How and what to eat

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   Posted 4/3/2008 11:04 AM (GMT -6)   
This is so frustrating, I have lost about 10 pounds since January. WHich i truely need to do, and can stand to lose a lot more,  but I am confused as how to get enough to eat without getting so full that I lose what I have eaten, and get enough nutrients so my body doesn't become malnurished. Plus when you don't eat enough the body will hang on to the weight and I need to lose weight.  DOes anyone have any suggestions?  I am almost at the point that I just want liquid, so if so would Ensure be a good way to go??  Please share what you do to eat and nurish yourself.

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   Posted 4/3/2008 12:10 PM (GMT -6)   
I drink Ensure Plus, which has 350 calories a can. I often drink two of these in a day. I've been on liquids or pureed soups since December, mostly because I became terrified when food stuck in my throat for a few minutes. The cheapest place to buy Ensure is WalMart; it is about two dollars less there.

I was eating yogurt with live cultures, but it gave me terrible diarrhea while at the same time really reducing the reflux.

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   Posted 4/3/2008 2:38 PM (GMT -6)   

Hello Supergirl5

Welcome.  Have you talked with your physician about a referal to a nutritionist at your local hospital?  They should have a diet plan that will mak sure you get high protien, high calories and avoid foods that cause you problems. 

I had several sessions with one and she was very helpful.  Take care and so glad to have you with us.


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   Posted 4/5/2008 4:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes my physician is supposed to be referring me to a nutritionist,wait lists are very long it seems these days. So in the meantime what am I supposed to do? I feel weak and dizzy and very very cranky which isn't normal for me.


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   Posted 4/5/2008 5:55 PM (GMT -6)   

I've been on "easy" foods since December due to a stricture in my esophagus and GERD. This is what I do a lot of : Slim-Fast cans, yogurt, 2% milk, oatmeal packets, cheese sticks (string and cheddar), Ritz crackers (chew well), almost any soups with really thoroughly cooked soft meats...not too spicy, tons of water. Lately I have gotten into Boca burgers....chop up well and chew well. Also mashed potatoes and the insides of a baked potato...for example from Wendy's. Bananas are good but chew carefully. Mashed pasta stuff is good in small quantities. I don't eat meat ever in public as am too frightened. I went out the other day for breakfast and had a piece of coffee cake, 2 scrambled eggs, and milk. For dinner at a Mexican restaurant, I had two pieces of a cheese crisp and milk. I just don't eat a lot.

I can also eat pies, cakes, and coffee cake type things. But my tummy gets full very quickly so I am still losing weight.

I have a huge fear of most meats, marshmallows, jelly beans and meat mixed with bread. I'm not good with salads or vegies as they get caught in my throat. I can do pureed vegies but they're hard to find. Citrus fruit is a no-no.

No coffee, tea, soda.

I hate the taste of Ensure. I do SlimFast for the vitamins and because it goes down easy. I get it at WalMart for the price.

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   Posted 4/7/2008 11:08 AM (GMT -6)   

Wow Marthamae, seems like you can eat so much more than I can.  I never thought of Slim fast, I am trying Ensure,and you are right tastes yucky.   I can o nly drink 1/2 a can at a time as it bloats my tummy up so much that it hurts like heck.

I may try the oatmeal and the mashed potato thougth, they sound easy to swallow,

Thank you all for your advice and suggestions. Much appreciated.


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   Posted 4/7/2008 11:20 PM (GMT -6)   
I remember one of the things I ate of lot post op was chicken noodle soup.  I would take the noodles out and crumble crackers up and let it get mushy.  Believe me, at that point it was a real treat.
I'm sure you've thought of jello.  That just doesn't fill you up for long.  You can make milkshakes in the blender, if you're not allergic to milk like me.
I remember my surgeon telling me the first time I went out to eat, to order lasagna.  He was right.  It just sort of slid down.
Good luck to all!

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