Wednesday, February 10, 2010

One week out

So it's been one week since my surgery. At Day 5 of my liquids, I had had ENOUGH. At that point, I was pretty freaking hungry with my stomach constantly growling for five days straight. It puts one in a very bad mood. So I emailed the nutritionist from the clinic and she gave me the go ahead to advance to the next phase of the diets-- yogurts and creamy soups.

But let me just be honest with you. My surgeon's version of a post-op diet is extremely shitty.

Case in point: I don't get to start pureed foods until week five. Hahahahaha. Um, wtf. I ate 2 lbs of yogurt yesterday. Somehow I don't think I am going to survive on yogurt and creamy soups for three more weeks. The only addition I have to that diet is in weeks three and four I can start back on my protein shakes. I want to know, why do post-op diets vary so much from surgeon to surgeon? That is so frustrating! I know I need to follow the post-op diet to the T, but I'll just go ahead and say it now: I am going to cheat. I just do not like yogurt and creamy soups that much. I will probably "advance" myself to soft and pureed foods in week 4, a week early. Don't get me wrong-- I'm gonna try hard and follow this as closely as I can, but if I feel like a wreck because I've bought Wal-Mart out of Yoplait, then I'm just gonna move on to the next phase very slowly. (Side note: I'm really not kidding about 'feeling like a wreck'. This food depravation thing can do crazy stuff to your emotions!)

The other downside to this whole thing is that our kitchen is being remodeled right now. There have been guys working on putting in the new tile floor all week so I can't go in there and make soup or anything. So I've been living off popsicles and yogurt mainly. It sucks. I'm also allowed to start milk again during this phase and will make another confession: I had a small milkshake last night for dinner. But it *was* small as opposed to a large and I sipped it slowly. It kept me full for the rest of the night, and I was not even really hungry for breakfast this morning. I am not generally an ice cream person, and I don't foresee myself developing a "slider foods" addiction. I honestly don't even find myself craving sweets. I keep dreaming of chicken salad, crackers, garlic mashed potatoes, and hamburger steak as opposed to the pre-band me which only wanted brownies, french fries, and chocolate chip cookies. I don't think eating healthy will be AS hard as this liquid diet phase once I can actually eat. I'm so excited for that.

Sorry for the rambling. I'm just hungry and can't get into the kitchen for the guys working.


  1. Hang in there. I remember being a total wreck too in the first week or so after surgery. My post-op diet called for a week of clear liquids, a week of full liquids and then two weeks of mushies. The clear liquid part was horrible, but the rest was totally do-able. It gets better, it really does.

  2. Hang in there! Go get some really good soup from a restaurant. Lobster bisque was my fave or butternut squash soup with a dallop of sour cream. Hopefully the scale is helping you put up with liquids!

  3. Thank you, Kristin. I know I'll be ok but I am definitely a wreck. Haha.

    Nicole-- that is a great idea. I think I may go somewhere tonight and try to find some good soup! :)

  4. Butternut squash soup was one of my faves as well, definitely give it a try. Hang in there it will get better.

  5. Thank you! I had some cheddar potato soup tonight at McAllister's. It was a little chunky but I mushed it up the best I could. It was definitely the highlight of my week. Haha.

  6. Hi Ashley
    Glad you are home safe and sound. I had my surgery yesterday (10th) and am on clear fluids today and then fluids for week one (anything watery enough that it can go through a straw-but don't drink it though a straw). Week 2 is pureed, Week 3 is soft foods (like eggs, chili, chunkier soups), Week 4 is regular (as tolerated). I get a fill after 4 weeks. All they said to me is to move to the next stage when you feel you can tolerate them. They want to give the little tiny stomach they created a rest and not stretch it very much. It is strange the different ways doctors want us to eat. I think we should do the best we can with this new tool and not overdo it. Don't know if you have seen this site but she has lots of recipes .

    Good luck. What you are doing is so good for both you and your family.

  7. I'm so glad your surgery went well! I think I like your surgeon's diet better, Lol. Right now I am following that advice-- not to overdo it but to move at a pace at which I feel comfortable. I won't be getting my fill until 7 weeks though.

    Thanks for the link-- I LOVE Eggface's blog and can't wait to try some of her recipes!! :)

  8. And this too shall pass has been one of my motto's lately... I was banded December 2.. Definatley had some ups and downs... It will get easier..


  9. Hi!
    I hope everything is going well. Haven't seen an update in a while :)


  10. Hope you're doing well. Haven't seen a post in a while and thought I would stop by and say hello.

    Take care.

  11. Hey there! I gave you an award (see today's blog).

    Bandster Hell sucks!

  12. Are you okay? Worried about you! No new posts in weeks!

  13. Thank you all for stopping by! I have had some family issues-- about to write a new post to explain. I have missed all of you!!



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