How long before you can eat REAL FOOD!? How MUCH can you eat now?

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Date Joined Mar 2009
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   Posted 3/17/2009 7:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Just wanted to know how long it took you to be able to eat REAL FOOD?
Are we talking 1 month? 2 months? Ever?
Mostly i'm talking about
- Buffalo Wings (and other spicy stuff)
- Bread
- Pizza
- Hard Stuff like Chips, Tacos, etc
You know...the good stuff.
Also, Are you able to eat the same portions you were pre-nissen? I understand that our stomachs are essentially smaller, kinda like a mini gastric bypass... how much have you noticed the quantities of your food change?
Thanks... i'm just a curious, hungry 6 day post Nissen Guy :D

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Date Joined Jan 2009
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   Posted 3/18/2009 11:34 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm 1 1/2 months post nissen and I still haven't tried steak. I tried cheese breadsticks about a month after surgery and if I chewed well it went down okay, but if I ate leftover ones the next day, they got stuck. Ususally breadsticks are harder the next day. I also tried pizza after a month. I had the same results as the breadsticks. I still haven't tried tacos. I tried taco salad the other night and it killed my stomach. Too spicy.
It seems I can eat little bigger porportions but not huge. If I overeat I feel it later. My stomach hurts and I tend to have acid issues.

I know you're starving. I remember when I was only a week after. Something that helped me get out all of my cravings that I couldn't eat was to make a list of everything you are craving so you can get it off your mind and then later on when you can start eating solids cross off the things you ate on your list.

When you start trying solids just eat small bites and chew very well. wait until the food has passed the wrap before you take another bite.

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Date Joined May 2008
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   Posted 3/18/2009 12:24 PM (GMT -6)   
phorts - I'm just a tad past 2 months my nissen redo and things are pretty much getting back to normal as far as what I can eat. Bread is my biggest problem right now but if it is toasted and I chew well before I swallow I can manage it all right. Food does still get stuck from time to time but I drink with my meals to help get it down and that works fine. You just have to be patience.
Last night I had enchilada's (not to spicy) and it was so good. I don't have any Gerd issues so I have to get use to the fact that I can have some of those more spicy foods that I was sworn off of before this redo.
I have more luck with crunchy foods rather then doughy things. I have enjoyed chips several times and crackers. I also have tried steak in small bites, chewed really well and drink fluid with it. It took me some time to eat but I did it. Smaller amounts are still the key for me to. After your healed and the swelling goes down you gradually will be able to eat more just don't push it.
It is trial and error as we all are so different from one another so you will just have to experiment with your foods to see what you can handle. Listen to what your body is telling you and you will know what is right or wrong. That's my experience on it any how.
Take care, Teala

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Date Joined Feb 2009
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   Posted 3/20/2009 1:40 PM (GMT -6)   
At three weeks...
I have had no trouble eating Panera Bread spinach and artichoke souffles. (Don't know if you have Panera bread in your area) At first I could only handle half, and ate the other half for another meal. At 3 weeks, I can eat the whole thing for breakfast. (Actually, I could handle that 2 weeks)

Cheese manicotti is easy to handle, provided it's the crepe time...sometimes the pasta can be difficult if it's not cooked too much. Take it easy with the tomato sauce, though. It's irritating.

As Teala said, small bites and chew chew chew. Hot tea is the best chaser.
Just keep experimenting!
Don't swallow anything prematurely, though.
Happy eating!
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