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I was told recently that the aversion to sugar after surgery will go away so I will still have to deal with my sugar addiction. Does the dumping go away also? I got the impression I would have to face that forever.

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It all depends on you! I can have a limited amount of sugar without dumping. Then I over do it & feel terrible for about 15 min. Sometimes I have just 2 bites of a cookie & then throw it away.

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I lost my sugar tooth and 9 months later it has not come back. The aversion definitely isn't as bad as the first couple of months but I am so thankful to be free of the constant desire for sugar. The more you stay away from it the easier it is.

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I don't dump - and many of us don't.

that said, I feel like crap if I eat too much sugar in one sitting.

I was very averse to sweet things early after surgery, but not so much anymore. BUT....as I said, I can't eat a lot of it at once. A cookie or two I can handle. A half dozen Cookies would make me feel like crap.

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13 hours ago, Libby63 said:

I was told recently that the aversion to sugar after surgery will go away so I will still have to deal with my sugar addiction. Does the dumping go away also? I got the impression I would have to face that forever.

There are 2 big myths of WLS:

1. Dumping--people have these surgeries hoping for that negative feedback for their addictions. But if you don't change your head, nothing will change. You will still cheat with sugar. Whether or not your get sick. You will find a way to have your addiction. You can NOT depend on a TOOL to do the work if you use it the wrong way. And the real truth is that only 30% of RNY patients experiencing dumping and substantially fewer VSG peeps (maybe 3-5%?). And that dumping goes away sometimes the longer you are post surgery.

2. Restriction & Malabsorption--people believe their restriction and/or malabsorption will last for life and that they can eat anything they want cuz their "tool" will protect them and magically make them observe a moderate behavior. But moderate behavior begins with a choice in the brain and if you don't change your head, nothing in your behavior will change. People eat around their tool every day. I could eat an entire huge order of etouffee from Pappadeaux's if I ate a few bites every 10-15 minutes. I'd probably finish it within an hour! And I would have had 2 -3 days of calories in one meal. I could have a bite of Crispy Creme donut every 15-30 minutes and at the end of the day have eating 4-5 of them. I would not have dumped and I'd be craptastically full of sugar, carbs, and fat. I would have absorbed a ton of the cals. See where I'm going? In addition, both your restriction and malabsorption lessens the further out you are from the surgery.

WLS only ever was intended to give people a brief honeymoon period where they could lose substantial amounts of weight and potentially reset their metabolic health so that they could then go on to learn new healthy habits for living and behaving with food/learn proper nutrition practices and live a healthy thin life the rest of their lives.

Do your head work and let your tool do the job it's supposed to do. You are responsible for using your tool correctly. Don't bring a hammer to a screwdriver fight. Use your tool the way it's intended and it will serve you well--for life.

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what she said ^^^^ I agree 100%!

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My revision from sleeve to gastric bypass was May 23, 2019. I am still having to battle my addiction to sugar. It’s a tool and sometimes were able to cheat but I have to learn how to stop emotionally eating and kick the sugar out the door.

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20 minutes ago, traeleo said:

My revision from sleeve to gastric bypass was May 23, 2019. I am still having to battle my addiction to sugar. It’s a tool and sometimes were able to cheat but I have to learn how to stop emotionally eating and kick the sugar out the door.

((hugs)) It's a process and we have to work on things a step at a time as we have this honeymoon period. Here's a thread I started on the main board to address learning how to change our behaviors with food and addressing "the head work." It's full of motivational items and has great tips and articles that will help you begin reframing your brain! Come join us over there!

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It depends on your personal chemistry and tummy. I get dumping or "dumping-like symptoms" from SO many foods. Foods that don't even typically cause it. I don't mind it, though. Some people never get it at all.

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