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I am always soooooooo hungry ,I want to cry... I cant stand drinking something with artifitial sugar anymore. Is it normal?

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So sorry that you're struggling. The first 2-3 weeks were the hardest for me too.

You'll find that many bariatric patients report significant changes to their taste buds in the weeks and months (and sometimes years) after surgery. One of the most common occurrences reported is developing an intolerance for sweetness in foods. So the fact that you're experiencing difficulty with artificial sweeteners is a common thing many patients have encountered. If possible, you may find luck focusing on flavors more savory than sweet for the time being to help you get fluids (broths!) or foods in.

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Hang in there, the first few weeks are challenging! I have always hated the taste of artificial sweeteners, but find Stevia and Monk Fruit a little easier to take. For Protein Drinks I used Iconic Protein; I like the chocolate truffle flavor. I also used the Iconic Protein Powder with Fairlife milk, 1%, which gives you quite a Protein punch. I also loved chicken bone broth; Swanson's makes a grab and go cup which I brought to work. Various teas helped me, including ginger with a little stevia, and Egyptian Licorice, which has a strong taste, and I liked that iced. sugar free popsicles were also a staple for me during that first stage.

Once you move into Phases 2 and 3 it gets a bit easier; Plus once the exhaustion of the surgery passes it is easier to get up and do something (even just a bit of a walk) which takes your mind off when you can eat next!

I also like the sugar free Jello pudding, especially Pistachio, and don't find the artificial flavoring as strong in that as in some other things. Again, if you make it with the Fairlife Milk you get extra protein.

Yogurt is also your friend! I eat Siggi's Icelandic Yogurt; low carbs and high protein.

Good luck!

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I hear you, I was sick of the Protein Shakes during liquid/puree phase too. Home made chicken stock was a lifesaver if you have the time to make it. If not, you could take a store-bought chicken stock and heat it with some knox Gelatin to give it some body while you eat. You can also try out savory versions of soft food prep, I enjoyed ricotta with plain ol salt and pepper many times over my puree phase.

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Up until a month or so I was terribly hungry and craving for Pasta, sweets, pizza etc. Just hang in there, things drastically change after a month, you begin to feel full and the hunger goes away. I think the ghrelin hormone sets in the body and you feel the change of the operation. Just give it some time.

What scares me now is if/when the hormone gets back :)

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12 hours ago, Bookkeeper bariatric said:

I cant stand drinking something with artifitial sugar anymore. Is it normal?

Perhaps try some of the *more* natural substitutes like Stevia, xylitol, Monkfruit extract, etc

They are becoming more commercially available.

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Thank u all guys, hopefully this phase will go away soon

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