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4/29/11 3:19 A

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That's one of my next pre reqs appointments is my psych eval though I'm not to worried about it really. But I can completely understand and agree the waiting and not knowing is the worst part of it.

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4/28/11 1:44 A

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Yes, (regarding the soy milk giving it more than 3 grams of carb) I thought the same thing. When I asked about it, however, she said not to worry about the "milk sugars." I do have to use the light soy milk, though.

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4/28/11 12:48 A

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Actually adding soy milk would bring the carbs up over your surgeons 3 gram limit! LOL I am amazed at the variety of diet guidelines. We all have to follow what our medical teams recommends as they have the best knowledge of our unique medical history.

I agree Nectar Cappucino is good and it is decaffienated too!!!

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4/27/11 11:35 P

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Wow! It is amazing how programs differ. I was told no more than 3g of carbs or fat in the shakes and 20 or more grams of protein. The program gave us a list of good choices, but it was still difficult to track some of them down. I LOVE the Nectar shakes, particularly the Cappuccino flavor. I ordered or purchased locally about 10 different brands before my surgery and tried them out. I was limited on flavors because I am allergic to both chocolate and strawberry (and constant vanilla is boring!) so I specifically looked for shakes that had lots of flavor options (such as Nectar and Isopure). Isopure, while expensive, was great for me because I didn't tolerate the milky shakes well during the first week. Turned out, I needed to mix them with soy milk instead, so that's what I do now. Soy milk is lower in calories, fat and sugar than milk anyway.

As far as the psych eval goes, I was very worried I wouldn't pass. I intentionally went to a psychiatrist that 2 years earlier had told me I was "unmotivated and might as well stop my sessions." After being upset about it for a while (nearly the whole 2 years) I realized she was right. Since she had been honest with me, I went back there. I sure didn't want to get into this without being ready and I knew she'd tell me the truth. Turned out it was fine.

The good thing is, its not a one-time-only deal and it really is there just to make sure you are the most prepared you can be.

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4/27/11 3:53 P

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I was one of those who "failed" my psych eval. My doctor was very nice and told me that I was overthinking my answers and to just go with my gut. My big issue were the questions that were all-or-none responses (i.e. everybody cheats sometimes). I'm just not an all-or-nothing gal. She did have me retest using a different type of test and I did well. Don't sweat the eval and plan "as-if" you are having surgery - because you will!

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4/27/11 3:45 P

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Usually on psych evals if you do not pass you find out right away. So the longer it is the better the chances are that you passed. Some who have problems are told during the eval. I asked the counseler and she told me I was well prepared and passed with flying colors. She also asked if she could use a couple of the comments/answers I gave. She spent a lot of my session laughing at my responses (yes it was appropriate laughter as they were fun comments). She found I was relaxed and comfortable with my decision and the work it would take.

So do not spend your time worrying about passing. Move on to research online and buy a couple of reference books, start preparing your kitchen, and learning as much as you can. The more knowledge you have the better you will be able to meet with the surgeon, ask intelligent questions and approach the surgery with confidence and peace knowing that you are ready for what is to come.

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4/27/11 9:12 A

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Thanks everyone and Cindy yes you were very helpfu. Please pray the office will call soon I am going crazy waiting, Just waiting to hear back after the psych eval.

Patience Right.



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4/26/11 11:06 P

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I didn't see this thread and actually asked this question on one of the other threads. I have also stayed with carnation instant breakfast (sugar free) but am not sure i should use that after my workout. I am goign to look for a lot of these suggestions and try ones to see what I like. Thanks everyone for all the info!
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4/26/11 8:32 P

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My surgeon told me to get a non-caffeinated protein drink with 150 or less calories, 9 gr or less sugar (up to 15 total carb), at least 10-15 gr protein. You also want one with a variety of vitamins unless you are getting enough nutrients from food and vitamins. If you choose a whey protein drink my surgeon said to only use whey isolate as they can add anthing they want to the other forms of whey protein and those additives may not be good for you. I was also told that the body can only absorb at one time about 20-25 gr of protein. So the ones with 40 gr of protein may be a waste if your body can not absorb that much at one time.

Nectar has a large number of flavors. It is available at many vitamin shoppes and super supplements. When looking at the rows of protein drinks remember many are made for weight lifters and have too much carb. I like coffee so my favorite ended up being Nectar Cappacino it is decaffeinated. I like chocolate but did not find a chocolate one that I liked. Many say Champion chocolate is the best. I did not try it.

If you like tea then try Nectar Lemon Iced Tea protein drink powder. If you like fruit juice then look at the fruit flavor powders. There are a couple of broth flavored protein drinks but I found that hot broth from a box and plain protein powder tasted better to me. I do like bariatric pantry's hot cocoa instant hot chocolate packets. They are great to carry with you for events as you can usually find a little milk and some hot water at any event or restaurant. Just cover the powder with a cold liquid before adding the hot water. Or use hot tap water to make the drink.


Protein powder tends to congeal when water is too hot. To get around it I found that adding a couple tablespoons of cold fat free half n half, broth, water and then add hot water from kettle and quickly blend it works for the warmest protein drink.

As for vitamins - I like the taste of bariatry advantage vitamins the best. I find it is best to use a vitamin specifically made for RNY patients as over the counter ones do not have enough of the supplements we need as malabsorptive people.

I hope this helps.
cindy

Edited by: CINDY-K at: 4/26/2011 (23:35)
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4/26/11 8:24 P

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My nutritionist recommended EAS carbcontrol, it works for me

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4/26/11 2:21 P

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I tried numerous protein drinks and the only one I could tolerate was the light Muscle Milk. And I had lots of the small yogurts and cream of chicken soup - I gave the little chicken pieces to my dogs (they loved my surgery!). Also, I had to use a chewable vitamin, not gummy or Viactive, for 6 months after surgery. GNC has a wafer-thin chewable that was not bad. The other adult chewables were awful. And GNC will take back anything for any reason as long as you have the receipt.

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4/26/11 2:19 P

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yeah, i think you are just going to have to try some different ones, and see what works for you. i drank boost right before and right after my surgery. now i get some powder whey from GNC, and have used the wal-mart brand, and muscle milk. i craved pizza and spaghetti sooo badly right after surgery, so i ate tomato and red pepper soup with parmesan cheese. you are probably going to have to do a lot of experimenting, what tastes good right now, may not after your surgery.

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4/26/11 2:03 P

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Big Lots (here in SE Virginia anyways) have 12 packs of chocolate and vanilla premixed protein drinks for $12 that have 35 g protein 1 g fat and 2 g sugar. I can't remember the brand but they taste good and are inexpensive. I have developed a lactose intolerance but still drink the occasional whey protein drink - especially before playing soccer or running in a race.

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4/26/11 1:54 P

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Wow. My Doc never pushed me to buy any particular type, just low to no sugar, and even then, it was up to me. There are no absolute No's. Good thing to, because it turns out that I simply could not tolerate any protein drinks... I mean, I would become almost violently nauseous, and well.... there you go. I ended up meeting my protein needs with Refried bean soup, and those drinkable sf / ff yogurts that you can get at any grocery store or 7/11. And yes, I had the full RNY, so it is not limited to only those who have had the lap band.

I understand these docs being cautious with our health. I appreciate that... but I am constantly amazed at the number of conflicting instructions we see on these boards.

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4/26/11 1:52 P

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My doctor's office had a list of what foods to have at approximately each phase after surgery. I'm sure each doctor's office is different though.

I drank a lot of Isopure (yucky now though) and now I buy the Cytomax Protein which is 40 gram of protein, 0 fat and 0 sugar. It's by the makers of Muscle Milk. I purchase these at a vitamin store by my house, also Vitamin World and GNC.

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4/26/11 1:39 P

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Low to no sugar is the main thing you want to find. The less saturated and trans fat the better, but that usually isn't the problem. It is the sugar content.

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4/26/11 1:15 P

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A lot of people have talked about the different protein drinks. Needless to say I am confused. The hospital wants me to purchase what they have, which of course is a little expensive. I have heard people mention Walmart and GNC. My question is what to look for to make sure I am getting the right stuff. I also wondered when you are at your first 2 weeks after surgery are you drinking protein drinks then and if so can you mix fruit in them?
I found right now I hate chicken broth I don't know if spices need to be added or what but just plain broth makes me want to up chuck and I haven't had surgery yet. LOL not a good sign. Do you have any suggestions on soup what other one I might be able to have or add to the soups to give it a little more flavor.
I have ordered the dummies book from Amazon and Before and After. If there is anything at all you can think of please let me know. Right now I am trying to learn all I can.
Thanks to all of you :)

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