UGH – Downfalls of High Protein

So, one of the big downfalls for me to my surgery has been the ongoing battle with constipation.  When I was on the iron supplements, it was horrible.  Going to the bathroom once a week sucked donkey nuts.  Now that they’ve taken me off my iron supplement, I still have to be really mindful to get in my fiber. 

So, I try my damnedest to get fiber in any way I can.  I am not allowed to take things like Metamucil or Benefiber (my surgeon’s orders) but I am supposed to eat fiber rich foods when I can.  Problem is, on the bariatric diet, you are supposed to eat proteins first, and then veggies/fruits next and grains last.  I tend to fill up on protein, which doesn’t leave me a whole lot of room for the other stuff.

I’ve been trying to be good at getting a good balance of things.  I’ve been trying to incorporate more raw veggies since I don’t have issues eating them.  Lots of fruit.  And I force myself to eat oatmeal every day.  I tried the kashi cereals, but they’ve upped the amount of sugars in them, and now I dump on them.  I tried fiber one and gassed myself out.  So, oatmeal it is.

Constipation blows y’all.  B-L-O-W-S.

One day, I’ll get this all figured out.  One day.

Until then, thank God for Dulcolax.


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Karen
    May 11, 2011 @ 00:17:33

    Hi Bea,
    I just wanted to give you some advice about your constipation – being that I am a post-bariatric patient I can sympathize with your problem – two months post surgery I ended up in the ED impacted two separate times because I did not know and was not told about the constipation issue. I have been doing this for the last six months and I have never been constipated since.

    Anyways this is what I do which is okay with my surgeon and nutritionist:
    Every other night, I drink a glass of water with Miralax mixed in (Walmart or Target has their own brand which works just as well and is much cheaper) and I also take two Sienna tablets to soften my stool. Target actually sells them, they come in a bottle of 60 and they are totally natural so they won’t harm your digestive system.

    Hope this has been helpful. Take care.


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