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By nanci - 1/1/2013 10:27:28 AM
Hello everyone, My name is Nanci, Im new to this site, my surgery date is January 22, 2013, I was wondering if any one can give me any advice on the do's and the don't. I read a few of these posting and I learned alot.
By Nadia - 1/1/2013 3:51:14 PM
Hi Nancy!  Welcome to the Bariatric Forum!


1.  Presurgery start planning ahead and cleaning out your pantry.  Keep only healthy foods.  Throw away sugars and carbs.  You will not need them.  Buy small plates (salad) because you will no longer need regular sized plates. 

2.  Bring a pillow to the hospital to apply to your stomach while being driven back home after surgery.  Otherwise, you will feel each crack and crevice on the highway.

3.  Follow the 30-60 rule for eating and drinking.

4.  You must exercise every day even if you do not feel like it to be successful.  Otherwise, the weight will creep back up a year post surgery.

5.  Promise to never go back to overeating.  Be mindful always what you put into your mouth.  Avoid fats, bad carbs, sugars, soda, alcoholic beverages and smoking.  Your new life begins with a clean slate forever....


1.  Don't assume that this is a diet.  Of course you will lose weight with bariatric surgery, but more important is that you have to change your life.  Food can no longer take center stage.  It is there for survival reasons only.

2.  YOu need to measure portions.  Do not eat at all-you-can-eat-buffets.  Those days are done!

3.  Don't forget to ask people to help you to lift things in the beginning post op.  That includes groceries, babies, pets. Just be careful.

4.  Don't buy too many clothes because you will be losing weight fast and will require clothes in every size.  Many of us shop at 2nd hand stores while losing weight.

5.  Don't stop going to support groups and doctor's follow up appts.  Don't stop taking your vitamins ever or you can screw your body up.  They are lifelong.
By MamaBear2_6 - 1/2/2013 6:12:59 AM
Nanci, Nadia has great do's and don'ts. Always remember, you are not in this alone, you have a wealth of information and support, take advantage of that when you need to. Reach out to those who have been here before you and are currently with you.  It is a different way of living.

Best of all, enjoy your new life.
By nanci - 1/8/2013 7:27:01 AM
thanks for the tips i like te pillow one the best
By Nadia - 1/8/2013 12:27:05 PM
Nanci, A friend who had bariatric surgery with Dr. Holland prior to myself had read the bariatric book by Barbara Thompson and she shared that idea with bring a pillow for the ride back home post surgery.  I am so glad that I listened.  Even with the pillow, the ride home was uncomfortable.  I can't imagine what it would have been like without the pillow.  I am glad that you like this idea, Nanci.