The forks and spoons are from Amazon. The teacup was from an antique shop (I collect antique tea ware) and the little bread plate was part of a wedding gift.
I bought these from Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07JGW2JKF/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1
They literally taste like candy and I always want to eat more than 2 a day.
Yes I had this happen too. I think it started happening after I was focusing on getting so much protein in. This helps me keep it bay. I would walk up with massive toes and the top of my foot would hurt so bad I couldn’t walk.
I had the same issue. I started to use Isopure Infusions, Refreshingly... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07F4K1XF3?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share in my water and that has helped. I was also drinking brodo bone broth which has 27grams per 22oz. Tomorrow I’m going to try my protein shake mix from my surgeon again with water to see if i can tolerate it now. Pre-op Premier Protein was my best friend. Post surgery is a no go. I tested again last week and still could t get through it. I’m three weeks post-op.
I like these chews, they each have 500mg of Calcium Citrate. The fruit ones remind me of laffy taffy while the Carmel ones taste like…well, carmel.
The only supplement I take that is on your list is Iron. My doctor recommended these
I take one per day in the morning. They taste pretty good, kind of like a knock-off Starburst, with the same consistency of a Starburst.
I hate to break this to you but as I read your post my thoughts instantly turned to suppositories. I did not know they even existed until I had my first baby (caesarian section) and they gave me a pain killer using that method. TMI- sorry.
So you could try this for your stool issue. You could ask a nurse/doctor for a pain relief suppository - sometimes they come with an applicator or you can get those separately. No worse than a tampon, right? :)
Try Fairlife Nutrition Plan protein shakes, and if you need fiber/ something to chew on, Wasa crackers.
A lot of the "protein" or "meal replacement" shakes dont have enough fiber or protein to keep you satisfied. My wife and I love these products and they've worked well for us post op.
Since my surgery, I'm living on Gatorade Zero, Protein2O water, diet snapple (noni juice, not tea) and Ocean Spray diet cranberry juice mixes (5 cal per 8 oz, I prefer cran-grape and cran-pineapple but there's like 7 different blends). Oh, and Hint water is amazing.
I also hate Crystal Light, but there are other water "enhancers" that are much better. The liquids generally have a better taste than the powders. I happen to love the little Crush strawberry squirt bottles. And I see they just came out with the pineapple, too! Used to be only the powdered ones. I just ordered some, I can't wait, I love pineapple Crush! https://www.amazon.com/Crush-Parent-Pineapple/dp/B081B5BYSZ/
I ordered this one and while I just started soft foods, I’ve made a few so far and am really pleased with the flavour and ease of recipe. I hope you find something that works for you!
Definitely recommend reading and doing this book. It really helped me address my issues of why I overate and my addiction to sugar. Therapy is always a good start too. Surgery has helped a lot and now that I understand why I did those things, I want to make sure I do the right things to keep the weight off.
The Food Addiction Recovery Workbook: How to Manage Cravings, Reduce Stress, and Stop Hating Your Body https://www.amazon.com/dp/1626252092/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_EADCMPQ8YRFCBC8T7212
Have you tried protein water? Protein 20 has a great tropical coconut flavor that tastes like Bai5. You can get it on Amazon similar to Gatorade and doesn't taste like a protein shake. I get the ones with electrolytes but not caffeine since I'm not allowed caffeine yet. The few flavors I've had have been delicious.
You can also buy protein soup from unjury I personally haven't had this but a family member lived on it for 3 months.
This is a temporary feeling and mostly head hunger. After day 3 when my nausea subsided I was miserable and hungry. I did clear liquids for 4 days then protein liquids for 3 weeks (I finish that this week and start pureed foods). The first week I really felt like I couldn't do this at all, I was starving. But once I started drinking more fluids and having protein water to replace one of my two shakes, I felt better. I also feel really weak if I'm not getting in my protein.
That being said, I still have days where I feel like I'm starving. It's part of the process and I'm considering a therapist to help with my food addiction issues. If I were to actually eat everything I wanted, there would be tons of restriction. The pouch isn't really meant to restrict liquids. The mental battle has been much harder for me than any physical aspect.
I promise you this is the absolute hardest part of this process. I got this broth that tastes exactly like chicken ramen noodles and it gave me like comfort food and made me feel so much better. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09PQTJMF4?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share
It’s nearly identical to this one. Marena Recovery Knee-Length Post Surgical Compression Girdle with High-Back - Stage 1 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B078SW373B/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_FDDB2ZWC295N9YCVAF9Y?psc=1
Lose it app for tracking food, water, steps (via apple health from phone), exercise, weight….
A large weekly pill organizer for making sure I stay on top of all of my vitamins and meds.
A new digital body weight scale and measuring tape.
Food scale and small 4oz-6oz containers for meal prep.
Tiny plates and small spoon/fork (Asian markets usually have great options).
The Tea Spot 32 oz water/tea tumbler. It has a loose leaf infuser right in it and holds the most water, so having one of these a day with the loose leaf tea I’m craving (different serenity or calming blends) and I’m already at half of my water intake.
The Tea Spot Limited Edition charity: water Tea Tumbler Set with Peach on Earth Oolong Tea - Tea Infuser Travel Bottle for Loose Leaf Tea - 32oz, 10 Servings - Sleek Double-Walled Insulated Bottle https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B09RFYGFGC/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_PQPKADTDY2YC0EB9M7KZ?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
The Food Addiction Recovery Workbook: How to Manage Cravings, Reduce Stress, and Stop Hating Your Body https://www.amazon.com/dp/1626252092/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_A9T4ZXRJJVE0XRV6KXGN?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
Love me some cold brew. Plus I make it at home in a designated jug like this and have cold brew on tap for like $8 a gallon.
Sip sip sip your fluids! Maybe even make some otter pops with pedialyte or nuun or liquid IV with these. They hold 3-4oz and are great if you tend to forget to sip all the time.
Those bags are also great for making some protein/fruit smoothies for after surgery. just let them thaw a little and squish them to make a perfectly portioned smoothie pop.
Get a family member to make a half recipe of your favorite lean chili and blend it with some bone broth for the purée stage. Freeze it into ice cubes.
I got the Premier Protein variety pack and had a lot of fun trying all the different flavors Amazon Link also it’s kind of a consensus that the Fairlife Protein (30 grams) Chocolate is really good. It’s not overly sweet and tastes like chocolate milk.
When I would dry heave from the chalky version of this, I told the nutritionist no. Absolutely not and have taken this since surgery and been great! Once Daily Bariatric Multivitamin... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06WWM7PRD?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share highly reccomend capsules if you can’t do chewable like me. Omg legit tried to make a drink out of it and 🤢🤢🤢 capsules are 100% the way to go!
Sorry, should’ve included brand! They’re Bariatric Fusion. They go down really easily, I actually look forward to taking them. There are few different flavors, but I get the watermelon ones: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08HG44W98/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_49VSPK1FSGYNW9C5JD50?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
I basically tell my inner saboteur to fuck off, it won't have its way. I had all kinds of therapy and such for BED. It never really helped. This free Kindle book helped me realize that I am so much more powerful than the primitive part of my brain I used to allow to tell me to binge or eat crap.
Thank you!! I’m sure you know this but in case you don’t, sometimes our brains get confused between thirst and hunger. So, if you’re a little dehydrated your brain might send you that message but it feels a lot like hunger. Try increasing water a little (I highly recommend some flavor packets, I’m currently waiting on skittles flavored water packets). Anyway, hope this helps a little and here’s the link to the skittles water flavor packets https://www.amazon.com/dp/B094BK4VMS/ref=cm_sw_r_sms_api_i_7KS75MCMMEHMFK1GEAKW
The Food Addiction Recovery Workbook: How to Manage Cravings, Reduce Stress, and Stop Hating Your Body https://www.amazon.com/dp/1626252092/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_8Y902ZBEA4GS8X677MPP
Ultimate Gastric Sleeve Success: A Practical Patient Guide To Help Maximize Your Weight Loss Results https://www.amazon.com/dp/0615830447/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_E39JMRPEY6YD70B8MBCV
Vitamins made specifically for hair will help some but the most benefit is to continually take them. I’ve had good luck with this (Zhou Hairfluence | Premium Hair Growth Formula for Longer, Stronger, Healthier Hair | Biotin, Collagen, Keratin, B Vitamins, Bamboo Extract | for All Hair Types | 60 VegCaps https://www.amazon.com/dp/B015QFMNZI/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_MRRC4ZQ53Z3HZPZVRC1M) Nothing is going to magically start helping, consistency is key!
I started taking these (Zhou Hairfluence | Premium Hair Growth Formula for Longer, Stronger, Healthier Hair | Biotin, Collagen, Keratin, B Vitamins, Bamboo Extract | for All Hair Types | 60 VegCaps https://www.amazon.com/dp/B015QFMNZI/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_MKGMNZNB0TEQ75SEDER6) several years ago and continue to take them post op. They have serious helped with the shedding. I am just now seeing some shedding, VSG on 1/5/22. I take two of these a day plus my multivitamin. I wasn’t having any problems until my family doctor told me to cut back on the B vitamins bc of blood work results. So I was cutting back for one week until I met with my surgeon for my 3 month post op and he said to keep taking everything. I have heard it can last up to 6 months but we are all different as well. Best of luck!
I really really like this idea! Also I picked up this water jug that holds 64 oz so that I fill it in the morning and make sure I finish it by the evening
aquafit 64 oz water jug
I'm a singleton too, almost 4 years post surgery.
I got some containers (similar to this) and whenever I make soup, I freeze it in these little molds. When they are frozen, I pop them out and put them in a ziplock bag and keep them in the freezer. It's easy to pull one out of the freezer and warm it up in the microwave, and it's already a perfect portion.
I also use little loaf pans (similar to this) whenever I made a casserole or anything that you would bake in the oven. I freeze it in these portions, and when I want it, I can just throw it in the oven and have it once and have left overs.
It can get expensive to buy meats in smaller packages, so I usually buy the larger pack and divide them up into freezer bags and freeze. Easy to pull out just one chicken breast or 1/2 lbs of ground meat for a meal without feeling like I'm waiting. (I usually try to freeze in a zip lock bag and lay the bag as flat as possible, to reduce thawing time.).
Looking forward to hearing everyone else's tips and tricks!
Everything this person said to the T, and… in addition to the comfy large robe (which can also be used as an additional blanket because hospitals are cold and their blankets suck) I wore a long cotton nightgown. I came to the hospital wearing it, went home wearing it, and have been wearing them (got 2 now) my entire week of recovery. See link for the ones I ordered but any comfy ones or your liking will do the trick!
IZZY TOBY Nightgowns for Women Soft 100% Cotton Lightweight Short Sleeves Ladies Long Nightdress https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B095SM54TL/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_K9WR0S8DPM0MHBWBW2FE?psc=1
whey diet protein powder is the best one i found in the UK amazon
I love these. Tastes good and has what you need + no pile of empty plastic bottles to deal with. (GATORADE Zero Packers. Gatorade G Zero Powder, Fruit Punch Variety Pack, 0.10oz Individual Packets (50 Pack) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08VG1FLK1/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_W0M84B21S7Z7QCZBCBZ9?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
Bypass was my first option. I figured it would force me to do more than a sleeve would.
Don't stress about stretching out your sleeve. A few meals isn't going to do that; stretching only really occurs if you're constantly eating more than you need to. I've been keeping my eating in check by making sure anything I eat fits into these containers: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01MSBN1HX/ref=asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1 I've found that, for me, 3.5oz is enough to satiate my stomach and mind and seeing an empty calorie helps my brain think I've eaten more than I did.
BTw this are the ones
Bariatric Fusion Tropical Fruit Bariatric Multivitamin Soft Chews for Post Bariatric Surgery Patients Including Gastric Bypass and Sleeve Gastrectomy, 60 Count, 1 Month Supply https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07JGTMK2L/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_i_BXQYT2CNE0G8W0PN5H20?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
I've noticed that "unflavored" isn't actually unflavored... it's just protein powder with no added flavor and it's gross either way lol. The best I've come across in terms of flavor is this: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00E7IODXQ/ref=ppx\_yo\_dt\_b\_asin\_title\_o02\_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
I'm starting week 3 post-op now and I'm in the puree stage.
Any sugar free electrolyte drink. When I get worried about fluid intake I mix half a bottle with half water to give me a step up. Tea bags. Tea makes it easier for me to drink water (if your stomach isnt a huge fan of water after the op. Mine isn't feeling cold water)
Protein drinks if you hate powder. Hear there is protein water as well but I haven't tried it.
Yogurt. Baby food jars and pouches. Frozen steamable broccoli and cauliflower (for when youre allowed).
Chicken/Beef stock and broth. Crystal light packets. A lunchbox!
On amazon I found a travel container that has 3 sections you can keep hot and cold and protein powder in:
Just going to leave this here to help out anybody who tripped over themselves getting over to Amazon to try this out....
PeaTos Party Mix Crunchy Curls & Rings, Pea Protein Puffs, Snack Packs (4g Protein, 3g Fiber) [Variety] 1 Ounce Bags, 15 Count | Bold Flavor, Gluten Free https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B07ZZRJ98K/ref=cm_sw_r_apan_glt_i_9RBS8VKGHDW9674N4S86?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
Hawaiian Ice maker with sugar free syrups….it is a fun way to get the liquids in the body.
Cutting calories, the surgery, all are stress on your body which causes you to retain water. Stay calm and keep tracking and walking as needed.
Here is a link to some good information on what stress does to your body and how it can affect weight loss. I don't think people give enough attention to stress during weight loss.
THANK YOU! the suit runs based upon the size chart!
Yonique Womens Plus Size Bikini High Waisted Swimsuits Two Piece Bathing Suits Tummy Control Swimwear https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08W1TKX58/ref=cm_sw_r_awdo_navT_a_MW56SXKP9B080E3YXK6J
Thank you!!! Runs based upon the size chart!! Yonique Womens Plus Size Bikini High Waisted Swimsuits Two Piece Bathing Suits Tummy Control Swimwear https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08W1TKX58/ref=cm_sw_r_awdo_navT_a_MW56SXKP9B080E3YXK6J
I'm six months out and still struggling with an exercise habit. I'm very active at work but by the time I get home I'm worn out. I'm also 63 and wonder if age is playing a part. Anyway, exercise has been a hard habit for me to develop. When I walk it's usually 2 miles. Some weeks I go five days, some weeks I don't go at all.
I found a book I'm going to listen to on the drive to work Atomic Habits by James Clear. It has good reviews, so I'm hoping it will offer some advice I can build on. It might be interesting for you, too.
I used these Benefiber chewables and they worked really great for me. For the first month or so I was also using Miralax daily.
I use this one. Kind of silly of them not to allow gummies. I've got a multivitamin and my vitamin D in gummy form, then this calcium in chewables. It makes me look forward to downing six different things in a day instead of dreading taking so many pills.
This blender is what I use. I bought it second hand and bought two more blades when I moved because I thought I lost mine. Again it was second hand but mine came with like 10 bottles - 5 blue and 5 pink. I may sell those and get green ones though now that I know!
Same… but I tent to reach for the 4oz size more….. it’s perfect for tuna or chicken salad or a small portion of leftovers for lunch.
The ones I use the most though are 8 ounce…. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07H75T5YL/
So sorry you are having issues, I hope this gets better as you continue to heal.
Have you tried these? BariMelts Multivitamin with Iron, Dissolvable Bariatric Vitamins for WLS Patients Including Gastric Bypass and Sleeve Gastrectomy, Natural Fruit Flavor - 60 Fast Melting Tablets https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08NFTHBPX/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_MD8C8CY1BV2WE043CHG5
Isopure is a good one! I’ve been using it on my liquid diet. I add it to a lot of things like broth. Texture isn’t 100% but it helps Isopure Zero Carb Unflavored 25g
Connie Stapleton, PHD has a series of podcasts on her Bariaftercare program. Several of them address your concern, and much much more that can help you both adjust to her new norm. https://www.buzzsprout.com/1605223
Thank you! I use the Renpho app that is for their smart scale that I got off Amazon.
I usually prep some for Monday to Wed, and freeze other stuff.
I bought 4 oz glass babyfood containers from Amazon, so I make batches of chili or lentils and freeze some. Then I make up little baggies of 3 triscuits, baggies of nuts, baggies of fruit or veg, then turkey and cheese. I keep hardboiled eggs on hand for snacks or breakfast.
The trick for me is having it ready the night before because I leave for work super early and just want to grab and go. I have a cloth lunch bag that I set out the night before with my daily vitamin box and a shake. Then in the morning I just grab whatever I was planning.
If I have a bad morning or forget my bag, I stop at Starbucks and get egg white egg bites for breakfast (I can usually eat 1 1/2) and the grilled chicken hummus box to nosh on throughout the day (I immediately throw out the pitas and replace them with triscuits bc they are whole grain).
Superior Glass Food Storage Containers - Set of 6-4 Oz Containers with Airtight BPA-Free Locking Lids - Food containers - Microwave & Dishwasher Safe - Small Containers for Snacks Dips etc https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0854P3XS1/ref=cm_sw_r_apan_glt_fabc_FSM31R3NEHZCS5VWFJ5X?psc=1
AUVON Monthly Pill Organizer with Free Smartphone Reminder App, 30 Day One Month Pill Box Case with 32 Removable Twice a Day AM PM Compartments to Hold Fish Oil, Vitamins, Supplements and Medications https://www.amazon.com/dp/B088D74TQF/ref=cm_sw_r_apan_glt_fabc_8GHHBY532TMNWRSTS5F2
Thank you! Oh for tracking I just use a Renpho Smart scale I got off Amazon and this is just the app that comes with it. I was so excited I out a bunch of stickers on it haha. I’m sure there’s others out there like this but I really like this one because it gives me all that extra data and let’s me track my measurements and see my trends but it’s cheaper than the fancy ones lol. They also have a smart tape measure that works with it. I think they actually sell them as a set too for cheaper than buying them individually?
I take this one, but I was looking for something that was vegetarian and relatively low in iron.
Before that, I tried Celebrate One. It has more iron, but isn't vegetarian. I found lots of vegetarian options on Amazon that had more iron, if vegetarian matters to you, but I didn't try them.
I bought this cookbook and it helped a lot. It designates which stage each recipe fits (liquids, soft, puréed, etc).
The Gastric Sleeve Bariatric Cookbook: Easy Meal Plans and Recipes to Eat Well & Keep the Weight Off https://www.amazon.com/dp/1939754704/ref=cm_sw_r_awdo_navT_a_M55X2W643H98GTPA41EG
I also subscribed to Bariatric Food Coach for a few months. TONS of recipes from a Bariatric dietician and she will personally respond to your emails if you subscribe. It was great.
Pero is a good, natural coffee alternative. The flavor is rich and similar to coffee, but without the caffeine or acid that comes with coffee. Walmart carries it, as well.
My hair stylist said Surface Awaken is great for hair loss or hair thinning. She cautioned that it is harsh on color, though (for example, it will make hair dyed blonde appear a little brassy).
If you're going to go that long without smoking anyway, why don't you just go ahead and quit?
If you can get a hold of a Nintendo DS, this software is supposed to be the best..
DS's are at their lowest point in value, too new to be collectible, too old to still be in demand. Finding one at a yard sale or a smaller game store other than GameStop shouldn't let you one for probably around 10-15 bucks.
They're probably apps too, I've heard people rave about this particular game to help them stop smoking.
I have this treadmill: https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B01M0L0D90/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1
I really like it. It's a great treadmill for the price. However, it doesn't fold flat against the floor like you wanted. It folds up, and the frame at the bottom remains on the floor and sticks out a couple of feet, so the footprint is not as small as you might want. Folding it is easy, but it's also heavy and not super easy to move around; you kind of have to push it like a wheelbarrow which is awkward if you're a smallish woman like me. But I was able to assemble it alone and I can move it alone when I need to.
I wore one for about two weeks after. I would not have been able to get my walking in without it. It helped so much. I got this one off Amazon. My hospital also sent me home with one, but it was tiny so I have to put two together which was annoying.
I got this one:
It helped with the post-surgical pain when it hurt to walk or jostle my belly at all. I didn't use it that much, though.
That's so exciting! I remember how excited I was when I got my date, I cried to the scheduling woman. I recently created a blog to help share my story with other newbies (my surgery was in November 2019) and to discuss some of the things that I found most challenging. Hopefully you find it helpful :)
Whatever you decide on, get an organizer! My favorite one is like this and I swear it's the only reason I'm religious with my vitamins. Makes it so easy. Rainbow organizer 30 Days
Thanks. I drank 3 ounces of pickle juice and took ibuprofen last night. Only 1 Charlie horse, not multiple. I am desperate so I finally broke down and ordered this today:
High Absorption Magnesium for Leg Cramps and Sore Muscles, Muscle Relaxer with Vitamin B6, D and E, 380mg Magnesium Oxide Monohydrate, 60 Servings https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00OHRT7GA/ref=cm_sw_r_apan_glt_fabc_5P7FWHGKNB1DKSPYHERH
for anyone asking where i got my pants from, i purchased them from amazon and they come in multiple colors! link is down below ⬇️
WDIRARA Women's Stretchy Plaid... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08RRLTJB8?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share
It looks like the app FITINDEX which connects to a scale and a body tape measure. I love them. If it’s not that app it looks really similar
You can do this!!
Bariatric Surgery Bowls + 8 inch Plates - Melamine Twin Set Protects Stomach Pouch Size for Calorie Controlled Weight Loss, by Portion Perfection for Post Sleeve Gastrectomy, Gastric Bypass & Banding https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07HC4HX1L/ref=cm_sw_r_apan_glt_fabc_E5FAB5C4Z190RTC20831
This might sound kooky, but I wonder if a pregnancy pillow might be helpful for you in sleeping on your side? My kid is 2 years old and I still use mine because of how well it helps me with my sciatica when it flares up. I plan on using it for sure after my surgery next month to give me extra support while sleeping on my side! I have this one.
Swanson Sipping Bone Broth, Chicken Bone Broth with Lemon & Rosemary, 10.75 Ounce Sipping Cup (8 count) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07RZTV7DY/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_09ESP8K4WRHVYZT4G0VP
These are the best.
I bought these (obviously boob-specific, but you could cut them or they probably make other shapes). They lasted about a month each--you can kinda wash them off and re-stick them.
Yea i bought this medical journal one on amazon. But i didnt do a good job of keeping up. Put you can put everything from lab tests to medical expenses plus keep your weight and everything else.
A heating pad for around your neck/upper back/chest to relieve gas pain.
Sunbeam Heating Pad for Neck & Shoulder Pain Relief | Standard Size Renue, 4 Heat Settings with Auto-Off | Grey, 22-Inch x 19-Inch https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0753PSVY7/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_CXN73NAS80SGNH1JBCQK
I also got a pillow that helped me rest and sleep elevated so I could get out of bed easier without using my abdominal muscles.
Bed Wedge Pillow - Adjustable 9&12 Inch Folding Memory Foam Incline Cushion System for Legs and Back Support Pillow - Acid Reflux, Anti Snoring, Heartburn, Reading – Machine Washable https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07PLMGC9C/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_PAZGQ9HYA6GJF1QG5MMD
If I had to choose between the two it would DEFINITELY be the heating pad!!
If you're into coffee buy some Chike high protein coffee
I mix 300 ml of Fairlife 2% milk with two scoops of the Chike vanilla, add 6-8 ice cubes and blend in our Nutribullet. It ends up being 270 calories, and 33 grams of protein.
I will either do that or a Strawberry Banana Core Power. (YUM!)
Pure Enrichment® PureRelief™ XL (12"x24") Electric Heating Pad for Back Pain and Cramps - 6 InstaHeat™ Settings, Machine-Washable, Ultra-Soft Microplush, Auto Shut-Off, and Moist Heat (Charcoal Gray) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01KVYTV86/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_H75QQKQ4H4P1CS0MGAX8 this is the best heating pad in the whole world
I bought these from Amazon and they're practically candy - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07JGW2JKF/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Along with that, I get some cold pressed juices that contain a lot of vitamins.
I bought these from Amazon and holy fuck they are delicious. It's practically candy and I'm always tempted to eat more - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07JGW2JKF/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o09_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
I have been using Natural Calm for years and it still looks like Magnesium Citrate.
Natural Vitality Natural Calm Magnesium Anti Stress, Organic, Raspberry Lemon, 4oz https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B075SNDF5G/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_NCN3AKJ579KT09YBCS09
I prefer that my water not be icy cold all the time, so I went with an inexpensive bottle from Pogo that I got at Target (they have them on Amazon as well). It's less than $10 for the 32 oz size, but the base is too big for my car's cup holder. Good for carrying around with me, though, since it has a nice rubber carrying loop!
Pogo BPA-Free Plastic Water Bottle with Chug Lid https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00WH1RTYU/ref=cm_sw_r_apan_glt_fabc_NB7HCVEDZB8WWH7AXBZS?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
I had a hard time finding them, but Kroger carries them if you have them locally and I found I could order from Amazon too. Where they come unfrozen and then I freeze them myself
Sqwincher - 159200209 Sqweeze Zero Sugar Freezer Pops, 5 Assorted Flavors, 3 oz Packet (5 Bags of 10 pops) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B089RBK4Q4/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_7QJZA4904142SN2NQG2S
I used to hang on a bunch of the Disney boards, and actually worked for a Disney owned company. The Brita type bottle something like below was great - one for each person. Saved so much $$ on drinks
I’m 11 weeks post op, down 65 pounds (including 23 prior to surgery). I JUST ordered some pants on Amazon because I have to hold my pants up when I walk if I don’t wear a belt. But I found the cheapest ones I could find. (I have the struggle of needing a 34” inseam so it’s too hard to find any at thrift stores). I’m tempted to send one of them back because they’re a bit loose fitting which means they’ll be too big in a few weeks.
I do have these buckle-less belts which have helped extend the wearability of my old pants. Think like kids clothes with the adjustable elastic in the back so they can grow with them and last longer. I LOVE them.
No Buckle Stretch Belt for Women Men Buckle-Free Adjustable Belt for Jeans https://www.amazon.com/dp/B088W7PKKJ/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_E6Q4FFZKP0AHB7E0ANG8?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
Also, if you are on Facebook there’s a group for wls patients to exchange clothes. The receiver only pays shipping! This one is a group for women, I don’t know if that works for you.. but I’m sure you could find one for men if you’d prefer that. 😀
We really like the Genepro we found on Amazon. It is clear and flavorless so you can add it to anything. Says it absorbs like 30g of protein.
GENEPRO Protein: 45 Servings, Premium Protein for Absorption, Muscle Growth and Mix-Ability. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N8VAJWP/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_A2S1XJ3FNQMSC60VRM69?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
the one i take is awesome.
ProCare Health Bariatric Vitamins
it's everything in one (except calcium citrate - that has to be separate for 2 reasons - 1) can't take it with iron 2) the amount they want you to take can't be absorbed all at once
here's what I take: 1 big pill. i've done the direct comparisons, this thing has a ton of what you need.
the only area it's not as high as other bariatric supplements is on Vitamin D. it only has 375% of daily need, while others have 750%. but it has far more of other things including double the B12 of most, and you can get it with 45mg of iron.
I’m 44, mom of 2, 5’3 HW 229, 8 days from surgery and on day one of pre surgery diet! The diet is no problem because I’m in the right place MENTALLY, and I think that’s really key! You have to be emotionally and mentally HERE for it to work!
Following this sub has been INCREDIBLY MOTIVATING!!! This is the most wonderful, supportive group of people. The before & afters are incredible! Stop thinking “what if” and start saying “why not”!!!
Book recommendation: Ultimate Gastric Sleeve Success: A Practical Patient Guide To Help Maximize Your Weight Loss Results https://www.amazon.com/dp/0615830447/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_21RF0238BJJBFH1ETQ49
This is the pill organizer I have: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01CPQHARW/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_fabc_95NZXJW8SECKMKWCB149?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
I like that I can take a single day of pills with me so that if I'm out of the house, I can still take my meds on time. As for remembering when to do things, I use a reminder app called TickTick. I also have a 24oz water bottle on me at all times.
If shakes sound okay to you, what about a thickened version like a pudding? You could add some protein powder to pudding or buy some protein product like Healthwise Chocolate Pudding https://www.amazon.com/dp/B006SQDXJU/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glc_fabc_7Uy9Fb9SGZR6Z. I have also seen some recipes for jello mousse that don’t look terrible.
I cleared these with my dietitian and really like the fact that they don’t have that strong vitamin smell. I was taking those same calcium chews you linked, and my dietitian said that if I eat a couple servings of cheese or something per day, that’d be enough calcium to eliminate the chews.
protein water mixes like this isopure powder work well for me. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07F4K1XF3/ref=nav_timeline_asin?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
and the same kind of protein water mix in from myprotein (if thats available locally where u live)
No, no working out really. Just being mindful of what I eat. I have a feeling that to lose these last 22 lbs I’m gonna have to buckle down and work out because I’ve been at 212 for weeks now.
And I bought this lotion and it’s made a huge difference. It’s also helped with my stretch marks: Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Stretch Marks Body Lotion, Pregnancy Skin Care, 8.5 Ounces https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0010ED5FC/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glc_fabc_czU3FbAP486J4?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
Yes! You can get them on Amazon.
I really like Drink Wholesome. The make protein powder with real foods – stuff you can pronounce – and their vanilla flavor is awesome, they have a unflavored one too. I like the vanilla the best. It's very subtle.
I ate mostly hummus and beans during this stage. I ordered these, which were the perfect size. Veggicopia Creamy Dip & Hummus Variety Pack | All Natural, Gluten free, Dairy free, Vegan, High Protein Snack. Pantry Storage, Shelf Stable, Emergency Supply. 2.5 oz dip cups (Pack of 12). https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07SVH2FHZ/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_fabc_98tSFbEE2506W?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
I have Keto Electrolyte Powder - Zero... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07XQ61Y2Y and it’s really tasty.
If you want your drinks to have a little more sour, you can add some citric acid/sour salt to them! I put it on my jello and it’s like a crazy intense sour patch kid lol you should be able to get it in the baking section of your grocery store or online.
Came across this on Amazon, thought it was funny.
>Great! I researched that people often feel colder after the surgery. Thoughts on thiswearable blanket? I like that it's open in the back so she doesn't have to lift over her head.
Thank you! something like this?
Well, we love her but also especially during these crazy times when we likely can't be there in person as much. Thanks again
I take bariatric fusion (amazon $27). 2 in the morning and 2 before bed. I chew them and the cherry taste good to me. Nothing else is needed. Had my bloodwork done the other day and all vitamin levels are good. This way I don't have to think about it and $27/month is doable for me.
It depends on how far out from surgery you are, but my favorite multivitamin is the Bariatric Fusion Multivitamin Capsules. I don't take anything with Iron since my Iron levels are pretty good.
Amazon sells this multivitamin in a one month or three month supply: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B072PRFWKW/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o06_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Ultimately, it's best to work with your surgeon and their team to see what the recommend, especially if they have a nutritionist on site.
I'm on the bariatric choice one a days. I hate hate HATE the vitamin-y taste of vitamins and chewables were just as bad. These one a days have been the only thing I've been able to stay on track with. They're also less than half the cost of baritric fusion. I'm 16 weeks post-op and don't get nutrition labs until January so I can't necessarily comment on the effectiveness but all the reviews on Amazon are really good.
Everything's volume is very different from it's weight, I think it's more important to eat by how much space something takes up (since we have tiny stomach's) than by what it weighs.
I get those on Amazon, they are cheap and I can chuck them when I'm not at home Instead of carrying around dirty Tupperware containers when I'm out.
So I'll make like a can of chicken salad or some egg salad, Portions of mozzarella balls as a snack. I know I will be satisfied with the amount and I'm not over eating. Sometimes I'll weight them for calorie tracking but even if the container is full each food weighs different.
I think the only advantage to premade shakes is convenience. Most of them are full of a ton of unnecessary garbage. I pretty much just had genepro in fairlife milk. Sometimes i would add a small amount of frozen fruit to mix things up.
Pro-tip buy a battery powered milk frother. I'll leave a link to one of Amazon but I think Ikea sells one for like $3. It mixes protein powder into stuff really well and super quickly and is pretty compact.
Bonsenkitchen Electric Milk Frother, Automatic Foam Maker for Coffee, Lattes, Cappuccino, Hot Chocolate, Perfect Gift for Coffee Lovers (Sliver) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B076F3C4XP/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_2MjrDb9ARXTQV