Jump to content
×
Are you looking for the BariatricPal Store? Go now!

Struggling with eating and water intake



Recommended Posts

Hey everyone! So I am 1 week and 2 days post-op, time feels so slow and it feels like I had the surgery forever ago! This week I am in my full liquids stage and I've been having a hard time ingesting cream Soups, broths, and cream of wheat. I don't eat much and let most of what I pick up with the spoon fall off and I just eat/sip what's leftover on the spoon. My stomach hurts fast and I get pains in my chest and lots of gas while trying to eat. Is this normal? It has been so hard for me to take in my 50-64 fl oz because of the same reason. Please give me advice and tell me im not crazy!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Tiny, tiny sips of everything. Pause between. If something isn't agreeable yet, back off and return to the prior step, then try again in a few days.

I find Water is more palatable if I add flavoring, such as sachets of sugar-free Crush, Hawaiian Punch, Wylers, Snapple, etc. You can use an electrolyte drink like Gatorade Zero or Propel instead of water. Again, stick to tiny sips until you can comfortably take bigger sips. Do the best you can and keep trying. If you can get at least 32 oz, you can build on that. If getting less, talk to your dietitian or surgeon's office.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

One thing I didn’t know and wish I had is that you can go and get fluids as an out patient. You don’t have to go back into the hospital to get them. Try your best, tiny sips and try different flavors and various temperatures of drinks but if you start to see signs of dehydration contact your team and they should be able to arrange for you to get fluids. It’s not the end of the world. I was SOoooooo anxious about not getting enough fluids in because I was worried about having to go back into the hospital. I had to go a couple days out just to get me over the hump but each day I could drink a little more so after that one time I was good to go.

Edited by ShoppGirl

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The cream Soups & cream of wheat may be a little too heavy for your tummy at the moment - we all had different things we could or couldn’t tolerate at each stage. I agree with @ShoppGirl: don't be afraid to go back to clear fluids stage for a few days. We all heal & recover at different times & there’s nothing wrong with going back a step or taking longer to move to the next stage.

My surgeon was ok if I didn’t meet my daily Protein & fluid goals at first as long as I was actively working towards them. Remember all liquids count towards your Fluid goal - broth, Soup, shakes, etc. Try room temp Water or herbal or green tea. I found warm drinks much easy to drink & more soothing. I even heated some of my shakes.

All the best.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Congratulations on your surgery!

What you are experiencing is normal, but it's still unpleasant.

Try different temperatures of Water (I had to keep mine super cold), flavor packets, hot decaf/herbal tea or coffee, broth from different Soups, etc.

Also, I found I drank more when I kept a bottle of water in my hand or right next to me.

Good luck!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hi there. My sleeve was Dec 9th, and I find myself having lots of issues with cold things. Just seem to stop in the middle of my chest. Room temp works, but warm broth or herbal tea works best for me. Still working up to my 64 ounces, but hitting Protein goals for last 4 days. Slow and steady. We got this.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thank you everyone for the great advice! I’ve been reading them as they’ve been posting and I definitely started to progress from figuring out when to slow down and been more mindful of taking steady sips instead of rushing out of thirst😭 I haven’t been feeling too much pain now. I think i do get a bit of acid reflux when I do ingest too quickly but im only learning more from here. Thank u all!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

On 12/17/2021 at 20:21, csrouse said:



Hi there. My sleeve was Dec 9th, and I find myself having lots of issues with cold things. Just seem to stop in the middle of my chest. Room temp works, but warm broth or herbal tea works best for me. Still working up to my 64 ounces, but hitting Protein goals for last 4 days. Slow and steady. We got this.


Hey! I would love to connect since our process is very close in timing… I been trying to find someone to share my experiences with and not feel like im doing everything wrong loll. We could even share pics and recipes as the process continues!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

On 12/16/2021 at 7:13 PM, Sunnyway said:

Tiny, tiny sips of everything. Pause between. If something isn't agreeable yet, back off and return to the prior step, then try again in a few days.

I find Water is more palatable if I add flavoring, such as sachets of sugar-free Crush, Hawaiian Punch, Wylers, Snapple, etc. You can use an electrolyte drink like Gatorade Zero or Propel instead of Water. Again, stick to tiny sips until you can comfortably take bigger sips. Do the best you can and keep trying. If you can get at least 32 oz, you can build on that. If getting less, talk to your dietitian or surgeon's office.

Thank you for that feedback. I think we subconsciously take bigger sips than we can tolerate right now. I actually love water and since surgery, I crave it.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hi Angelica, I had my sleeve on 12/7 too. I had same issues you had when I started full liquids so I backed off and stayed mostly with clears and added Protein shots (which are only 3oz and 25g protein) because I just couldn’t do 2 full Protein Shakes. This week I’ve been feeling good and finally getting over 64oz of Fluid each day! Christmas Day I can start puréed foods and I’m wondering if I will have trouble in the beginning like when I started the full liquid stage. How are you doing this week?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

It's easier to get the daily Water requirement in if you add a sugar-free flavor enhancer like Crystal Light or even the Kroger or Wal-Mart versions of powder or liquid flavor water enhancers. I use the Peach Tea flavor from Kroger. Also, the sugar-free popsicles count as water, you know.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

  • Trending Products

  • Trending Topics

  • Recent Status Updates

    • amazingmimi

      I feel like I've finally gotten past the biggest hurdle. Surgery date is September 6th, the day after Labor Day, and yesterday I got my insurance approval letter. I've followed everything they've told me to do, and I've even lost 30 lbs on my own since hubby had to change his diet for diabetes. No worries now about having to do 4 weeks of the liver shrinking diet instead of 2. On my initial visit, if I had gained just 5lbs I would have had to do 4 weeks. It's getting closer. Just 2 more months to wait.
      · 1 reply
      1. NmMd

        Although the prep work took energy, I found the biggest hurdle was post-operative. The first 48 hrs were extremely uncomfortable. I did an overnight and trying to down the liquids, Tylenol, and especially the barium was rough. Thankfully though, I got away with only having to have 1 belly injection after surgery. Needless are not my thing.

    • Grace1234

      I am brand new to this my surgery is tentative for July 27 depending on insurance and I'll be have the Gastric Sleeve.
      · 0 replies
      1. This update has no replies.
    • Pepper1

      I am looking for people to connect with that are 4-5 years out. Many of the support sights I go to are all newbies. And while I enjoyed that when i first had my surgery and found it useful, I am looking to exchange ideas with folks that are out a few years. I am slowly gaining weight back and losing my excitement. I don't want that!
      · 0 replies
      1. This update has no replies.
    • SuziDavis

      I have a surgery date! I am getting sleeved on 8/17/2022!
      · 0 replies
      1. This update has no replies.
    • Mudh8r

      How do you stay focused? I'm struggling a bit the past three days.  All I want is sweets and carbs.  I have no clue what changed but for some reason I'm craving hard.  I'm literally dreaming about food and when I wake up, I'm thinking about my next meal.  I'm not "hungry" but so munchy.  I'm trying to stay focused, busy, exercise and the likes but this looking struggle is getting to be so hard.  I meet with my nutritionist tomorrow and I'm so hopeful she has some advice.  My protein intake is great, liquids on point, even throwing in some raw veggies and berries to curb the sweet/carb craving.  Thoughts?
      · 0 replies
      1. This update has no replies.
  • Recent Topics

  • Hot Products

  • Sign Up For
    Our Newsletter

    Follow us for the latest news
    and special product offers!
  • Together, we have lost...
      lbs

    PatchAid Vitamin Patches

    ×