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perfektlynrml

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  1. I’m about three and a half months past my gastric bypass. The weight is coming off steadily but I have episodes of anxiety which cause me to want to eat even though I’m not physically hungry. Lately I have found myself getting up in the middle of the night to eat something. Today I tried listening to relaxation sounds and I fell asleep for one hour but I woke up and I ate chicken salad on crackers. I know I am not hungry because I feel none of the sensations. I feel like my comfort eating mindset is coming back even though I have no capacity to eat excess food. I’m not sure how to handle these feelings. I’m definitely eating enough protein and I have salad every day. Anyone else going through this? Any advice? Thanks for reading.
  2. I’m thinking that my lack of water has something to do with it. I drink less than 16 oz a day. I used to love to chug water but now I can only get a few ounces in and I feel uncomfortable. It doesn't make sense to me how I can eat junk so easily. Also if I eat protein, I feel full after a few bites. Tonight I made a snack of chicken in the can with light mayo and I ate less then half. No crackers or bread. I’m going to be spending time with my daughter for the next two weeks and I am planning to reset myself back to my previous way of eating. She is very supportive of my weight loss progress. Not feeling as much support from my hubby. (He buys Mallomars) come to think of it, I went spinning out of control after I returned from an 18 day visit with my daughter. She also had snacks but I didn’t touch them in her house, It is like I jumped back into my old patterns just from being in my old environment. I’m going to ask my husband to cut it out with the snacks or don’t let me even see them. I hope he listens to me.
  3. perfektlynrml

    Surgery done today

    Hey there everyone. I had my gastric bypass today and it went well. No pain at the moment just some tenderness in the abdomen. My procedure was four hours. Going to ask tomorrow for the details. Nothing by mouth until tomorrow. I'm ready for the next part of my journey! Sent from my SM-A102U using BariatricPal mobile app
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    Surgery done today

    Hello. I’m the OP and I am giving an update. I’ve been traveling back and forth to visit my daughter due to her having pregnancy issues. I have been managing well despite being away from home. I purchased a shoulder bag cooler which I take when I travel or to work. I keep Bariatric friendly snacks in it such as applesauce, Premier Protein drinks and chicken salad snack kits. I also carry water or no sugar added coconut water. I switched to Bariatric Fusion vitamins for convenience. Less bottles to carry. I feel good with the exception of an attack of sciatica. I’ve had a few episodes of regurgitated food when trying new items. I continue to use hot tea to help relax the pouch when I feel overly distended. My weight continues to drop slowly. It’s not a predictable rate but rather drops in spurts. I’m not logging my food but rather eating instinctually. I make a mental note to keep an eye on my protein intake and I do have at least one shake a day. I’ve started have green juices every other day to boost my health. My menstrual cycle has resumed due to the weight loss. I thought for sure I was in menopause. Hubby is acting like a hound and chasing me around the house. 😆 I feel much better overall and I love being able to walk without losing my breath. I’m climbing stairs with ease and I felt good enough to buy a full length mirror. I haven’t had one in years. Sometimes I get head hunger, especially when I am stressed. My go to snack is sugar free jello pudding mix and fat free lactaid. I crumble a graham cracker on top and sometimes a bit of whipped cream. It helps me with my sweet tooth. I also find that egg drop soup goes down easy. I have that when I want salty Taste with soy sauce. If anyone has questions, ask away.
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    Lamictal after gastric bypass

    I had trouble with my capsules at first. Had to put the contents in a liquid. I found that Isopure Apple protien drink disguised most of the bitterness. At 6 weeks post surgery I’m taking the capsules with no issues. I do try to keep them staggered if I can from food or excess fluids. My levels seem to be fine. I was not taking my full doses post up because of difficulty tolerating them swallowing wise but I saw some changes in my mental health as a result. Do your best and you’ll get to where they will be easily ingested.
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    3/4 week stall?

    Try not to get too uptight about the numbers. I’m on week six and I have had a few stops and starts. Honestly I would take the scale and put away until you weigh yourself. Maybe weigh only every few days. I think the weight hangs on for reasons we don’t know about metabolism and fluid exchange in the cells. Our bodies probably don’t know what to make of the change in calories. Just when I think I’m really stuck two and half pounds drops off. That has happened to me three times in three weeks. In the meanwhile make sure to pamper yourself. Try doing a nice facial.
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    Eating

    I’m on my fifth week.
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    Eating

    I’ve thrown up a few times but now that I tried sipping tea I don’t get into that panic state where I feel I have to get it out right away.
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    Eating

    I think the warmth relaxes the stomach and the esophagus. That’s what it feels like to me.
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    Eating

    I sip Lipton herbal tea.
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    Surgery done today

    Day 27- unable to get past purée stage. I’m stuck. I cannot eat chicken, shrimp, tofu or eggplant. I tried to eat fish without yogurt and it got stuck. Threw up twice today. I’m okay with drinking protein drinks, pudding, blended soups, mashed potatoes. I’m also drinking herbal tea. I feel a bit depressed that I cannot eat any solid food. I guess I am a slow healer. Also very constipated which is making me miserable. Trying a little Miralax in my tea.
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    Surgery done today

    I struggle with the visuals of food too. Doing the same as you with television and It seems to help a lot.
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    Surgery done today

    I think it’s the size of the chicken and amount. It feels like it might get stuck. I don’t think it’s a surgery thing. It might just be a me thing.
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    Surgery done today

    I want to stay away from canned. I found some recipes on this site https://www.yummly.com/recipes?q=minced+chicken&taste-pref-appended=true
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    Surgery done today

    Day 24 - trouble with chicken. I’ve been eating fish every night with a yogurt sauce which is very well tolerated. I tried to eat Chipotle’s chopped chicken but found it hard to tolerate. I have to find ways to eat chicken that are easily digested. I don’t like the feeling of the meat going down even if it’s chewed well. I’m going to work on finding recipes this week that are suitable. On the exercise side of things, I did a nice hike today on a nature path. Actually broke a sweat.
  16. perfektlynrml

    Surgery done today

    I have a real problem with looking at pictures of myself at my highest Weight because it makes me feel a sense of detachment. I associate it with being depressed and I’d rather not reflect on it.
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    Surgery done today

    No problem.
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    Surgery done today

    I have a tip for helping with smelling food and getting hungry. Take a small amount of Vicks and apply in around the bottom of the nostrils. It will block the scent of food or mix with it and make it less attractive. Try to avoid commercials of food. To help me do that I am streaming instead of watching live tv. I think in my case I was easily triggered to eat by smells and sights of food. That didn’t go away even though my stomach can no longer fit the food. Be prepared to make some adjustments to your environment even if it means getting out of the area where food is served until you get used to your new way of eating. Good luck!
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    Surgery done today

    A physical appetite or are they mental cravings? I had some mental cravings that made mr think I was hungry at first but it was just the smell of food that was triggering me. My husband is being better about eating stuff I can’t have in another room.
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    Surgery done today

    How are you tolerating your clear liquids?
  21. perfektlynrml

    Surgery done today

    How are you doing so far?
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    Taking Your Regular Medications Post-Op

    See if the doctor can get an exception from your pharmacy insurance during the first three month post operative period. Call your drug plan and ask what the procedure or what form would be needed to get an exception to the coverage guidelines.
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    Surgery done today

    Day 21 - progressing to soft foods. This morning I had 2 eggs scrambled with 1/2 tsp of smart balance with low fat Mexican cheese blend. It was a bit dry so I used Sabra guacamole in the single serving size on the side. Delicious! I tried a 1/4 cup of daisy low fat cheese which I ate after taking two lactase enzyme pills. For dinner I grilled frozen tilapia with 1 tsp of olive oil. I chopped it well and served it with 3 tabs plain yogurt mixed with Lipton dry vegetable soup mix. I ate very slowly using an infant feeding spoon. I stopped when I felt full and finished the rest as tolerated. I’m getting bored with plain water. I’m going to see about getting some Crystal light powders to change things up. I’m craving pink lemonade flavor. I put on a little makeup today which I haven’t done in a long time. I don’t want to wear any shabby clothes either. I’m tossing them out. I don’t want to save any big clothes. I know how big I got. I have pictures that cause me great pain to look at. No need to keep the outfits.
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    Surgery done today

    I take gas x for the gas pains. I didn’t experience a lot of nausea. I have a suggestion about introducing dairy products. I think that I became very lactose intolerant after the procedure. I would try lactose free products to see if it reduces gas and bloating. The walking helped me to clear out the gas because it moves the bubbles through the bowel. Hope these tips are helpful.
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    Surgery done today

    Day 18 - less stomach pain today. I am coming to the realization that I can no longer tolerate dairy. Eating ricotta is causing me to have gas pains almost immediately. I did a lot of listening to my body today. I felt some grief today walking around the store. I saw all my old food choices that are no longer an option. My mind is still telling me that cheese doodles would be good right about now. I didn’t think I would have a sadness or feelings of loss but I do.
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