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13 minutes ago, HeatherE said:

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That’s soooooo much better than what I got. What I got mostly lists what not to have but it’s too vague for me. I am a stickler. Thanks again!!

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59 minutes ago, ShoppGirl said:

That’s soooooo much better than what I got. What I got mostly lists what not to have but it’s too vague for me. I am a stickler. Thanks again!!

Glad it helps! Every program is different. This was from a great program, but not the one I went with. I tried to collect as many resources as I could just to have an idea. Happy to share!!!

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I am supposed to start soft foods tomorrow but I really don't feel ready. My doc did say to start with one new food at a time and slowly add more foods to find out which ones you can tolerate. I've been on a pureed diet for a week and definitely feel like meats will be difficult. I pureed some ham and put liquids with it and I still couldn't tolerate even the smallest amount. I could eat baby food meat, but I don't recommend it. Yuck. Anyway, it's just going to be a slow progression and everyone will be different. I've also found that at different times of the day I have more restriction with foods that I had previously tolerated well. Frustrating, but I'm ok with it. Just looking to the healthy future.

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20 minutes ago, ColoRad Gal said:

I am supposed to start soft foods tomorrow but I really don't feel ready. My doc did say to start with one new food at a time and slowly add more foods to find out which ones you can tolerate. I've been on a pureed diet for a week and definitely feel like meats will be difficult. I pureed some ham and put liquids with it and I still couldn't tolerate even the smallest amount. I could eat baby food meat, but I don't recommend it. Yuck. Anyway, it's just going to be a slow progression and everyone will be different. I've also found that at different times of the day I have more restriction with foods that I had previously tolerated well. Frustrating, but I'm ok with it. Just looking to the healthy future.

My doctor’s office said white flaky fish (no salmon, no shrimp), low-fat or fat free cheeses (cottage cheese, Laughing Cow, Babybell, etc.), eggs and tofu (Morning Star, etc). They said to wait three weeks before having salmon, shrimp, ground chicken, chicken salad, etc., and three weeks after that before red meats (including ground beef).

I don’t think I’ll wait as long as I’m supposed to, but if you’re concerned, perhaps start out with tuna fish, tilapia, cod, ricotta bake, scrambled eggs, cottage cheese, and vegetarian burger or sausage, since it may be easier on your stomach.

Good luck!

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Hmm, my next stage is called Soft Foods, not pureed foods. I just called it that because so many people on here say purree foods.

Stage 1 - Clear Liquids for one week

Stage 2 - Full liquids for two full weeks

Stage 3 - Soft foods for three full weeks

So, I guess I dont have a purree stage maybe.

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10 hours ago, Blueslily said:

Hmm, my next stage is called Soft Foods, not pureed foods. I just called it that because so many people on here say purree foods.

Stage 1 - Clear Liquids for one week

Stage 2 - Full liquids for two full weeks

Stage 3 - Soft foods for three full weeks

So, I guess I dont have a purree stage maybe.

I didn’t have a puréed stage, just the soft foods.

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1 hour ago, HeatherE said:

I didn’t have a puréed stage, just the soft foods.

What kind of foods did you eat in the soft foods stage?

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1 hour ago, Blueslily said:

What kind of foods did you eat in the soft foods stage?

I’m in my third week of fish, eggs, low-fat cheese, and tofu

(white flaky fish or crab, no shrimp or salmon yet), canned tuna fish, eggs (scrambled, egg salad, hard boiled), ricotta bake (yum), Babybell, fat free cottage cheese, Laughing Cow, Morningstar vegetarian sausage (tofu), etc.)

Next week I can add ground chicken or turkey, canned chicken, salmon, and shrimp.

I also get a tablespoon of cooked soft vegetable with each meal (I’ve had yellow squash, mashed cauliflower, and broccoli).

A different program I looked at allowed chicken, low sodium/low fat deli meat (ex. Turkey), and etc. during soft foods, but my doctor is very conservative.

No red meat (including ground beef) until day 65 for me. I’m at day 33 today.

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1 hour ago, Blueslily said:

Do you all eat avocado or homemade guacamole in the soft food stage? How about homemade hummus?

My nutritionist said avocado is ok as a mayo substitute for tuna, but in moderation. I ate hummus and tzaziki, but my nutritionist said it didn’t have enough Protein. She said to hold off with hummus and use the yogurt sauce as an accompaniment to fish, etc. Other programs did allow hummus which is where I got the idea.

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My doctor has me on 5 weeks liquid which includes pureed creamed Soups. 2 weeks pureed food such as scrambled eggs, etc, then I can start introducing in soft foods/Normal eating.

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