He’s cheating on diet, right?

Updated on November 7, 2019 in Post-Operation Surgery Questions & Answers
4 on September 18, 2019

My husband moved into the last phase of the diet where he’s slowly incorporating regular, whole foods into his diet to build his tolerance.  Well, he did great through the other phases of the diet, but now he’s getting really sick.  He feels sick to his stomach, starts sweating a lot, and has to run to the bathroom after he has eaten. He called me to pick him up at work and said he couldn’t drive himself home.  I took him straight to the ER and thankfully everything still looks good.  During the visit he told the doctor he was making proper food choices, but my husband has to be cheating on his diet, right?  

 
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0 on September 18, 2019

Amanda, if you’re asking whether your husband’s reaction to eating while at work proves he cheated on his diet, the answer is no. For many of us, eating real food again is super tough in the beginning.  First, your digestive system has to adapt.  Second, you’ve done without real food for a long time!  The liquid diet, the mushy diet, it feels like it all lasts ages, so when you finally can eat real food, it’s hard not to rush it.  I don’t mean cheating on the diet, I mean just eating too fast, or having a drink when you shouldn’t, or having your body all of a sudden decide that grains are the devil.  Plus, maybe he felt rushed during his lunch break, or that was the first time he’d eaten as he didn’t find time for a snack.  There could be a lot going on other than a failure to stick to the diet.

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0 on September 18, 2019

I haven’t had my surgery yet, but I’ve read that these reactions can happen afterward, even if you aren’t cheating on your diet. You have to stick to a liquid diet for the first two weeks, a pureed diet the third week, and a soft-food diet for another 4-6 weeks, so I imagine the body needs some time to adjust when you start eating real, solid food again. 

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1 on September 20, 2019

Oh, I see.  When I googled the symptoms plus “bariatric surgery”, I got dumping syndrome in the search results.  I assumed that meant he was sneaking some foods he shouldn’t which got me worrying again about his health. Thanks for setting me straight that the cause can be more than one thing and that it isn’t necessarily bad.  I know I shouldn’t be so worried, but it’s hard to turn it off. 

on November 7, 2019

No he is probably eating too fast as well. Have him wait 2-5 min between bites he should be chewing 30 times each side to make a paste before he swallows. My guess is that he has chunks he swallows

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