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@Lukeadelle ((hugs)) How frustrating!! I'm sorry you're experiencing this. I have an internist for my PCP and he's pretty awesome about referrals. He told me that if this dose didn't work, then he would have to refer me to an endocrinologist to work with me on the thyroid. So far, it's working...

If it were me, I'd tell my GP that he either needs to refer me to an endo or I am getting a new GP. Of course, I'd make sure you had your medical records copies ahead of time, and find the new GP and get them ready to input into your insurance and make sure you aren't gonna need this goober for the next 90 days while the insurance changes over your GP of record. LOL. Then I'd get the new GP to refer out. To pick the new one, hopefully you can talk to people to see who they use in your insurance/neighborhood/work, etc. I would think if you had radiation to your thyroid years ago, that you definitely need to be working with an endo. I'd probably ask my bariatric surgeon for the referral. They have a vested interest in having patients reach their weight loss goals. At least mine does. It would make her numbers look bad if I don't succeed and do the follow-ups that will last a minimum of 5 years.

Edited by FluffyChix

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I agree. I’m going to speak with my bariatric surgeon and ask for a referral. Not only to an endo but a new gp. My gp is retiring at the end of the year so not like he will miss me. My numbers haven’t been right since 2005 when I did the radiation. Actually before but just sayin. Not like he hasn’t had enough time to figure this out. My tsh is always low but my t4 has been running normal.


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Hello Everyone!
I have been reading all your post to this game & I think its pretty interesting!
Im now 9wks post op & this morning my scale showed my weight at 188. My weight b4 surgery was 210. Im happy to loose my weight slowly so that I can stay on top of firming up my flabby skin! Anyway I started eating regular foods at 3 1/2 wks PO but I was having trouble getting my required Protein in! I could no longer tolerate any flavor of premier shakes or cheese & i dont like milk. Never have. Finally I started using the Isopure Protein Powder mixing it in my flavored water. Now I feel much better about my protein intake. I can drink up to 48oz of Water but it has to be flavored! Now that Im nearly 3 mos post op & can get more variety of foods, I would like to get my protein requirement as well as cal, carbs, Fiber & fats by eating real foods & just limit my protein powder for on my workout days! Also since I still cant eat cheese( except cottage cheese), All porks & tuna, Im going Keto paleo/vegan dieting! I love avocados with my food, all healthy oils, salsas, Beans & Ezekiel product are my favorites! Soo please continue to post your meal plans for me to get good ideas![emoji16]

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I just discovered nutritional yeast (2 tbsl = 60 calories & 9 g of complete protein). You can add it to all kinds of recipes. it has a kind of cheese/nutty taste). The name sounds yuk, but it is actually tasty and is another food item to play with. Also... I discovered powdered Peanut Butter too! Forgot how much I missed and loved peanut butter. 2 TBSp has 54 calories and 4.4 g Protein. Mixed it with some banana and plain yogurt today and it was the BOMB.

two more ideas for you...

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Let's see. I'm 7 months post op, my NUT want me on more food because my latest BIA test also showed that my muscles are not getting enough nutrition and latest blood test shows my total Protein is dipping. Since 6 weeks post op I have gotten all my protein from food (mostly high protein yogurt), but I now have to add in a shake a day to get enough. I get around 100g from food.

Today looks like this

Meal 1 - oatmeal with flax seeds and pumpkin seeds around forgot that add that I have high protein yogurt in it as well. 15g and I a Iced Latte I'll get 22g
Meal 2 - chicken in Fajitas sauce and and 10g of dry Pasta 27g (4-5oz)
Meal 3 - Stew with lean meat, potatoes and carrots 18g (5oz)
Meal 4 - Because I'm lazy, another stew 18g (5oz)
Meal 5 - 125g of salmon and 50g of brussel sprouts 27.5
Meal 6 - Shake

Without the shake I'm at 116g of protein, 43g of fat and 57g of carbs of a total of 1084 kcal. My nut wants me closer to 1400-1500 kcal. If I add the shake I'll get 141 protein, 46 fat and 64 carbs of a total of 1249 kcal.

I meal prep so I know how much each portion has of everything.

Edited by Meryline

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Makes sense to increase since you are very close to goal and exercise so much. You're doing great!

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I had a really interesting 6 month post opp (1 month delayed) on Thursday @Berry78. I should make a post about it. And yes, I am close to goal, under 10 lbs, although my surgeon told me to not loose too much more.

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23 minutes ago, Meryline said:

Let's see. I'm 7 months post op, my NUT want me on more food because my latest BIA test also showed that my muscles are not getting enough nutrition and latest blood test shows my total Protein is dipping. Since 6 weeks post op I have gotten all my Protein from food (mostly high protein yogurt), but I now have to add in a shake a day to get enough. I get around 100g from food.

Today looks like this

Meal 1 - oatmeal with flax seeds and pumpkin seeds around 15g and I a Iced Latte I'll get 22g
Meal 2 - chicken in Fajitas sauce and and 10g of dry Pasta 27g (4-5oz)
Meal 3 - Stew with lean meat, potatoes and carrots 18g (5oz)
Meal 4 - Because I'm lazy, another stew 18g (5oz)
Meal 5 - 125g of salmon and 50g of brussel sprouts 27.5
Meal 6 - shake

Without the shake I'm at 116g of protein, 43g of fat and 57g of carbs of a total of 1084 kcal. My nut wants me closer to 1400-1500 kcal. If I add the shake I'll get 141 protein, 46 fat and 64 carbs of a total of 1249 kcal.

I meal prep so I know how much each portion has of everything.

Congrats on the loss and being so close to goal. Sorry you're having issues with your body metabolizing enough protein! Hope your new intake helps meet your needs.

I will say, your menu sounds like my NUTS wet dream. It's beautiful and sounds so yummy. I want to scream at you right now, "Get in mah belleh!!!!!"

Thanks for playing and sharing!

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1 minute ago, FluffyChix said:

I will say, your menu sounds like my NUTS wet dream. It's beautiful and sounds so yummy. I want to scream at you right now, "Get in mah belleh!!!!!"

Thanks for playing and sharing!

LOL this made me laugh. I try. I have days where it's nothing like this, but most weekdays are. And I meal prep because I'm lazy to do a lot of cooking during the week, it's usually only the last warm meal I cook fresh, the rest is pre made.

Of course, it's interesting and fun to see what people are eating.

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On 10/21/2017 at 10:52 AM, Berry78 said:

I took to heart the "big picture" stuff with my surgeon's plan. The idea that things need to be liquid, or pureed, or thick/smooth, etc. What I listed wasn't termed in the same way that my plan was.. it was termed in the way that I followed my plan. I didn't introduce things earlier than permitted, but I just left things in a simple, limited way that I could meet my goals without having to make things "look" like real food. Sheesh, what's the point? I get into the fridge, weigh out 2oz cottage cheese, take 10 minutes to eat it, and that is a "meal". But it only has 6g protein.. so now I need to do that 12 times during the day to meet my goal. Until I could eat 4oz at a time, I drank a lot of my Protein (milk and kefir).

The concept of "meals" is just now beginning to make sense (7 months postop!). I can finally eat enough at a time that I can meet my Protein goals with 3 meals and a snack. I would love to cut out dairy altogether (on principle, except that I like it!), I have, at least, cut it down to a couple servings a day.

What was very good was my plan did progress exceptionally slowly.. because truly, I wouldn't have been ready for it to go any faster than it did!

OMG, I so relate to this post! I read on here about people who are eating solid food almost immediately after surgery...now, 5 weeks out, I cannot even imagine that! I just moved on to soft foods, which includes fish and dark meat chicken and I can barely get 2 ounces in...and some things (ground turkey to be exact) just don't work! I'm grateful that in the first weeks my diet was so limited. I didn't care about food anyway and it made it easy to get my protein in...plus it all went down so easily. My recovery experience would have been very different if I'd tried solid food quickly.

I'm still needing a shake for Breakfast, because otherwise I couldn't possibly get enough protein in...even with a shake and fairlife milk in the morning, some days I still come up just short (although most of the time I hit my 80g).

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On 21/10/2017 at 10:33 PM, Berry78 said:

Ok, the stuff on the plate and drinks were at 9 weeks. The stuff around the plate I've gradually added since then.

4oz chicken, 4oz cottage cheese, 3.5oz Beans, 1 egg, 1oz cashews, 1 small banana, broccoli, and butternut squash.

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what are the drinks please ? great visual- edit i saw your answer is the first 2 Water? is this all you drink per day?

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On 22/10/2017 at 2:14 PM, Berry78 said:

Fluff, you asked how soon I was eating that quantity...

I was eating everything on the plate by 9 or 10 weeks out.. I just had to split it up into 6 meals. Now I can eat it in 3.5 meals, making room for veggies. The plate is holding my Protein, and my Protein requirements haven't changed. If I dropped milk off the menu, I'd have to add 12g protein to the plate. Easier to keep the milk and make room for veggies.

So last night I stayed up eating until 11pm, didn't get my veggies or nuts (I'd eaten my fruit earlier in the day). Went to bed full of Beans. I got close to goal. I wasnt expecting to be gone all day when I left the house, so 5-11pm was eat eat eat.

this is intresting the eat eat eat, i cant eat if im not hungry anymore lol

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