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I'm almost 2 months out from my sleeve. I have lost 42 pounds. The problem is that I am finding that a lot of foods taste yucky to me now.

I totally never expected that. Even foods that I once loved now taste "chemically" to me. I have given up on lots of foods altogether.

My surgeon says he hears this all the time but no good explanation.

Any insights?

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Not particularly helpful info on causes/solution, but I found all flavors have intensified for me & I am interested in how it is for others.

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I haven’t really noticed any change in taste, and honestly, I’m disappointed. I had hoped my tastes would change because I’ve always been a picky eater, and of course I like foods that are full of carbs and fat (and dislike a lot of healthy foods like vegetables and fish).

The only difference I’ve found is that I seem to have a higher tolerance for spicy foods now. I’ve always been a spice wimp, but I recently made some white chicken chili using the same recipe I always use, and it barely tasted spicy to me. I shared it with someone who like spicy food and remarked that it wasn’t as spicy as usual, and he couldn’t believe I would want it any spicier.

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3 hours ago, GreenTealael said:

but I found all flavors have intensified for me & I am interested in how it is for others.

Doesn't feel like that to me. No change here.

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3 hours ago, LJW said:

I'm almost 2 months out from my sleeve. I have lost 42 pounds. The problem is that I am finding that a lot of foods taste yucky to me now.

I totally never expected that. Even foods that I once loved now taste "chemically" to me. I have given up on lots of foods altogether.

My surgeon says he hears this all the time but no good explanation.

Any insights?

Yes, absolutely! I’m 6 wks out RNY and not only are tastes off, but smells are too. eggs now have a slightly wet dog odor to my nose. I gag if I don’t cover them in shredded cheese. It feels quite similar to pregnancy where my stomach and nose were NEVER on the same page. Some consistency’s make me ill as well. Dry chicken, tuna and cod. If I’m honest, I have become a little frustrated with Proteins as the more of them I try, the smaller my options seem.

I have hope that after 8 and 12 weeks my senses will calm a bit.

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2 hours ago, BigSue said:

I’ve always been a picky eater, and of course I like foods that are full of carbs and fat (and dislike a lot of healthy foods like vegetables and fish).

You can train your taste buds up to a certain degree.

You might never like a food you truly hate hate HATE but you can train yourself to like and even crave foods you're kind of ok-ish with. So what vegetables are you kind ok-ish with?

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I found that my tastes for certain foods has changed. For instance pre surgery I could not stand canned sardines or mackerel or liver Today I can eat them with no problem. Others I know have sworn off certain foods that they ate pre op. It's something that affects some but not all and for the most part cannot be explained.

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Now that I think about it I had some temporary aversion to everything tofu and soy yoghurt. It lasted about 7 or 8 months or so.

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15 hours ago, summerset said:

You can train your taste buds up to a certain degree.

You might never like a food you truly hate hate HATE but you can train yourself to like and even crave foods you're kind of ok-ish with. So what vegetables are you kind ok-ish with?

I don't mind green Beans, cucumber, iceberg or romaine lettuce, Tomato, carrots, celery, broccoli, artichoke, and asparagus. I hate cauliflower (although I'm weirdly ok with cauliflower rice if I add sauce and mix-ins), bell peppers, squash, mushrooms, cabbage, weird lettuce (dandelion greens, kale, arugula, etc.), and brussels sprouts (and probably a lot of others that aren't coming to mind at the moment).

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Most likely if you start eating these foods more regularly you might finally start to crave them. It might be more subtle than the craving for higher palatable foods but it's going to be there.

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