Chewing Gum

Karen H.
on 1/20/15 11:12 am
VSG on 12/08/14

Chewing gum was the hardest habit for me to give up after surgery. What do you all do to freshen your mouth? I was using Listerine Strips but they are expensive!! Any ideas out there ?? Thanks! Karen H.


on 1/20/15 11:18 am

I went through the same thing.  My RD suggested a single tic tac since it has so few calories. 

on 1/20/15 11:46 am - Easley, SC
VSG on 10/27/14

I still chew gum almost everyday!  Hardest thing for me is not swallowing it...I've always done that!

5'5" 64 year old; HW 219; SW 199; CW 129; GW 145ish (original) on to "ideal" (138) a few spare (132) that one, too! Now for the 120's!! Made for the "dream" weight...125! Well, that one's proving to be a little tougher!

Amy M.
on 1/20/15 11:56 am - Grand Island, NY
VSG on 07/30/14

I avoided gum for a while after surgery but I've never been one to swallow my gum so I still have a piece in the car once in a while.  They don't really have that many calories so I personally don't think it's that big a deal.  I used to be a smoker so chewing gum in the car helps me cope with not being able to have a cigarette.


Age: 26, Height: 5'8" HW: 328, SW: 322, CW: 239  

on 1/21/15 5:30 am

I'm curious, what happens if you swallow gum?  I was never told about this and now I have to know!

on 1/20/15 12:56 pm
VSG on 12/04/14

My surgeon wrote a prescription for gum at the hospital. She wanted me to chew gum after surgery. She said it would help get my stomach moving! I'm still chewing after 7 weeks. Of course its gotta be sugarless and I only chew it for about 1 minute and I'm done. I'm so afraid I'll swallow it.

on 1/20/15 8:40 pm - Woburn, MA

I chew gum all the time - no one has ever told me not too.  

VSG on 04/28/2014

Gwen M.
on 1/20/15 8:47 pm
VSG on 03/13/14

I was never told gum was off limits. Considering I haven't swallowed gum since I was a child, this makes sense. 

VSG with Dr. Salameh - 3/13/2014
Diagnosed with Binge Eating Disorder and started Vyvanse - 7/22/2016
Reconstructive Surgeries with Dr. Michaels - 6/5/2017 (LBL & brachioplasty), 8/14/2017 (UBL & mastopexy), 11/6/2017 (medial leg lift)

Age 42 Height 5'4" HW 319 (1/3/2014) SW 293 (3/13/2014) CW 149 (7/16/2017)
Next Goal 145 - normal BMI | Total Weight Lost 170

TrendWeight | Food Blog (sort of functional) | Journal (down for maintenance)

on 1/20/15 9:30 pm
RNY on 08/21/12

I can chew gum with no problems. Once in a while I'm able to walk while chewing gum.

6'3" tall, male. Maintaining a loss of 280 pounds.

Highest weight was 475. Consult weight 04/12 was 411. RNY on 08/21/12 at 359 lbs. Current weight 195.

M1 -24; M2 -21; M3 -19; M4 -21; M5 -13; M6 -21; M7 -10; M8 -16; M9 -10; M10 -8; M11 -6; M12 -5.

on 1/20/15 11:35 pm

I don't like chewing gum.  I eat sugar free mints...I like the ones that are strawberry or raspberry.  I think the brand is Ice Breakers.  The Listerine strips are too strong for me.

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