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So I am 4 days into my 2 week liquid diet and my surgery is scheduled for April 25th. I have always been an avid Water lover. But lately due to not being able to eat I am just craving something to taste. I have my sugar free popsicles and Jello. My low sodium chicken/beef broth but it has just not been cutting it for me. I also have crystal light and mio but they have too much of an artificial taste for my liking. My liquid diet has to be Clear Pre-Op. On the list my nutritionist said that Powerade Zero is okay. I am in love. It satisfies my tastebuds but it also helps me get my liquid in which fills me up. It has electrolytes and B Vitamins and this paired with my premier 30gram Protein Shakes, multi Vitamin, and Calcium vitamin I am set for the day. I'm getting all my Protein and my Fluid (I also drink water, and have decaf coffee mixed with a shake).

Has anybody else gotten hooked on this stuff and does it still taste as good to you after surgery? I work in the health care field and I see how detrimental dehydration can be so that is the one thing that terrifies me and I was hoping this might help if I cannot get water down so easily after surgery. I drink it at room temperature as well.

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Everything that I drink or eat takes awful. Water, Powerade. eggs, chicken have no taste. I tried salt, pepper and even a dab of ketchup on the eggs.... no flavor at all. Then chicken my family says tasted awesome but yet I cannot taste it. Will this change? I cannot drink cold beverages it has to be room temp or hot.

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If you like Powerade Zero, you might like Mio Water flavorings. One thing that's nice about Mio, is that you can keep it in your purse and refill your water bottle anywhere.

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I really hate the mio drops and the crystal light, they taste very artificial to me so I gave them all to my husband, it was sad because I had some great sounding flavors!!

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Plus mio has sugar and calories even though its low quantity.

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I only had a day of Clear Liquids before surgery, but I went through two big Powerade zeros. So tasty! I haven't had any since surgery (4/4).

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I lived on Powerade zero during my pre op and early post op. Now I have one weekly or so, I prefer mio drops due to the convenient way to carry and all that.

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i also love Powerade zero,but have u tried gaterade 2 or sf koolaid?they actually taste pretty good.i also like celestial cinnamon spce apple tea,hot,it tastes like red hots & soothng.when ur on full liquids u should also try sf hot chocolate.


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okay so sf hot chocolate sounds fantastic!!

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I'm still pre-op, but I used to get muscle cramps in random places head to toe so six months ago so I started drinking a 32oz bottle of Powerade zero each morning on my drive into work, replacing my first cup of coffee. Once I get to work I have one cup of coffee, so I've halved my caffeine intake. Then I fill the empty powerade bottle twice with Water to drink throughout the day so I get 96oz of liquid before I even get home and I hardly ever cramp up any more. Now if only I could convince my boss to move my desk closer to the restroom...

(FYI, I also started taking potassium supplements to help with the cramps.)

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I am having surgery tomorrow and just tried a Powerade zero a few minutes ago. I am surprised, but it’s really good.


Age: 37
Height: 5’6
BMI: 37
VSG scheduled for 4/16/18
GW: 160
MFP: Fit4LifeAR

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I stocked up on Powerade zero for post op and couldn't stomach it after surgery. Just be prepared for your taste buds to change , especially when it comes to artificially sweetened drinks. All I can tolerate to date (6 months out) is Water and iced tea with Splenda. Anything else is sickeningly sweet.

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Posted (edited)
21 hours ago, mitchjoann132010 said:

Plus mio has sugar and calories

Mio has no sugar or zero calories.

Mio Label.jpg

Edited by Creekimp13
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Thank you maybe it is the Crystal Light I mixed up with. I'm still not a fan of the artificial taste but my husband is love drinking it up for me. :lol:

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I like that and the Vitamin Water Zero acai-pomegranate-blueberry flavor. I tried the Propel but didn't like it as much. I had trouble drinking cold water last week and found out I was dehydrated and my doctor said my pouch was becoming "sticky". He suggested hot teas and broths and 4 liters of IV. The hot teas do help a lot, but now I find that ice cold water still bothers me a little. But the cold Vitamin Water Zero does not bother me as much. Best of luck to you!

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