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27 minutes ago, SpartanMaker said:

I'm still on purees, but starting next week, here's some of the stuff on my menu for soft food stage:

  • Butternut Squash Bisque w/ Meatballs
  • Meatloaf, Green Beans, Sautéed Squash
  • Slow-Cooker Buffalo chicken Meatballs
  • Broccoli cheese Soup (add unflavored Protein powder)
  • Taco bowl
  • Moroccan Shakshuka With Lentils
  • Mapo tofu

Here are some more ideas for you:

  • Vegetarian (or not!) chili
  • Cabbage Rolls with potatoes
  • Kofta Curry
  • Muttar Paneer
  • Stuffed Poblano Peppers
  • Kafta Kabob
  • Huevos Rancheros (skip the tortilla)
  • Vegan Sweet Potato & Black Bean "meatballs" with shiitake mushrooms
  • Menemen
  • Dalia Khichdi
  • Masoor Dal
  • Dal Makhani
  • Baba Ghanouj with Cauliflower or Zucchini Fritters (add Protein powder)
  • Blackened Salmon with Smashed Potatoes
  • Creamy Garlic Butter Tuscan Salmon over Zoodles
  • Mahi Mahi w/ Aji Amarillo, sauteed zucchini
  • Thai Red Curry with Mahi Mahi
  • Tilapia w/Pesto, Roasted Root Veggies
  • Vegetable Beef Soup (use ground beef & no corn)
  • Beef & Bean Sloppy Joes (skip the bun), roasted carrots
  • Swedish Meatballs & potatoes
  • Ground Beef Stir Fry with broccoli & mushrooms
  • Kibbeh Harira
  • Crustless Quiche

Basically anything that uses ground meats is probably safe. Get creative with veggies to either cook with or along with the meat. Some things that may be light on protein may need some unflavored Protein Powder mixed in.

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12 hours ago, SpartanMaker said:

Here are some more ideas for you:

  • Vegetarian (or not!) chili
  • Cabbage Rolls with potatoes
  • Kofta Curry
  • Muttar Paneer
  • Stuffed Poblano Peppers
  • Kafta Kabob
  • Huevos Rancheros (skip the tortilla)
  • Vegan Sweet Potato & Black Bean "meatballs" with shiitake mushrooms
  • Menemen
  • Dalia Khichdi
  • Masoor Dal
  • Dal Makhani
  • Baba Ghanouj with Cauliflower or Zucchini Fritters (add Protein powder)
  • Blackened Salmon with Smashed Potatoes
  • Creamy Garlic Butter Tuscan Salmon over Zoodles
  • Mahi Mahi w/ Aji Amarillo, sauteed zucchini
  • Thai Red Curry with Mahi Mahi
  • Tilapia w/Pesto, Roasted Root Veggies
  • Vegetable Beef Soup (use ground beef & no corn)
  • Beef & Bean Sloppy Joes (skip the bun), roasted carrots
  • Swedish Meatballs & potatoes
  • Ground Beef Stir Fry with broccoli & mushrooms
  • Kibbeh Harira
  • Crustless Quiche

Basically anything that uses ground meats is probably safe. Get creative with veggies to either cook with or along with the meat. Some things that may be light on Protein may need some unflavored Protein Powder mixed in.

Those are some amazing ideas! Some I haven't even heard of so I'm looking forward to looking them up. I am such a boring basic cook and just get stuck in a rut, so these ideas will help a ton! Thank you so much!

I did get some shrimp to make shrimp cocktail with sugar free cocktail sauce and I bought button mushrooms I can add to everything lol but also going to try adding low fat cheese and broil them to make stuffed mushrooms. Those were my ideas for the week lol.

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4 hours ago, Hope4NewMe said:

Those are some amazing ideas! Some I haven't even heard of so I'm looking forward to looking them up. I am such a boring basic cook and just get stuck in a rut, so these ideas will help a ton! Thank you so much!

I did get some shrimp to make shrimp cocktail with sugar free cocktail sauce and I bought button mushrooms I can add to everything lol but also going to try adding low fat cheese and broil them to make stuffed mushrooms. Those were my ideas for the week lol.

Glad they're helpful. I have tons for shrimp ideas as well, but didn't add any here. On my plan, they're not on the soft foods list.

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I'm just curious anyone els sad they can't eat certain things? I'm not sad about the things most people ask me about, I was prepared and not eating things like burgers, anything deep fried ect.... right now I'm sad about not being able to eat a salad, we have this pizza place in town with an amazing salad bar, my family and I would usually eat there 2-3x a month, and I always got the salad bar, I didn't realize how much I'd miss that right now .... everyone went today, and I went because I thought it would be fine, I talked to the manager and since they don't have anything I can eat right now (still on pureed tell monday) they said I could bring in my own dish. Especially when they saw how small the container was so I wouldn't feel like I was missing out on not eating with everyone, so I made a deviled egg salad.... I was so sad seeing the salad bar and knowing it will be a while before I can have any raw veggies [emoji30].... I might set the next one out ....

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I personally would not visit a restaurant until I'm ok to eat. Why put myself through that torture. I will be entering puree stage on Thursday. We knew what we were getting into when we decided to have this surgery. Do I crave sure, but I know I'm not gonna be on puree for ever.

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I personally would not visit a restaurant until I'm ok to eat. Why put myself through that torture. I will be entering puree stage on Thursday. We knew what we were getting into when we decided to have this surgery. Do I crave sure, but I know I'm not gonna be on puree for ever.

True, and I should have stayed home, I just missed 2 family get together already and missed everyone, so i thought I'd be ok since I didn't eat the pizza and things from there before.... and honestly didn't think I would miss salad that much, but I think it's more the being able to eat anything regular food wise... because had I been on regular foods and raw vegetables and everything I could have gotten something healthy and been good, but yeah I'm pretty sure it's more the missing just regular food in general, although they do have an awesome salad bar lol

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2 hours ago, Sd14810 said:

I'm just curious anyone els sad they can't eat certain things? I'm not sad about the things most people ask me about, I was prepared and not eating things like burgers, anything deep fried ect.... right now I'm sad about not being able to eat a salad, we have this pizza place in town with an amazing salad bar, my family and I would usually eat there 2-3x a month, and I always got the salad bar, I didn't realize how much I'd miss that right now .... everyone went today, and I went because I thought it would be fine, I talked to the manager and since they don't have anything I can eat right now (still on pureed tell monday) they said I could bring in my own dish. Especially when they saw how small the container was so I wouldn't feel like I was missing out on not eating with everyone, so I made a deviled egg salad.... I was so sad seeing the salad bar and knowing it will be a while before I can have any raw veggies .... I might set the next one out ....

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I don't think anything should ever be off limits, but I do think we have to do what our stomach can handle. I am a month out and I actually took a small taste of my son's birthday cake this weekend. I was fine and I didn't beat myself up. I normally do very low carb/no sugar. I think we will be able to eat foods, just much smaller amounts.

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I don't think anything should ever be off limits, but I do think we have to do what our stomach can handle. I am a month out and I actually took a small taste of my son's birthday cake this weekend. I was fine and I didn't beat myself up. I normally do very low carb/no sugar. I think we will be able to eat foods, just much smaller amounts.
That's awesome, thats how I think to
... everything in moderation, I was off burgers and greasy foods as well as little to no salt because 1 trying to loose weight before surgery, and 2 my mom has a bad stomach, as well as healthy conditions and can't eat alot of stuff and we usually eat together several times a week.... I think my biggest thing was it was real food, that I enjoyed (and was still pretty healthy) but I haven't had a bite of real food in 5 weeks between pre op diet and post op diet [emoji28] I am hoping I get a salad soon, I need to look up how long after surgery they say before I should be able to eat raw vegetables again...

My dad has suggested since it's something I'm craving now. To Pick a goal, weather it be a scale number, a time frame, a outfit to fit into.... and make that as my reward lol but I'm trying to make it to where food is no longer a reward, and more of just fuel

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I resolved my self that I already ate my fair share of burgers ,fries and fried foods . I'm do not want to eat that anymore at any time. I see people eating that and it discusts me. I see them poising themselves . I keep it to myself and am not going to become food police or anything like that, but I does help me no to crave it. We all have our own way of figuring things out. For now it help me say the corse.

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13 hours ago, Sd14810 said:

I'm just curious anyone els sad they can't eat certain things? I'm not sad about the things most people ask me about, I was prepared and not eating things like burgers, anything deep fried ect.... right now I'm sad about not being able to eat a salad, we have this pizza place in town with an amazing salad bar, my family and I would usually eat there 2-3x a month, and I always got the salad bar, I didn't realize how much I'd miss that right now .... everyone went today, and I went because I thought it would be fine, I talked to the manager and since they don't have anything I can eat right now (still on pureed tell monday) they said I could bring in my own dish. Especially when they saw how small the container was so I wouldn't feel like I was missing out on not eating with everyone, so I made a deviled egg salad.... I was so sad seeing the salad bar and knowing it will be a while before I can have any raw veggies .... I might set the next one out ....

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The cravings for me got better as I was able to eat better food. When I got on soft food I was able to eat more things that made me feel normal again and then I was less focused on food itself which helped the cravings. My family goes out to Breakfast every other friday and I had skipped those for over a month because I didn't want to be sad. Hope things get better for you soon since you get to start soft food now.

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14 hours ago, Sd14810 said:

I'm just curious anyone els sad they can't eat certain things? I'm not sad about the things most people ask me about, I was prepared and not eating things like burgers, anything deep fried ect.... right now I'm sad about not being able to eat a salad, we have this pizza place in town with an amazing salad bar, my family and I would usually eat there 2-3x a month, and I always got the salad bar, I didn't realize how much I'd miss that right now .... everyone went today, and I went because I thought it would be fine, I talked to the manager and since they don't have anything I can eat right now (still on pureed tell monday) they said I could bring in my own dish. Especially when they saw how small the container was so I wouldn't feel like I was missing out on not eating with everyone, so I made a deviled egg salad.... I was so sad seeing the salad bar and knowing it will be a while before I can have any raw veggies .... I might set the next one out ....

Not saying you can never eat out, but I wanted to mention that the research is pretty clear that people that eat out frequently are more likely to be overweight or obese.

Salads can also be a real hidden source of calories. We think of salads as healthy, but when you add in all the high calorie toppings and dressing, salads can actually be one of the most caloric things on a restaurant menu.

Just food for thought.

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18 hours ago, Sd14810 said:

I'm just curious anyone els sad they can't eat certain things? I'm not sad about the things most people ask me about, I was prepared and not eating things like burgers, anything deep fried ect.... right now I'm sad about not being able to eat a salad, we have this pizza place in town with an amazing salad bar, my family and I would usually eat there 2-3x a month, and I always got the salad bar, I didn't realize how much I'd miss that right now .... everyone went today, and I went because I thought it would be fine, I talked to the manager and since they don't have anything I can eat right now (still on pureed tell monday) they said I could bring in my own dish. Especially when they saw how small the container was so I wouldn't feel like I was missing out on not eating with everyone, so I made a deviled egg salad.... I was so sad seeing the salad bar and knowing it will be a while before I can have any raw veggies .... I might set the next one out ....

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I have avoided restaurants bc it’s Just easier to stay focused at home. I do find that without eating my feelings, I’m having to learn to handle stress and other emotions without food. That makes me feel things in a deeper way so there have been a lot of emotions - not sure if that helps but good luck, you got this!

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Got my sleeve done on 9/27. Finally into purée foods for my program. Doing good. Still feeling tired but getting in my walking. Have noticed some tooth sensitivity so I’ve upped how often I brush and floss and mouthwash.

Definitely not going to purée meat so it’s yogurt and scrambled eggs for me! 😂

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4 minutes ago, Foxfire said:

Definitely not going to purée meat so it’s yogurt and scrambled eggs for me! 😂

Word of warning: A LOT of people have issues with scrambled eggs post-op. So much so that my plan says to avoid them until at least 4-6 weeks out. If you're like me, I was always told that scrambled eggs were a good choice when we had an upset stomach, but new tummy, new rules, I guess?

At the pureed stage, I was allowed poached eggs, and they were fine for me. Also egg salad was fine, as long as I mashed it up well first.

I agree that pureed meats were generally not appetizing, but mashed-up (not pureed) tuna salad was allowed on my plan and it was pretty good. Pre-surgery, I already mashed up my tuna salad some, so I didn't really notice much of a difference. chicken however was unpleasant. So much so that I won't be eating chicken of any kind for a while!

Another good choice is refried Beans or pureed bean Soup. You can add unflavored Protein powder to those and really up the protein if desired.

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I had my four-week visit today and I am down 30 lbs. I am just so astonished. It took me a year to lose the first 30. This is not easy but so glad I did it. I went to IHOP with my littlest guy tonight and husband and had about tbsp of an egg white omelet. I am doing super well with the foods. My only slight issue is I am still tired all the time. I am vitamining up like crazy (new word?). I have not started exercising yet but I got permission to start to do body groove tomorrow. Here is hoping the next 30 comes easily. Hoping for all of your success.

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