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Hi my name is Tilena and I’m scheduled for surgery May15, reading alot about things to eat after, it seems to be harder than I expected, has anyone ever felt like this, I can give me any advice.

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Hi Caramel, this surgery is a big decision. I am scheduled the day before you [emoji4]

The post op diet is a way of life. It definitely takes commitment. But your not giving up good food, it’s really opening a whole new way to eat.

Yes the first few weeks are rough with the liquid and purée phase, but it’s just a small stepping stone to better things!

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Hi Caramel, this surgery is a big decision. I am scheduled the day before you [emoji4]
The post op diet is a way of life. It definitely takes commitment. But your not giving up good food, it’s really opening a whole new way to eat.
Yes the first few weeks are rough with the liquid and purée phase, but it’s just a small stepping stone to better things!

Thanks for your advice


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Hi, I’m Davida (Duh-vee-duh) and I’m new as well. I met with my new PCP back and November and got the ball rolling. My insurance used to require six consecutive months of weightloss attempts, so I wanted get a head start before seeing my surgeon. I was later informed however, that I no longer had that requirement, so I really got the ball rolling. I’ve literally completed everything including bloodwork, upper GI test, ekg, psyche eval, and seeing a hematologist due to a PE back in 2016. At this point, I’m just waiting for the final recommendation from my PCP so that we can submit to the insurance company. I have Highmark BCBS which is out of state through my husband’s job. I’m hoping I get a quick approval and can still aim for an early May date. I’m even tempted to start the liver cleanse diet now, to see if that’d push my date up. Worse case scenario is it doesn’t or everything is postponed due to the state of the world currently.

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I'm three weeks post op and I'm starting week two of purees. It has been much easier than I had imagined. The biggest concern is getting enough Water in but even that has improved with time. You will be fine!

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Hi Tilena,

I am 5 weeks post surgery.

I am not going to lie to you. The post op diet is a challenge. The first few day is clear liquid, then you graduate to full liquids, then to pureed foods, then to soft foods, and finally to regular diet.

At first , if you're like me, the biggest challenge will be eating at all, b/c you won't feel like it after the surgery. However, after a week or so, my hunger--both physical and head hunger--returned full force, and I wanted to eat "normal" food, but my stomach wasn't ready, i.e. done healing. The good news is, you will fill up very fast, so even on the full liquid phase, your cravings kind of go away once you are filled up with Soup, or whatever. Once you reach puree foods, I think it gets a lot easier, because you have more freedom in what to eat.

It's important to remember, though, that even after you reach the milestone of "normal" diet, it is a NEW normal. I know that I cannot go back to eating the way I used to, consuming a high carb diet with plenty of sweets. For some people, their tastes change, and they don't really want the sweets and high carb meals. For me, though, I still crave sweets, if just in my head, and it will be a challenge as it has always been for me. This time, though, I know that if I stick with my healthy eating plan, it will result in weight loss (unlike the dozens of diets I've tried before). In other words, the work will finally yield results.

My doctor routinely emphasizes that gastric sleeve surgery is not a magic bullet--it is a tool to use toward effective weight loss. However, the effectiveness of that tool depends on how I use it, that is, whether or not I make wise food choices. A hammer won't work unless you swing it the right way, and that takes some effort.

Good luck!!! Let us know how you make out!

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