Let me start by saying, every individual is different. Every surgeon is different. If you are reading this and you are on your journey to weight loss surgery, ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS listen to YOUR surgeon and medical team.
My surgeon instructed me to start a “liver reduction diet” two weeks before my surgery. The purpose of this diet is to make it easier for the surgeon to move your liver out of the way so they can focus on your stomach during surgery. The first week of the liver reduction diet is made up of a daily diet of 2 bariatric protein shakes, 2 bariatric snacks (crisps or bars) and one meal of lean meat and green veggies – NO/LOW carbs, NO caffeine, NO sugar – and 64 ounces of liquids. I started on December 13th and this part of the diet was not THAT complicated or difficult but that one meal a day was CHERISHED let me tell you!
The second week of this diet was very simple. Five bariatric shakes a day. Only that. No solid foods, no snacks, no cheating. This was HARD. I missed chewing. I missed real food. I could still have hydrating liquids and that included sugar-free popsicles so they were my jam. They still are. Yummy.
The liver reduction diet requires planning, willpower and commitment. Basically this sets you up for success after surgery as well. It also gives you bad breath, low energy and dry skin! By the last few days, it was all I could do to get those shakes down. The last day, I think I only drank three. There was just no way. I was tired of them and just tired in general. Keep in mind that on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day I was on liquids only. My family was so kind and understanding and did everything they could to make things easier on me. During this time I still cooked for my family and was around food…I knew that it was going to require me to keep doing that after my surgery so I figured I should start learning to resist temptations! Easier said than done but I did it!
Twenty-four hours before the surgery, I had to stop all red and purple liquids. That means only orange sugar free popsicles! 🙂 As usual, nothing to eat after midnight the night before surgery. My surgery was scheduled for 10:30 AM so I had to be there at 8:30 AM. I was so beyond ready. Prayer helped me so much here. I felt a peace that I couldn’t have come by alone. I was ready.