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Scheduled for a mini gastric bypass this Friday, the 19th. Trying today to get a list together of everything I need as far as new foods and drinks so I can have it all in house by then. Confusing with so many different sites/people saying different things or mentioning different products. I would really appreciate any help or sites that kind of lay it out in simple terms. I've been given a lot of paperwork from the doctor and hospital and met with the hospital's bariatric person. Just ordered disposable medicine cups and case of Ensure Max Protein (suggested by Dr.'s PA) Also bought a bag of Bariatric Advantage calcium chews and Bariatric Fusion Multivitamins from them to start out on but will source out equivalent products that may be less expensive during my week off next week. Any tips or things to watch out for are welcome. Thanks in advance!

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Beware of ordering a bunch of Protein Drinks before surgery. My tastes changed post-surgery and the Protein Shakes I was happily drinking pre-surgery became intolerably sweet. I now have two giant tubs of the stuff that I wasted my money on, as I can now only tolerate one flavour of the Protein Water I use.

In glorious hindsight, I wish I'd just bought a small container to trial! My uncontrollable need to have a plan backfired on me.

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10 hours ago, Smanky said:

Beware of ordering a bunch of Protein Drinks before surgery. My tastes changed post-surgery and the Protein Shakes I was happily drinking pre-surgery became intolerably sweet. I now have two giant tubs of the stuff that I wasted my money on, as I can now only tolerate one flavor of the Protein Water I use.

I second this. I stocked up way too much on stuff that I threw away. You may want to have a small assortment of allowed foods on hand, but just enough to sample to decide later if you want to have them again. And I know this is a site sponsored by a supplier of bariatric products and maybe even your doctor's office may recommend something specific, but you can find cheaper options that are probably just as good. Read labels and make sure you're following your nutritionist's recommendations.

Wait until after your surgery to stock up on stuff you like. costco and Walmart have lots of options that worked well for me. Costco's store brand Kirkland Protein Bars and Multivitamins are just fine. I do buy Premier Protein branded shakes, but I get them by the case.

Other advice: walk, walk, and walk some more. The more you move, the faster you will recover (within reason, of course). Avoid the urge to let people wait on you. The more you do for yourself, the better.

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As mentioned here and on your other post, every program is different. Follow yours. Read it now. And keep reading it. Follow it. Your experiences will be different from every other person's.

Don't get caught up on the bariatric Facebook groups for advice. They are full of inaccurate information and sometimes downright scary, advice.

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