When you say you eat "normal food", do you still have to take small bites and chew thoroughly before swallowing? I started on normal foods Day 6, but my surgeon told me to use my own good judgement and eat only foods that could be chewed to a liquid/creamy consistency. I didn't have any trouble with that, but it wasn't like eating pre-Nissen. I had to be very careful, and during the first few weeks it could be uncomfortable, as my wrap would complain at times.
I think eating restrictions are put in place because some surgeons don't trust their patients to follow more liberal eating parameters. They're worried that someone will eat a chunk of something that will get stuck and will need an endoscopy to get it out. My surgeon said that this had only happened one or two times, and he was very comfortable with a more liberal eating protocol.
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Words of wisdom by Eckhart Tolle:
"Whatever you fight, you strengthen, and what you resist, persists.”
“Worry pretends to be necessary but serves no useful purpose”
“Accept - then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it.”