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    Gastric Sleeve Member Brett.S's Avatar
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    Default Brett.S my Sleeve Journey

    Well I am on day 16 of my Optifast regime and only 6 days until surgery.

    I must say the Optifast hasn't been as hard as I imagined, although there are moments when I would have loved something with a bit of a different taste. Mostly that is referring to the vegetables.

    I got really bad stomach cramps for a few days last week with other associated symptoms but got through that. I've even lost most of the brain fog, or adapted.

    One of the worst parts of this I have found is the amount of water I have and to drink and having to plan where I go around bathroom access Luckily it is summer here. That helps a lot with the water.

    I have lost about 8-9kg in the 16 days so far as well.



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    Gastric Sleeve Member Grammy2s&c's Avatar
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    Default Re: Brett.S my Sleeve Journey

    That sounds like you're doing great so far. I honestly dont know if I could stick to a protein/pre-op diet before surgery. Do you only drink protein shakes? Or do you get to eat one meal a day as well? Best wishes on your upcoming surgery!

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    Gastric Sleeve Member Brett.S's Avatar
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    Default Re: Brett.S my Sleeve Journey

    I think the preop diet varies a lot from what I have seen on here depending on the surgeon/team.

    My diet is:

    100g lean beef or pork a day
    1 egg (farm fresh from our own chickens)
    2 cups of vegetables from an allowed list basically low carb/starch stuff, but can eat more than 2 cups.
    4 shakes (interchangeable for soups or such so long as they are optifast)
    125g lite jelly.

    sometimes I can barely fit all that in.

    I tend to have a poached egg with some leftover vegetables from the day before for breakfast with a shake, for lunch I have some salad and half my meat allowance with another shake, for afternoon tea I have a shake or soup, for dinner I have cooked vegetables with the other half of my meat, and then later some of the jelly and then one last shake an hour before bed. I probably eat about 3-4 cups of veges which my dietitian is pleased with. I'm never hungry except when I should be at meal times. and knowing it has a specific deadline has made it easier.



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    Gastric Sleeve Member KiwiGal's Avatar
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    Default Re: Brett.S my Sleeve Journey

    Sounds like you are right on track - well done.
    The pre op preparation certainly does vary from surgeon to surgeon. I was allowed 3 Optifast items a day with up to 1 cup of non starchy veg. It was only for 3 weeks but definitely the hardest part of the whole process - and even then it wasn't too bad because I knew there was an end date and I would be on my way to a healthier happier life.
    All the best for your surgery date.



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    Gastric Sleeve Member Christie13's Avatar
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    Default Re: Brett.S my Sleeve Journey

    The pre op is hard but once you are sleeved it is a lot easier. Wishing you continued success on your journey Brett.



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    Gastric Sleeve Member Brett.S's Avatar
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    Default Re: Brett.S my Sleeve Journey

    Less than two days till my surgery now.

    And 20 days of pre-op Optifast diet done! Only one day of that to go. Its true what they say though that first three days was the hardest then it got pretty routine, boring mostly. I had the odd craving for something with more taste but nothing huge to deal with.

    Very excited and a little anxious now.



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    Gastric Sleeve Member Stacey03's Avatar
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    Default Re: Brett.S my Sleeve Journey

    good luck, you will do great :-)


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    Gastric Sleeve Member KiwiGal's Avatar
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    Default Re: Brett.S my Sleeve Journey

    All the best for today.
    Please let us know how you are getting on when you feel up to it.
    This is the start of a great adventure :-)



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