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I'm struggling with staying in the 400-500 cal range while getting in enough protein! Any suggestions? I get in between 40 to 50 g of Protein daily.

Feels like a frustrating puzzle at times..

Thanks for any and all suggestions.

BTW down 36 lbs!

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600-800 calories is probably a good goal at this point in your WLS progress. You can up the calories and add in a few things.

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Ask your team for suggestions, especially the nutritionist or dieticians. You may be exactly where they anticipated or need to adjust a few things to get you there.

Good Luck 💜

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12 hours ago, MFaulk3 said:

I'm struggling with staying in the 400-500 cal range while getting in enough protein! Any suggestions? I get in between 40 to 50 g of Protein daily.

Feels like a frustrating puzzle at times..

Thanks for any and all suggestions.

BTW down 36 lbs!

Congrats on being 36lbs down already!!! So what are you eating? Give us a couple days of menus. Maybe we can spot something of give you suggestions?

42 minutes ago, GreenTealael said:

Ask your team for suggestions, especially the nutritionist or dieticians. You may be exactly where they anticipated or need to adjust a few things to get you there.

Good Luck 💜

^^^^This is great advice! Every doctor's plan is different!!! So different. And their path for you is geared based on their huge experience with their patients. So follow the plan!!

Here's a couple days of snapshot of where I was at one month PO. I'm RNY: (click to enlarge)

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Thanks to everyone for your suggestions... hard to see the upload of diet, but can make most of it out, even with enlarging. I am to eat 3 meals per day, 1 snack, no more than 5 hours apart.

Last week better but not getting in enough veggies either. Trying to be ingenious about adding Protein and not calories.

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I bought unflavored Protein powder and add it to Soups, yogurt, purées. That had been helping tremendously in trying to achieve my daily goals.

I went to GNC and bought GENEPRO. They were very nice and helpful to find the right protein that would work for me.

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On 8/6/2019 at 10:05 PM, MFaulk3 said:

Thanks to everyone for your suggestions... hard to see the upload of diet, but can make most of it out, even with enlarging. I am to eat 3 meals per day, 1 snack, no more than 5 hours apart.

Last week better but not getting in enough veggies either. Trying to be ingenious about adding Protein and not calories.

Food Log.pdf

You're doing great! I'd make my fat free milk the Fairlife milk to max Protein on it, and as @MeepMeep suggested, you can even mix a little protein into your mashed potatoes (which I would replace with smashed cauliflower ;) ). But don't worry about your veggies yet. Those will come with progress. Worry about maxing protein within your very narrow volume per meal eating window!! Remember, down protein drinks as Fluid and that will give you latitude to do an all veggie snack or meal by helping you load up on protien!

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Thank you... this morning I had 1/2 cup fairlife skim milk, plus 1/2 cup Water, plus 1 scoop of my strawberries and cream Protein powder no carb Isopure and got in 32 grams of protein.. and only 145 cal1

Does anyone have a favorite high protein, low calorie cracker they like? 1 to 2 per day with tuna or something like that?

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I’m exactly the same. I can’t get anything down, even Water, without it coming back up.

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21 hours ago, MFaulk3 said:

Thank you... this morning I had 1/2 cup fairlife skim milk, plus 1/2 cup Water, plus 1 scoop of my strawberries and cream Protein Powder no carb Isopure and got in 32 grams of protein.. and only 145 cal1

Does anyone have a favorite high Protein, low calorie cracker they like? 1 to 2 per day with tuna or something like that?

Don't do it. Don't add crackers this soon. :( Take advantage of staying away from slidery foods! Just be a good girl and eat your tuna plain with a fork. Or use an ounce of avocado with it and a grape Tomato. Whatever you're allowed at your stage. But at mine, if I could have tuna, I could have some avocado.

Those having issues getting fluids down, experiment with the temperature. To this day, room temp and warm/hot go down easier for me than cold. Cold makes me belch and knots up my tool a little.

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Thanks for the feedback. Haven't had trouble with the couple of crackers I've had but today was MISERABLE after I got dry ground beef/rice (pureed).. only about 1/8 c of food stuck in my stomach, foamies and the whole nine yard, finally vomited after a couple of hours. I can never foresee this coming. Small bites, chew, chew ,chew... the first and only time since surgery I've vomited. Taking it easy, liquids only for a while.

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meat Lube. Don't try dry at this stage. I think for the first 2 months anything I ate had a spoon of low cal, low fat, low/no sugar gravy on it--or Marinara--or light Alfredo sauce. I used moist meats and tiny bites. And being WELL hydrated will help improve your ability to keep things down. You don't have to cook meat in it, just top the meat with some meat lube. Sorry about the foamies, step back a stage today to let the irritation heal.

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