Before getting weight loss surgery, practice chewing your food. Oh, you already chew when you eat? Not the way you have to as a post-op! It’s recommended you chew each bite 30 to 50 times before swallowing! Basically, chew until its so dissolved you feel like your chewing up your own teeth.
I didn’t bother practicing chewing properly before surgery. It was the dumbest suggestion I’d ever heard of! How hard could chewing food 30 to 50 times be? I regretted it big time. Once I moved to soft foods that actually had to be chewed, I had a really hard time paying attention and slowing down. Not realizing it, I was always a gulper.
The first few times you forget, and go back to your gulping habits (if you’re anything like me) you’ll realize your mistake very quickly. It’ll suddenly feel like you swallowed a brick, so there will be no mistaking what went wrong while you were eating. It will get “stuck” and will stay that way for quite some time until it dissolves enough to move out of your pouch. So start practicing before surgery, or if you’re a post-op like myself, use this as a reminder to chew, chew, and chew some more!