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  1. So my surgery is getting closer. Hoping for December. I'm meeting with my surgeon for his final approval then I need my insurance approval (they claim it takes about 2 weeks). Anyway met with my nutritionist last week and he said I need to take a chewable multi supplement with iron and vit d right after surgery. Also he said no gummy formulas. Anyone have a vegan multi that meets all these requirements? So far I've had no luck finding one. Thanks Sent from my iPad using the BariatricPal App
  2. Just over a week out from sleeve surgery. Physically everything seems to be going fine but emotionally not so great. Came home from the hospital by cab and no one has visited me since getting home. Not that I can blame them since I only have a couple of friends and only one knows the whole story. I just feel completely alone and sad. I went to my therapist today (who I started seeing during my preop stage) and it was good to talk but it was 50 minutes and now I'm back by myself. I caretake my mom who lives in the downstairs apartment but I don't like her to see how sad I am and worry too much. Anyway just looking for a little pep talk.
  3. It seems like other micronutrients available in plant foods are completely neglected. As for protein: I don't know how much of the Protein I consume is actually absorbed with the MGB. Same for micronutrients. Since the sleeve is a restricted procedure I'm hoping I'm absorbing more of my protein and vitamins. I'm glad to be moving out of the puréed phase and into soft solids. This week I made homemade seitan and soy yogurt. Even getting a little veggies in, though that is what I miss most. I can only eat a few bites of veggies whereas before surgery veggies occupied most of my diet. I really do think once I hit the maintenance phase I'm going to cut back on protein just a bit to make sure there is enough room in my diet for veggies.
  4. @ I read this article as well as others discussing the burden of excess protein (though i unfortunately cannot site them) a while ago which is why I am concerned with all this protein in the long run. I've figured out about 45-65(absolute max) is all I would need to consume and the max assumes I'm doing a good amount of strength training. I just wish there was an article specifically about bariatric patients and any needs they might have outside the norm. Also I really don't want to fill my sleeve entirely with protein dense foods skipping veggies that provide some many nutrients. Seems like the bariatric NUTs believe you can get all your vitamins from a supplement something I know is not true!
  5. vegbeth

    Doctors approvals

    I had no problem with stairs.
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    Plant Based Diet After Bariatric Surgery

    @@BrittneyMarie I found your posts very interesting. I'm 2.5 weeks out from my sleeve surgery and a long time vegan. My NUT has the same protein goal as most, of 70grams. At this point with my restriction being so small I'm finding it hard to reach with beans, and other whole plant foods so I'm still heavily using the protein powders. I am concerned about consuming so much protein in the long term but at this point I am convinced it's important for healing and muscle maintenance. I've got a lot to figure out but I'm glad I was already vegan before surgery. I definitely feel like my recovery has been on the easier end of the spectrum, not a lot of pain and my energy is returning. Even did a light workout at the gym yesterday.
  7. Well, I'm back for my second week post. I am onto the puréed phase and I am finding it difficult to meet protein goals without the powder given the small volume I can consume. I've mixed protein powders in with my puréed veggies and beans but I would really like to get to the point that I'm meeting my protein goals from whole foods not powders. Anyone out there at an early point (when the restriction is so high) able to get 70 grams of protein in with food. I can't eat a whole serving of beans and can't eat nuts or seeds at all yet. Otherwise though, I'm feeling great. My energy is good and the weight is coming off.
  8. I hope I'm not supposed to stay away from beans cuz as a vegan I don't know what else to eat in the puréed phase(which I just started 2 days ago) Wish I was could help @@avremy but I'm struggling to figure this out and still drinking a lot of protein powder shakes. I think baked beans would be bad though because of all the added sugar.
  9. @@White Sale I just wanted to send another supportive message. I feel your frustration and I know how real these things feel when you are in the middle of it. This surgery WILL help you and I can see you are very motivated so you will continue to do the right things so you will loose the weight. The only piece of advice I can add to all the wonderful and helpful things people have said, is make sure you are getting enough sleep. Many studies have shown this does make a difference.
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    I just asked again about coffee and tea yesterday at my 2 week appointment. I was told no for 3 months, not even decaf because of the acid on a healing stomach. Frustrating but it's just a short blip in my life. I do have the date marked on my calendar!
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    Its happening

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    Feeling so sad

    @@sybilvane7 at 15 days out today and yes I'm feeling better though the emotions do get to me sometimes. But I got the clearance today to get back to the gym which will help me a lot plus I've expanded my support circle just a bit by finding a nutritional counselor who is going to be working with me around the issues centered around food not just what I need to be eating (like the bariatric nutrionist). I have so much more to work on than the pounds I need to loose. Thank you for your support and hope your recovery is going well.
  13. @@theantichick thank your for you well thought out post. It helps me to understand why I am doing something. Also, I've been wondering for days what's been going on inside my body and honestly there isn't much info about that. Most information just focuses on the surgery itself and not how the healing process progresses internally. If you or anyone else out there knows where I can find this info please share. Thanks again for taking the time to write out all that info out. It will help many people, maybe not all.
  14. vegbeth

    What Was The Final Straw

    Last winter When I was to fat to ski. I was afraid if I fell I wouldn't be able to get back up on my skis.
  15. If you need something from the nurse or aid (post surgery) and they said they be right back but it's been an hour, don't hesitate to push the call button. I got myself into a panic before I did it.
  16. @@courtney.rose.a. And I have the same surgeon. He never pressured me to get a sleeve. He said I was a good candidate for either procedure. I choose the sleeve. Maybe there is a medical reason a shorter procedure has been advised, anesthesia risks, etc. I don't think that one should assume that he is just trying to make more $$. Perhaps it would be best to go back to the office and ask why this procedure is preferred in your case. I though Dr McCluney was an awesome surgeon.
  17. @@courtney.rose.a. I don't have a lot to add to the above posters advice as I was just sleeved 12 days ago. However, I just wanted to say HEY as Dr McCluney was my surgeon as well.
  18. I would love to hear the answer to this. I'm thinking of taking a trip to Australia at about 3 months post op. This should be a pretty active vacation if I go. In a foreign country but at least they speak English! I think it will be a challenge to manage post surgery AND as a vegan. And add to the mix, I'll be visiting and traveling with my sister who doesn't know about the surgery.
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    I weigh daily. Record losses but not gains (unless I've cheated) or stalls. Since I'm 12 days post surgery no cheating right now!
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    So the honeymoon is over?

    @@JamieLogical I can't wait to get back to working out! I don't have the energy now but I still have the desire. Kind of like I can't eat anything but still have the cravings! This early part of the healing process has taken away my one healthy coping mechanism. I keep reminding myself it's only temporary.
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    So the honeymoon is over?

    As a new sleever, I'm wondering how I'm supposed to keep my calories up (I'm getting less than 500 in) when I can hardly get any food in. I'm just meeting my protein and fluid goals can't imagine eating or drinking any more. Also, the doc has severely limited my exercise to gentle walking. Are you talking in regards to right after surgery or later on when you are more healed and approved to eat all and exercise?
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    Bowel movements

    11 days and still waiting. Started taking miralax a couple of days ago per dr. orders.
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    12 Day Post Op Weight Loss

    That sounds great to me!
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    Airport Security Curiosity

    I'm getting TSA pre check before I fly next!
  25. Long time vegan but short time sleever (11 days) but still a vegan. I've been mixing my protein shakes between pea protein (unjury) and soy protein (jarrow). My NUT Thinks I'll have to continue with protein shakes long term to meet my protein goal. I hope not. But I am wondering why do I need to keep up with 70 grams of protein daily once I reach my goal. I always thought to much protein leaches calcium. I completely understand the logic at this point, to promote healing and help with weight loss.