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I was wondering if you guys could share any guidelines you received regarding portions post-op.

My surgeon provides a detailed plan of what food to introduce, and when, but does not give quantity guidelines.

I asked him at my 1-wk post-op, but he said it varies so much from person to person it's hard to say. I said "are we talking a couple of tablespoons, a 1/4 cup, etc?". He said a couple of tablespoons would be a lot at this point. He advised me to pay attention to my body. Which is hard, given I'm not really hungry to start with. He said to look for other signs, like back pain, pain/pressure in the chest, hiccups, etc. but I don't seem to have any of these.

I have moved from liquids to the "soft" phase (my doc doesn't really have a "puréed" phase) which includes sugar free applesauce, yoghurt and cottage cheese. So far, I've been limiting myself to 2 tbsp total per "meal", 3-4 times a day. Plus my Protein drinks and fluids of course.

Any thoughts? Any guidelines in quantities you could share from your doctors? Appreciate the info, thanks.

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Depending on what you are eating 2 to 4 oz

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I think we had our surgery the same day. I'm still I'm liquids until Monday but this is what I get for the next 2 weeks. Hope it helps!

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Thank you so much @@kelmelnel! That is really helpful. And not so different from my diet. My doctor just seems to break this stage down into 2 different phases. I have the yogurt, cottage cheese, applesauce phase for 2-5 days that started at about day 9. Then I move to eggs and Beans (including bean soups) for another 2-5 days. A lot of that is on here.

I feel better swing those quantities. I was eating FAR less than that, and thought I could handle more but didn't want to push it. I am eating, max, 2 tablespoons (1 oz), looks like up to 4 times that is possible (if comfortable).

It's not that I even have a big desire to eat more, it's just that I would like to up the portions of things like cottage cheese and, soon, eggs so I can get more Protein in that way and get off these Protein drinks, which I really hate!!

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Did you do ok with those first foods? I'm a little nervous that my first day of soft foods is my first day back at work! Maybe I'll try a little tomorrow just to be safe. I'm pretty sick of liquids at this point.

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I had my surgery about the same time as you guys and I'm in soft solid food for 5 days because I couldn't stand anymore liquids of purée... And I'm doing really well.

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Did you do ok with those first foods? I'm a little nervous that my first day of soft foods is my first day back at work! Maybe I'll try a little tomorrow just to be safe. I'm pretty sick of liquids at this point.

Totally. Knock on wood, but I haven't had a single issue yet. Been at it for about 4 days and all is well. My doctor said to introduce one food at a time and stick with it for a few meals. He advised not to try a new food every day. For what it's worth, that's the approach I've been taking.

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My guidelines after RNY surgery were:

First 8 weeks post-op was 2 ounces (1/4 cup) per meal.

Weeks 9-15 was 3 ounces.

Months 4-6 was 4 ounces.

Months 7-9 was 5 ounces.

Months 10-12 was 6 ounces.

Months 12-18 was 7 ounces.

18 months and beyond was 8 ounces.

The most important elements after surgery is meeting your daily Protein, Fluid and Vitamin requirements. food is secondary because your body is converting stored fat into the energy that drives your body. Thus you lose weight.

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My guidelines after RNY surgery were:

First 8 weeks post-op was 2 ounces (1/4 cup) per meal.

Weeks 9-15 was 3 ounces.

Months 4-6 was 4 ounces.

Months 7-9 was 5 ounces.

Months 10-12 was 6 ounces.

Months 12-18 was 7 ounces.

18 months and beyond was 8 ounces.

The most important elements after surgery is meeting your daily Protein, Fluid and Vitamin requirements. food is secondary because your body is converting stored fat into the energy that drives your body. Thus you lose weight.

Thanks James. Yes, I've been getting all my fluids in since day 1, and all my Protein since day 2 (with one exception due to issue with my blood pressure that was making me very nauseated).

Really, just want to maximize my food based protein by eating what is safely possible. Right now via cottage cheese, and soon through eggs/beans and eventually fish/chicken and nuts. I'll still have to supplement through protein drinks, but the more I can get from food based protein and reduce the drinks, the better.

Energy hasn't really been a problem for the most part (again, except a couple of days where my blood pressure dropped and my meds had to be adjusted).

Getting these guidelines has been very helpful to let me gauge what is safely possible. I feel much better about it. Thanks again.

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After surgery I was taking two types of high blood pressure medicine. Since I tracked my blood pressure daily, as I lost the weight and my blood pressure began to drop significantly, I started to reduce my intake of this type of meds and by the end of the second week I was completely off them and this condition remained in remission ever since. I am 35 months pre-op RNY.

I made the decision to reduce the meds on my own and told my general practitioner several months later when I went in for a routine physical. He agreed with the decision to discontinue the meds.

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After surgery I was taking two types of high blood pressure medicine. Since I tracked my blood pressure daily, as I lost the weight and my blood pressure began to drop significantly, I started to reduce my intake of this type of meds and by the end of the second week I was completely off them and this condition remained in remission ever since. I am 35 months pre-op RNY.

I made the decision to reduce the meds on my own and told my general practitioner several months later when I went in for a routine physical. He agreed with the decision to discontinue the meds.

I am following up with my general practitioner next week to let her know. I was on two different pills (which were actually a combination of 3 different medicines). I am now taking 1/2 of 1 of those pills. It just happened so incredibly fast, right at 8 days post op it just crashed (down to 95/48). I plan on discussing with her a plan to remove the last of the medication as my BP (hopefully) continues to drop. It's stable right now, and I'm feeling great again.

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