Starting Optifast during Christmas

on 12/5/17 1:35 pm

I just got back from my 'Meet the Surgeon' appointment with Dr. Amy Neville. She is SO sweet! She said I am the perfect candidate for surgery and am all set to have surgery in 5 weeks. She also said there is a high chance I will have to do Optifast during Christmas.

Do you think it would be okay to have 1 cheat day (Christmas Day) and go back to Opti? It will be at the beginning of Opti.

Referral: June 2017
RNY with Dr. Neville in Ottawa: January 8th, 2018


Tracey 112205
on 12/5/17 2:07 pm - Bumfuknowhere, Canada

If you go off for even one meal. you will go out of ketosis and have at least 3 to 4 days of hell getting back in.

michelle W.
on 12/5/17 2:24 pm
RNY on 06/12/17

no... I have seen them refuse people surgery if they have been found to eat during optifast stage.... it's really not worth it... :(

Referral - March 23rd 2016 TWH Orientation - June 15 2016 Social - Sept 6 2016 Nurse - Oct 3 2016 Nut Class - Nov 14 2016 Psych - Dec 14 2016 Nut Jan 4 2017 Surgeon - Feb 24 2017 Pre-op May 23 2017 Opti start date May 29 2017 Surgery Date - June 12 2017 HW-285 CW - 165 Opti start weight - 261.5 SW - 256

Preop-23.5 Opti-5.5 M1-13.8 M2-14.2 M3-11 M4-9.5 M5-9.9 M6-6.8 M7-9.4 M8-5.9 M9-4.2 M10-4.6 M11-2.4 M12-

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on 12/5/17 2:27 pm

It will be harder on you I hear

on 12/5/17 2:30 pm
RNY on 09/12/17

Exciting times! Think of it as your Christmas gift to yourself. Your life is about to change drastically! You can have turkey and veggies next year.


Referred May 2016, Orientation July 4, 2016, Pre-Nutrition Class March 31, 2017, Nurse April 10, 2017, Blood work/ECG April 13, 2017, Ultra-sound April 27, 2017, Psychologist May 30, 2017, Colonoscopy and Gastroscopy June 5, 2017, Internist June 13, 2017, Dietician June 14, 2017, 2nd Round of blood work August 2, 2017, Surgeon September 6, 2017, Surgery September 12, 2017 - St. Joe's Hamilton - No Opti

Height 5"4" HW 231 SW222 CW145

PreOp-9 lbs M1-20lbs M2-11lbs M3-13lbs M4-7lbs M5-8lbs M6-7lbs M7-5lbs M8-5lbs M9-2lbs

on 12/5/17 2:42 pm

I would say no cheat days. This is not an easy journey and Optifast is just the first phase. One of the reasons we go on Optifast is to shrink our liver so that surgery is safer. Carbs convert to glucose which binds with water and becomes glycogen which is stored in the liver. Don't jeopardize your surgery. You can do this. The surgeon operates on your stomach not your brain. You will always have to make these difficult choices and now is the time to start. Wishing you success in your journey.

CENTURY CLUB MEMBER at 6 months post-op.

Referral to Guelph Feb/13, Sleep study and all bloodwork and ultrasound May/13, orientation July/13. Nurse, NUT,SW Sept/13, 2nd NUT, nurse and SW, 3rd round and cleared for surgery Dec/13. Pre-op Apr 7/14, Surgeon May 2/14, Opti Jul 3/14, surgery Jul 17/14.

on 12/5/17 3:23 pm, edited 12/5/17 10:13 am

Ok. I don?t need anymore answers. Thanks everyone :) I appreciate it. I will stick with it

Referral: June 2017
RNY with Dr. Neville in Ottawa: January 8th, 2018


on 12/5/17 3:53 pm

I had surgery just before Thanksgiving. What I did was I made a little meal and froze it. I used a 2 cup container and filled it half full. It is still in my freezer but I will have it soon.

Lap Band - 07/08 (not filled long) Referral OBN 04/16, Orientation 09/16, Nutrition Workshop 4/7/17, Nurse 4/24/17, Psych 5/15/17, Dietician 5/24/17, Internist 6/13/17 Consent 7/10/17 Surgery 9/29/2017

HW 4/17: 267 Opti Start 9/16/17: 254 Surgery 9/29: 240.8 M1:-18 M2:-14 M3:-9 M4:-5 M5:-6

LukeB Girl17
on 12/5/17 5:31 pm

Congratulations! I am also meeting Dr. Neville on Dec 18th! I've done the optifast program before and it's not that bad as people might think, but your surgery in the new year ~ thats awesome! I shouldn't be too far behind you as well. :)

Referral by my MD Feb 28/17 * Labs done March 17/17 * Meet with Nurse Aug 24/17 * TOH PreOp Class 1 Sept 12 /17 * Oct 17 Behaviorist and Nutritionist * Breath Test Nov 10/17 * Nutritionist Nov 21/17 * PreSurgery Class 2 Dec 12/17 ~ Bloodwork * Meet the Surgeon Dec 18/17 * PreOp Jan 5 TOH * Surgery Date January 10, 2017

on 12/5/17 5:06 pm

I know you didn't want anymore answers, but I'm in the same boat as you. I will likely have to start Optifast on December 21. I was asked if I wanted to rebook but I said no. This will not be my biggest test. I am mitigating it by ordering in the whole Christmas dinner from Longos. If I don't cook it, I'm not as likely to want it!

Referred January 7/17, Orientation Humber May 28/17, Meet Dr. August 4/17, TRIO November 3/17, Internist November 21/17, Surgeon again December 21/17, Pre-op assessment January 4/18 and Surgery January 12/18.

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