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Can you eat cereal after gastric bypass?

on 6/19/08 9:02 am - danville, VA
Hello everyone.Hope all is weel. I have a question. I am getting sick of eating oatmeal every morning for breakfast. I can't really eat boiled eggs anymore.They don't go down to well. Is there anyone on the message boards who is eating cereal? And if so what kind? Pleae help need breaksfast options.
on 6/19/08 9:04 am
I scramble an egg w/some salsa and top it with Monteray Jack cheese!!!! I also eat cherios...i try to stay away from things like cap crunch, etc. But cereal makes me feel heavy  almost lethargic so i dont eat it much!
on 6/19/08 9:06 am - MA
Im 9mths out and any cereal doesnt agree with me! It truly depends!
I WILL remain POSITIVE and  by such thought---it SHALL be!
on 6/19/08 9:06 am - other, NY
I had my RNY last July and I remember eating nothing but oatmeal and cream of wheat for a very long time.  After several months I was able to start eating Special K again.  Just stay away from all that sugar cearal.  Good luck.  Tracy
on 6/19/08 9:08 am - CA
I am ready for cereal yet, but there are some people that do.  I have heard that Kashi High Protein s great and with the milk delivers more than 20gms of protein...
5-4" HW- 245/SW-226/CW-155/GW-135
on 6/19/08 9:08 am - Eagan, MN
RNY on 05/14/08 with
Kashi GoLean Crunch! It makes me go MMMM in the pouch region!
on 6/19/08 9:30 am - BRISTOL, CT
Hi there, Isn't this high in carbs though? I use the special K protein cereal and was looking for something similar for variety, but i'm pretty sure it's alot higher in the carbs area. Do you know for sure?? Any imput would be appreciated. Thanks, Stacie
on 6/21/08 2:35 pm - NJ

I eat Special K Protein plus with Skim Milk Plus which is approximately 20 grams of protein.  With a protein serving this high the carbs are worth it - in my opinion.

on 6/19/08 9:11 am - Swiftwater, PA
RNY on 03/17/08 with
All Bran with Sugar Free, Fat Free Yogurt.... Kashi Go Lean with Sugar Free, Fat Free Yogurt.... I started these cereals after my 30 day followup with my doctor.....
on 6/19/08 9:15 am - Chelsea, MA
RNY on 02/04/08 with
Hi, I'm a little over 5 months out. I eat cereal everyday. I either have the new special K protein cereal (10 grams protein), with 2% smart milk and 1/2 banana. Or the newest Kashi cereal that has 13 grams of protein per serving. Milk, 1/2 banana. I have been eating that for over a month every morning. On the weekends I make a two egg omelette with cheese. Sometimes some salsa on it. I can't drink regular milk, it's too heavy so is 2 %.  Hope that helped.  Good Luck, Diane

on 6/19/08 9:16 am - Jackson, MS
I've eaten Cheerios since I got beyond the soft food stage.  They have always sat well with me.  I'm far enough out now that I can eat just about any kind of cereal if I'm so inclined, but the Cheerios get soft enough in milk that they go down easy, and even if you don't have them in milk they dissolve nicely in your mouth.  I remember a decade or two back that somebody did a study of the nutritional value of cereals, and found that plain old Cheerios (they didn't have the fancy kind when this study was performed) did a better job of nourishing that any of the other cereals tested (including Total).  (I don't THINK it was a General Mills study.)  My mom read that and made the comment that it made her feel good - sometimes the only thing when my brothers and I were little we'd want to eat  when we were sick was Cheerios.  And who hasn't licked a finger and picked up a Cheerio by sticking it on the end of that finger?  I ... um ... still do that sometimes (ok, I'm 57, way too old to be doing that.  Maybe I'm entering my second childhood.) As for eggs, I had problems at first, but eventually got to where I could eat them if I softly scrambled them (add a little milk or water when you beat them) and added cheese. I couldn't tolerate them hard-boiled or fried for the first 6 months or so, but eventually I was able to do so. 
on 6/19/08 9:18 am, edited 6/19/08 9:18 am - Denver, CO
I am 5+ yrs out and still can't tolerate cereal.  I suggest yogurt, scrambled egg whites, dry toast, and cream of wheat is pretty good too.  For breakfast I also suggest pinto beans with mozzerella (sp?) cheese.. Good Luck... Laxi
on 6/19/08 9:19 am - Matthews, NC, NC

After 2 years --- Cereal is still not my friend,,  I think it is the milk that makes me sick to the point of dumping.  At your point out , cottage cheese was my choice for breakfast. Also I was able to do the plain oatmeal , cream of wheat and grits.... but I had to be careful to take very small bites. Good Luck

on 6/19/08 9:24 am - Medford, MA
I have a serving of oatmeal (nuked using skim milk as fluid and with some whey protein added) a couple of times a week.  I stay away from the kind of cereal that I used to abuse like a drug when I was pre-op, like Quaker "Oatmeal Squares" or Quaker Granola with brown sugar and dates;  "kiddie" cereal for grown-ups, too much like a dessert! /Steve
Jennifer K.
on 6/19/08 9:25 am - Charlotte, NC
Special K high protein cereal

First visit to surgeon - 288 ~ bmi 45.1 
2 week pre-op 252 ~ bmi 39.5
Total lost - 143   Since surgery - 107!

Goal weight - 155
Current weight - 145 ~ bmi 22.7
Holding steady at 145 since Feb 2008!

Deb P.
on 6/19/08 9:46 am - MN
I am with some of the others.  19 months out and I cannot eat cereal at all. I believe it is the Milk.  I have tried 2% 1% skim and soy and I get horribly ill afterwards. So Cottage cheese with Salsa or a slice of cheese, or oatmeal upon occassion, made with water and no milk!
on 6/19/08 9:50 am - NY
I have to tel you that i'm ok with cereal (fiber one only) as long as i dont' add any milk, the second you put the milk in i dump like nobodies business.  One of the challenges i've found is that some people are stuck thinking they have to have breakfast foods for breakfast, i never bought into that. For breakfst i have cottage cheese, salmon, chicken breast over salad. I think of it as another opportunity to nourish myself and leave off the word breakfast, this has really helped me out. ANDI
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When Pigs Fly
Cynthia L.
on 6/19/08 11:50 am - Clarence, NY

Instead of adding milk have you considered trying Hood's Carb Countdown, which has less calories and sugar than skim milk?

I use this to make my shakes and it's pretty good.

At some point, I'll try it on cereal.  I'm just not at that stage yet. 


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Serving Size: 1 cup
Servings Per Container: 8

     Calories from Fat0

Amount Per Serving and/or % Daily Value*

Total Fat0 g (1%)
     Saturated Fat0 g (1%)
     Trans Fat0 g
Cholesterol0 mg (0%)
Sodium160 mg (7%)
Total Carbohydrate3 g (1%)
     Dietary Fiber0 g (1%)
     Sugars3 g
Protein8 g (16%)

Vitamin A10%
Vitamin C0%
Vitamin D25%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Total FatLess than65g80g
     Sat FatLess than20g25g
CholesterolLess than300mg300mg
SodiumLess than2400mg2400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g375g
     Dietary Fiber 25g30g


Shake well before serving. For best quality keep refrigerated at 33 degrees F - 38 degrees F. This milk is ultra-pasteurized to last longer unopened. Once opened, consume within 7 days.


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on 6/19/08 10:01 am - las vegas, NV
Yes you can.  Cheerios, most of the Kashi cold cereals are healthy, and taste good.  I add fresh fruit to mine, along with some pecans.  Stay away from all the sugary ones!   Best wishes, lasvegasgrandma(Cindy)
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on 6/19/08 10:02 am - River Falls, WI

Just read the ingredient and nutirtional values for anything that appeals to you. The lower the sugar carbs, the better for you in many ways.  Make sure it as some protein (5-8 g would be good for cereal), and if it's made with "whole" grains, that's all the better.  Watch for fat calories too.  And finally, watch for serving size.  Consider adding some protein powder to the milk for a little boost.  Ka****ends to make pretty health options, but not all of there's are truly WLS friendly.

Have you ever tried poaching your egg instead of boiling it? There's just something about the texgture that works so much better for me. You can get a great microwave poacher for $2 (Nordicware has the best one I've found). And it takes less than one minute to poach one egg.

Remember you don't have to have traditional breakfast foods for breakfast. There's nothing wrong with chicken or steak or whatever you can eat. 

Have you ever seen my recipe for making oatmeal? It takes a few minutes but it is worth the effort. My DH wouldn't touch the stuff before I started making it this way and now he eats it almost as many days a year as I do (and I do about 355 days a year!).

Unsticky Oatmeal that Tastes Like Something
bring a kettle of water to boil.
Bring a small saucepan of water, lightly salted, to boil. Trhow in a few dried fruits, like raisins or craisins if desired. Stir in 1/3 to 1/2 cup THICK ROLLED OATS (not instant or quick or steel cut).
Reduce heat but keep at a low boil for 2 minutes. Pour into a strainer and immediately poor the boiling water from the kettle over it. This removes all the sticky-ickies and leaves a slightly chewy, very tasty oatmeal. Serve with warm milk and sweetener, if desired. (And I can't eat oatmeal without cinnamon, too.)