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Hey guys. I really need help. I am exactly one year post op. I haven’t been eating right at all since the surgery. I lost weight the first 9 months and have basically plateaued for the last three months. Abt 3-4 pounds down collectively. I lost 100 pounds and still have 35 to go to hit a normal bmi. I thought that I was just being lazy and that’s why I couldn’t get my eating habits under control. Since COVID-19 I’ve been home and paid all my attention to my health and eating habits. If I follow a strictly high Protein diet, I am so constipated I feel like I’m going to pass out from pain. If I do fruits and vegetables I get insanity gassy. I need to stay away from too much fat because I get oil leaking if not.. so that literally just leaves me with carbs. And not even complex carbs. I’ve been naturally gravitating to these foods before surgery-obviously, and now anything else I eat makes me sick. Anyone else went through this? And this point, it’s not so much about the weight loss. I reached a point mentally where I don’t NEED to be thin in order to be happy. I just want to be healthy and feel good. And junk food is not doing that.... any advice?

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I suggest that you get in touch with your surgeon and a dietician to discuss the concerns you have outlined above. I'm not very familiar with your specific surgery, but you shouldn't be having so many intolerance issues a year later.

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Really? I thought it was sort of common. I’m meeting with my surgeon in two weeks for a post op visit. I was trying so hard to get this under control before I go because I’m kinda embarrassed that I failed at this.. I had the loop- ds by the way

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Maybe start over with your post op diet from the day after you have surgery. Maybe that will give you a better idea of what exactly to avoid. Remove skins and seeds from fruits and vegetables to reduce gas, combine Protein with veggies for a stir fry or salad. Maybe try smoothies as a way to get in more nutrients.

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@starwarsandcupcakes thanks! Will try

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You know what you're doing is completely undoing your surgery....

You need to complete change your mind frame and throw out all the bad foods..

Nobody else can do it for you

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The fat/oil leak is probably because your gall bladder is non-functioning (If you have it still). We are supposed to be struggling with both fat and carbs after surgery, that is the hear-say - BUT, keep in mind that your body still needs fat and at least 40/50 grams a day. Your hormones will suffer if there is no fat.

I also keep my diet low fat because of the gall bladder, but I do try to get in 10mg of fatty acids a day, along with what is in ex chicken, cottage cheese and etc etc so I get some fat in there. Last night though, I ate 2 spoons of flax seeds and now I have an issue😂 (there is both Fiber and fats in flaxseeds)

If eat to much fat there is like an oil field in the toilet. Sorry for the TMI.

Fiber will help with the loose and oily stool, so try and find some fiber that you can handle. It can be all from a pill to a broccoli.

I suggest to you make an appt with your doctor and dietitian.

In the mean while here are my tips that I find useful, and also approved by my dietitian:

  • Purè vegetables in to Soups and broth - you can fit an absurd amount of veggies in one bowl of Soup
  • Try to fit in high fiber in your diet, like dates, cauliflower, and the lot. There is probably one or two things you can eat
  • Try vegan options for milk product if the milk ones bother you. Many of us get lactose intolerant after sugery. Milk products have a lot of Protein and fats.
  • Use flaxseeds, dates or prunes to help with the constipation
  • Eat salmon, trout or any other red fish
  • Buy a good fatty acid and try work your way up to 5-10 mg of it every day. OIL, not pills. It helps with fatburn, plateaus, heart, breathing etc. It might be heavy on you for a few days, and you might get the run's but it is a necessity, and your body will appreciate it after a while.
  • For carbs, fat and fiber, try eating healthy options granola (the ones without sugar), oats, barley, rye, nuts (unsalted) seeds, Beans, lentils etc. I find I can eat oats if I prepared it right - overnights are not for me for example - and I need the small ones, not the big ones.

    I adapted to a vegan-pescaterian lifestyle now because meats and milk don't sit well, and the tastebuds are not the same, neither is the smell or the cravings. I am not saying anyone needs to be a vegan, it is not an ethical choice or any other bullshit - it is just that it does't make me sick.

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15 hours ago, Riva_G. said:

Hey guys. I really need help. I am exactly one year post op. I haven’t been eating right at all since the surgery. I lost weight the first 9 months and have basically plateaued for the last three months. Abt 3-4 pounds down collectively. I lost 100 pounds and still have 35 to go to hit a normal bmi. I thought that I was just being lazy and that’s why I couldn’t get my eating habits under control. Since COVID-19 I’ve been home and paid all my attention to my health and eating habits. If I follow a strictly high Protein diet, I am so constipated I feel like I’m going to pass out from pain. If I do fruits and vegetables I get insanity gassy. I need to stay away from too much fat because I get oil leaking if not.. so that literally just leaves me with carbs. And not even complex carbs. I’ve been naturally gravitating to these foods before surgery-obviously, and now anything else I eat makes me sick. Anyone else went through this? And this point, it’s not so much about the weight loss. I reached a point mentally where I don’t NEED to be thin in order to be happy. I just want to be healthy and feel good. And junk food is not doing that.... any advice?

I'm almost 6 months post op from Loop DS. Here's some suggestions from me: If you crave Pasta try Birds Eye veggie pasta. My favorite is the spinach lentil pasta in alfredo sauce and the zucchini lentil pasta in marinara. You add parm cheese salt and pepper to the alfredo one and split into three servings and you add a handful of shredded cheese and a little parm, salt and pepper to the marinara one and split into three servings. It's delicious! Also, cauliflower rice instead of regular rice because it doesn't have a flavor and low in carbs and whatever sauce you add onto it will soak it up, the only thing to get used to is the texture is quite different. I suggest making a stir fry with G.Hughes Terriyaki sauce because it has no sugar and you can't tell the difference (they sell it at Walmart and they also have a BBQ Sauce. I recommend the hickory flavor, it's delicious with rotisserie chicken). sugar free pudding is a rare treat I allow myself when I'm craving chocolate. I also will allow myself no sugar added ice cream because it's lower carb, low sugar, and low sugar alcohol. I only buy it once every other week. I just recently in the last three weeks added lower sugar oatmeal into my diet (4g for most though one flavor has 5g and hilariously has less carbs than the original flavorless one... the have 21, 23, and 25 carbs for the flavored ones and 29 for regular -_-"). I eat cheese sticks, fruit cups (no sugar added ones), nuts, yogurt, cheese crisps and salsa, bellpepper and salsa, carrots and ranch dip, and the above mentioned pudding, and ice cream as Snacks. Also, I suggest cauliflower pizza for pizza cravings. And my nutritionist allows me to have corn tortilla's so I have the occasional taco for lunch or two taquitos. I'm probably on slightly higher carbs than the average person though as my doctor wants me to have a MINIMUM of 15 carbs per meal (though she prefers 20-25) due to my chronic dizziness which they still don't know the cause of.

I also had constipation issues and they thought it was the banana's I was eating as well as my Iron intake so they told me to cut out the banana's and stop taking the iron for three days and then after three days cut it down to 2 iron multi's instead of 3. It cleared up only to start again once I started back on the iron so I stopped the iron for another three days and cut it down to 1 iron multi a day and two non-iron multi's and my blood work is perfect (other than a slight Vitamin A deficiency, but I'm on extra Vitamin A now so, it'll work out) and no more constipation issues since.

Hope you figure out what works for you!

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19 hours ago, Riva_G. said:

Hey guys. I really need help. I am exactly one year post op. I haven’t been eating right at all since the surgery. I lost weight the first 9 months and have basically plateaued for the last three months. Abt 3-4 pounds down collectively. I lost 100 pounds and still have 35 to go to hit a normal bmi. I thought that I was just being lazy and that’s why I couldn’t get my eating habits under control. Since COVID-19 I’ve been home and paid all my attention to my health and eating habits. If I follow a strictly high Protein diet, I am so constipated I feel like I’m going to pass out from pain. If I do fruits and vegetables I get insanity gassy. I need to stay away from too much fat because I get oil leaking if not.. so that literally just leaves me with carbs. And not even complex carbs. I’ve been naturally gravitating to these foods before surgery-obviously, and now anything else I eat makes me sick. Anyone else went through this? And this point, it’s not so much about the weight loss. I reached a point mentally where I don’t NEED to be thin in order to be happy. I just want to be healthy and feel good. And junk food is not doing that.... any advice?

For the gassiness, have you tried Beano? I find it very effective. Just make sure you take at least 3 pills at the start of every gassy meal. Just one doesn't work.

For constipation, have you tried adding Miralax or Benefiber to your daily routine? If you can start to be able to eat fruit, veggies, and whole grains, then you should solve the constipation problem as well, and you can incorporate more lean Protein.

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Fiber gives me insane constipation. I tried to be strict with myself as a last resort to save face. I ended up in SO much pain I almost ended up in the ER. I tried laxatives, not really doing much. I use gassx which helps to a certain extent but I’m still gassy all day. I quit that type of eating as a desperate attempt to feel better... and now I’m having a massive oil problem... WHY? I am so sick of this. I almost regret having this surgery. Almost. And for those people who said I’m ruining it for myself NO KIDDING. I’m trying. Every way of eating makes me sick. And now that I’ve been trying to play around with what I’ve been doing this year, nothing works. All foods are giving me an issue one way or another. It got so bad I actually stopped eating for a few days just so that I shouldn’t be in the bathroom all day, which in my case with the surgery I did is very dangerous. I’m so frustrated. 😩😩😩

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Posted (edited)

Your surgeon really NEEDS to fix this something must be wrong internally that is not normal at all

Edited by New&Improved

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On 7/20/2020 at 8:12 PM, Recidivist said:

I suggest that you get in touch with your surgeon and a dietician to discuss the concerns you have outlined above. I'm not very familiar with your specific surgery, but you shouldn't be having so many intolerance issues a year later.

I think her name is Sharon, right? She should be able to give you some guidance.

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On 07/24/2020 at 09:16, Postop said:






I think her name is Sharon, right? She should be able to give you some guidance.


Yeah but I never actually met her. I only met some assistant who literally did nothing for me so I only saw her twice pre op and post op. Hoping to meet her this time

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4 hours ago, Riva_G. said:

Yeah but I never actually met her. I only met some assistant who literally did nothing for me so I only saw her twice pre op and post op. Hoping to meet her this time

I’ve met her many times at the Lenox Hill support groups. She seems to be caring and I hope she can help you. Is she doing telemedicine?

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On 07/24/2020 at 17:12, Postop said:






I’ve met her many times at the Lenox Hill support groups. She seems to be caring and I hope she can help you. Is she doing telemedicine?


Dunno. I will try to call in.. thanks for the help! ❤️

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