Having trouble eating 3 weeks post op


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I was sleeved on 6/27/17. I am supposed to be on the pureed stage of food, but I just can't tolerate it. My stomach hurts and I want to vomit. Is this normal? I drink 2 Protein Shakes a day and I drink a Liquid Protein as well as other drinks. I am down 30 lbs, but I feel dizzy and listless. Am I doing something wrong?

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You shouldn't be feeling that bad, so definitely put a call in to your surgeon. Here are some questions to ask yourself:

Are you drinking enough?

Are you getting enough carbohydrate? If you are sticking with mostly Protein Shakes, depending on the shakes, you might be too low on carbs and/or fat. Adding 2-3 cups of milk will boost your carbs and fat (if you do 2%). I like to see carbs up to at least 50-60g during the first couple months postop to facilitate healing. (Mine were closer to 100g from dairy, and I felt really good! After 8 weeks, I've decreased them to 60g).

Your potassium consumption might be low.. try adding a cup of coconut Water.

Your prescriptions might need to be evaluated, since blood pressure and blood sugar problems can get better very quickly postop.

What types of foods are you pureeing? How thin is it? At first, make it really thin.. like suck-through-a-straw-thin. Try pureeing potato Soup, split pea soup, oatmeal, cream of wheat.. something that is easier than meats.

Everyone gets so excited to get on the right path with diet, right out of the gate, that they frequently do TOO much restriction. First and foremost is you need to heal. Once you are 9 weeks postop, the real weight loss diet can begin. I'm not saying to eat twinkies and ice cream.. but rather dairy, legumes, grains, fish, some berries (blended and strained of seeds if permitted), etc.

Postop we have "baby tummies", and so we feed it like we would a baby. Water and milk, then gruel, and gradually things with more texture. You wouldn't blend up steak to put in a bottle.. don't do it to your tummy either.

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Thank you so much for your comprehensive answer....I appreciate it. I have been keeping hydrated, but I am probably low on carbs. The only things I can get down are yogurt (some carbs) and sometimes hummus. It depends on the time of day.

I called the nutritionist last week, but no response so I am calling the doctor today.

Laurelle

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I never did purees. I'm texture sensitive and just the thought makes me want to hurl. I did liquids longer, skipped purees, and went to soft foods.

There is nothing wrong with not advancing your stages if you are not ready. Just make sure you getting enough Protein and liquids in.

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