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Question I have... Why do Medifast recipes for white sauces always tell you to stir milk in "gradually"? Thanks in advance for any answer. Another quick question... Admission: I am struggling with hard foods..

My nut said not to rely so much on the shakes; I don't actually mind them as I am not hungry..

However, while I have eaten toast, baked potato, and bbq ribs (amongst all my soft and chewy Eggface, chicken, turkey and tuna choices) I am really reluctant to start introducing harder things into my pouch..

I LOVE vegetables. Every form. But crunchy seems impossible, stringy seems punitive and fibrous too challenging..

At 7-8 weeks, I should be further out on this. If I have any cravings they are for green beans, salads, corn, peas, carrots (and many of these raw)..

So, some of this is psychosomatic and some is real. For people 8 weeks plus (or with less restrictive diets than I) - is my fear unfounded?.

Thank you for your thoughts..

O..

asked May 09 at 17:41

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Good question... I dunno what is the right answer. I'll do some investigation and get back to you if I bump into an decent answer. You should email the people at Medifast as they probably can answer it..

answered May 09 at 18:18

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I will just be adding in soft foods at that stage according to my plan! Sounds like to me, you are pretty well on target, but I'm not your doc or familiar with your plan! I'm almost 2 weeks out and at that point I'm suppose to add in full liquids and anything new kinda scares me at first! Good luck though!..

answered May 09 at 19:26

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Payton
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O....

Put it all in a blender first. Hard Medifast food doesn't mean you can't blend it until your big body gets the hang of it. I'm a year out and still don't do all that well with solid stuff especially animals..

Lu..

answered May 09 at 19:31

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Solid doesn't mean tough or hard. I eat a lot of beans and tofu. Scrambled egg is hard, fried egg is not..

Lu is right about meat. I now grind chicken, turkey and add gravy or mayo. Getting in the protein for the first year should not be uncomfortable..

My Nut has never had WLS. I listen to her and don't err on the basics, but what form I can tolerate is my decision. Just don't rely on slider foods. That is the real issue.....

answered May 09 at 20:16

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This may not be the experience of others, but vegetables raw and cooked were very easy for me even at four weeks post.

Surgery.

I made sure to chew them well and not swallow chunks..

Carrots were especially good. I eat all kinds of raw vegetables and love them. Have to limit them though, so I have room for proteins..

Chris..

answered May 09 at 21:07

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Priscilla
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Well I recomend you do try things the biggest thing is to take your time and chew chew chew I will be 5 months post op on Dec 5 and still have trouble every now and then and it's hard to break the habits of the protein shakes and yogurts they are just so much easier..

answered May 09 at 22:38

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Thanks everyone. I am missing veggie stirfry, particularly. Thanks to you, I will try to crush each veg up first, eat protein before that and then chew the heck out of it..

Ricky, I am going to remember this as I conquer my Medifast food fears:.

"My Nut has never had WLS. I listen to her and don't err on the basics, but what form I can tolerate is my decision."..

answered May 09 at 23:40

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I will be 2 years out in February.. man it's hard to believe it was that long ago.. hehe. It took me a little over a year to get to the point to be able to just tell what I would be able to tolerate that day... you will eventually be able to wake up and know.. There are still days when I dont eat things that are more dense in consistency..

Some things are just too dry no matter how much gravy you put on it.. hehe. Good Luck it will get easier I promise!..

answered May 10 at 00:12

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Byron
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As a kid I remember being told "chew 30 times before swallowing..." As I preceeded thru the different stages I found myself playing that in my brain as I ate. At times I listened and other times didn't. Your pouch will let you know if "the next time you eat that item - you better chew more before swallowing.".

Just take each "hard - raw - food" a day at a time - kind of like baby steps. For if you are like me you don't want to screw up your pouch/new tummy. Just learn to listen to your pouch and you will be a happy camper. I know of some people who are yrs out who still have shakes at least once a day rather than eating Medifast food at each meal...

answered May 10 at 00:48

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The only "hard" Medifast food I have trouble with is chicken breast. At your stage I ate chicken thighs cooked in the crock pot with cream of celery soup. I also found a high protein frozen meatball that I ate with Classico spaghetti sauce which is low sugar. I had cubed steak or hamburger. I am 6 months out and up until now have not been allowed any carbs at all, so I couldn't eat baked potato, peas, corn, toast etc. I really haven't conquered raw vegetables at this point. I have totally focused on protein, so I mostly eat meat or beans, and a very small amount of veges or fruit...

answered May 10 at 01:42

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