- HEALTH TRACKER
This is just what worked for me. I am not suggesting to anyone that they follow this same regimen. I am a very structured, time-conscious person, and need a very set meal schedule, and I'm totally a "number person". While this worked for me, I realize it will not work for everyone, so please no arguing or saying that your surgeon said to do something different. This is what was prescribed to me after struggling for several weeks, and much trial and error. As always, do what is best for you, per your program, per your surgeon, per your nutritional and post-op needs.
It's tough in the beginning so don't beat yourself up right now. The most vital part of recovery is staying hydrated.Protein is necessary, but fluids are more important. For me, I drank 2ounces of clear fluids every 15 minutes that gave me 8oz per hour. Over an 8 hour time period, I hit the 64oz mark easily. With "eating" meals, 4 meals per day, each meal is to last no more than 30 minutes and wait 30 minutes before consuming liquids after eating. So, for this to work, you need to allot 12 hours per day for eating and drinking. Wake up, start drinking, at meal time, eat your meal (20-30 minutes) wait 30 minutes, there is 1 hour. Start drinking in hourly increments. At your next meal time, you will take the same hour break from drinking. I hope that all makes sense. This was my best regimen and tried several for the first few weeks and just found it overwhelming. I took my vitamins with meals because they were chewable. When I went on pill form for my calcium, I took them right before I started eating to make sure I had something immediately in my stomach. Most of us are up at a bare minimum of 16 hours a day with an 8 hour sleep time. Other have less time which gives them more time to drink more fluids. If you can consume ounces every 15 minutes, do it. You aren't going to stretch anything out, or hurt yourself with fluids at this point. The more fluids you get in, the better you will feel, let the protein be a priority as well even if 1-2 of meals have to consist of a protein drink/shake. Thin it out so it's easier to consume if thick liquids bother you. If you can stomach them mixed with water and ice, those count as clear fluid consumption. Just don't panic and stress out over the numbers right now. You're gonna do great. Take naps if necessary, even a 30 minute power nap will help you recover. I never had to follow the rule of "no drinking 30 minutes before a meal" since we have a normal stomach functioning stomach and not a pouch like band/bypass patients. But, some docs keep this same rule for all patients. Luckily, I didn't ever have to follow that one. If you do have to follow that rule, adjust the schedule of eating/drinking to accommodate for those additional 30 minutes.
160 lbs lost. Surgeons Goal Reached in 33 weeks. My Goal in 37 Weeks.
VSG: 11/2/2011; LBL+Thigh Lift+BL: 10/3/2012; Brach+Mastopexy: Planned for 2013