Continuing my WLS blog series...
Post-op diet, stage 1 is very short: Day One, the day of surgery. It's officially clear liquids; no sugar, caffeine, dairy, carbonation, etc. I was in the hospital, and only sucking on a sponge, and stealing ice chips anyhow. Not sure why they even bother calling it a stage. I was glad it was such a short one.
Post-op diet, stage 2. It starts on Day Two, and runs for two weeks.
- Sip throughout the day.
- Aim for 48-64 ounces clear liquids daily, as above.
- Protein shakes: Aim for 60-70 grams protein daily.
- Don't be concerned about not making the goals.
This is when I started to not enjoy protein shakes. They no longer reminded me of milk shakes. The taste of the whey smothered everything.
They did warn me that my tastes could change after surgery, and that I could become lactose intolerant. So I shouldn't stock up on shakes. I'd sort of stocked up. I had a couple of every kind I liked on hand.
As for water, I had diet cranberry juice, herbal tea, sugar free popsicles and Jello, Crystal Light and Mio.
By the end of the second week, I was adding broth for a savory taste. I was totally sick of sweet stuff. If only that would last!
There were no issues with "food" that I could tell, beyond boredom. I was never hungry, or nauseated. But I sure wanted something to chew.
And after the 2 weeks, I dropped 11 pounds!
Stay tuned for the next stages...
Yes, I still have 1 shake for breakfast. The Premier Protein shakes have 30 grams of protein, and while I'll never mistake them for a milk shake, I can drink them.