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I notice a lot of people are on liquids for 2-3 weeks. However my doctor said I should be on liquids for only 1 week, then 1 week of mushy foods then I can start having normal food. Tomorrow marks the one week mark. When do I know I’m ready to transition.

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Your doctor knows the details of your particular case. I would say that you should follow your doctor's advice.

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24 minutes ago, Deborah Reilly said:

YES then 1 week of purée foods

Thanks for your help

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9 minutes ago, Recidivist said:

Your doctor knows the details of your particular case. I would say that you should follow your doctor's advice.

Yeah you’re right

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My doctors office has one week of liquid foods, then one week of pureed, and then two weeks soft food, then basic general diet with some exceptions (no starches, no stringy fruits or veggies, no lettuce, no berries, etc.). Literally every doc office seems to be different so just follow what yours says. For my doc office the only reason people go over the set week(s) is if they can't tolerate the next stage. Then they stay a couple more days on it before trying to move up a stage again. Hope this helps...

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Just be careful and take the transisition slowly, Your body knows more then your doctor does when it is ready you will realize it. No two of us are the same so slowly transition thru the phases, You may need a few more days or maybe your ready to go. Slow and Steady wins the race.

Trust me go to fast and you will pay for it! Welcome and Congrads

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I am Clear Liquids one week. Full liquids for week two and then week three I can start purée. I would def listen to your dr and your body. I tried out milk yesterday because I was hungry one week post op. It didn’t go well. I experienced dumping syndrome and while it did only last 30-45 minutes, it scared me. So I know I need more time before trying that again.

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3 hours ago, AJ Tylo said:

Just be careful and take the transisition slowly, Your body knows more then your doctor does when it is ready you will realize it. No two of us are the same so slowly transition thru the phases, You may need a few more days or maybe your ready to go. Slow and Steady wins the race.

Trust me go to fast and you will pay for it! Welcome and Congrads

Yes - this is a transition, rather than a step change (liquids only, then next week no liquids and just mushies). Try new things one at a time to check for your tolerance to it - if it goes well, then great, add that item to your menu and continue trying new things. If it doesn't, try something else and try that item again in a couple of weeks.

Our program gave us the option to transition between the liquids, mushes and soft things as we could tolerate them, and go back and forth as needed (scrambled eggs, yogurt and pureed thing in the hospital). You usually wind up with a blend of things on the menu for a while as most Protein will still come from shakes as that is where you can get the volume needed, but the stomach usually appreciates the "physical therapy" of working on small amounts of the more solid things.

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Definitely follow your doctor's direction and what your body will tolerate. My doctor and nutritionist prescribe to the 2-2-2 Plan; 2 weeks Full liquids, 2 weeks pureed Foods; 2 weeks Soft Foods. My RNY revision surgery was Feb 27 and my first post op appointment was yesterday. I received the green light to transition to Pureed Foods at end of the week. I had Lap Band surgery in 2005, and I know I made some mistakes and took some liberties following the post op diet, paid for it. I am determined this time to follow the program to avoid the pain and discomfort pushing the diet calendar to get to mainstream foods.

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My nutritionist puts us on 2 weeks liquid then onto soft foods. But I will tell you what my doctor told me: just because you can start the soft foods doesn’t mean you have to. If you try it and your body can’t handle it, it’s one to be on the liquid diet longer

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I'm into the second week of pureed foods, and have been trying some soft foods with some texture. I have tried eggs twice and it has been a disaster both times. Turkey Chili pulsed a couple times in blender was great. I have been trying 1-2 soft meals a day, with pureed or liquid in between. Straight pureed after a week was really starting to get depressing. We can always take a step back if we are intolerant to soft food choices.

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