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I gagged trying to eat SF popsicles that everyone else seem to be able to eat. the SF hello wasn't much better. popsicles went into trash and the Jello I managed to eat the fourth little cup....but no more.

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@@OKCPirate

I only drink the Green Tea Lemon too. Even my 15 year old son tries to sneak a glass of it instead of making his daily Protein shake after football practice.

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I love the SF pops. I only have a box of the one with orange, grape, cherry. I have 1/2 every night while I am walking around the house in the dark and then the rest in the morning. It's the only thing I can bit, chew on now!

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Hey, I just ran down the left side of screen. I seem to be the only lapband person who posted in this topic. In the band world, we're advised not to drink our calories (except the for a brief period right after surgery). From the start I had no interest in liquid Meal Replacements. I'd much prefer to eat good food and enjoy good taste and the familiar, "normal" act of chewing.

Please tell me what purpose these drinks you're discussing serve. Are they primariiy a source of Protein? If so, why? Wouldn't you rather eat, enjoy the sensation of chewing, taste real food?

I'm curious, not critical.

Laurie

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Protein drinks are a way to get a lot of Protein in with very low carbs and moderate calories. Back when I was banded, I was not informed of the benefits of a high protein/moderate carb diet and did not use Protein Drinks. There are still surgeons who don't want you to drink your calories. I dunno, I am maintaining a pretty massive weight loss (half my starting body weight) and I still have 1/2 or 1 premier Protein Drink daily... usually in my coffee plus a few sips and I call it Breakfast.

I am 4 years band to sleeve revision.

I am not wild about ANY of them.

The ones I could tolerate where premier chocolate or strawberry. The vanilla is vile but works as a base for a smoothie or a fake latte.

For ones that start as a powder, I found the nectar Syntrax the only ones i could BEAR to drink. My my main complaint is they weren't very "satiating" as a person with a mature sleeve. They have lots of crazy flavors - the best ones in my opinion was the vanilla bean and I think the chocolate was okay. I don't use it anymore but I did during the weight loss phase.

The best way to try the Syntrax product is get their sample pack. It used to be you could get it for the price of shipping which was a great way to try before you buy. I recommend calling the company and asking.

I bought my big jug powder of the vanilla bean from Amazon as that was cheapest at the time.

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Jane, thanks for your comments on why you use the Protein drinks. I guess it's simply a matter of preference. I know I'd be unhappy with them.

The greatest utility of Protein Drinks for sleeved and gastric bypass patients is obviously for use early on (first few months post-op) when the sleeve and the pouch are still healing.

As a band patient, you wouldn't know this, but takes weeks (or a few months) post-op before patients are even allowed to eat any kind of meat. There are stages like Clear liquids, full liquids, purees, soft foods that we must endure before being allowed to eat denser foods.

Thereafter, some patients still use Protein Drinks from time to time to get all their Protein in and when dense protein isn't available or convenient, e.g., during air travel, after strength-building exercise, and on go-go-go days.

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If you are a tea lover the nectar Tea with Lemon is great...the smell not so good...but the taste is good...Vitamin Shoppe has packets of different kind you can try. Before buying the pounds.

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That stuff is horrible! Was given a sample bottle by my NUT and hated it. Sorry OK Pirate, but it was coconut. :(

Anyway, I took it home and told my family it was great just so they would take a sip and I could see their faces contorted from the flavor. So, not so good for taste, but was fun.

@@VSGAnn2014 maybe you could enjoy yours that way? Lol

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You are bad! Bad!

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s a band patient, you wouldn't know this, but takes weeks (or a few months) post-op before patients are even allowed to eat any kind of meat. There are stages like Clear Liquids, full liquids, purees, soft foods that we must endure before being allowed to eat denser foods.

I appreciate the fuller details. I'd forgotten that sleeve patients wait a good month to go beyond liquid. Down the line I may be discussing revision to sleeve with my surgeon, so the reminder is welcomed.

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I like the Isopure tea flavor, but only mixed 1/2 and 1/2 with a glass of real tea and with lots of ice.

I love love love the Syntrax Nectars. I like the fruit flavors mixed with Water. I love the Cappuccino flavor and that is my Breakfast drink most mornings. I drink them out of an insulated tumbler with a straw and I think not smelling that Protein drink smell makes them taste better, but really most of the fruit flavors are like Jolly Ranchers. The Crystal Sky flavor is just like a Blue Rasberry Jolly Rancher and the Green Apple is just like the green ones : )

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Sorry to hear about your experience. I think one of the most frustrating things about weight loss surgery is needing to find Protein supplements that taste okay! It’s so frustrating because what works for someone else may not work for you; what you like before surgery might taste terrible post-op; and as you search for a powder that works, it’s hard to forget about all that money you’re throwing away!

Some of the members have given suggestions about mixing it with other drinks like G2 (or Powerade Zero or any sugar-free drink). To avoid wasting money, you can try buying your shakes and other supplements online at a store with a good refund or exchange policy. Some stores let you return or exchange products if you’ve only tried a single serving.

WLSResources/Clothing Exch: the sleeve is a completely different surgery than the band. Protein Shakes or powder are unavoidable since patients can’t eat food until at least 2 weeks post-op. After that, they can only eat a little at a time, and most need shakes for weeks or months after to meet their needs.

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@@Alex Brecher - Dang straight. I did Protein drink research pre-surgery, and I have several buckets of protien powder sitting in my cupboard that I wish I could do something with. But I found what I like, thankfully before surgery so that was one less thing on my mind.

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