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How much food can you really eat?

Started by JillianMarie, May 13, 2010 6:56 AM
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Posted May 13, 2010 - 6:56 AM

I am having my sleeve done Monday. I am curious as to what everyone's typical meal is like after surgery (after the 3 weeks on liquids/soft foods, once you can eat normal foods again). What do you normally eat, and how much? How much does it take before you have to stop due to feeling full?
I am excited to get this feeling for once!!


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Posted May 13, 2010 - 10:17 AM

Depends on what I'm eating. Two ounces of chicken breast or drier steak stuffs me to the gills... more tender meat, I can do about 3 ounces of.

Last night I had 4 oz. of shiratake noodles and 4 meatballs (with sauce) and was very full after that.

If I treat myself to a bowl of Cereal, I'm satisfied with a cup of cereal and half a cup of almond milk, but could probably get more in if I let myself.

I've done an entire bag of microwave popcorn... not proud of that.

You'll hear people talk about "slider foods" ... those are the ones like the popcorn, and the cereal, that are really light and usually full of carbs, that go in easily and slide right down. If you stick with the denser Proteins, you'll get fuller faster, and stay that way longer.


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Posted May 13, 2010 - 11:41 AM

Well I am 5 months out and eat about everything and anything. . .for example this morning for Breakfast i had 1 c of sugar free pudding and coffee. . . for lunch 4 oz of lentils and then a metamucil wafer for an afternoon snack, then about 1 cup of whatever there is for supper. . . NO snacking for this porker though, I've tried really hard to avoid snacking, hard, but it's working. . . lots of Water and crystal lite too. . . good luck


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Posted May 13, 2010 - 11:50 AM

2-3 oz of baked salmon. That's it. I am stuffed. That's at almost 8 months out. Everyone is a little different. The sleeve is a "miracle drug".


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Posted May 13, 2010 - 2:10 PM

Totally depends on what I'm eating. I can eat 1cup of yogurt, chili, mashed potatoes, etc and then I can eat 30-40 minutes later if I want to. Not to say that I'm actually hungry, but those are slider foods, and don't stay long. Same goes for chips, cheese, crackers, pretzels, Cookies, etc. Rice and Pasta are pretty close to slider foods for me now as well.

When it comes to meat, dense Protein such as chicken breast, ribeye steak, rib meat, I max out about 3-5 ounces depending on how it's cooked, and if I use some sort of condiment with it. Protein stays with me it seems like for a couple of hours. Meaning, I can't really eat again for 2-4 hours. I might be able to squeeze in a couple bites of veggies with 3-4oz of super tender, A1 steak sauce covered, ribeye steak.

My restriction also varies. Yesterday I couldn't really get down a lot of dense foods. So, I stuck to things that I knew would go down, and keep me satisfied.

I'm over 11 months out, and that's been my experience. It took me over 3 months to be able to eat more than 2-3oz of chicken salad. Dense protein and me didn't get along all that great in the beginning.



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Posted May 13, 2010 - 2:21 PM

This is something I'm really interested in. Since my surgery I've been able to consume a lot more than my girlfriend. It's not like I'm trying to race or stuff my face, I just can, without any discomfort. Of course, it's still a LOT less than it was, and if I push it I pay the price.

Right now it's useful -- I'm on "full liquids" until Saturday (when I go on puree) and it's really helping me to get down all of my Protein, Vitamins, and Water.

I just don't want to sabotage myself when I go to solid foods! I guess that's why they say protein first, then veggies, then carbs.


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Posted May 13, 2010 - 2:51 PM

Also, don't forget that you can't just go and start eating everything right off the bat. You should wait a couple of months before the dense meats, and no raw vegatables until 3 months out. And then of course it is always stay away from sugar as much as possible. Right now, don't worry too much about your eating, you most likely will not have much an appetite after surgery. Many of us have to remind ourselves to eat.


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Posted May 13, 2010 - 4:22 PM

If you dont mind me asking, do you know what size sleeve they gave you?


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Posted May 13, 2010 - 7:51 PM

I am 4 weeks out and I found that I have no interest in carbs at this point (tried a peice of donut from my brother this weekend and actually spit it out since it didn't do anything for me :thumbup:).

I tend to eat about 1/3-1/2 cup of food per sitting, with the occasional between meal Protein craving. Breakfast usually one poached egg and a few bites of banana. lunch / dinner about 1/3 of a cup of chicken salad or a chinese dish with chicken. Beef has to be chewed so much that their is no flavor by the time it gets to the right consistancy to chew. I found that I tend to spit it out rather then swallow it at that point.

Lamb is a good protein as it keeps it's flavor through the chewing process. I LOVE tuna salad, but I have to put mayonaise in it to get it down from the texture, it likes to stick (trying to avoid since mayo is evil :sneaky2:).

I always supplement with at least 1 Protein shake daily to get my protein intake abover 60, I like Jay Robb whey protein with 1% milk).

I had a bad pre-op food bindge last night. Felt hungry at midnight and grabbed tuna salad and ate without paying attention, that HURT. I think I prefer the denser Proteins since I don't forget to eat slowly.

One fun thing is going out to eat (I travel for my job so I have to eat out a lot). The waiters keep wandering by your table eyeing your plate and waiting for you to complain or send it back! They look so surprised when you ask for a togo bag!!!:001_tt2:



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Posted May 13, 2010 - 9:28 PM

I can eat one taco or one piece of pizza. If it's something like steak, I can probably eat 3 oz tops. That is just a guess. I think the steak is 6 oz and I can eat 1/3 of it, so maybe it's more like 2 oz. I know I can't eat an entire chicken breast.

Edited by Oregondaisy, May 14, 2010 - 6:10 PM.

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