot of energy and focus. At eight weeks now it's much better, since I can drink faster. I still have to start early on fluids to get them all in. 

At first, you can typically count your liquid protein as part of your 64 ounces of fluid. It took me 4 weeks at least to be able to separate them and get 64 oz of clears. 

My best advice is to sip slowly and constantly. You won't need to wait the 30 minutes until you start purees, so just stay focused on fluids at first. 

Edited to add: I had a sleeve, but I think my advice still applies. 

Edited by kristinwitha_k

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55 minutes ago, kristinwitha_k said:

This may not be the answer you want to hear, but... yes. Ha. :-) Especially at first - it felt like drinking, and then eating my purees at that stage was my JOB. It took a lot of energy and focus. At eight weeks now it's much better, since I can drink faster. I still have to start early on fluids to get them all in. 

Yup. This. 

It’s kind of like a job for a while! 

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Yep! Timing fluid intake, protien consumption...... And don't forget about the vitamin timings....seems like you spend your entire day just timing everything you need to consume.

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I Agree with what everyone has said. It becomes a full time scheduling job! But, the payoff is priceless!

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Echoing what everyone said above. After a while, eating for sustenance becomes a normal part of your day.  

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Once you get the hang of it, it is pretty easy. Eating on plan and following (most) of the rules is routine for me. I rarely go anywhere without a water bottle so that makes it easy to get in my 64 oz. I also keep WLS snacks handy in case I'm in a place where I don't have good options. I always travel with protein powder because, if nothing else, I can get a decaf coffee and mix in 20 - 30 grams of protein. 

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Your stomach is swollen at first but it does get easier.  

I start with 30 grams of protein in a shake.  It’s also liquid;)

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you betcha!  but we all have done it and survived! :)  My NUT was saying I need to do my BEST to get it in at the beginning but it doesn't become detrimental to my health if I got a little less in one day.  That said, I did my best to get them in and got the hang of it eventually!It isn't as hard as it seems but that is one reason not to rush back to work asap.  (there are a lot of ppl here that went back in the first week, but I found I needed to be home because my FT job was getting in my meds, supplements, protein shakes and water!!! :D )

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I'm 7 months out and still have to pay attention, be strategic and count  - well MyFitnessPal does all the counting, but I have to be deliberate about my choices. Mostly I make a recipe (eg, ricotta bake) and add some unflavored protein powder to boost the protein higher. Or lately I've been adding a scoop of unflavored protein powder to my water bottle with lemon juice. I can sip on that throughout the day and it helps. I'm also vegetarian so its pretty impossible for me to get to 80g without these 'boosts' 

So, to answer more simply and echo others, you may not be doing it *all* day but you will have to think about it probably more than you currently do.

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Until I reached goal, if it wasn’t protein I wasn’t eating it.  Immediately post op I was drinking 2 oz every 15 minutes.  I set timers.  I still occasionally set a timer after eating if I know I’m going to be thirsty.  

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