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It is only five days. And in the next five days you will learn your pouch is working; you will take control of your eating and snacking behaviors; and you will remember why you had weight loss surgery in the first place.

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Days 1 & 2: Liquid Protein
Days 1 and 2 of the plan are healing days. You treat your pouch like a newborn with gentle liquids and soups. Pouch inflammation is reduced and processed carbohydrate cravings subside. Mental focus is on listening to and respecting your body. Your menu on Days 1 and 2 mimics the early days and weeks following bariatric surgery. A diet of simple liquids, including protein drinks, clear broth, creamy soups, and hearty soups takes the guess work out of meal planning so you can focus on making well and making right your WLS tool.

Quick List: low-carb protein shakes, broth, clear or cream soups, sugar-free gelatin and pudding. Carb Monster Soup Mixes.

Recipes for Days 1 & 2

The first two days are all liquids. You can have as many low-carb protein shakes and/or soup servings as you like to satisfy hunger or cravings. In addition drink at least six 8-ounce glasses of water each day. The purpose of all liquids is to break any snacking, grazing or processed carbohydrate habits. In addition the liquids will work to cleanse your system and prepare you for the following three days.

You can have as many liquid meals as needed in response to hunger or cravings. Some people are inclined to restrict food intake during the 5 Day Pouch Test: this is not encouraged because it leads to increased hunger cravings and frustration. Do not restrict food intake: less is not better. Pay close attention to the signals your body gives and when you are hungry eat something from the approved menu for the day. Soups are measured in 1-cup servings and protein drinks are measured as the recipe or package directs. Stop eating when you feel full or after 15 minutes. Wait one full hour before eating again and eat only if you feel hungry selecting something from the approved foods for the day. 15 Minute Rule

It is very important to drink a minimum of 64 ounces of water each day. This will prevent dehydration, will help curb cravings and will flush your body of toxins and fat. Sufficient water intake improves kidney function and cell processes.

If you notice symptoms of carbohydrate withdrawal you can eat a small piece of melon or an orange. You can also try a dose of Emergen-C which should reduce headache, dizziness or cramping from carbohydrate withdrawal.

Feed the Carb Monster: Recipes for Days 1 & 2

I'm feeling nauseated and want soft carbs, Why?
Answer: Carbohydrate withdrawal. Often nausea on the 5 Day Pouch Test is caused by carbohydrate withdrawal. When any heavily consumed food is withdrawn from the diet the body is likely to experience symptoms of withdrawal that may include headache, dizziness, cramping, and nausea. This is not unique to our WLS body; this is a simple fact of biology. On the 5DPT when processed carbs are withdrawn many people report symptoms of “carbohydrate withdrawal.” Do not suffer through this. If you notice symptoms of carbohydrate withdrawal eat a small piece of melon, some berries, an apple or an orange. Any low-glycemic fruit or vegetable will reduce the symptoms of carbohydrate withdrawal.

You may also try a serving of Emergen-C® energy booster fizzy drink mix, which is known to reduce the symptoms and discomfort of carbohydrate withdrawal. In addition, Emergen-C® provides B vitamins for energy and C vitamins for immunity along with many other vitamins and minerals. You can count a serving of Emergen-C® as part of your daily intake of water. Do not be put off by the 5 or 6 grams carbohydrate per serving: these are beneficial nutrient dense big-bang-for-your-buck carbs. You can get Emergen-C in our Bookstore or at most major retailers.

Check out Chapter 4 in your The 5 Day Pouch Test Owner's Manual for 20 pages of information to enable your successful 5 Day Pouch Test and Beyond!

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Kaye Bailey is the author of countless articles syndicated in several languages, and books available in print and electronic format including The 5 Day Pouch Test Owner's Manual 2nd Edition 2012, (1st Edition 2008 out-of-print, 50K copies in circulation); Day 6: Beyond the 5 Day Pouch Test (2009 – 3rd Printing January 2015); Cooking with Kaye Methods to Meals: Protein First Recipes You Will Love (2012).

What protein drink should I have on the 5 Day Pouch Test?

Answer: Protein Fortified Beverages Protein shakes, protein drinks, protein breakfast drinks are all protein fortified beverages. Look for ready-to-drink (RTD) beverages that have at least 15 grams of protein and fewer than 5 grams of carbohydrate per serving. Protein powder drinks are acceptable as well, providing they meet the same criterion of 15 grams protein and fewer than 5 grams carbohydrate. Homemade protein smoothies are a favorable addition to the 5DPT menu. They can be created with or without protein powder using low-fat cottage cheese, yogurt and fruit or berries. See the recipe section. Each of us has a unique taste preference when it comes to protein beverages. You are responsible for finding the protein beverage you like and using it as part of your long-term weight management diet.

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