I still cannot drink plain water. I can't believe it! I always drank water, but since my surgery, plain water makes my stomach hurt. So I've been drinking water with crystal light. BUT, I really hate to keep pumping my body full of that crap (and I can't do without Splenda in my coffee, so I'm getting A LOT of this every day). Last week I started to add 2 oz of either cranberry or orange juice to my 74 oz water container. I'm cutting back on my carbs so as of today, I added 10 oz of Isopure protein drink to the 74 oz bottle (I hate Isopure, ick, but this watered down I can take it and it'l boost my protein #'s).
Does anyone else have this issue? I was hoping this far out my water aversion would have gone away, but no :(
Always, always liked my water iced and cold- Now, not so much or at all- feels "hard". I'm able to enjoy it -or at least drink it- at room temp. or even semi- tepid (ehich in the past would have gagged me- go figure). I add lemon juice sometimes. For a stronger flavor, try steeping chi or herb tea and drinking it cool. I agree with you that it is best to limit the artificial sweeteners. We probably get enough as it is without adding them to the great amounts of liquids we are supposed to consume everyday.
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TOTAL POUNDS LOST- 200 (110 pounds lost before surgery, 90 pounds lost Post Op.diabetes in remission-blood pressure normal-cholesterol and triglyceride levels normal! BMI from 55.6 supermorbidly obese to 23.6 normal!!!!
Good idea about the tea! I'll try that tomorrow, thanks!
Plain water might just be too HARD on your tummy. I was told about this during my FIRST BITES class after surgery. It was suggested to add a PINCH of salt to the water to soften the water.
As for me, I add lemon to my water not for just being able to drink it but because I read lemon water is good for our metabolism.
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I have only recently been able to drink plain water without gagging again. I, too, have always been a water drinker/lover. I never had a problem drinking like 10 glasses a day pre-op. Then I had surgery. It doesn't hurt my tummy or make it feel weird, but I would gag whenever I drank it.
I was drinking a lot of herbal tea with a bit of light soy milk & 1/4 tsp of truvia to suppliment my liquid intake, but then started trying water different ways. I can actually stomach it if I drink it with ice. Even just my filtered refrigerator water isn't quite cold enough. It has to have ice in it. So, now I just drin**** water.
Try this, or herbal tea is another way to get your liquid in without just drinking flavored water.
I've tried it iced, cold, room temp, unfortunately still no go. But I'll definitely try the herbal tea, thanks!
Thanks for your post and the answers that resulted....I have the exact same problem...I thought it was just me. Before WLS I could chug water very easily; now it "hurts" or makes me feel real funny. Gives me a feeling I couldn't explain. I started drinking hot teas and even thought about trying coffee. Room temperature seems ok; but hot to warm feels real good! My question is: should we count sugar free jello, sugar free popsicles as water? During an office visit to another MD, he said he wouldn't because I have had some real problems with the constipation monster. I'm betting just adding the NEW WHEY to my teas is the better way to go instead of so much "solid" protein. Oh the choices, the choices.
Once again, thanks for posting!
I've learned so much from this site...I never would have realized that this was a side effect for some from this surgery without others posting about it! I never counted my popsicles or jello as water, but I did count my clear protein shakes in the beginning. Good luck with everything!!