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    I am just over 2 weeks post op gastric bypass. I was looking through the Return To Slender cookbook to get some ideas on what to eat (I hate soup!!) and read that chewing gum is a big no no. I have been having one or two sticks of the sugar free gum for the last few days – does anyone know why it’s not allowed? I had no idea. Thanks!



    Im afraid chewing gum is in the totally banned list along with fizzy drinks
    It causes the stomach to think you are eating so it starts over producing acid. This can cause gastritis and even stomach ulcers.
    I sometimes buy the sugar free mints if I want a bit of minty freshness

    Katy x


    Thank you so much Katy! I was imagining all sorts and your answer makes total sense. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I did a search online and all I found was that gum isn’t allowed incase you accidentally swallow it!


    Both the above reasons are the main ones for not eating gum after wls. There is also a third – it reinforces the ‘mindless eating’ habit we all need to get rid of. I have posted a very good article about mindless eating but give a sec and and I will find it again. It’s well worth a read ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Doodah x


    Hi- just 1 week post op and feeling great. Can you tell me where I can buy the Return to Slender Cookbook? Feel this would help the boredom.



    Thanks Doodah. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Hi Ali’smum – this is the website where I ordered the book from: Return to Slender, the UK’s first bariatric cookery book | Bariatric Cookery I know what you mean about boredom!


    You’re welcome Nuttygirl. Carol has written two books and also, you can sign up for a monthly newsletter. This is great for high days and holidays recipes and tips. Also, for the psychological aspect of wls, Mr Chris Pring recommends the following book: Cut Down to Size: Achieving success with weight loss surgery (Paperback) – Routledge

    A very good read indeed.

    Hope this helps. Pretty soon you won’t even remember what boredom is let alone feel it. You will be off out enjoying you healthier, happier life to the full. just how it is supposed to be ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Doodah x

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