hi milkQ!!!! congrats on making a decision.
let's discuss the sweetener thing - the issue is the CARBS. and sweet things are extremely high in carbs, and they're easily absorbed. this causes dumping, which makes you MISERABLE [really and truly miserable]. and makes weight loss post-surgery HARDER than it has to be.
most low-carb protein shakes/mixes use artificial sweeteners - there ARE a couple that are unsweetened, but i don't know off the top of my head what they are [i'm sure someone else around here knows].
Ya gotta keep your carbs below 15 grams at a sitting especially in the beginning - anything over that increases the risk of dumping - and those 15 grams also include the carbs in yogurt, as well as honey, sugar, molasses, and other forms of sugar that your DH is hoping might work.
Now, having said ALL THAT, the key things to remember are: from the beginning and forever, DO NOT DRINK YOUR CALORIES. if you love unsweetened iced tea - then you're good. but if you want sugar in your tea or coffee and drink several cups a day, you'll have to stop that.
the other thing is that life gets easier - the first 3 months are VERY difficult, but it's only 3 months. as time goes on, you generally get most things back, in moderation. and that's just fine.
oh. one more thing - your tastes change DRAMATICALLY after surgery - so while trying the eating plan before surgery to see if you like it is no guarantee that you'll enjoy the same things afterwards.
keep us posted!!!
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start: 506 [Sept 2001]
weight at gastric bypass [Jan 29, 2002]: 409
current weight: 225
weight for plastic surgery: 200
final goal: 180
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