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I had the lap band, and I was never told there was nothing I cannot eat....was told to stay away from carbonated drinks for a while, but that was about it.....

I did however, learn on my own what foods were more difficult than others, and decided on my own to just write them off because they were too risky....

I would report this to my Dr., and he would nod and agree with me, tell me that was not unusual.....but I was telling him, not the other way around....

Some of the foods I no longer eat, others eat freely, and vice-verse....each person, who is banded, has to ,earn their band and theirs only....there are things I eat/drink that people on this forum would have a fit if I told them, (I am NOT on any Diets)

So yes, there is a permanently banned list...but it is MY List.....

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NO foods are off limits in my program, but each program is different. i am 11 wks out tomorrow, eating ALL foods, losing like crazy and feeling incredible! this surgery was THE BEST thing i ever did for myself, not one regret. i have had a fairly easy path too, no real issues to date.

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Everyone is going to tolerate certain foods differently, but no, there's nothing off limits if you tolerate it. I'd never heard of the coconut thing and I eat pumpkin seeds several times/week. I'm all about maximizing Fiber. The only thing I can't tolerate is carbonation....so no hard ciders, beer or soda for me. Other than that I enjoy every meal I eat. After the first 3-4 months of healing and food transitions, this has been quite easy, and I don't deny myself any of the foods I like.

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no foods should be banned per say.....some are just not that good for us (but tasty none the less)

pick and choose and enjoy....regardless, 3500 calories ate or drank is a pound (whether it is lettuce or tuna fish or bbq chips)....its a lifestyle change not a (banned foods) change .........just my thoughts.

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I'm four weeks out and would like to know are raw unsalted almonds ok

I'd ask your surgeon because everyone is different. I was told no nuts or seeds for 3 months. But since then I've had mixed nuts as a snack pretty much every single day.

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I was not told anything. Though my baratric coordinator told me that I would never enjoy a meal again but my NUT told me absolutely nothing. I wonder why there is such a difference between everyone's Dr's and NUT. You would think that they would be pretty much on the same page.

Wow! I can't believe they said you would never enjoy a meal again - was this coordinator trying to scare you away? Amazing!

I am three months out and I enjoy most, if not all of my meals. In fact I can look at a restaurant menu and choose what is the best option for me - no rice, no potatoes, etc. I have had some amazing meals, and the best part? I get to have the leftovers for lunch for a few days afterwards. Even meal planning at home is just as good if not better than pre-surgery. the foods I eat today just plain taste better - fresh vegetables, less fat and sugar. The flavors are more intense and just real, if you know what I mean.

Before I might have eaten a ton of Pasta and rich sauces with bread and salad - then I would spend the next few hours berating myself - today I pick what is good for me, no soft white breads, no refined Pasta, and enjoy yummy fresh salad with little or no dressing and zucchini spirals (noodles) with a no sugar added Tomato sauce and turkey sausage - for example.

Don't believe that coordinator - they are just plain wrong!!

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My surgeon says no soda popcorn chips crackers or pretzels ever. Not because of healing but for the dietary value. He said these are trigger foods that we need to avoid.

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I'm another who never heard anything about banning foods. They did say to stay away from certain foods in the beginning (possibly, TBD by our own experience, forever) like bread rice soda caffeine etc. but nobody said anything about nuts or coconut. I've been having boiled peanuts as a snack and am a little fearful about whether or not that's a problem. Guessing not if the reason for staying away from nuts is the "it might get caught in the staples" issue because, being boiled, they are all soft an mushy already.

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I was told no carbonated beverages ever. I was also told no popcorn for at least one year.

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I was told carbonated beverages. No one warned me about sugar dumping. Learned the hard way after attempting a cheat day milkshake from Baskin Robins. Omg, it's horrible! Never again will I try that again!

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First, people should be aware there are responses here from people with different types of surgeries...very confusing and not always have similar experiences.

Never been told there was anything I could or could not eat.....I had to find that out for myself.

I now have my own list of foods that do not work well with my band, so I will never eat the again....

But other people on this forum have no problem with.

The band is adjustable and everyone has a different level of restriction.......and reacts differently to different textures of

foods.....

I cannot, or will not eat Red meat anymore, but I can have a Beer or two...go figure.

The band is something everyone has to learn themselves, Dr.'s can only give sweeping general rules, which are important in the beginning....

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There's a huge difference between "can never eat" and "should never eat". The two items my doc warns about are fruit juices and ice cream. They are high-sugar, high-calorie foods that go down easily, pass through your "stomach" quickly, and you can consume them without getting or staying full. He says they are the quickest and easiest way to "cheat your tool" and nothing good can come of that.

This was warning, not a tip!

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