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Hey all!

New to the site, joined today. I had my first appt with the surgeon on 1/15/19.

i have a long list of things to get checked before the surgery.

I follow a lot of fb groups and IG people who have done WLS and I see the pre and post op diet of broth and Protein Shakes and Jello.

Ive been vegan for 2 years- I’m wondering what you guys used in place of broth and jello? I have ordered a few kinds of Protein Powder (most are only 21g per scoop/serving as opposed to 30g per whey Protein scoop).

so I am a little concerned but hoping to find my way.

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Starting to,lean that way, after a life-long carnivore, my pouch the more than bossy Ms Precious Pouch, says if you are going to eat please don't toss meat down, I don't WANT it! So as I come off my TPN feedings, maybe March or April I taper off? I had better respect her more if we are going to echist together. My PCP and his. Nurse Practioner Mark are 7th Day Adventist, said I can make it well sans meat, so I will accept their consul and start to go more in that direction. You know what I am hungry for, and I truly don't have that much hunger with TPN, satisfies my basic hunger, so this may be solely "head hunger" but Teriyaki fried Tofu sounds totally yummy! If you're curious why I'm on TPN feel free to ask, I will talk about it, okay?

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I have been vegan for 3 yrs and have just scheduled my VGS for October 2019. Now that sounds a ways off, but I have been reading the blogs and have realized there are a lot of issues I need to address prior to surgery. My Veganism is 1. My current nutritionist doesn't like my diet, but that's her problem. So, I can see I need to research more that Tofu and fake meat. I do plan on sticking to my veganism after surgery as well. I'm glad to see your posts as I need to do some more work. Again, Thanks!

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On 4/16/2019 at 1:17 PM, ypease said:

I have been vegan for 3 yrs and have just scheduled my VGS for October 2019. Now that sounds a ways off, but I have been reading the blogs and have realized there are a lot of issues I need to address prior to surgery. My Veganism is 1. My current nutritionist doesn't like my diet, but that's her problem. So, I can see I need to research more that Tofu and fake meat. I do plan on sticking to my veganism after surgery as well. I'm glad to see your posts as I need to do some more work. Again, Thanks!

Hi! I am not vegan...i would say that you might want to check out vegan athlete blogs. A lot of those writers talk about Protein consumption and being vegan.

I believe a lot of protein powders are veg but aren't vegan...vega is good - I'm not sure what your nut will think or if they have a unflavored variety.

My nut recommends Ripple due to its protein amount - non dairy mixer for Protein Shakes.

You could make veggie broth (pre surgery) and add protein to it. I didn't drink any broth. Just Water and protein shakes during my liquid phase.

Once you are out of liquids you can't have any meat alternatives till week 5, such as veggie burgers but that is just my nut's opinion. You can have tofu in the soft pureed food stage. Wild sprouts has a high protein tofu. I made a lentil Soup and pureed it with high protein tofu. You can do smoothies with silken tofu, too.

After week 5 or 6 you should totally be good. You can have meat subs and I think I will make my own seitan (wheat gluten). I got the thumbs up by nut etc.

I am not a medical expert I just think being vegan or vegetarian requires a little more research and logging everything to make sure you hit ur protein goals.

Good luck. I hope your nut will learn from you and change her mind.

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Thanks for your input. You and your nut have some very good ideas. I have tried Vega before, but didn’t like it. However, since the joint consensus is that your taste changes after surgery, it might be right up my alley post surgery! I currently use a high Protein tofu and seitan as well. Again, you provided me with many really good ideas.

You are fortunate to have such a supportive nut. I will be nut shopping as last week we had a rather dishartening session re my choice to proceed to surgery. I just don’t do the guilt and shame game. So, onward and upwards!

again, thanks a ton!

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Im a vegan for 3 years now but I’ve had the RYN in 2000. I was a vegetarian for 8 years. I get my portein from seiten, spinach, broccoli, tempeh, nuts, Beans and powder vegan supplements! I prefer to chew..

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what did everyone use for their clear Liquid Protein source? i’m trying out a rice / pea Protein powder that tastes good but smells strongly of peas. it’s 25gm protein in 2 scoops. i found some Water that wasn’t whey and will buy that as well. i think i can get to 60 gmprotein with water and broth but that will be my diet for 1 week pre and 2 post (at least i think so). once i am able to have full liquids i’ll be golden as i drink protein nut milk and use protein powder for 40gm / serving.

all this whey isolate in protein water is making me crazy! talk about marketing opportunities for vegans.

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On 7/29/2019 at 8:14 PM, osito80 said:

what did everyone use for their clear Liquid Protein source? i’m trying out a rice / pea Protein Powder that tastes good but smells strongly of peas. it’s 25gm Protein in 2 scoops. i found some Water that wasn’t whey and will buy that as well. i think i can get to 60 gmprotein with Water and broth but that will be my diet for 1 week pre and 2 post (at least i think so). once i am able to have full liquids i’ll be golden as i drink Protein nut milk and use protein powder for 40gm / serving.

all this whey isolate in protein water is making me crazy! talk about marketing opportunities for vegans.

I am not vegan but cannot tolerate whey Protein Shakes. I use NowSports soy protein isolate. It is DELICIOUSSSSS. Sold on Amazon and cheap!

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Hi everyone,

I use sun warrior Protein because its 98% digestible and it tastes really good. I don’t sell the stuff or anything, I'm just a picky eater who doesn’t eat meat. It is pea and rice based and it doesn’t smell. It can be a bit pricier than some others but the taste is worth it for me. I also have a milk allergy so whey and I don’t get along.

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