The Rules
These are just some of the "rules" pertaining to Banding. Some surgeons and doctors offices have different guidelines. Always follow your Doctors instructions.
  1. No drinking with meals - 30/30 rule - no drinking 30 minutes before or after, There are two reasons for this. The first is to not "wash you food down". What is the point of the band if you just wash the food down and never "feel full.". In addition, and also most more important, I can testify to this, if you are well restricted and you dump water on top of a meal your pound will stretch and the food liquids can come right back up your esophagus. If you find yourself craving something to drink before, during or after your meal consider water loading before you eat.
  2. Take teeny tiny bites of food when chewing; they suggest getting a baby spoon initially after surgery to aclimate to what amount of food to put in your mouth at any given time.
  3. Chew your food to a mush/liquid before swallowing. Taking large bites and not chewing well sets you up for failure and very uncomfortable to possible pain in your chest from eating too much, too fast without chewing.
  4. No carbonated beverages. Some doctors say to wait a year some say none at all. Work with your doctor and care givers to decide what is best for you.
  5. Exercising regularly. That means 5 days a week for 30 minutes a day.
  6. Drink your water. A dehydrated body is not conducive for working the band the way its supposed to be worked.
  7. No sugar or sweets. The band cannot stop liquefied sugar, ice cream, cakes etc from sliding right down into your lower stomach. If you are craving sweets start with a piece of fruit. Or try eating some lean protein like sliced Turkey breasts. You've made the choice to have surgery to get to a healthy weight. Don't mess it up or trick your way around your band. Eat smart!
  8. After healing eat only solid meals and not "easy foods" the band does not work properly with liquids and you cannot measure "TRUE" restriction eating sweets and high calorie liquids.


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