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Post - 4 weeks today.
Able to eat just about anything, I haven't had any issues holding down any food. Except Orange juice, but stomach instantly said NO. However I think I"m "overeating" meaning that I get to the point where my stomach is hurting before I stop eating.
Am I doing too much? I guess I don't know how to "stop" eating before I get to the point where I'm like UGHGHGH my stomachhhhhh.. for the next 20 minutes.
Any suggestions are welcome!

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Eat half, wait 20 minutes and if you still want more, eat the other half. You may find that you often don't.

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15 minutes ago, pintsizedmallrat said:

Eat half, wait 20 minutes and if you still want more, eat the other half. You may find that you often don't.

I think this is good advice until you figure it out.

There are both electrical (via the vagus nerve), signals, as well as hormonal signals to your brain that tell you when you are full. The signal from the vagus nerve happens pretty quickly once triggered, but it doesn't really kick in until you're full or even overfull. That's typically what you're feeling now. The hormonal signals are different. They are only triggered as food starts to be absorbed, so it takes a while. This can take up to 20 minutes, but it can vary depending on what you ate, and certain individual differences. If you can slow down your eating, you're more likely to get these hormonal signals to stop BEFORE you get the uncomfortably full signal from the vagus nerve.

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1 hour ago, Invaderofbunnie said:

Post - 4 weeks today.
Able to eat just about anything, I haven't had any issues holding down any food. Except Orange juice, but stomach instantly said NO. However I think I"m "overeating" meaning that I get to the point where my stomach is hurting before I stop eating.
Am I doing too much? I guess I don't know how to "stop" eating before I get to the point where I'm like UGHGHGH my stomachhhhhh.. for the next 20 minutes.
Any suggestions are welcome!

I would suggest taking more time between bites, I found that when I wait I can get a feel of how much room I have left before I am full it also helps me stop eating before I accidentally overeat

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1 hour ago, MrZippy said:

There’s a fork sold on this site that will buzz if you try to eat too soon after the last bite.

i need this do you know what it is called?

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Were you given portion sizes? Mine were 1/4 - 1/3 of a cup once on purées. Check with your surgeon & team for what they recommend you need. You should aim to stop before you feel full. It takes time for the full message to get through to our brain & often messages don’t get through or signal differently as a lot of nerves were cut during surgery. By the time you feel full you’ve had way too much. It’s why we’re told to eat slowly & to watch portion size.

Ask yourself have you had enough not are you full. Do you need the next bite or just want it? It’s okay if you don’t eat all your recommended portion either. Try it again later or save it for tomorrow. My fridge often has unfinished meals & I’m 3.5yrs out.

PS - juice is usually a strong no after surgery. The sugar content of the fruit is too high. Consider how many oranges you need to make a glass of juice. Would you eat that many pieces in one sitting. When you’re allowed, eat whole fruit. More of our necessary Vitamins & nutrients in whole fruit than in juice alone.

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I'm moving from soft stage to regular food and measure 99% of each meals portion, 1/2 cup. There are a few times that I felt full towards end of portion, with meat. Think I will keep measuring as much as I can. Plan to move towards 1cup after 6 months.

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