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2 wk - 5 days post-opt - Diet help



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Coming up to my 3 wk post-gastric sleeve

While making tuna salad for my little kiddos, I absently tasted it a few times. (Make sure not didn't need more salt or pepper or more relish.)

It was only when my new stomach rumbled that I realised what I did. That was 5 hours ago. No, side effects, no gas or pain, or signs of dumping syndrome.

Clearly, I know not to press my luck with solids like that again, but has anyone tried blended foods a little bit early? I'm a bit embarrassed to e-mail my dietitian and admit that I ate even though it wasn't deliberate. I can hold out if I have to but, apple sauce would be so nice. This is 100% harder than quitting smoking! But I will admit not eating is making long ago cigarette cravings come back!

Any input would be nice. I may e-mail my dietitian.

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My wife and I had surgery together. At our 2 week appointment our doctor told us to push the eating schedule a little bit, but not to go overboard. We started to eat a wider variety of foods at that time. We had tuna salad at about 3 weeks out as well and didn't have any issues with it. If you email your dietitian, that may help to ease your mind as well. We started eating full foods by about 6-7 weeks out.

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Did I try blended foods a bit early? Yes, and no. Yes, in that I did work with blended foods - strained, and not so strained, Soups, and lumpier things, in that time frame, but no, as in it was not early - it was part of our normal progression to try those things from the first week out, if we could tolerate them (scrambled eggs, yogurt, pureed anything in the hospital, for that matter.) The key rule was to try new things one at a time to test for tolerance, as one may or may not be ready for it. Things like tuna salad were on our menu for the entire first month as part of the transition to all other "real" foods in the second month.

And one mushy or pureed item may go down better than another, so one "failure" doesn't necessarily doom an entire class of foods. If something doesn't work, go back to familiar things and try it again in a week or two.

Go easy on it, but don't fret about having damaged something if you aren't feeling anything off.

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Thank you both. That helped ease my mind!

I think tomorrow I might just try some apple sauce!

Hahaha, I NEVER would have thought I would be excited for apple sauce.

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