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I just went back to work and noticed that I am eating way more than when I was at home. I might be consuming 100-200 extra calories now. So I am probably at 500-600 cals a day. I am following my diet plan and sticking to Protein rich, low fat foods. l I do have a fairly active job and am walking around and standing a lot; however it does not get too strenuous. I also work 12 hour days. Has anyone else experienced more hunger after going back to work? Is it ok to be eating this much 5 weeks post op?

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I think I probably ate about that much then. And then after about the second month I ate 600-800 calories for most of that first year.

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My dietician said I should be around 600 closer to November but I know there can be different plans based on certain doctors. My recovery has been very fast so I’m hoping it’s okay

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You’ll still lose only consuming that many calories - it’s still not many at all. But if you are concerned you may need to consider what it is about work that makes you eat more. Is it because others are eating? Are you really hungry or head (habit) hungry? Do you take your own food or buy your meals? ... It can apply to other situations too.

I found it difficult when I went back to work simply because I didn’t have as much control over when I ate. Some days I’d be so busy I wouldn’t get close to my fluid goals. Also, I take a while to eat but at work I had to eat more quickly (causing me discomfort) within my prescribed break times. I always took my own food too because it was very difficult to buy suitable healthy food I could eat.

There’s so much to learn on this journey about how, what, when & why we eat & so many other things.

Good luck.

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On 09/18/2020 at 21:22, Arabesque said:



You’ll still lose only consuming that many calories - it’s still not many at all. But if you are concerned you may need to consider what it is about work that makes you eat more. Is it because others are eating? Are you really hungry or head (habit) hungry? Do you take your own food or buy your meals? ... It can apply to other situations too.




I found it difficult when I went back to work simply because I didn’t have as much control over when I ate. Some days I’d be so busy I wouldn’t get close to my fluid goals. Also, I take a while to eat but at work I had to eat more quickly (causing me discomfort) within my prescribed break times. I always took my own food too because it was very difficult to buy suitable healthy food I could eat.



There’s so much to learn on this journey about how, what, when & why we eat & so many other things.




Good luck.


I work at a hospital so I’m much more active than before. I wouldn’t say it’s because others are eating. I feel genuinely hungry. You’re right about not getting enough Water while working. I wear a mask and I also try not to drink water with meals and Snacks so it gets difficult to get enough when I’m busy with work.

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On 09/19/2020 at 11:14, MsMocie said:



I found it real easy when I worked (I have been on sick leave for 7 months) to follow my eating plan. Mostly because I could part my days into Breakfast, drinking between brekkie and lunch, lunch, drinking, having dinner, and my evening meal. Now I am just wandering around trying to have some sort of normal day but to no avail.


What would you say the struggle is trying to return to normal?

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It’s hard to regulate our rhythm when it’s been off for so long. I would say avoid taking a nap so that you will sleep at night and try melatonin an 30 min before bed. If you feel the melatonin hangover in the morning you are taking too much and need to cut back.

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