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Can you guys remind me, re-educate me about how to drink before and after meals, like when? And also educate me on why. I'm trying to do the right thing, but it's been so long I forgot "the rules" and why. I fail at this miserably.🤯

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Hi there! Ideally, you should cease drinking 30 minutes before starting food, and allow 30 minutes to pass by before drinking again after the last mouthful of food taken. This does 2 things, firstly, to prevent 'flush through' of food eaten, which can result in greater and inaccurate feelings of being satisfied and full, as the Fluid will push some or all of the food in your pouch/stomach. Secondly, following the 30 minute rule, you will avoid overfilling and those feelings of fullness.....basically mild or more serious 'dumping syndrome' type features. It is a sensible way to adopt, and can require constant reminders to ourselves in the earlier days. Hope this helps a little ! :)

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I think, like many areas of bariatrics, different doctors have differing opinions. My dietician is hard core on the not drinking while eating or for 30 minutes after to prevent the flushing through, but not so much on the 30 minutes before. I'm allowed to drink up to 10 or 15 minutes before I eat.

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