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Failing at my pre-op diet

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Don't give up. It is really hard. I know. Ours was a 10 day liquid only diet. 4 Protein Shakes per day, juice, sugar free anything liquid except soda pop and caffeine, broth, etc. I hated it. I kept saying to myself, if I could stick to a diet, I wouldn't be doing this! But that self talk can get you in trouble. I started telling myself, "you can do anyting for 10 days" "don't want my doctor to know I couldn't even do this" "If I don't stick with it, there may be complications with the surgery, got to get that liver out of the way!" It worked, I mostly stuck with it. The doctor said everything was fine in there, except I did have a small hiatal hernia, which was repaired. Haven't had acid reflux since! I found the broth really helped. the sweet taste of everything got old fast. Tomto or V8 juice helped too. good luck, you've got this covered and can do it!

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You simply must stick to it! This is short term and worth it.

However, it is worth phoning your doctor, sometimes they will tell you to add something in.

What do you mean by carb flu? If you mean the withdrawal bit, it doesn't last long!

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I found the carbs cravings left after about three days on the pre op, then after that I didn't feel hungry at all. It seems hard at the time but is definitely worth shrinking your liver. Meant that my surgery was only half an hour instead of the hour.

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@45678 How long is your pre-op diet and what does it consist of? Reframe your thinking to start. The pre-op diet is not about losing weight at this point, but all about shrinking your liver. When you are obese your liver get larger, fatty and floppy and hangs like a bib over your stomach. Your liver becomes an obstruction during surgery that must be lifted and moved out of the way. To reduce the chance of nicks and speed your recovery most all doctors require some sort of pre-op diet. It is for your health and benefit.

@@NZ_gal is right usually after day 3 it gets much easier, your body begins to adjust. Your head hunger will remain and that is a matter of telling yourself you are not hungry and why you are doing this. When it hits, get a hot cup of tea or broth or take a walk with a bottle of Water. That is the other thing, drink, drink, drink your Water until you feel like the bathroom has become your second home. It helps!

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24 hours in. I am so sore that I'm wondering what I have done. Why does everything taste so sweet?

it gets so much better! I'm 2 weeks in. that taste is from anesthesia by the time you read this it will be gone

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I am so happy that my doctor didn't request any pre op diet. After reading a lot about people being on pre op diet, I got really worried that I had missed something.

I called my doctors office and asked if I should be on any special diet and they told me that I could eat what ever I wanted but they said I should not gain weight, that was not allowed.

Then after the surgery I asked the doctor about my liver, if I had a fatty liver and he told me that my liver was in good shape.

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