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SW 295
CW 259

I’m worried 😟. I’m 3 weeks post op and I’m alarmed at the amount of food (phase 2 puréed stage ) I’m able to eat. I keep reading how most people can only have a few bites of food and drink and feel miserable. I on the other hand can eat two packets of oatmeal (full 🍚 bowl) and 2 SF Jellos. Worried they didn’t cut our enough stomach or that this won’t work for me.

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Hi Jaime, this is a common complaint because the puréed foods can slide right through your stomach. I noticed the restriction when I went to solid foods. No worries!

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Not feeling full is quite common. Nerves have been cut & as @Elidh said liquids & purées do pass through your digestive system more quickly. Observing Portion Control & eating slowly during these stages is important. Remember you’ve just had pretty major surgery & there are a lot of sutures/staples holding your digestive system together. You don’t want to stress or put undue pressure on your poor healing tummy.

Check with your surgeon regarding portion size recommendations if you weren’t given any. I was told 1/4 to 1/3 of a cup for the first few weeks. A sachet of instant oats took me three days to eat . Of course I could also eaten the sachet over three meals in the one day. But we’re all different & our surgeons have different guidelines.

I was also advised not to eat until I felt the restriction or felt full but to work out when I had enough & stop. There is a difference. It’s also about being more mindful about our eating - not mindlessly shovelling food into our mouths.

All the best.

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Yup. I remember having the same concern and others told me that with puree it kinda just goes through you and that I would eventually feel the restriction once you get onto more solid foods. And it did. You will too.

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