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Many don’t realize how drastically their tastes will change after surgery. Things that were sweet before become REALLY sweet after and same goes for salty, spicy and more. Most notice they can taste every mineral in water and have to be particular as to brands or go with flavored water.
We cannot stress enough the importance of sipping your water. You need a minimum of 64 oz. per day. If you’re going out, keep a small cooler and some freezer packs (two sets . . one to use and to always be ready) and carry snacks and water. It’s just that important.
Dehydration can creep up on WLS patients before you even realize it. Staying on top it by constantly sipping will ward off that danger. You don’t want to end up in an ER having to be put on fluid replacement IV.
Symptoms of dehydration may include tiredness/fatigue, headache, dizziness and/or faintness, decreased blood pressure, blurred or snowy vision, infrequent urination and more. Untreated, dehydration can result in a state of delirium, unconsciousness and death.
During those first two weeks post-op you will more than likely find it difficult to get in all the liquid food you need. You typically won’t feel hunger and can literally forget to eat. One suggestion, as a reminder, is to set a timer for every 30 minutes (your cell phone alarm makes a great reminder). Each 30 minutes, take in your 1 – 2 oz. of soup or juices or whatever your liquids are.
Keeping the metabolism up is very important. You don’t want the body to go into starvation mode, plus the soups and juices count toward your fluid intake for the day as well.
These are a great little treat during those first weeks when you’re on all liquids. Go for the no sugar added, whole fruit bars (we love Edy’s Whole Fruit No Sugar bars). Not only will it give you a little something crunchy but they count toward your fluid intake as well (1.75 fl. oz each). It’s a treat you’ll keep eating well after the liquid stages.
A great tip is to make your own soups so you can control the salt content. Make homemade chicken or beef soup, strain any solids, freeze into ice trays. Once frozen, place into place freezer bags. Each ice cube is 1 oz. and the perfect size for popping one or two in the microwave for a soup serving.
Recipe Share Hi Everyone: Well, as promised, we have a new way to make your weekly meal planning not only easier but to keep variety in your planning too. Each week each member joining in will contribute one recipe. That’s simple enough, right? It needs to be a high protein recipe that is flavorful, quick […]
You know we talk to thousands and thousands of WLS patients and read even more thousands of emails. We hear the stresses and the life stories that get in the way each and every day. The things that “keep” people from making good choices . . . at least that’s their words to us. They tell us, very sincerely, about how they don’t have “time” to eat the right things or how they don’t have “time” to take their vitamins or how they don’t have “time” to plan a meal or how they don’t have “time” to exercise and the list goes on and on. Now they do have time to email or watch tv at night or any number of other things but they don’t have “time” for their health. Huh? Let’s talk about this and really put it into perspective a little better. You know, it is choices . . read that again CHOICES. YOUR CHOICES.
So many are used to years and years of dieting and dieting mentality that it’s hard to break those old routines and the old one way of thinking and looking at food and the way we approach it and control it. You can imagine people’s shock and surprise then as we were constantly asked how many calories a day they should stick to and we constantly told them, we don’t count calories, ever. You read that right. We don’t count calories at all. Now I’m sure that one has you scratching your head and wondering, right? Why, if we’ve had weight loss surgery (WLS) and we’re at goal are we not ever going to count calories and how did we get to goal without counting them? Why would we not count them? I mean everything “diet” screams about how we must count them now doesn’t it? But remember, we’re NEVER dieting again!
When we had our surgery, our amazing surgeon really made this one hit home with us a long time ago and I’ll share that with you as well. It was so simple that it clicked with us right away and he was so right and we’ve followed his philosophy every single day with great success. Even more than that, we’ve heard this same shared philosophy from many other surgeons along the way too. So what is it? We’ll share that with you.