Am I Full?

Sep 12, 2022

Eating after bariatric surgery is challenging. There are several guidelines that are recommended, but change is difficult and old habits are hard to break. One of the difficult changes to wrap your head around post-surgery is the new feeling of fullness. Some describe it as a “tight” feeling in their stomach while others report hiccups, pressure, indigestion, sneezing, or a runny nose. All of these symptoms can be signs of fullness. So, how do you avoid this uncomfortable feeling?

Way to Avoid the “Full” Feeling:

  1. Measure all portions. If you are measuring consistently, you should not get to the point of “full.”
  2. Separate liquids and solids by at least 30 minutes. This is arguably one of the most difficult guidelines to follow because it is often a habit to grab a drink and “wash your food down.” Separating liquids and solid allows for your food to fill your stomach and not become overly full with fluid.
  3. Chew 20-30 times each bite. Focus on chewing your food until it is a pureed consistency.
  4. Take 20-30 minutes to eat your meal. This is also difficult because portions are small, and we are often in a hurry to finish our meals. Slow down!
  5. If you have questions, read out to your support team.
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