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Tiffy,

Thank you so much for the link! It was just what I was looking for. You are a wealth of information. Bless you all.......:)

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KeysPirate,

Although my surgeons post op diet plan says not to add salad until 16 (LONG) weeks after surgery, I contacted his office and asked if I could earlier. They emailed me back and said if I'm tolerating most foods and not having any vomiting (I'm 9 weeks out) that I could go ahead and add in salad if I wanted to. However, to still avoid things like carrots, celery and other really hard veggies in their raw state. They also said I could try corn (I've been craving corn chowder) but to take it slow and not eat it again for awhile if it causes me any trouble. With all the vegetables and or fruits, chewing really well is the key at this stage.

Having said all that, I buy the spring mix, (tender lettuces) in the bags and haven't had any trouble with it. I rarely ate carrots before anyway, and I decided to just wait a bit longer to eat raw celery with Peanut Butter or cream cheese. I haven't had the corn chowder yet, I'm saving it for a bit of a reward after I drop another 10#. (Corn is a high carb whole grain and it sets off carbo cravings in me so I have to time it for the right time of the day so I'm not out of control all day. I will probably have it for a late supper one night).

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Hey Tiff,

Thanks for that and so glad you're feeling better. A question for the board; what's this about raw veggies? I mean, I get it, I understand why we should stay away from raw cellulose overall but... really? I wasn't a veggie maniac "before" but I hate to think I'll not be able to have salad and/or most raw vegetables from here on out. Any thoughts?? Thanks guys.

Carol

I just had to wait 3 months to have any raw veggies. I tolerate salad very well, but I steer clear of carrots and corn just out of personal preference.

I do eat celery with cream cheese and Peanut Butter occasionally, but have found it to be very filling even when I chew it really well.

I just avoid corn because the first couple of times I ate it (even cooked), I ended up burping up the shells of the corn hours later. It was a pretty disgusting experience. I found the same thing happens when I eat pickle skin. I have to slice the skin off Kosher dill spears when I add it to my tuna salad.

I'm the type of person that when something happens once, I don't test the waters again. It's been months since I burped up corn shells, or pickle skin, but I'm not willing to go through it again so I just deskin the pickles and avoid corn.

I like really rough, hearty, green leafy, spinachy, rare lettuce salads. I don't eat iceberg or romaine very often.

I eat coleslaw on occasion, and enjoy spring rolls/egg rolls loaded with cabbage.

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ewwwwww, Tiffy, i am sitting here imagining that corn shell and pickle skin come crawling up your throat. . . how gross is that. . . i had that happen with green peas, suddenly i got this sliming episode and what was in there ? Pea skins, really gross. . . like you, i'll never do peas again . . ever. . . .

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Maybe we could get this "Sticky'd" on the forum. I ran across this link and think has some really great information.

It's a long, detailed PDF file chalked full of information for VSG Patients. This covers post-op diet to vitamins/supplements, quick guide to Protein count in certain foods.

http://www.iabsobesitysurgery.com/Media/Forms/SleeveDietGuide.pdf

Thanks for the link. I found the rearranged food pyramid very interesting.

My journey has just begun after my doctor recommended this surgery. The surgery will happen by this summer. I have Kaiser insurance and they cover this procedure providing I take a 12 week pre-op class. I am glad they offer the long class because should be somewhat prepared by then and ready to succeed!

Happy to have found this great website.

Marty

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Tiffy, I am still contemplating the sleeve surgery and the diet guide you posted kind of scared me off a little. Does everyone do everything the writers of the guide insist you do? Ie. 70 mgs protien, super multi-vitamins, Calcium, B12, prilocet, food restrictions, no sugar ever, etc. etc. Although, thanks for posting it.

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Tiffy, I am still contemplating the sleeve surgery and the diet guide you posted kind of scared me off a little. Does everyone do everything the writers of the guide insist you do? Ie. 70 mgs protien, super multi-vitamins, Calcium, B12, prilocet, food restrictions, no sugar ever, etc. etc. Although, thanks for posting it.

Every program is different. There are so many guides out there for sleeve patients, but it seems the standard is:

60-70 grams of Protein ( once you get off the post-op diet, it's extremely easy to get 60-70gr of Protein from food sources)

64ounces of clear fluids a day

keep your carbs low (I did no more than 30grams during my losing stage some do more)

I take 2 multi-vitamins a day, 1 B12 every other day, 3 calcium citrate, 2 Omega 3s. My program said 1 Multi-Vitamin that provides 100% of the DV. I just started taking the Omega3s for other reasons not related to the sleeve.

I eat sugar now, and have for a few months. I started adding more carbs, and higher calorie foods around the 4 month post-op mark. I wanted to lose as much as I could during my "honeymoon phase" and wasn't willing to sabotage my efforts. Everyone's journey is a little different.

In my opinion, the sleeve dietary guidelines are far more lenient than RNY or Band.

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Maybe we could get this "Sticky'd" on the forum. I ran across this link and think has some really great information.

It's a long, detailed PDF file chalked full of information for VSG Patients. This covers post-op diet to vitamins/supplements, quick guide to Protein count in certain foods.

http://www.iabsobesitysurgery.com/Media/Forms/SleeveDietGuide.pdf

Thanks so much for this great post! I decided to print out all 32 pages to keep on the table so I can access it immediately! This does contain great info! :thumbup1:

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I am glad I found this site. It has a lot of interesting information. Thanks to everyone who has posted on this thread, it has provided me with valuable information.

I thought I would added another Sleeve Dietary Guide I found from Weill Cornell Medical College - Cornell University. I hope this will provide another valuable tool to those who are thinking about a VSG procedure or those who are in Post-Op status.

http://www.cornellweightlosssurgery.org/pdf/dietary_guidelines_sleeve_gastrectomy.pdf

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Maxium Weight: 378 lbs

Sleeve Date: 5/17/2010 - Dr. Sebesta

Surgery Day Weight: 348 lbs

Current Weight: 327 lbs

Goal Weight: 220 lbs

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Thanx for the great resource!! I am always on the lookout for more info about dietary guidelines.

I am about 6 months out now and I can eat almost anything, except potatoes and bread. I was a total carb-a-holic before my sleeve, but I don't really miss them now...I thought that was going to be the hardest part, but it hasn't even been an issue. :thumbup:

I'm so glad to have found this website...I will definately be a regular. :)

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Thanks for this! It will come in handy!

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