I am 3 weeks post op and supposed to be on a soft food / pureed diet. I have not been sticking to this at all as far as puree'ing everything in the blender. I just hate it. I have been just chewing things up more then usual before I swallow. I don't know what it is but I just cant seem to be proactive with this soft food stage. I have not had any protein shakes either in over a week now as I got so sick of them during the pre op diet and the 2 weeks post op I had to be on them. I've been eatting protein bars, some diet jello, some sugar free pudding, some mash and gravy, some scrambled eggs with cheese, yogurt, won ton soup, etc.
They scheduled me to go to a class with the Nutritionist when I was only 1 1/2 weeks post op called a "Transition" class. This really irritated me because here I was still on the liquid diet post op, not even at the pureed stage yet, and I had to sit there listening to them talk about all this food that I can eat 4 weeks post op. It seemed cruel that they would have me go to this when I was so far away from being able to eat the food that they were talking about.
It really tested my will power and was also somewhat confusing. I've been trying to figure out what I can eat and what I cant. I remember hearing how chili is something good to eat since it has a lot of protein in it and is moist so it goes down well. They also mentioned hot dogs and baked beans were good. I ended up trying some chili and my God did that mess me up. I had not had any issues at all with acid, heartburn or anything up till then but that chili really did something to me. It was obviously too spicey for me to be eatting just yet. For 3 days I suffered eatting Tums after Tums trying to get relief. I finally went to the store and got some Prilosec which seems to have really helped a lot. I'm definitely better but still not like I was before.
I have yet to have vomited either but I almost did for the first time tonight after eatting some "Home Stretch Soup" that is one of my recipes for the soft food / pureed diet. I have eatten it several times recently without any trouble and no I am not pureeing it like I'm supposed to be. Tonight though I only had about 3 bites of it and I had to run to the bathroom feeling like I was going to vomit. After 5 minutes of copious amounts of saliva coming out of my mouth the feeling passed and I never did throw up but it was very close.
I am really hating this stage of the diet and cant seem to enjoy any food that I have tried other then some Mash Potatoes and Brown Gravy. I dont want to be eatting that all the time though. I cant wait till I can get past this and just have real food again.
What are you guys eatting that are 3 weeks post op? Are you putting everything in the blender or cheating like me?