Foods you can't eat after gastric bypass surgery
A lot of people seem to focus on what they cannot eat after bypass surgery and seem to forget that there is a plethora of things left in their diet to enjoy. The bad news is that sugar and fats produce adverse reactions, the worst of these is "dumping" syndrome. This results in uncontrolled, oily, and foul-smelling bowel movements. It is very uncomfortable. Almost as important as what you eat is how much you eat and how you eat it. Similar to lapband surgery, the procedure controls how much you eat at a sitting. You cannot bolt down food either. You are forced to eat slowly and to chew your food well.Foods to be avoided are fatty meats such as bacon and well-marbled beef, anything containing refined sugars such as candy, chocolates, ice cream, sherbet, cakes, cookies etc. However, that still leaves fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes, tofu, lean meat and fish. That's a lot of food and endless recipes.
You might as well become interested in reading the labels on food, processed food in particular. Many dry cereals have sugar as a main ingredient, even so-called "bran" cereals, Cheerios, oatmeal and many other breakfast cereals that are not considered "sugar-coated." Ordinary orange juice is laced with fructose and often, dextrose, so read the labels. It is a much better idea to simply eat an orange or squeeze your own juice. Try small amounts of juice because fructose, is a natural ingredient in OJ, even fresh-squeezed. Since fructose is a sugar, it is conceivable that a person with a bypass might react to it. Experiment before you indulge is a wise policy. Milk contains lactose, which is also a natural sugar that might create a reaction. If you like milk, you might try Lactaid. But caution is still a byword. Try small amounts, really small amounts of any food of which you are suspicious.
Okay, you can't eat filet mignon anymore or have bacon and eggs. If they were a favorite food, you might feel that you are being deprived of one of the joys of life. But remember what morbid obesity was depriving you of-sex, job opportunities, friends, the ability to sit in a booth at a restaurant, not to mention many years of life. Think about how wonderful life is without diabetes, sleep apnea, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis and incontinence. Think of a life without fear whenever you go out to buy clothing or have to use a public restroom. Think about little children not looking at you and pointing out the "fat person" to their parents or siblings. Think about simple pleasures such as the ability to walk comfortably, sit in a movie theater or show, or flying in an airplane without assistance. Think about removing all of those bottles of pills from your medicine cabinet for the rest of your life. When you think about all of this, and a lot of other things too numerous to mention here, your "sacrifice" seems almost laughable. Is a bowl of ice cream or a thick steak worth the suffering it will cause, irrespective of the bypass sydrome? Are they worth being laughed at and made fun of for the rest of your life? Are they worth shortening your life by about 20 years? Think of the happy times you would have spent with your children and close friends in that time.
And do not forget that, along with your operation, has come new responsibilities to take care of yourself. You have to take vitamins because your body can no longer process them through your digestive tract as you did prior to the operation. And you have to see your surgeon on a regular basis for the rest of your life to, not only monitor your progress, but your health as well.
I still do just very little and not everyday.... I disagree with some of this but thanks for sharing.
I am who I am and accept my feelings wholeheartedly.
Those that mind don't matter, and those that matter don't mind.
Cira 249/144.0 current/goal 154/ 5'3" 10 lbs below my Dr's goal
This was just a few of the no-no things I had just to kill cravings. I kept portions to the absolute minium, but it was enough to kill cravings I had driving me nuts. I don't know if I am an exception to the rule, but it seems if I keep the portions small,, I am ok.
I have no "intolerable" foods that I can't live without... I also know that even if I can eat it, and it is GOOD for me, I can't live on salad, I have to get my protein... As much as learning how MUCH I can eat, this process has been about learning what I SHOULD eat and how to get enough protein a day to keep me healthy.
The past six months has definately been a learning curve. Not only am I learning things every day about protein, vitamins, etc. but I have learned so much about myself...
Next thing up to learn for me is how much more comfortable a plane is after losing 125 pounds - and if I still need a seatbelt extender!
1. Protein first
2. Get all those vitamins, minerals and liquids in
3.Remember calories in have to be less than calories out to lose weight. If it goes the other way around, you'll gain
4. Listen to the pouch
I can eat a hershey's kiss, I can eat a sausage for breakfast, I can have a few bites of any kind of egg. If I go beyond that, I know I'll be sick. Anytime I have something new, I have to remember to take a little bit and wait to see how my belly responds. But, thank heavens, I have yet to find a food I can't tolerate at all.
P.S. Angie: mandarin oranges? Maybe it was the syrup?
I have had half a cupcake, watermelon, half a banana... I am not a big chocolate fan, so I haven't really tested that boundary - and most likely never will have the urge too...
I can eat sausage but I remove the skin and blot - my husband laughs at me, but he likes them for dinner with mashed potatoes and baked beans... so I eat a sausage and some beans... It works for me...
3. fruits - even canned kind
4. skinned vegetables like squash, zucchini, cucumbers and fresh tomatoes
5. drinking while eating anything, including cereal in milk.
but as meats go, I've had no problem other than being too tight in the first bite.
Thanks Jill for posting that blurb. As someone who has not yet had surgery and is seriously exploring her options and learning about life after WLS (and deciding whether or not I can committ to it), If ound this helpful. Not having had surgery yet, it's really hard NOT to focus on what I won't be able to have and how life will be different. I find myself thinking about it all the time. Plus the uncertainty of whether or not I will be able to tolerate anything 100% is scary too because it's trial an error. It sounds like it was was trial and error for all of you!
What I found important and inspiring about this post was that the overall message in the article was not to focus on the negative but the positive! So one of us can have steak and the other can't. Well, I bet you all feel like a million bucks after you've dropped some weight that was killing you! In that - you are all the same. And outsiders view of course, but nonetheless...
As a pre-opper, I am trying desperately to focus on the positive outcomes that having this surgery will have for me. It's hard to focus on the the future and on something that is not REAL for me right now. It's unfortunately easier for me to focus on how I can have certain things NOW but I won't later. It's going to take a lot of work, both mentally and physically, for me to strive for something I've never felt before, as I've never been thin and truly healthy.
Thanks for the inspitration (in article form). Also thanks to you all for posting your experiences! This site has been so helpful for in in my learning process!