Please note: I AM NOT A DOCTOR. If you want medical advice, talk to your doctor. Whatever I post, there is probably some surgeon or other health care provider somewhere that disagrees with me. If you want to know what your surgeon thinks, then ask him or her. Check out my blog.
I know eating a pretzel or two seems like a little thing (and there isn't anything wrong with a small treat every now and then), but please do your best to focus heavily on protein and avoiding "white" carbs for as long as possible. Trust me, you should take as much advantage as you can of the first few months post-op to establish healthy eating habits because it is easiest right after surgery (when your appetite is limited) and the healthy habits will be all that stands between you and regain once your pouch expands and you lose the caloric malabsorption.
10 years out; 190 pounds lost, 165 pound loss maintained
You don't drown by falling in the water. You drown by staying there.