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I have talked to many people frlom different parts of the country who have had different "rules" after surgery. Some said no alcohol, some said no caffiene, etc. What rules did you get? Have you followed them?

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No alcohol,no smoking, actually alot of restrictions and I've followed them to the almost t

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No caffeine for 3-4 weeks, no alcohol for 1 year, no bread/rice/pasta for at least 3 months. Goal is 60 grams of Protein per day and 64 ounces of Water. I’ve avoided all the things I was told not to have. Working up to my Fluid and protein goals—-39 Days post op.


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-No carbs whatsoever until we're in maintenance (I've mainly followed, although I'm not sure about staying into ketoacidosis so long.)
-No alcohol until at least 6 months and make sure you're at home the first time.
-Limit caffeine
-Atleast 30 minutes of exercise a day. Try for an hour. (I have no problem getting this in.)
-No fruit until 6 months out because we don't eat much they don't want us filling up on the fruit and its sugars.

I've mainly stuck to these rules although I don't agree with all of them.

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My surgery instructions are over three years. I'm sure things have changed.

  1. no straws
  2. drink 30 mins before and after you eat.
  3. 60 to 100 grams Protein
  4. no alcohol until 6 months
  5. no sugar
  6. low fat
  7. No bread Pasta rice until I lost 75% of my weight. Healthy carbs were added to slow/stop my weight for maintaining.

I'm glad to see instructions change and evolve with time.

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My surgery instructions are over three years. I'm sure things have changed.
  1. no straws
  2. drink 30 mins before and after you eat.
  3. 60 to 100 grams Protein
  4. no alcohol until 6 months
  5. no sugar
  6. low fat
  7. No bread Pasta rice until I lost 75% of my weight. Healthy carbs were added to slow/stop my weight for maintaining.
I'm glad to see instructions change and evolve with time.

These are my surgeons directions exactly, with the exception of the alcohol.
1 year no alcohol for me.

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-No carbs whatsoever until we're in maintenance (I've mainly followed, although I'm not sure about staying into ketoacidosis so long.)
-No alcohol until at least 6 months and make sure you're at home the first time.
-Limit caffeine
-Atleast 30 minutes of exercise a day. Try for an hour. (I have no problem getting this in.)
-No fruit until 6 months out because we don't eat much they don't want us filling up on the fruit and its sugars.

I've mainly stuck to these rules although I don't agree with all of them.

No carbs what so ever ? Or do you mean no refined carbs. I'm assuming your allowed vegetable.

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Like, there are of course some carbs in the veggies. But we're not allowed starchy vegetables that are high in carbs. Other than Beans.
So no potatoes, no corn, no peas ect... Following their rules I get less than 10 net carbs a day (if that) which mainly comes from my coffee cream.

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Thanks everyone! Very helpful.

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We don't have any carb limits and are, in fact, encouraged to eat low glycemic carbs very early. One of our first soft foods is mashed potatoes...regular or sweet.

We're encouraged to eat 1000-1200 calories a day as soon as we can. (I did at 3 weeks out)

We are supposed to get 60+g of Protein per day

We eat six 200 calorie meals per day. (eventually transition to bigger meals, lighter snacks)

We are told to avoid high glycemic carbs, only one caffeinated beverage a day...the rest should be Decaf. No NSAIDS. Alcohol and carbonated beverages are both treated as something you can have once in a blue moon, but should not be part of your regular diet because they have poor nutritional value and high empty calories.

Empty calorie items....sugary foods, added sugar, alcohol, soda...should be consumed at no more than 75 calories total per day....and should be avoided altogether if possible.

We eat low glycemic bread (sourdough, pumpernickel, whole wheat), lower glycemic brown rice, and protein Pasta.

We eat fruit early and regularly. Veggies and Fiber are encouraged.

We're cleared for almost all foods at about 6 weeks.

We take a multi Vitamin, B12, B Complex, and Calcium

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We don't have any carb limits and are, in fact, encouraged to eat low glycemic carbs very early. One of our first soft foods is mashed potatoes...regular or sweet.
We're encouraged to eat 1000-1200 calories a day as soon as we can. (I did at 3 weeks out)
We are supposed to get 60+g of Protein per day
We eat six 200 calorie meals per day. (eventually transition to bigger meals, lighter snacks)
We are told to avoid high glycemic carbs, only one caffeinated beverage a day...the rest should be Decaf. No NSAIDS. Alcohol and carbonated beverages are both treated as something you can have once in a blue moon, but should not be part of your regular diet because they have poor nutritional value and high empty calories.
Empty calorie items....sugary foods, added sugar, alcohol, soda...should be consumed at no more than 75 calories total per day....and should be avoided altogether if possible.
We eat low glycemic bread (sourdough, pumpernickel, whole wheat), lower glycemic brown rice, and Protein Pasta.
We eat fruit early and regularly. Veggies and Fiber are encouraged.
We're cleared for almost all foods at about 6 weeks.
We take a multi Vitamin, B12, B Complex, and Calcium


I wish I had your group! I've asked about calories a day because I feel like 700 calories when I'm almost 3 months post op is way too low. Especially if I'm doing an hour of cardio 6 days a week.

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I wish I had your group! I've asked about calories a day because I feel like 700 calories when I'm almost 3 months post op is way too low. Especially if I'm doing an hour of cardio 6 days a week. But they said they don't care about calorie ranges. Only to focus on Protein which should be around 70 grams a day and at least 64 oz of Water.

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