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2 hours ago, WishMeSmaller said:

Make yourself some low sugar sangria with dry red wine and diet orange soda. The bubbles from the orange soda are minimal to non-existent when mixed with the wine. I like about 60-40 wine to soda mix, but adjust to suit your tastes. This was just my go to while camping over the 4th. Alcohol hits me way harder these days, so use caution.

Ooooohhh this sounds like it's right up my alley.

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12 hours ago, Arabesque said:

I used to have a large glass of wine every night. I loved gin & scotch & champagne & a good martini. Since surgery I only have a drink about once a month. I don’t miss it at all. My friends all enjoy a drink or several but it doesn’t stop me socialising with them at all. I spend time with them to spend time with them not to drink. I take ages to drink a glass of alcohol now & often don’t finish it all. Sometimes I agree to a glass but only have a sip or two & really just hold the glass.

I had my first drink at about 6 weeks post surgery - my cousin’s 40th. It took me hours to drink that gin & tonic - at least the tonic became super flat.

My taste buds have changed & a lot of alcohol is too sweet now - even non sweet alcohol. Honestly I don’t enjoy it in the same way. I don’t enjoy champagne much anymore - the shock the horror! I haven’t had a martini in two years.

I find gin & tonic best because of the bitterness of the tonic I think. I had my first scotch last month (I always drink it neat) & it was ok.

Yeah I can totally socialize without drinking but I WANT to have a drink with the family. It's been years since I've seen them and we have a birthday to Celebrate while they're here too. Just want to be able to have a drink or two. Not going hog wild for sure. And who knows, I may find my tastes for it all have changed too and I won't want it. LOL

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Soooo, turns out I tried what WishMeSmaller suggested and mixed the red wine with some diet orange soda. I filled my cup with ice and a little wine and the soda. I took it slow and drank it over 45 min/an hour and didn't feel it at all. No buzz, no nothing. Only had the one cup. Would probably try it again in the future.

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On 7/8/2021 at 8:31 PM, SummerTimeGirl said:

Yes, I know all about transfer addiction. I know about watching the sugar content. I know that MOST docs suggest NOT drinking while in the losing phase (if ever). I know we shouldn't have carbonated drinks. I know we have to watch with how quick drinks hit us. I know we should try a drink at home before trying one outside of the home. Etc, etc, etc. I get it!

But for those of us/you who HAVE had a drink or drink on occasion, what is your go to?

Since surgery I have missed out on several parties, anniversaries (including my own), birthdays (including my own), holidays and even a wedding. I knew it was too soon to Celebrate any of those things due to where I was in my food stage, mostly. The alcohol I could avoid if I have to. But now I am on regular foods and 7 weeks out and soon I will be having a family reunion with several family members I may not see again for years, if at all ever (as they live across the country). Anyway, I would like to have a drink or two with them during their visit.

BEFORE surgery I would drink occasionally. Maybe once or twice a month on weekends, around a fire or dinner out. My drink of choice before surgery was the Bud Light Out Of Office seltzer drinks. But I DO NOT see them as a go to now cause of the carbonation. I'm trying to think of some OTHER drink choices ahead of time so that I can try it at home before this reunion.

I DO NOT like Whisky, Gin or Tequila. I also DO NOT like drinking the alcohols I do like (i.e., Vodka) straight. So, having said that, IF YOU DRINK or HAVE HAD A DRINK SINCE SURGERY, what kind of drink did you have?

I am DEFINITELY looking to avoid anything sugary. I made a HUGE mistake over the 4th weekend and has a small milkshake and thought I was gonna puke, die, something. LOL MY heart was racing and I got all clammy. Ugh! I'm assuming it was the high sugar content that got me/spiked my sugar. I have not had sugar like that in about 4 months. So yeah, NEVER AGAIN!! LOL

I USED to drink (just to give you an idea of my tastes so that you may be able to better suggest something to me)...........

Wine (the sweeter the better, sadly)/Sangrias
Bloody Mary's
Seltzer Drinks (some)
Fruity Drinks (pina coladas and the like)
Beer once in a while

I recently had a SIP of a drink my husband bought to try. It was called BeatBox. It wasn't bad at all but seems kind of expensive. Especially if I won't be drinking often (but they do have singles you can buy). https://beatboxbeverages.com/collections/zero-sugar

Either way I'd like some other suggestions too. Oh and, I'm that person who DOES NOT like to taste the alcohol in their drinks. LOL Which is probably why I can't drink anything straight or even just mixed with plain Water.

Anyway, if after all of that you still have suggestions, lol, please let me know! Thanks!

Be v v careful with drinking, it’s so easy to cross addict x

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Margaritaville makes drink mixes that are like crystal light but strawberry Daquari, pina colada and margarita. They are sold on Amazon on a three pack.

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Ooh also about my experience. I used to like rum and Coke Zero so I tried rum and crystal light. I haven’t tried the margaritaville ones with booze. I need to order more but hate to cause I only liked the strawberry daquari one. I am like you, though, and don’t really like the taste of booze and I could taste it a lot so I couldn’t get it down fast enough to get any kind of buzz. Seems like I may not like it anymore. My husband did get the regular rum instead of the flavored so I may try again but I honestly think I may just not like it anymore. But no, it did not hit me fast like some people say it does.

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Yeah, didn't hit me either. I have since tried it a second time. Drank it a lil faster than the first time and a lil more and still didn't hit me hard or at all. But I kinda feel like I too lost my taste and desire for drinking. I don't think it's as much the taste I have lost interest in but the fact that we simply cannot drink/hold as much in our stomachs so, why even bother? Ya know? Seems kind of pointless now. For me anyway.

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1 hour ago, SummerTimeGirl said:

Yeah, didn't hit me either. I have since tried it a second time. Drank it a lil faster than the first time and a lil more and still didn't hit me hard or at all. But I kinda feel like I too lost my taste and desire for drinking. I don't think it's as much the taste I have lost interest in but the fact that we simply cannot drink/hold as much in our stomachs so, why even bother? Ya know? Seems kind of pointless now. For me anyway.

Well I never loved the taste of it so for me if i can’t get a little buzz why bother. Waste of calories that’s for sure.

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I am 5 weeks post op. I bring crystal light sticks in my purse, and add those to Water. It looks like a cocktail and tastes like a lil bit of a cosmo. I went to a wedding last weekend and asked the bartender to make something with no sugar, carbonation or alcohol. So he made a mojito mocktail- water, muddled mint & lime. I hardly noticed I wasn’t drinking. I’d say try to avoid alcohol and bring provisions to help you - like a lot of things, you may not miss it as much as you think you will. Otherwise, maybe add a lil booze to a crystal light type drink.

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Yes, I know all about transfer addiction. I know about watching the sugar content. I know that MOST docs suggest NOT drinking while in the losing phase (if ever). I know we shouldn't have carbonated drinks. I know we have to watch with how quick drinks hit us. I know we should try a drink at home before trying one outside of the home. Etc, etc, etc. I get it!
But for those of us/you who HAVE had a drink or drink on occasion, what is your go to?
Since surgery I have missed out on several parties, anniversaries (including my own), birthdays (including my own), holidays and even a wedding. I knew it was too soon to Celebrate any of those things due to where I was in my food stage, mostly. The alcohol I could avoid if I have to. But now I am on regular foods and 7 weeks out and soon I will be having a family reunion with several family members I may not see again for years, if at all ever (as they live across the country). Anyway, I would like to have a drink or two with them during their visit.
BEFORE surgery I would drink occasionally. Maybe once or twice a month on weekends, around a fire or dinner out. My drink of choice before surgery was the Bud Light Out Of Office seltzer drinks. But I DO NOT see them as a go to now cause of the carbonation. I'm trying to think of some OTHER drink choices ahead of time so that I can try it at home before this reunion.
I DO NOT like Whisky, Gin or Tequila. I also DO NOT like drinking the alcohols I do like (i.e., Vodka) straight. So, having said that, IF YOU DRINK or HAVE HAD A DRINK SINCE SURGERY, what kind of drink did you have?
I am DEFINITELY looking to avoid anything sugary. I made a HUGE mistake over the 4th weekend and has a small milkshake and thought I was gonna puke, die, something. LOL MY heart was racing and I got all clammy. Ugh! I'm assuming it was the high sugar content that got me/spiked my sugar. I have not had sugar like that in about 4 months. So yeah, NEVER AGAIN!! LOL
I USED to drink (just to give you an idea of my tastes so that you may be able to better suggest something to me)...........
Wine (the sweeter the better, sadly)/Sangrias
Bloody Mary's
Seltzer Drinks (some)
Fruity Drinks (pina coladas and the like)
Beer once in a while
I recently had a SIP of a drink my husband bought to try. It was called BeatBox. It wasn't bad at all but seems kind of expensive. Especially if I won't be drinking often (but they do have singles you can buy). https://beatboxbeverages.com/collections/zero-sugar

Either way I'd like some other suggestions too. Oh and, I'm that person who DOES NOT like to taste the alcohol in their drinks. LOL Which is probably why I can't drink anything straight or even just mixed with plain Water.
Anyway, if after all of that you still have suggestions, lol, please let me know! Thanks!

I'm a bit of a drinker.. my op is in 8 days..Initially I have to give it up..but I think on special occasions I'll do vodka soda and a couple table spoons lemon juice..The mixers have been the killer for me

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