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Old 07-05-2017, 11:48 PM   #91
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Me too and the best ones I've found are the organic, unsulfured ones at Costco - not sure if you're near one or not but they're worth looking for if you are!
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Old 07-06-2017, 07:02 AM   #92
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After my colostomy reversal, my doctor prescribed a stool softener and told me never to allow myself to get constipated. I took the stool softener for a long time, but I don't know if he meant forever, or just until my bowel healed where they stitched it back together. I have Colace on hand at all times and do take it if I need it, but I do not eat VLC so constipation is not usually a problem for me.
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Old 07-06-2017, 09:35 AM   #93
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My surgeon never mentioned a stool softener at all to me. He did say to avoid constipation. My PCP told me to keep Milk of Magnesia on hand and if I felt like I was becoming constipated, to take "a slug" of it at night!

So far, eating the dried apricots and drinking plenty of water have kept things in the right direction. I love the apricots so I'm pretty happy with this solution. I also love prunes so if need be I can switch up.

The dried fruit is not really part of a low carb diet plan, which is my preferred eating style, BUT it is working and it is not causing me other problems from a hunger standpoint so I'm gonna keep at it.

Last night, for the first time since my hospitalization, I had some refried beans and some nice soft butter lettuce and some taco sauce on a tostada. It tasted great and I have had no bad effects so far from it! Feels good to be getting some of my old favorites back into my menu plans.

Just want to say too, thanks to everyone who has contributed to this thread. It really helps me to know I'm not alone in this - in fact, just about everyone I've talked to IRL about this either has had an experience with it or knows someone close who has. I guess it's pretty common.
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Although not usually part of a low carb plan, the apricots have a lot of good nutrition, and it's not as though you are eating baked goods or sweets. If your body is handling them well, go for it!

Glad to hear you are doing so much better!
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Old 07-07-2017, 03:45 PM   #95
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I have added in a few things that wouldn't typically be on a LC menu, like the baked potatoes with butter and Greek yogurt. They were particularly comforting during my recovery and they still taste great to me and have not seemed to affect me negatively.

Being in maintenance for what seems like eons now, I have adjusted my foods slightly so that things like those 'taters and apricots are not a large part of my diet, but seem to be doing well for me at this point, and I think adding some "soft" fiber to my diet while I ease back into something closer to LC.

Thankfully eating meats and fats has not been a problem either. I even had that bit of butter lettuce and refried beans on my tostada the other night and am happy to report that everything there seemed to settle in nicely as well!

Tonight, bone-in ribeye steak grilled over oak and fresh rosemary sprigs, and half an avocado with mayo, unless I get my butt in gear and cook the big artichoke I bought in which case I'll ditch the avocado tonight in favor of half an artichoke with mayo!
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Old 07-09-2017, 08:08 PM   #96
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As long as you aren't eating the apricots with fat,it seems they are okay.
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Nope. I have a glass of water with my morning probiotic, then about 4 of the apricots, then nothing til lunch. Another 2 or 3 mid-afternoon. Seems to be working fine!
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Old 07-11-2017, 10:39 AM   #98
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Personal question..Dried apricots treated with sulfides make me kind of gassy..Is there a brand that they make without the sulfides?
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The ones I got at Costco were unsulfured, organic, and according to the package, "Unmessed with!" LOL!

They're brown instead of the orange we expect, because of no sulphur, but they are really good. In fact I'm gonna buy another bag today when I go to Costco. Hopefully they still have them!
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Old 07-11-2017, 01:54 PM   #100
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The ones I got at Costco were unsulfured, organic, and according to the package, "Unmessed with!" LOL!

They're brown instead of the orange we expect, because of no sulphur, but they are really good. In fact I'm gonna buy another bag today when I go to Costco. Hopefully they still have them!
Next time, I'm in KCity, I'll go with my Dd. Maybe they have them online.
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HA, brilliant - and they do have them! I just looked. It's a 3-pack for $52.99 which sounds expensive but I think they're two pound bags - so less than paying $9.99/lb or more at the grocery store. AND no sulfur!
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I ordered some from Amazon. One reviewer said she ate 11 of them and experienced lots of distress.
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I can imagine! I mean, it's like eating 11 fresh apricots - why would you do that?

Well, they do taste really good. Hope you enjoy them. Don't eat 11 though!
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I ate 2..Dh didn't like them as well as the orangey sulphur ones..No gastric distress so far.
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They take a little getting used to when you're accustomed to eating those other ones!
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I like them and I think they are helping with my C problem.
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I opened a new package today - turns out, they're NOT the same brand as I originally got at Costco! Dang them. You never know what you're gonna get.

In any event, these are good too, but DH ate a couple and said he found them "bitter" - good - now he won't eat up my apricots, LOL!
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