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This is an oddly specific question, but I'm just wondering: post-sleeve (and I don't mean immediately, I mean longer-term), are you all able to eat maki (sushi rolls)? I mean, probably not an entire roll to yourself, but part of a roll? Those are real big bites, which seems problematic for a bariatric patient. If you are able to eat it, are there any special things you do? Take bites, even though that's super awkward? Deliberately find smaller rolls to order? Make your own, so you can control the roll size?

Obviously, if I'm weighing getting my arthritis under control versus eating sushi, it's clear which one wins. I'm not canceling my surgery if everyone says "Nope, can't do it," or "can only eat sashimi." (Not my favorite, honestly. I'd rather have the miso Soup than the sashimi. And I do realize "only the miso soup" is an option, though the wait staff will be confused and potentially appalled.)

But sushi is on the healthier side of restaurant foods (especially if you can find a place that will let you sub in brown rice) and is a date my spouse and I really enjoy. It's a food I like. So it's something I wonder about.

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3 minutes ago, CrankyMagpie said:

This is an oddly specific question, but I'm just wondering: post-sleeve (and I don't mean immediately, I mean longer-term), are you all able to eat maki (sushi rolls)? I mean, probably not an entire roll to yourself, but part of a roll? Those are real big bites, which seems problematic for a bariatric patient. If you are able to eat it, are there any special things you do? Take bites, even though that's super awkward? Deliberately find smaller rolls to order? Make your own, so you can control the roll size?

Obviously, if I'm weighing getting my arthritis under control versus eating sushi, it's clear which one wins. I'm not canceling my surgery if everyone says "Nope, can't do it," or "can only eat sashimi." (Not my favorite, honestly. I'd rather have the miso Soup than the sashimi. And I do realize "only the miso soup" is an option, though the wait staff will be confused and potentially appalled.)

But sushi is on the healthier side of restaurant foods (especially if you can find a place that will let you sub in brown rice) and is a date my spouse and I really enjoy. It's a food I like. So it's something I wonder about.

Thanks! 🍣🍵

As long as you chew it good enough, and don't swallow the whole roll at once, you shouldn't have an issue once you are cleared for it. I'll take a decent bite of something and just swallow bits of it as I chew so it's not all at once. You could always request the chef roll with half or no rice, or a single light layer sort of roll. Rice is one of the few foods I haven't attempted to eat yet. Or maybe have the chef switch out Roe for Rice? Not super sure what options are available at the location you would be visiting, but it never hurts to ask!

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2 hours ago, CrankyMagpie said:

This is an oddly specific question, but I'm just wondering: post-sleeve (and I don't mean immediately, I mean longer-term), are you all able to eat maki (sushi rolls)? I mean, probably not an entire roll to yourself, but part of a roll? Those are real big bites, which seems problematic for a bariatric patient. If you are able to eat it, are there any special things you do? Take bites, even though that's super awkward? Deliberately find smaller rolls to order? Make your own, so you can control the roll size?

Obviously, if I'm weighing getting my arthritis under control versus eating sushi, it's clear which one wins. I'm not canceling my surgery if everyone says "Nope, can't do it," or "can only eat sashimi." (Not my favorite, honestly. I'd rather have the miso Soup than the sashimi. And I do realize "only the miso soup" is an option, though the wait staff will be confused and potentially appalled.)

But sushi is on the healthier side of restaurant foods (especially if you can find a place that will let you sub in brown rice) and is a date my spouse and I really enjoy. It's a food I like. So it's something I wonder about.

Thanks! 🍣🍵

I have eaten sushi a few times. I always get a ginger salad, and I'm able to eat 2 pieces of sushi with it. I eat it with full rice, never really thought to have them reduce the rice content. Rice doesn't bother me at all, although I try not to eat a ton of it. I tried it for the first time about 5 months post op.

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I’m almost three years out and eat sushi somewhat regularly. Quantity will always be an issue, the rice can expand and make me feel full without having had much nutritional value - but it’s nice with sushi that you can bypass all or most of the rice depending on how you order. Also, there are typically good veggie options at Japanese joints which is nice. At the same time, You can also make it a slider food out of sushi if you buy a deep fried roll slathered in mayo sauce :)

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Oh gosh! I love sushi! I just can't eat rice any longer. I am not a huge fan of sashimi. I also have a fear of now getting a parasite and my stomach being smaller and not having as much stomach acid to combat a parasite. I wish I could remember where I read that information. I hope it was fake news! Guess I better do some research........

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Thank you all! This is great and helpful information! I can work with this, definitely. (Happily, I hate mayo -- lucky, I know -- and have never tried a deep-fried roll and therefore wouldn't know what I was missing.)

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I eat sushi. I tend to not eat all of the rice because I need more Protein. I also need to be careful with seaweed, I have difficulty swallowing it as it tends to stick in my throat.

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Sashimi makes for great option from a roll :)

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