Juicing and RNY?
I watched Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead last night, and one of the guys on there lost an amazing amount of weight through juicing. I'm not planning to juice anytime soon, but was thinking about this. It seems that some juicing might be beneficial since it's packed with tons of micronutrients. Since we have some malabsorption post-op, this might be an extra boost?
I'm not talking about making smoothies, so no additional sugars, etc. Any thoughts on this?
on 3/27/12 5:38 am - waukesha, WI
You may want to ask your nutritionist the best way to incorporate this. Juicing whole fruits and veggies is a great way to get vitamins into your system and is very good for you. A friend of mine who is almost a year out does alot of juicing. You may want to start by getting a book with some juicing recipes in it. We have one that mixes fruits and veggies together and I would think that by doing so you wouldn't get too much natural sugar at once but then again you may just want to pace yourself with small amounts first to see how you react to different ones. I know I've read that berries are the best fruits to start with after RNY and they pack some of the best antioxidants. I also don't see why you couldn't do some juicing and add either a flavored or unflavored protein to it for a great meal replacement :)
on 3/27/12 7:45 am
I would stay away from the juicing in large quantities. As long as you're taking your vitamins properly, you shouldn't be having problems getting your nutrients in. Juice is SO calorie dense, full of fructose, and there's no fiber to help fill you up or create a solid bowel movement. You'll likely end up with diarrhea if you consume a lot of juice regularly.
Also, if this is a priority for you at all, consider that juicing is REALLY far removed from the natural state of eating. It's not what our bodies are meant to consume because it's not nutritionally complete.
Of course, the decision is ultimately yours--if you give it a try, you might find your body reacts really well. Or it might not. Good luck, however you choose.
I thought about it afterwards, and I think that might be too much natural sugar. However, I was thinking more of, say, spinach juice, when I originally posted. If I have mango juice, it's all over, Johnny! LOL I guess it's something to talk to the nut about, and go from there.
Whatever you decide, it's always best to check with your PCP and/or surgeon before you start. Good luck :)
As for juicing veggies & micronutrients, I've found that drinking the juice slowly is key. I take about an hour to drink an 8-oz glass. I use it for a mid-morning & mid-afternoon snack. It fills me up and helps me avoid the "munchies". Just make sure you do still keep up with your bariatric vitamins & drink plenty of water, plus keep up with your protein, and you should do just fine. Again, make sure your PCP and/or surgeon gives the OK. Always follow your PCP/surgeon's advice.
I had the "iron talk" with my PCP a couple of weeks ago, so I'm being even more vigilant to keep up with my vitamins and supplements pre-op. Unfortunately, it seems to be unavoidable in my situation, but I'm hoping with a few changes in supplementation and birth control, it will improve.
One thing I have found is, it's so important to not only have a PCP who is supportive of your decision to have the surgery, but make sure that they communicate with your surgeon, so everyone is aware of what's going on, healthwise.
Well, I'm off to whip up a "Mean Green" juice. Have a great day!
Did you ever start juicing? I am 5 years RNY post-op, 8 months ago I gave up wheat and all processed foods and yes I juice daily. I see all the comments of people talking about all the calories, but juicing for us that have had RNY should mainly drink veggies. I have wheatgrass shots every morning and drink a green veggie juice at least 6 days a week, I still eat veggies and actually I eat a lot!! I was 360+ before surgery my original goal was 180lbs with a 34" waist. Which I actually met pretty easy. A year ago today I lost my dad, I spent the last 30+days by his side in the hospital and after all was said and done I gained... went up to 186 and it freaked me out (being the same fat guy in my head I am) so a couple months of not being able to lose it I completely changed my eating habits!! I don't take any supplements anymore and my labs are great!! Not to mention I now weigh 158lbs and like I mentioned I eat like a fat guy but I only eat very healthy foods and as raw as possible. It can be done and I would highly recomend it to anyone.
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I love juicing, and at one time did it regularly pre RNY. I have been meaning for quite some time to begin again. When I was pre op I asked my nutritionist that question. At that time, she told me following surgery I should not do it because I would be drinking my calories. I think she thought I wanted to juice which would prolong my process through the various phases. I'm certain I will begin juicing soon.
GREEN Juicing is amazing! The benefits are great! Mixing in an apple and a handful of blueberries or strawberries is extremely nutritious and the juice goes straight to your guts. Literally, because there is not fiber to slow it down....you can absorb all the awesome goodness much easier.
When my eating is NOT wonderful, sometimes, I'll overindulge in sweets. Over the years, I learned by accident, that if I drink a 1/2 serving of metamucil directly after eating too much sugar, I never get dumping syndrome. Why? Because the metamucil is full of fiber. It SLOWS the absorption of the sugar. So, I surmise, that by drinking liquid antioxidants, vitamins and ect. through juicing, my gestational tract sucks it right up and I don't just let it go to waste! LOVE IT!
We are talking Kale, spinach, parsley, ginger, grapefruit. ect. NOT bananas, pineapple, mangoes, or even many oranges.
I've been here since 2002, I just like to pretend I am NEW!