Struggling with post op diet!


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My surgery was last Tuesday (6 days ago). I'm still on stage 3 (water, bean Soups, yogurt, and Protein shakes). At this point I'm still unable to eat more than 3-4 bites of anything without getting the chest pain as if I'm eating fast, but I know I'm not. It's becoming impossible to get the required 60g Of protein and 64 oz of water/fluids. The only way is to have 2 ENTIRE shakes (I can drink 1/4 and it takes me 45 mins) and work on Water ALL day! Ugggh. Seems like a full time job and im failing big time. Any suggestions?? Please tell me this doesn't last long🙁

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I'm 7 days out and won't start puréed stage till Monday. I can honestly say I've gotten very little Protein in. I have to find a way to change it BUT it's super difficult because I hate the taste of Protein drinks and the Greek yogurt makes me want to throw up. sugar free popsickles mixed with Water and ice has been my go to but I need to do better

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ARe you supposed to get the same Protein as I am? 60g and 64 oz of Fluid?? I don't see how people do it!

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I'm 7 days out and won't start puréed stage till Monday. I can honestly say I've gotten very little Protein in. I have to find a way to change it BUT it's super difficult because I hate the taste of Protein drinks and the Greek yogurt makes me want to throw up. sugar free popsickles mixed with Water and ice has been my go to but I need to do better

I'm the same! Very discouraged today.


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My dr said 640z all together I think, and he said count the popsickles, and the Water and Protein all together

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1 hour ago, Lizzyfromnapa said:

My surgery was last Tuesday (6 days ago). I'm still on stage 3 (water, bean Soups, yogurt, and Protein shakes). At this point I'm still unable to eat more than 3-4 bites of anything without getting the chest pain as if I'm eating fast, but I know I'm not. It's becoming impossible to get the required 60g Of protein and 64 oz of water/fluids. The only way is to have 2 ENTIRE shakes (I can drink 1/4 and it takes me 45 mins) and work on Water ALL day! Ugggh. Seems like a full time job and im failing big time. Any suggestions?? Please tell me this doesn't last long🙁

You are right. Meeting your protein and water goals is a full time job in the beginning, and it stays that way for a long time. I took 6 weeks off work after my surgery, and one of the biggest reasons I did was so that I could devote myself 100% to the protein, water, and food stages. Even at almost 6 months post-op, tracking my intake is very time consuming, but it is worth all of the effort!

Good luck!

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I'm on day 5 and my second day of full fluids, aiming for 64 oz of liquids and 40 gm of Protein. Today I'll be at 50 oz liquids and 24 oz protein.

My nutritionist was very clear that she doesn't expect us to meet those goals right away. It is a target to shoot for. Don't get discouraged if you don't reach the goal at first, just work at getting closer every day.

Just keep sipping away! That's my motto :)

(I am on full fluids from days 4-17)

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I am on day 5 and am on full liquids. I am definitely not reaching the Protein or Water goals yet but am getting more in each day. You are definitely not failing. Good luck!!!


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It is pretty common to not get it all in from what I've read here. I am 1 month post op tomorrow an I still struggle some days.

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Im nervous I dont have small enough sleeve. I've had no issues since the day after surgery when I started with Water. I can drink 4 16 oz water bottles a day plus 2 11oz premier Protein drinks. They go down so easily. I hope I have enough restriction when I move on to puree and solids.



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