Foodiegirl

1 week until surgery, nervous

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Even though I am 222 pounds, i am not having the surgery for weight loss, however that is a great benefit. The reason my doctor suggested it is because I have severe GERD. I had the gastric sleeve about 6 years ago. I did loose weight but gained a lot back. I am hoping with the bypass I have better success with even smaller stomach and more severe restrictions to food. I am scared of the bends. I already eat small portions, but I eat small portions of the wrong foods. I live in New Orleans and the food is fantastic here and I am a chocolate lover. I have been told I may be able to eat some sugar or fat foods in the future but only a bite or two without suffer with the bends. A bite or two I enough for me to just know I can experience those foods. I have been trying to eat all my favorite foods before. Since I can't eat much it has been limiting. I have to do liquid diet for a week before surgery. 

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Welcome to Thinner Times Foodiegirl!

 

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Welcome!

By the “bends” I assume that you mean what most of us here call “dumping.” The extent to which people dump after a gastric bypass varries greatly.

For example, I dump very rarely and only after I do something stupid like eating a bowl of ice cream (or another high sugar and high fat liquid).  A bite of two of ice cream does not bother me. I can eat almost anything else without adverse effects, although I chose not to eat deep fried foods as they sometimes make me feel a bit queasy.  Also, note that some people have adverse reactions (or addiction) to alcohol after gastric bypass surgery  

I have a little chocolate every day, as I am at my goal weight and for me a life without chocolate is simply unacceptable. 

For people with type 2 diabetes (not me), a gastric bypass is highly likely to put the condition into total remission, although avoiding high carb foods remains advisable. 

I have never regretted having my gastric bypass.

We are here to support you. 

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Welcome @Foodiegirl. I hope RNY solves your GERD problem!

Try not to get the idea that dumping will keep you away from all foods with fat and sugar - you may or may not be one of the people who suffers from dumping, but ultimately it's YOU who keeps yourself in line with the post-op diet, rather than your stomach :) Dumping isn't a big problem for me, so I find I have to actively police my food intake now that I know I can't count on my stomach to do that for me. 

New Orleans does indeed have some lovely food, which you'll be able to eat in moderation once your stomach heals.

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On 5/2/2018 at 11:54 PM, Foodiegirl said:

Even though I am 222 pounds, i am not having the surgery for weight loss, however that is a great benefit. The reason my doctor suggested it is because I have severe GERD. I had the gastric sleeve about 6 years ago. I did loose weight but gained a lot back. I am hoping with the bypass I have better success with even smaller stomach and more severe restrictions to food. I am scared of the bends. I already eat small portions, but I eat small portions of the wrong foods. I live in New Orleans and the food is fantastic here and I am a chocolate lover. I have been told I may be able to eat some sugar or fat foods in the future but only a bite or two without suffer with the bends. A bite or two I enough for me to just know I can experience those foods. I have been trying to eat all my favorite foods before. Since I can't eat much it has been limiting. I have to do liquid diet for a week before surgery. 

Foodiegirl, I had a sleeve so have the same volume restriction you have. I find it liberating to be able to eat favorite foods ... but just the bite, and not more. the quality of food in New Orleans is so much higher than anywhere else in the US! Good luck and post here, we are here to support you!

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Good luck and welcome 

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Hello everyone.  I am in the very beginning of my bariatric sleeve program.  I just had my first nutrition class yesterday.  I am now trying to reach weight loss goals preop and trying to find me protein sources so that I can consume 80 grams of protein a day.  I have yet to find a liquid protein that doesn’t make me want to hurl!  I have been trying different varieties.  The only one I found that doesn’t make me want to hurl has 44 grams of sugar in it.  I know this will be a no no when I am on my pre and post op liquid diet.  Any suggestions?  This stuff isn’t cheap either and quite frankly I am concerned.  My preop nutrition appt is 7-16. Also what are some puréed food suggestions? Thanks in advance.  

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10 hours ago, Baychick2016 said:

Hello everyone.  I am in the very beginning of my bariatric sleeve program.  I just had my first nutrition class yesterday.  I am now trying to reach weight loss goals preop and trying to find me protein sources so that I can consume 80 grams of protein a day.  I have yet to find a liquid protein that doesn’t make me want to hurl!  I have been trying different varieties.  The only one I found that doesn’t make me want to hurl has 44 grams of sugar in it.  I know this will be a no no when I am on my pre and post op liquid diet.  Any suggestions?  This stuff isn’t cheap either and quite frankly I am concerned.  My preop nutrition appt is 7-16. Also what are some puréed food suggestions? Thanks in advance.  

Protein shakes are very much a personal thing and be warned, even if you find 1 or 2 you like now, you can't guarantee on liking them post-op.  Tastes can and do change.

Personally, I have always liked Syntrax Nectar but only the shake type flavours - not the fruity ones. Nectar Sample Bag   And check out Walmart etc. for bottles of protein shakes.  I find them a little strong but nothing that adding more water doesn't solve.

But be warned - do not stock up on protein drinks/powders before your surgery.  Tastes can and do change.

Lastly, don't forget good old milk.  Regular 2% has around 8g protein per cup but look out for Fairlife 2%.  That has 13g protein (and reduced sugar) and there are many ways of beefing up the flavour with sugar free syrups like DaVinci or chocolate drink powders etc.  

Check out The World According to Eggface for some great pureed food (and beyond) ideas.

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12 hours ago, Baychick2016 said:

Hello everyone.  I am in the very beginning of my bariatric sleeve program.  I just had my first nutrition class yesterday.  I am now trying to reach weight loss goals preop and trying to find me protein sources so that I can consume 80 grams of protein a day.  I have yet to find a liquid protein that doesn’t make me want to hurl!  I have been trying different varieties.  The only one I found that doesn’t make me want to hurl has 44 grams of sugar in it.  I know this will be a no no when I am on my pre and post op liquid diet.  Any suggestions?  This stuff isn’t cheap either and quite frankly I am concerned.  My preop nutrition appt is 7-16. Also what are some puréed food suggestions? Thanks in advance.  

First of all - welcome to TTF!

For many of us here, the best tasting protein shakes (by far) are the Premier Protein pre-mixed single serving shakes.  The chocolate flavor is particular tasty - but the vanilla and caramel flavors have their supporters too.  They are sold in four packs at most Walgreens in the protein shake section.  They are also sold in Costco and on line by Amazon.  

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Cinwa, thank you so much for your advice and the info.  I have had 4 surgeries in less than five months so mobility is an issue.  I thought I was “preparing” and making my life a little easier by purchasing a variety of protein products in advance.  I will keep this in mind and maybe the ones I don’t like now I may be able to keep down  post op.  I will check out the World According to Eggface.  Should I try and sample some of these now or just wait until they actually instruct me to begin purée diet?  

 

Res Ipsa, that Premier protein happens to be in the I haven’t got to it yet  repertoire.  Hopefully I will like it!  Thanks so much for the response.  

It is so comforting getting this feedback.  I live alone and do not have much support nearby.  So Grateful to have found this website.

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2 hours ago, Baychick2016 said:

............  Should I try and sample some of these now or just wait until they actually instruct me to begin purée diet?  

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Truly, I wouldn't recommend you buy big tubs/quantities of any protein shakes/drinks until you've had your WLS because you can't guarantee on liking the same drinks post-op.

Try something like Protein2o Protein Infused Water, Variety Pack (Walmart).  They're a bit strong as is but diluting them with water works for me and as you're going to be pushed to drink as much as you can, diluted they're a good option.

And add an icepop mold maker to your shopping list.  Protein ice-pops are another good way to get your protein down.

 

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