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OK, call me a big ole chicken or something but I am a little over three weeks post op (gastric sleeve) and besides a constipation I haven't had any issues: knock on wood. I am still losing weigh at a pretty good clip, I haven't run into my 3 week stahl yet, I am walking about 3 miles a day, I am getting my Protein and Water in but I am afraid to start eating a regular soft diet. I don't know exactly what I am afraid of either. I just look at foods and see carbs, fats and calories.........

My husband was supposed to be in his two week prep for his surgery but it was rescheduled due to the COVID garbage (yea now we can pay a deductible again) but I am cooking for him. He is willing to do anything I want or need to do to comply with my diet but I am perfectly content with my Bone Broth, Protein Shake, and egg every day! Has anyone else really had a hard time diving into a regular diet?

I don't know if its because I don't have an appetite or if I am really loving this weigh loss or if I am becoming a little psycho about it all!!! LOL I asked the dietitian and she said as long as I am getting in my protein and water and all my labs come back in line not to get concerned unless I am ??? I did not think that answered my question!

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Yes, I had a very hard time making that transition--and others along the way. The issue for me was that the more I was able to eat, the more choices I had and it became more difficult to make sure I was doing the right thing. It's so easy during the liquid phase because the plan is so simple.

However, you will continue to lose weight as you move through the phases. Ultimately, it's in your interest to adhere to the various phases so you can learn how to eat differently post-surgery (and for the rest of your life). You need to make peace with food and not be afraid to eat--although I totally understand what you are feeling!

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I had the same feeling going from puréed to soft solids, but there's a reason you move through phases. You're in no hurry, this is not a diet. So what if you stall a few days as your body thanks you for giving it some real food :) ?

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My wife and I both had surgery last month and did have a learning curve to start moving towards the new food stages. I bought a few bariatric cook books and we have been cooking out of them to help us with the transition and it has gone really well. The Gastric Sleeve Bariatric Cookbook is the one that we have been using and it has helped us to try to meal plan easier and the food (other than the pancake recipe) have been amazing and not too terribly difficult either. It also lists the stages so that you know if a recipe can be done at a certain stage.

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