It sounds as if we'll be welcoming you to the Wrapped Club soon! I'm glad you got so many helpful replies to your question. We've got great members here at Healing Well!
I had my full wrap about four and a half years ago. Believe me, once you're healed fully, you won't have a bit of trouble maintaining a healthy weight.
The stomach may be a bit smaller, but the main reason your quantities are so low during recovery is that the top of your stomach (where the message of fullness is translated and sent to the brain) is swollen due to the surgery, and the brain interprets this as fullness.
It is true that because of the wrap you'll always need to eat a little more slowly and chew your food completely. Just this week I was eating a baked potato skin and all, and it caught at the wrap site. It's not a real problem...it just causes a little discomfort and spasming until it gets through.
If you're a "meat and potatoes guy", be sure to have a crock pot on hand. You can put a nice piece of beef, potatoes, carrots, and onions in with a package of Lipton onion soup mix and about a cup of water. Let it all cook for hours and hours. (about 12 hrs or so) When it's done, everything will be extremely soft and will be able to be chewed to a liquid. I thought I'd only be able to eat the meat-flavored veggies, but the meat was so well cooked that I could chew that to liquid as well.
My surgeon set me free to eat "anything that can be chewed to a liquid/creamy consistency" at 5 or 6 days post op. Some require liquid diets for a while. It's an individual decision. My mouth and teeth became my blender, and I never really had a problem with this eating protocol. It made my recovery much easier and more enjoyable.
I can burp...often quite loudly. However, I don't really make the decision when. My stomach burps itself, and I just go along for the ride. It works, though. Only very occasionally does the gas get a little ahead of me, and I get some bloating. It has not been a problem, though.
I stayed away from soda for about a year, then started testing. I can drink a couple sodas without a problem. I drank beer much before sodas, and its carbonation doesn't bother me. Champagne is another story. I wouldn't recommend drinking much of that.
Here's my early recovery journal, in case you haven't run across it in the Resources section:
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Nissen Fundoplication 2/09
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