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July 29, 2013 at 7:09 pm #31430
Hi everyone, I had my bypass 5 days ago and I’m struggling on food choices. I am desperately craving carrot sticks and dip, if I chew the carrots enough will it be ok? Also madly craving something chocolate, did think about a choc milkshake but didn’t think that would be ok, does anyone have any ideas on a chocolate fix.
ToriJuly 29, 2013 at 8:22 pm #50502katyMember
I can’t emphasise enough how important it is to stick to the rules this early post op. everything is still very swollen and needs to heal so you must stick to sloppy foods. No carrots, crispbreads or anything non -mushy. I guarantee if you try it you will feel rotten!
I’m afraid chocolate is also a no go unless you want to find out what dumping is like. I had my bypass 18 months ago and I still don’t eat it. For me at this stage, it’s about me not wanting to know what my tolerance is but so soon post op it will make you ill!
If there is such thing as a sugar free chocolate milkshake syrup then that might be an option but to be honest, the bypass is only a tool. The biggest challenge is adopting the lifestyle and sticking to it.
I’m sorry if I sound like a downer but its important to he honest!
KatyJuly 29, 2013 at 8:31 pm #50504
Thanks for that I needed to hear that. Think it’s going to be a struggle but it’s just ‘re training my brain. Can you give me any other dinner options as I am fed up of potatoes already?
ToriJuly 29, 2013 at 8:45 pm #50503katyMember
I made lots if stuff from scratch. Lentil Dahl blended down, homemade soups, slow cooked stews blitzed with gravy. Quick things like hummus and cream cheese/cottage cheese are packed full of protein which is essential for any WLS patient but also for healing. The boil in the bag fish portions in parsley sauce are great blended with extra milk. If you need a sweet fix I had stewed fruit with stevia (sweetener) and Greek yogurt. Just take care with too much fruit at this stage so you don’t dump.
I know it’s hard now but it will get easier I promise
Katy xJuly 30, 2013 at 8:12 am #50499
Fantastic advice Katy. Thanks for that. Like you say, these first few months are absolutely crucial to future success.
I see Miss Jones that you use the word ‘craving’. It is very telling indeed. It’s what we old timers call ‘head hunger’ and it is your worst enemy. Do absolutely anything you can to silence that nasty little beggar as much as you can. It is the devil sitting on your shoulder willing you to fail. On the other shoulder you have angels like Katy telling you to do the right thing.
If you risk dumping once it might be enough to put you off for life – it is THAT awful I promise you! It is likened to a diabetic hypo. I personally sweat, my heart pounds in my chest, I salivate a terrible gooey froth and eventually bring up a huge glob of it and most times it is accompanied by runny tummy too!! Sorry to be so graphic but it’s the best way to warn you what might happen should you waver at this stage.
Be kind to yourself. Experiment with new foods you may not have considered before – healthy ones. I didn’t know how much I loved papaya until I had my bypass! Don’t go overboard on anything with lots of natural sugar either though (fruit) and stay right away from anything ‘fatty’.
Follow your guidelines and maybe consider buying Carol Ball’s recipe/cookbooks?
She also sends out a monthly news letter if you sign up.
Also, how about having a look in here
Sugar free heaven!
Katy and all the other fabulous people on here are always more than happy to help you if/when you feel your resolve is wavering. this is a tough old journey but remember you have many hands to hold along the way. You can always message me if you need extra help too. We are all in this together.
July 30, 2013 at 10:04 am #50506nuttygirlMember
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Just wanted to add, since having my bypass 8 weeks ago, I have totally gone off the taste of sweet things. You might find it’s the same way for you when you try sugar free jelly for example. I do however drink the occasional Options hot chocolate made with milk instead of water – this counts as a ‘snack meal’ as of course milk is very good or you.
I really struggled with the first 4-6 weeks as I don’t like soups and blended food just didn’t taste the same but it will soon fly by! Once you move on to sloppy food it will become much easier I promise you. 🙂July 30, 2013 at 10:32 am #50500
Great, positive post Nuttygirl 🙂
I must be really weird because I loved the sloppy stage and stayed on it much longer than was needed! But then I always loved baby food in jars haha! Mind you, I will never, ever eat another sugar free jelly so long as I live!
Doodah xJuly 30, 2013 at 10:39 am #50505
It helps tremendously to hear what I should and shouldn’t be doing. My biggest problem is finding something I want to eat. The nurse I had after my surgery she had bypass 5 years ago and told me I could have melons toast with pate or cheese spread, those breadsticks with cheese spread, rich tea biscuit skin not overly missing out on chewing on something solid it’s dinners,apart from blending some soup up or putting mash with some meat and veg I am lost. I will definaly take a look at that cook book though need some inspiration 🙂July 30, 2013 at 10:49 am #50501
This is a fabulous little closed group (you have to ask to join) run by my friend Jill Barlow on Facebook. You will never, ever be stuck for a recipe again!!
I don’t belong to it because I don’t have time but it helps so many of my other friends.
ps Don’t be put off by the group’s name: Bariatric Food Porn!!! Jill has a great sense of humour.
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