I would like to know the answer too. Anyone here know what is the right answer. I'll do some Googling and get back to you if I got an good answer. You should email the people at Medifast as they probably could give you help..
>>>Olive Garden Bread sticks dipped in hot olive oil and butter???..
Rice expands when it is in your stomach and that is what causes the pain and gas/bloating. If you want to try rice, do the brown rice as it won't expand as much. Make it at home and add about 1/3 more water than it calls for that way your rice is already expanded more and won't expand in your stomach/pouch and cause as much pain/gas/bloating..
That is what our bariatric coordinator/nutritionist tells us.. But there is no protein in rice, so use it in small amounts if you use it at all..
I also personally do not do protein shakes in place of a meal. My surgeon says we shouldn't be doing the shakes after about 6 months out. We should be able to eat enough protein that we don't need them, and I prefer to eat Medifast food rather than drink. I just try to make healthy choices..
I haven't even tried Olive Garden. Don't want to go there! White bread is not my friend anymore and dipped in olive oil and butter? I would be in the toilet within minutes of trying that one. I don't eat too many breads anymore and if I do, I try to only eat multigrain or whole wheat or something a bit more nutritous..
It is nice you could eat a breadstick - I wouldn't even try one after I saw a post on here about someone who tried an Olive Garden breadstick and then he had to have.
! I eat very little bread and if I do, it makes me feel funny. I'd like nothing better than a nice paninni but that won't happen! My nut said having a protein drink for a meal was OK. But I am just 6 months out now. Sometimes I can't think of anything to eat s that is just easier!..
Checkout Quinoa! It is a nice rice substitute and contains protein. There are varieties and recipes that make it very versatile..
Oatmeal is the go to carb for me and I have it every morning...
I was told by my Dr. not to touch bread, pasta, rice, or potatoes until six months out and then only whole grain and very little of it. I have to be honest, I would love nothing better than to eat some pasta but know that it would probably stop my weight loss. Those foods are what put this weight on me. I would call the nutritionist and talk to them about it if I were you...
You may want to.
The breadstick thing. Here's what happened to UpNorthGuy:.
Regarding the rice, I was instructed to avoid/limit all simple sugars. This icludes rice, potatos, breads not made from 100% whole grains, etc..
Let me speculate on one possibility for why you got sick (there are other possibilities). Foods such as rice, potato, breads are easily and quickly converted by your body to sugar - not too much different than drinking syrup. Whenever a lot of sugar is made available to your body all at once, it is not uncommon for GBS patients to get ill..
No everyone experiences this though. You'll get to know what works for you via trial and error. But you learn faster when you consciously observe...
Wow Bob, not to be judgemental...but why in the world would you want to eat thick breadsticks dipped in oil and butter? They have zero nutritional value. Wouldn't you rather go to Olive Garden and have a piece of chicken breast or something that was better for you? Just sayin. I eat half a slice of toasted whole wheat toast very rarely, but no icky nasty white bread...
Bob, my surgeon and nut have told me that post-surgery, my Medifast diet will be lean proteins and non-starchy veggies. No pasta, No bread, No white potatoes or rice, No sugar. Also, I know that those are the things that packed the weight on menot protein and veggies. After going through with GBS, why would I want to eat the things that made me obese to start with? (Well, I may want to, but I won't.) I'm not judging here, just asking you to think about this. I know for me, one of my problem habits has been restaurant eating, rather than menu planning and cooking for myself. For me to succeed long-term, I have to change that behavior.
Social occasions that center on food, trying to replace those with hikes with friends, etc. Just something for you to think about...
Do you substitute a meal with your protien shake. I take this 40 ounce bottle of muscle milk with 45 gms of protien. It takes me almost 30 minutes to drink it all. Afterwards I feel so full, I can't eat anything. So by dinnertime, all I have had is my one egg, one piece of toast, and two strips of bacon for breakfast. I try to force myself to eat some soup, but I just can't..
Also, I'm getting much more in tune with what I can eat. The childs plate at Lubys is a favorite, but even then I can't finish it..
Finally, has anybody got any ideas why we cant eat rice? I tried the other day and it led to a major episode of kneeling before the "great white toilet god"!.
I found out that eating Olive Garden Bread sticks dipped in hot olive oil and butter go down real easy and dont cause any problems. Its the same sauce that they put on the stuffed mushrooms. Ask and they will give you a little bowl. Take small pieces and dip them in the olive oil, and wait for a great treat!..
I know for the first yr I did not eat rice..
2 yrs out I eat rice but brown rice. I don't like white rice anymore. I mix the "cookied" rice with ground beef and lots of veggies (tomato sauce with any or all of the following, green & red peppers, onions, peas, corn, green beans, carrots) to where I have more meat and veggies than rice...
Bread=sugar. Bread=major gas. Not worth it! I was also told not to have it. Yes my dr said I can use protein smoothies. I love them for breakfast. I can't believe you can eat an egg, a whole piece of toast AND two pieces of bacon! I can't even eat eggs without major sulfur gas!..
I found out that starches are not the way to go for at least six months. They give you a false sense of being full and I had one friend that said she believes they affected her weight loss once she started incorporating them in her Medifast diet she said her weight loss slowed. I am concentrating on meat and veggies and I am staying away from starches right now!..
My doc who is not only a surgeon but has a degree in nutrition also said to stop the protein shakes ASAP. Our smaller upper intestine can't absorb that much protein when it whooses by in a liquid shake, so some of the protein gets a ride straight to the colon (large intestine). The colon is designed to absorb water, not the large protein molecules, and the bacteria living there have a party when all that left over protein comes in from the small intestine. Results in gas, bloating, feeling of fullness (but without the nutritional basis) and sometimes interference with the water absorption that the colon is supposed to be doing, resulting in diarrhea. I could see why a smoothy might work more bulk, less protein but a 45 protein hit in a thin shake may be too much for your system. Anyway, that's per my doc and you don't even have to pay for this!..
I just read your original post again Bob...was it a typo, or do you really drink 40 OUNCES of protein shake in 30 mins? It takes me almost 30 minutes to drink an 8-10 ounce protein shake and it fills me up for sure. I'm not sure of the exact number, but our bodies can't absorb that much protein at once. I want to say it's around 30 grams, so the rest is probably just a waste. You might want to try 1/2 that, or 1/3..
I dunno, sometimes I get so pouty, I feel like a 13 year old girl beginning puberty! (my wifes comparison). I whine and complain about the bland sameness. Sometimes I don't want to eat at all, if it has to be the same stuff. I try to eat a variety, and I have paid the price! 8 weeks out and 60 pounds lost so far. So I guess I haven't been going too much over board. I just mean a small piece of the bread.
Routine is a killer1 Anyway doesn't anybody besides me cheat just a little?..