Why Does My Nose Run When I Eat?

Feb 29, 2024

Upper abdomen or chest pressure, coughing, hiccupping, burping and even a runny nose can be signs you are eating too quickly and too much at one time.  Watching for these signs and following our specific dietary stages can give you assurance you are not eating too much.  Listening to your specific body cues is important.

If you experience the above symptoms:

  • Ask yourself, did I eat that food too quickly?  Did I chew the food well?
  • Be sure your protein foods are not dry ie chicken or beef on the grill or overcooked in the oven.
  • Use a smaller plate to pre-portion your food for your meal.
  • Sit down and eat your food at a table vs watching TV or being distracted with other activities.
  • Pre-measure your food, when you are on the Maintenance Stage (week 7 post-op). Begin with 2-2 1/2 oz of solid protein. Most patients cannot tolerate more than 3 oz of chicken, beef, or seafood.
  • Use a food scale.

As always, we welcome your questions and concerns if you are wondering if you are eating too much!  Contact our dietitians by MyChart, email or by phone.

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