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    slimbunny got a reaction from Tomo in Banana "Bread" Smoothie   
    Even pre-op and most of my life for the last 2 years (thanks to paleo low carb eating) I avoid bananas like the plague but I think in small increments they're nutritionally dense and easy on the tummy. I know people love them so I figured this would be a great recipe to share. This felt awesome on my Day 13 post op tummy.
    1/2 banana
    1/2 C. vanilla GREEK YOGURT (I used 2 Good)
    A dash of nutmeg
    A dash of cinnamon
    1/3 C. Fair Life Fat Free Milk
    1/3 C. Filtered Water
    1 Scoop whey Protein (I use MyProgressMD - in Vanilla recommended by my surgery program)

    🍌Nutrition Facts
    283kcal
    21g carb (normally I'd consider this high but while I am recovering I'm good with it) I aim for under 50g per day
    4g fat
    41g protein 🎉
    2g fiber
    11g sugar
    87mg sodium

    Blend until everything is smooth! I am ending my full liquids soon but was getting really tired of chocolate. I think PB2 would probably also taste great in this recipe but I didn't feel like Peanut Butter today. You could also add cocoa, etc or any other flavors you like!
  2. Like
    slimbunny got a reaction from Tomo in Banana "Bread" Smoothie   
    Even pre-op and most of my life for the last 2 years (thanks to paleo low carb eating) I avoid bananas like the plague but I think in small increments they're nutritionally dense and easy on the tummy. I know people love them so I figured this would be a great recipe to share. This felt awesome on my Day 13 post op tummy.
    1/2 banana
    1/2 C. vanilla GREEK YOGURT (I used 2 Good)
    A dash of nutmeg
    A dash of cinnamon
    1/3 C. Fair Life Fat Free Milk
    1/3 C. Filtered Water
    1 Scoop whey Protein (I use MyProgressMD - in Vanilla recommended by my surgery program)

    🍌Nutrition Facts
    283kcal
    21g carb (normally I'd consider this high but while I am recovering I'm good with it) I aim for under 50g per day
    4g fat
    41g protein 🎉
    2g fiber
    11g sugar
    87mg sodium

    Blend until everything is smooth! I am ending my full liquids soon but was getting really tired of chocolate. I think PB2 would probably also taste great in this recipe but I didn't feel like Peanut Butter today. You could also add cocoa, etc or any other flavors you like!
  3. Like
    slimbunny got a reaction from Sunnyway in Pureed Egg Salad (Keeping Me Sane)   
    Hi -
    Protein Shakes were driving me NUTS. I am at the very end of full liquids and beginning to introduce pureed food. However my purees are on the liquidier side because it is what I can handle. You can add less liquid to this recipe if your tummy can handle thicker stuff. I was so wanting something savory. I've been basically living off Premier Protein chocolate shakes and broth based Soups with flavorless Protein added (for awhile this was truly all I could handle otherwise I would feel quite ill) but - now I am trying more things gradually.
    Note - this serves probably like 6-8 servings? Maybe more? I haven't measured. I just eat a few spoonfuls and don't over-do it.
    Ingredients
    🔸4 hard boiled eggs
    🔸1.5 tbsp mayo (I used chosen foods - because it's paleo and doesn't have inflammatory oils - I was paleo before surgery and before pre-op even to help manage my PCOS symptoms)
    🔸1 stalk celery chopped
    🔸A dash of Himalayan Pink Salt
    🔸A dash of Onion Salt (I used Trader Joe's brand)
    🔸1/4C Pickle Juice (this is the liquidy element that helped me)
    Directions
    🔹 Throw everything into the blender and blend until completely smooth.
    🔹 Store and refrigerate. I tend to eat 2 oz servings at a time.

    Additional notes - you can probably add more seasoning to this if you're able to tolerate. Since I am so early on I wanted to keep it very simple and easy to digest. I loved loved loved this meal. Hope yours turn out great 👍

  4. Like
    slimbunny got a reaction from Sunnyway in Pureed Egg Salad (Keeping Me Sane)   
    Hi -
    Protein Shakes were driving me NUTS. I am at the very end of full liquids and beginning to introduce pureed food. However my purees are on the liquidier side because it is what I can handle. You can add less liquid to this recipe if your tummy can handle thicker stuff. I was so wanting something savory. I've been basically living off Premier Protein chocolate shakes and broth based Soups with flavorless Protein added (for awhile this was truly all I could handle otherwise I would feel quite ill) but - now I am trying more things gradually.
    Note - this serves probably like 6-8 servings? Maybe more? I haven't measured. I just eat a few spoonfuls and don't over-do it.
    Ingredients
    🔸4 hard boiled eggs
    🔸1.5 tbsp mayo (I used chosen foods - because it's paleo and doesn't have inflammatory oils - I was paleo before surgery and before pre-op even to help manage my PCOS symptoms)
    🔸1 stalk celery chopped
    🔸A dash of Himalayan Pink Salt
    🔸A dash of Onion Salt (I used Trader Joe's brand)
    🔸1/4C Pickle Juice (this is the liquidy element that helped me)
    Directions
    🔹 Throw everything into the blender and blend until completely smooth.
    🔹 Store and refrigerate. I tend to eat 2 oz servings at a time.

    Additional notes - you can probably add more seasoning to this if you're able to tolerate. Since I am so early on I wanted to keep it very simple and easy to digest. I loved loved loved this meal. Hope yours turn out great 👍

  5. Like
    slimbunny reacted to Sleeve_Me_Alone in Sugar cravings and hungry after sleeve   
    I'm sorry you're struggling with these things, but I think this is all completely normal. Some folks who have VSG do not feel hunger for a period of time, but many people do. Neither is right or wrong, its just due to each person's anatomy/surgery/surgeon, etc. Similarly, cravings are completely normal and people feel them to varying degrees at different points in their journey. At one month out, I know your options are limited, but maybe you could find some substitutes? Look for a good Protein powered in a flavor you like, sugar free Jello or popsicles might be a good option, or try a sugar free drink mix (crystal light, mio, etc.).
    As for hunger and weight loss, are you hitting your protein and fluid goals? If so, how much of your protein is coming from shakes/powders and how much is coming from food? Following your programs plan, you might want to start aiming to get as much protein as you can from your food intake and slowly decrease the supplements, as they won't fill you up and keep you full nearly as long as more dense protein sources. Additionally, increasing your protein and hitting your Fluid goals can also help with weight loss.
    Ultimately, follow your plan and contact your surgeon/dietician if you need additional support. That's what they are they are there for! But you're on the right track and its still super early in your journey. Be patient with yourself and trust the process!
  6. Like
    slimbunny reacted to Sophie7713 in Food Before and After Photos   
    Slim Bunny it will get better! Keep the course. This is such a wonderful phase and opportunity to change the relationship with foods and portion discipline that got most of us in trouble previous to surgery. Here are some dishes I looked forward to mid-way during weight loss phase. i.e. Fresh homemade egg salad, soft fruits, bean dishes that satisfied. First it was a few bites, then ½ a cup graduating to ¾ cup to one cup. Now I am maintaining with approximately 1 ½ cups... Your tummy will gradually adjust, digest more effectively and tell you how much you need to sustain. Go with the flow in selecting healthy clean foods throughout the process AND your rewards will be spectacular!!! This I can promise... And, yes, the Protein Shake regime were like Redundant and Yuck - keeping bowels challenging BUT this too shall pass. You have so much to look forward, too!!!







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    slimbunny got a reaction from ms.sss in Food Before and After Photos   
    How long did it take your stomach to be able to handle this? I just made one scrambled egg and even eating half of it feels like a task - struggling to get my Protein in unless I do shakes (which I am so tired of)
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    slimbunny got a reaction from ms.sss in Food Before and After Photos   
    How long did it take your stomach to be able to handle this? I just made one scrambled egg and even eating half of it feels like a task - struggling to get my Protein in unless I do shakes (which I am so tired of)
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    slimbunny got a reaction from ms.sss in Food Before and After Photos   
    How long did it take your stomach to be able to handle this? I just made one scrambled egg and even eating half of it feels like a task - struggling to get my Protein in unless I do shakes (which I am so tired of)
  10. Like
    slimbunny got a reaction from terigetshealthy in Any October 2021 Surgeries?   
    It gets easier post op… but harder in other ways. Soon you’ll be grateful to be able to get liquid down real slow!
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    slimbunny got a reaction from EmDee02 in Any October 2021 Surgeries?   
    Heat pad, and hot baths helped me! Lots more walking than you think you need. I promise it gets better I’m day 14 post op and no longer in pain.
  12. Like
    slimbunny got a reaction from OutdoorsGirl in Any October 2021 Surgeries?   
    For me - It got easier each day. Now I can drink without discomfort but it's still slow sips!
  13. Like
    slimbunny got a reaction from EmDee02 in Any October 2021 Surgeries?   
    Mine was Oct. 5th! Feeling good 13 days post-op!
  14. Like
    slimbunny got a reaction from terigetshealthy in Any October 2021 Surgeries?   
    It gets easier post op… but harder in other ways. Soon you’ll be grateful to be able to get liquid down real slow!
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    slimbunny reacted to RickM in Bad Breath   
    You're just fine, better even, without the sugary drinks - at least you don't have that addiction to get over! You have gotten a good clue with the banana, and it doesn't have to be fruit or juice, any kind of complex carb will do, and it doesn't have to be much. As with everything, a bit of moderation is often the key. From what I have seen, those who are the most adamantly low carb, counting them out, not exceeding some magic number, etc. are the most affected.
    Sometimes we hear responses to your problem such as "isn't it wonderful -that's the smell of burning fat!" More accurately it is the smell of not eating your vegetables. We will drop ketones as long as we are burning our fat stores, irrespective what kind of diet is being used, but we don't need to take things to extremes. When I had labs pulled, I was dropping ketones as expected, so I guess one could say that I was "in ketosis", but I never had those type of symptoms as I never kept my carbs all that low - it wasn't sugary stuff, just vegetables, legumes, some berries in the yogurt, etc., yet my weight loss was still very rapid as my caloric deficit was fairly high. So, there is a balance one can achieve in this. It sounds like you have decent habits to begin with, but adapting things to work with the radically reduced intake that we have for a while can be tricky.
    Good luck with it....
  16. Like
    slimbunny reacted to tonya5073 in Any October 2021 Surgeries?   
    Definitely a heating pad!! Take pain & nausea meds as needed
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    slimbunny got a reaction from ms.sss in Weirdest None-Scale-Victory - I'll go first   
    Excited to see what kind of ink you're getting! Pics please!
  18. Like
    slimbunny got a reaction from OutdoorsGirl in Any October 2021 Surgeries?   
    For me - It got easier each day. Now I can drink without discomfort but it's still slow sips!
  19. Like
    slimbunny reacted to Dtrain84 in I've gained weight...   
    ...muscle weight that is. I'm in the gym 6 days a week. I decided to bulk up because wasn't happy with being slim and slender. I went from 175 to 205 and haven't went up in clothing size. This is the same shirt in both pictures. I love filling out my shirts now..lol.

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    slimbunny reacted to ms.sss in Weirdest None-Scale-Victory - I'll go first   
    Went for a tattoo consult this morning and the guy said I had a “very lovely” back. Well, that’s a first 🤷🏻‍♀️
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    slimbunny reacted to RickM in Bad Breath   
    I wouldn't either necessarily, particularly with a bypass that can be more prone to dumping, but some plans do permit it, usually in dilute form. I had a juice box in the hospital (but our diet was somewhat more "advanced" than most, being on soft and puree foods as well at that time.)
    There are many foods that may not be the greatest thing for weight loss intermediate to longer term that can be useful in small amounts in the shorter term transitional period - mashed potatoes are another common soft food item that has value at this time that we may rather stay away from later on (or maybe not - lots of potassium in there...)
    It's a big YMMV thing, and there is no definitive right or wrong answer, and sometimes specific problems, such as the OP's can have solutions that seem counterintuitive to some.
  22. Like
    slimbunny got a reaction from Sabsab in I need cofffeeeee NOW!   
    My surgery program says to wait until day 30 post-op so I have been but I am right there with you I so miss my daily coffee. Excited to try out "profee" which I have seen a lot of the people in the bariatric community make.
  23. Like
    slimbunny reacted to RickM in Bad Breath   
    The bad breath (and possible BO as well) from ketosis is a result of minimal carbohydrate in your diet - not uncommon early on - and improves as your diet improves and varies. Some intentionally go "low carb" in the belief that it will improve their weight loss, which exacerbates the effect. Some programs intentionally call for some carbohydrate early on via foods like oatmeal, cream of wheat, diluted fruit juice as a means of preventing this along with the low energy and lethargy that many experience in the initial weeks.
  24. Like
    slimbunny got a reaction from Sunnyway in Pureed Egg Salad (Keeping Me Sane)   
    Hi -
    Protein Shakes were driving me NUTS. I am at the very end of full liquids and beginning to introduce pureed food. However my purees are on the liquidier side because it is what I can handle. You can add less liquid to this recipe if your tummy can handle thicker stuff. I was so wanting something savory. I've been basically living off Premier Protein chocolate shakes and broth based Soups with flavorless Protein added (for awhile this was truly all I could handle otherwise I would feel quite ill) but - now I am trying more things gradually.
    Note - this serves probably like 6-8 servings? Maybe more? I haven't measured. I just eat a few spoonfuls and don't over-do it.
    Ingredients
    🔸4 hard boiled eggs
    🔸1.5 tbsp mayo (I used chosen foods - because it's paleo and doesn't have inflammatory oils - I was paleo before surgery and before pre-op even to help manage my PCOS symptoms)
    🔸1 stalk celery chopped
    🔸A dash of Himalayan Pink Salt
    🔸A dash of Onion Salt (I used Trader Joe's brand)
    🔸1/4C Pickle Juice (this is the liquidy element that helped me)
    Directions
    🔹 Throw everything into the blender and blend until completely smooth.
    🔹 Store and refrigerate. I tend to eat 2 oz servings at a time.

    Additional notes - you can probably add more seasoning to this if you're able to tolerate. Since I am so early on I wanted to keep it very simple and easy to digest. I loved loved loved this meal. Hope yours turn out great 👍

  25. Like
    slimbunny got a reaction from Tomo in Banana "Bread" Smoothie   
    Even pre-op and most of my life for the last 2 years (thanks to paleo low carb eating) I avoid bananas like the plague but I think in small increments they're nutritionally dense and easy on the tummy. I know people love them so I figured this would be a great recipe to share. This felt awesome on my Day 13 post op tummy.
    1/2 banana
    1/2 C. vanilla GREEK YOGURT (I used 2 Good)
    A dash of nutmeg
    A dash of cinnamon
    1/3 C. Fair Life Fat Free Milk
    1/3 C. Filtered Water
    1 Scoop whey Protein (I use MyProgressMD - in Vanilla recommended by my surgery program)

    🍌Nutrition Facts
    283kcal
    21g carb (normally I'd consider this high but while I am recovering I'm good with it) I aim for under 50g per day
    4g fat
    41g protein 🎉
    2g fiber
    11g sugar
    87mg sodium

    Blend until everything is smooth! I am ending my full liquids soon but was getting really tired of chocolate. I think PB2 would probably also taste great in this recipe but I didn't feel like Peanut Butter today. You could also add cocoa, etc or any other flavors you like!

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