Any food I try once I can't eat it again, I feel grossed up Gastric bypass 8/28/13

gracertx
on 9/28/13 12:44 pm - TX

I find this alarming. At first I thought it was great but now there is not one single food I feel like eating. All of them make me feel YUK. Is this happening to anyone? I have lost around 30-32 lbs in 31 days....but I am scared I will get sick. I take my supplements but I can't swallow those protein shakes, they get stuck in my throat.

I had to go back to ER 2 days ago due to sharp excruciating on lower right back...I can't grade the pain but from 1-10. I pick 11. It was really bad. ER tested blood and urine all clear. Just gave me some potassium via oral.

Any idea  if what I am encountering is common??? thanks for your input

 

Grace

Valerie G.
on 9/28/13 2:10 pm - "The OG", OH

While nothing made me physically ill, I lost interest in all food for nearly a year.  I mourned a little about it, but in time I enjoyed it again

Valerie
 9 years post op DS 
There is room on this earth for all of God's creatures..next to the mashed potatoes

gracertx
on 9/28/13 3:26 pm - TX

Thanks Valerie,

Yes, this is how I feel about food now..it is like food enjoyment has died for me...I guess it is a good thing .

 

TurnThePage
on 9/28/13 8:30 pm

If you are having physical problems eating (shakes get stuck in your throat), call your doctor on Monday in case there is a stricture or other problem.  Talk to your nutritionist to get ideas of other foods suitable for this stage. Look in the recipes and nutrition section or on Eggface's blog  for more suggestions.

If you're tired of the sweet flavored shakes, try chicken or beef broth mixed with unflavored protein or Unjury's chicken soup mix which is pretty darn good. The savory flavors are a welcome change.  If it is the thickness of the shakes, try Carnation's Breakfast Essentials (blue box, sugar free) to make a chocolate milk like drink--or make with warm water or milk for cocoa. 

If it is psychological, consider going to a support group or counseling. It really helps to talk and get feedback. 

I don't have an appetite like I used to and some things don't taste the same to me, but I keep trying different things until I find some that work for me. Eating is now about fueling my body, not pleasure or reward or comfort.

Hope you get back on track with your nutrition soon so you don't have more problems and can feel good.  Take care!

gracertx
on 9/28/13 8:45 pm - TX

Thank you Turned the page...you nailed it...food is now a fuel to live and move, not a pleasure..maybe it is just getting used to it.

I will try salty ways...I was never s sweet tooth so yes it is affecting me that i have mostly sweet food to eat now.

I will try your advise on chicken broth. Sounds good.

Food doesn't really get stuck in my throat I was being illustrative trying to say I cant get myself to pass it down because 

i dislike it deeply. I have my one month appointment next Wednesday I will bring up all my concerns to them.

Thanks!!!!

TurnThePage
on 9/28/13 9:08 pm

Glad I could be of some help.  I quickly got to the point of dreading the sweet shakes too, but was delighted when I started having broth with protein added. I really like the Unjury chicken soup and it's nice to have something warm and comforting.

I don't feel like I will never have pleasure from food again--quite the contrary. Never say never! I had some chili sprinkled with a little cheese for dinner and it really hit the spot. But when I made the final decision to have the RNY, I also acknowledged that I've kissed an awful lot of chocolates and cherry turnovers in my life and none of them has really made me happy. That change in perspective has been confirmed by the pleasure I now feel when I see the scale arrow moving and step down a clothing size.

I hope you'll get some good advice at your appointment this week and will find what works for you.

gracertx
on 9/28/13 10:49 pm - TX

Thanks again, it is like hearing an angel comfort me. Yes. None of that food I kissed along the years made me happy. On the contrary. I have to be positive and take one day at a time and hopefully soon I will have more choices in the salty food neighborhood.

Even people still don't notice a lot I lost around 33-34 lbs since surgery on 8/28...still at 219 lbs but I am sure that will change soon. 

I will look for that chicken broth and start trying it.

Thanks!!!! and spread your kindness all around it makes people's day!!!

TurnThePage
on 9/28/13 11:11 pm

Thank you for your kind words.

Chicken broth is in all the grocery stores, however the Unjury chicken soup protein mix is only available online.  

gracertx
on 9/28/13 11:23 pm - TX

thanks I already found website...has great reviews....I am ordering.

lmgriego
on 9/30/13 10:06 pm - TX
Kitchen Basics brand of chicken stock is delicious. I am thru week 1 of 2 week preop diet and also like savory over sweet. It is low cal, no fat and 5 g of protein. Sounds like you are doing well. My surgery is Oct 8th.
Linda_S
on 9/29/13 10:30 am - Eugene, OR

You might try putting your protein shakes in a travel mug and trying to drink them that way.  I found, a few months out from surgery, that I just couldn't stand the smell - that was what made them so hard to choke down.

My surgery was six years ago and yes, food is now fuel.  It's not really a pleasure any more.  I've had a few metabolic complications along the way, so I'm basically restricted to protein and greens.  I just kind of try to get a variety of nutrients, even though a lot of mine have to come through supplements.

Keep trying to get the fuel in.  You do need it!

Success supposes endeavor. - Jane Austen

gracertx
on 9/29/13 5:27 pm - TX

Thanks Linda...yes seeing food as fuel is a total change of  life...I was never told at any of the pre-op meetings and I find that pretty bad. It can definitely cause some kind of shock....like in my case I thought something was wrong with me.

Now all of the reading online makes me see this is a  change due to surgery. I truly think it is a miracle. I used to love to eat and eat to feel good. Now I have to eat to live and that is it. Thanks to this GB surgery I see why I was fat....I loved and enjoyed every bite I took. Now almost like I was chewing on plastic.

Also on protein maybe there is something I hate about it...I will put in a container...I hope it helps I HATE IT.....looking at the boxes of protein shakes makes me dread taking them. I will also try the one with chicken flavor some lady referred to me.

I am looking forward to my Oct. 2nd appt. I will discuss with doctor or nutritionist about my doubts and issues with the water and protein.

Linda_S
on 9/29/13 6:27 pm - Eugene, OR

Things will shift and change as you go.  I loved the protein shakes before I had surgery.  Afterwards, they made me gag.  I drank them from a travel mug until I could eat more solid food.  Then I wearned myself off them.  I had a shake for breakfast a few weeks ago, and I actually thought it was delicious!  No more gagging on them, no more unpleasant smell, no aversion whatsoever!

You may get to the point where you find you like certain things again and can get by with them.  I do well with soup, but of course, there's no potatoes, no carrots, no rice, no pasta in there.  I find if I make chicken or turkey and then roast a bunch of veggies in the oven and add it to the broth it tastes really good.  Not enough to make you want to eat a bunch of it out of control, but enough to make you accept it as nutrition for your body!  ;D

Success supposes endeavor. - Jane Austen

TurnThePage
on 9/29/13 9:47 pm

It also helps to have the protein shakes really, really cold. I use a good insulated mug and throw in some ice as well.  You can mix your morning shake before bedtime and put it in the fridge so it's good and cold in the morning. 

Foundmymojo
on 9/29/13 10:24 pm
On September 28, 2013 at 12:44 PM Pacific Time, gracertx wrote:

I find this alarming. At first I thought it was great but now there is not one single food I feel like eating. All of them make me feel YUK. Is this happening to anyone? I have lost around 30-32 lbs in 31 days....but I am scared I will get sick. I take my supplements but I can't swallow those protein shakes, they get stuck in my throat.

I had to go back to ER 2 days ago due to sharp excruciating on lower right back...I can't grade the pain but from 1-10. I pick 11. It was really bad. ER tested blood and urine all clear. Just gave me some potassium via oral.

Any idea  if what I am encountering is common??? thanks for your input

 

Grace

Totally,..I can totally relate. Been exactly where you are. I couldn't find anyone who experienced what you've described which left me scared and freaked out. Hang on, it will get better. At a little over a year and a half out now, things have changed for the better. You WILL get your taste back. You WILL tolerate almost any food again. You WILL enjoy eating again as we humans were meant to. 

Keep up, best you can in these first months with your fluid intake, stay on track with your vitamins, find something that does not make you want to vomit,...it can and probably will bore you,..but do it anyway. I found that cottage cheese was my best friend for the first several months. Loaded with protein, easy on the stomach, never made me feel sick to my stomach. Keep looking for those high protein foods that you can "stomach". 

You will be ok,....it is tough these first few months,...but I promise,...you will be ok. 

 

gracertx
on 9/30/13 7:44 pm - TX

Thanks foundmymojo. Encouraging message Maybe this is what help us lose so much weight in the early post op....I will look for that magic food. I use to kill for cheese. I noticed dairy doesn't fit me well now. OH well....What I love is the sugar free popsicles but those are jus****er with color nothing more but I least I can enjoy them.

Have a great evening

Frantom
on 10/1/13 11:55 am
VSG on 05/25/11 with

I didn't read through all the responses - but this was what I encountered (I have the sleeve)-

I still will get some back/side pain if I don't drink enough water/liquids over a two day period - gotta keep drinking.  Not as much as recommended - but when I have that pain, and I think back, I'll remember I missed my afternoon liquids.

Also - the first couple of months after surgery EVERY thing tasted: too sweet, too salty, too hot, too cold, too creamy , too rich, etc. etc.

It took a while (ie several months) for my taste buds to settle down.  If you don't like the protein shakes (and it took me more months to find one I like ((Kellogg's Special K chocolate ) - find other high protein foods you like (I grew to love string cheese...but you know, after the first year, now I prefer other cheeses), or egg whites (from boiled eggs - or less filling in deviled eggs).  Try tofu (tossed with soy sauce and corn starch then fried) is a good source too.  I felt that it evened out to have something fried, if it helped get the protein in.