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My first question is What kind of health Medifast recipes are you looking for? Thanks in advance for any answer or 2. Another question on my mind: So, I have been on my pre-surgery Medifast diet since November 8th. I have been doing really well. The first two days I was starving, but my body quickly adjusted. Also, lost 17 pound since then when I got on the scale yesterday. Overall, I have been doing great to get ready for my.

Surgery.

On the 23rd (Tuesday!!). So, last night, I decided to give in. I went and got a slice of cheese pizza and sadly ate the entire slice. I am disapointed in myself. I really was not hungry, just really missed the taste of pizza. I am now not only worried that my liver will start to enlarge again, but that I am also still too addicted to food.

Today I went right back to what I am supposed to do but I am disapointed in myself that I gave into the craving. I want to be healthy and not eat just for the taste but to fuel my body. Well, thanks for.

Listening.

To my rant...

asked May 09 at 05:28

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Leila
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That's a good question. I'm not sure what is the right answer to your question. I'll do some poking around and get back to you if I discover an anything. You should email the people at Medifast as they probably could answer your Medifast question..

answered May 09 at 06:14

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Allie
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Oh no! I too am on a.

Liquid diet.

It is very hard. I too have thought about cheating, but I am afraid of the consequences. I was told by my Dr. if my liver is not small enough, he would have to make a large incision....that I do not want. You can do it!!!! If you think you are going to eat again, get on here and chat or go shopping. That's what keeps my mind busy..

answered May 09 at 06:40

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Landyn
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It's over and done, so please dont beat yourself up! Shame will drive you into the comforting (temporarily) arms of food. Honestly, you should be proud of the fact that you went right back to doing the right thing today..

If we could all keep ourselves under control for the rest of our lives, we wouldn't need GBS, would we?.

You are human and doing the best you can. These days will soon be over because you will have a secret weapon!.

(Hugs).

JJ..

answered May 09 at 08:02

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Bryce
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Don't be so hard on yourself. My Dr. only required a.

Liquid diet.

For 3 days prior to.

Surgery.

, so just jump back on the wagon, you're almost there! We will probably always be addicted to food, we just have to fight this battle everyday for the rest of our lives. You can do it! Good luck with your.

Surgery.

...

answered May 09 at 09:37

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Audrina
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I wasn't required to be on a.

Liquid diet.

At all! I just couldn't eat after midnight! My nutritionist did want me to have a protein shake in place of one meal every day the week before. I would have found it rough to be on liquids for weeks before - you are doing fine, put it behind you. Best wishes for your.

Surgery.

...

answered May 09 at 10:36

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Ain't nobody perfect...lol You should be very proud of yourself for jumping right back on the wagon. I was told while on my liver reduction Medifast diet for 3 months, that they didn't expect me to do perfect and as long as I jumped back on the wagon I would be fine..

Hang in there, you're almost there!.

((((HUGS)))).

Laura..

answered May 09 at 11:40

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Malia
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Maryann,.

Long story short, forgive yourself and get back to giving this serious effort. In the long run, this really is about changing behaviors and, more fundamentally, changing the way we think. But that task far larger - and takes far longer - than most imagine when they begin the journey. OK, now a bit of the longer story....

I'm a little over 1 year post op and I'm at a normal BMI for the first time in my life. I no longer use insulin and other diabetic meds. I am delighted with my success to date..

And yet.... I do not consider myself "under control" - I still get cravings all the time. I still screw up from time to time. To FUBAR is human. As it turns out, I can resist pretty much anything, with the sole exception being temptation..

Thus, for me, avoidance is a necessary component of my overall weight management program. Bad crap does not enter the house and I.

Avoid.

Many food-centered events. I reserve & FIRMLY ENFORCE this zero-tolerance policy - bad crap is thrown away on sight, regardless of how much it cost, why it is there o who's feelings may be hurt, and without notification, apology or even explanation..

Smells are huge triggers for me - worst of all smells for me: bacon, barbecue, and dough nuts. When I smell these, all my rational thinking goes right out the window. All my hard work and effort is a dinstant memory unable to compete with the primal urge to gorge myself on these fine foods. Thus, I.

Avoid.

When and where possible..

Like most medicines, avoidance should be viewed as having a "Therapeutic Window". That is to say, if you don't take enough, it doesn't work. And if you take too much, it can be harmful. Somewhere between those two ends of the spectrum lies what medical professionals call the "therapeutic window" of the treatment. Finding the right dosage of avoidance - one that helps but does not cause huge problems is a highly individual matter..

There is myth being spread far and wide these days: that simple education is all anyone needs to control their weight. In a nutshell:.

Eat Less.

, Move More (ELMM). That advice is repeated over and over ad nauseam - as if it were magic pixie dust. It is a sad fact that, even today, a great many primary care physicians treat obesity solely with the ELMM mantra..

Obesity expert Dr. Arya M. Sharma notes that ELMM is a 'remarkable failure' as a strategy to demonstrate any lasting effect on reducing obesity rates. Dr. Sharma is Professor of Medicine & Chair for Cardiovascular Obesity.

Research.

And Management, University of Alberta..

At the same time Dr. Sharma acknowledges that yes, eating less and moving more are certainly part of the equation. But efforts to control obesity through that advice alone is doomed to failure. Imagine yourself in front of a triple-locked door and having people tell you that you can get to the room on the other side by opening the door and.

Walking.

Through. Yes, that's true as far as it goes but what are the keys and where are the keys?.

Bottom line: Finding your own keys is really the goal of this journey you've begun. Do not underestimate the size, complexity, difficulty and the highly individual nature of what will be a life-long process. Were it as simple as ELMM, if one size truly fit all, then no one would ever need weight loss.

Surgery.

Best wishes!..

answered May 09 at 12:16

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Marry Ann,.

Ain't a one of is here that's perfect! The important thing is you stayed aware and jumped right back on the horse! One slice of pizza will not enlarge your liver, so just let it go. Beating yourself up only perpetuates the stressful cycle of guilt & self-condemnation that leads right back to self medicating with food. You recognize that you are addicted to food, knowing this you can begin to develop coping strategies that will help you to break free and get healthy. You can do this! Be gentle with yourself and make choices that serve your health and well being! {{{Hugs}}}..

answered May 09 at 12:20

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I am preop but what you said really hit home for me and I am sure many other. ELMM is not the magic equation or there would be no WLS. I to fear that I will stuggle with Medifast food and fallng off the "wagon". I am used to planning events/vacations around resteraunts and eating with my family. As many people have stated I like Medifast food and I like the taste of lots of thing and eat for the taste, for the comfort...to fill space. I know that none of us are perfect and we have to find what it is that will work for each and everyone of us. If that is total avoidance then so be it, if it is a bite or eating off a saucer, whatever but always know that you are human and we are all here to suppoprt you when you have these moments...

answered May 09 at 12:59

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Donovan
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Don't beat yourself up b/c you only ate one piece! That is not terrible!.

After.

Surgery.

You won't be able to eat pizza for a while, so it's good that you were able to enjoy it!!..

answered May 09 at 14:06

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"I am now not only worried that my liver will start to enlarge again, but that I am also still too addicted to food.".

MaryAnn, "too addicted" is like a little bit pregnant. If you truly believe, as I do, that compulsive eaing is one symptom of Medifast food addiction, you may want to check some of the articles in the Twelve Step OverEater's Focus Group:.

Http://www.dailystrength.org/groups.....

answered May 09 at 15:29

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Alyson
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So, I have been on my pre-surgery Medifast diet since November 8th. I have been doing really well. The first two days I was starving, but my body quickly adjusted. Also, lost 17 pound since then when I got on the scale yesterday. Overall, I have been doing great to get ready for my.

Surgery.

On the 23rd (Tuesday!!). So, last night, I decided to give in. I went and got a slice of cheese pizza and sadly ate the entire slice. I am disapointed in myself. I really was not hungry, just really missed the taste of pizza. I am now not only worried that my liver will start to enlarge again, but that I am also still too addicted to food.

Today I went right back to what I am supposed to do but I am disapointed in myself that I gave into the craving. I want to be healthy and not eat just for the taste but to fuel my body. Well, thanks for.

Listening.

To my rant...

answered May 09 at 15:41

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Sierra
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Thank you all for your help. Jerry I really appreciate everything you said...

answered May 09 at 16:53

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Mariah
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Well ofcourse you appreciate jerry's wisdom. The guys got a phd in this shit.

Lu.

With barritweet Jerry and these nurses around here this place is mote benificial than my real life fat ppl class...

answered May 09 at 17:36

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Noel
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Put it into perspective, it was one slice of pizza, not one whole pizza. And while it was not on your plan, it was also not an insurmountable amount of extra calories. Stick with the.

Liquid diet.

From now on and finish what you've started. You CAN do this!..

answered May 09 at 18:24

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Cali
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You have been doing so good, don't beat yourself up! I seriously doubt one slice of pizza will undo all the benefits of the liquid diet! You would have to eat way more than that!.

That said, when they say to you the morning of.

Surgery.

"have you followed your diet?" You just smile and say "yes". You don't need to treat it like a confessional and tell them everything. You did follow the plan!.

I know some surgeons are real sticklers and will cancel surgeries if they hear that someone "cheated" We had one gentleman on our cath table that tried 3 times and just couldn't make it through the preop diet. My first thought was "no one is following you around with a video camera, just lie!" If you are truly really following your Medifast diet plan and had only 1 small slip, you will be fine..

Like several people pointed out every plan is different some have you do a preop diet, some don't. Some make you do the bowel prep the day before some don't. It is all in what the surgeon likes. Even within the same practice it can vary from dr. to dr., so you truly will be ok. You didn't do anything that makes it tougher or more risky or anything.



You will have slip ups post op as well. We are human. They are operating on our stomachs not on our tastebuds or our brains. You will have times when you eat the wrong thing or too much or whatever, and you will learn the consequences. And then you will have times when you know you "shouldn't eat ____________(fill in the blank)" and you decide the heck with it and choose to eat it and suffer later. We all do it.

That is how we learn. We are like our kids we can't learn from what others say, we have to truly experience it for ourselves to learn!.

You will be fine. You already proved you are committed by jumping back on and then sharing and asking for support. That is what wiill help you get through this and that is what will make you successful!.

Good Luck!.

Laura..

answered May 09 at 18:45

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Braxton
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@ RickyDee: Thanks. I joined..

Hope.

It will help!..

answered May 09 at 18:51

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Dennis
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I haven't eaten anything bread or carby since July 27. I have pizza minus the dough just make it myself. Now I'm totally pre-op, so I'm sticking to limited protein and greens... I also don't have a.

Liquid diet.

To follow, but my pre-op Medifast diet is pretty strict, so I just try to follow it, drink A LOT of water and get good.

Exercise.

Each day. My.

Surgery.

Is Dec. 8 and I've lost 120 pounds pre-op... I just want to keep showing weight loss through.

Surgery.

... I'll be watching what I eat and getting good.

Exercise.

Tonight! Good luck to you! One piece of Pizza is not going to matter in the end. Good job stopping at ONE...

answered May 09 at 20:17

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Riley
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@mapajo: Wow! 120 pounds is great! I have lost 17 pre-op but my pre-op Medifast diet was only two weeks. Best of luck to you!!..

answered May 09 at 20:59

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