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Hi everyone. I’m 3 weeks post op and currently in the “puréed food” stage of my diet. I’m having a really hard time having one single meal a day. I am tolerating tuna well so I’ll be able to have about 6 bites/3 quarters of one of those starkist packets over 40 minutes with slow chewing and long pauses. But truly no more than that a day. I’m meeting my Protein goals with GENEPRO in Water and a Protein Shake daily. But I’m really struggling with food. Is this normal a few weeks out?

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Sometimes it is difficult to find foods you enjoy eating at this stage. Your changed taste buds & the texture of some purées make eating unpleasant. Some things are just plain disgusting. I ate a lot of Soups during this stage with shakes - usually a 1/2 cup of Soup & a shake each day - sipping slowly over the day. My doctor & dietician wasn’t concerned about minimum Protein levels at this stage. That changed once I got into the soft food stage.

Try to purée a poached chicken breast with chicken stock & gravy. I also puréed mince & vegetables (cooked for ages). Scrambled eggs, mashed boiled egg, very mushy rolled oats & yogurts also worked for me.

Good luck.

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Sometimes you can extend your liquid diet if you're having trouble with food..

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if you're getting your Protein and fluids in, I wouldn't worry about it too much at this juncture. You're still pretty early out...

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tuna at 3 weeks would have been hard for me. A few things that worked well at that stage were greek yogurt (my nutritionist recommended the OIkos Triple Zero - I'd eat around 1/2 a container for a meal at 3 weeks). Cottage cheese was also good at that time, around 2 oz. I also did Beans which I pureed REALLY well and added some salsa too (also pureed) to get to a more liquid texture.

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My go to now is Fage, plain, non fat greek yogurt. My dietitian allows me to add hidden valley ranch to it. It might be weird but it's easy to digest and I think a 1/2 cup has 17g of Protein.

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15 minutes ago, futurefinemama said:

My go to now is Fage, plain, non fat greek yogurt. My dietitian allows me to add hidden valley ranch to it. It might be weird but it's easy to digest and I think a 1/2 cup has 17g of Protein.

I make that all the time as a dip for raw veggies (although I couldn't eat raw veggies until I was a few months out)

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41 minutes ago, futurefinemama said:

My go to now is Fage, plain, non fat greek yogurt. My dietitian allows me to add hidden valley ranch to it. It might be weird but it's easy to digest and I think a 1/2 cup has 17g of Protein.

3/4 cup is 18 pro. ;)

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