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Old 04-07-2013, 10:00 AM   #1
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I'm not sure this is a real disability, but I see a lot of people with allergies posting here and I was hoping someone could help me out with this. When I go to WDW, I will have had weight loss surgery and will be on a very strict no carb, low sugar, low sodium diet. Will I be able to find anything that I can eat?
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I would recommend looking at the menus at www.allearsnet.com. They have complete menus for all of the park and resort restaurants. Plus, they are pretty good about accommodating special requests, within reason. For example, if a place serves chicken, you could ask for a plain, grilled chicken breast with no sauce and steamed vegetables as a side. If you like salads, you might want to think about carrying your own fat-free dressing packets. You could also request that they leave off items that you can't eat (salad with veggies only, no cheese, croutons, etc.). At counter service places, you can get creative. If they serve a chicken sandwich, order it plain with no bun (i.e. a plain chicken breast). Most places will have no problem doing that.

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You said No carb,low sugar diet. There is no way this can happen as sugars are carbs. That said, the chefs are wonderful about accommodating dietary needs. You should not have problems.
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Old 04-07-2013, 03:16 PM   #4
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Thanks for the responses! Yeah, I probably won't be completely carb free, but I want to be as carb free as possible.
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Old 04-07-2013, 03:22 PM   #5
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I'm not sure this is a real disability, but I see a lot of people with allergies posting here and I was hoping someone could help me out with this. When I go to WDW, I will have had weight loss surgery and will be on a very strict no carb, low sugar, low sodium diet. Will I be able to find anything that I can eat?
Depending on which surgery you have would normally dictate my response... I will say for sure depending on your tolerance to food... grilled chicken with no sauce, no bun but yes to lettuce/tomato same with hamburger/cheeseburger, no bun yes lettuce/tomato again depending on which surgery you have... some surgeons do not release for lettuce/tomato until 4-6 months post surgery due to them being raw which could cause problems with the new stomach. For sure stay away from breads/pasta and rice no matter which surgery version you have. I know after I had my band inserted my first trip to WDW 6 months later I carried protein powder with me and ordered milk and mixed the protein powder with it. At dinner I had soup and that was it. I will be having my band removed later this year and have the sleeve done and looking forward to the challenges that come with it.

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Depending on which surgery you have would normally dictate my response... I will say for sure depending on your tolerance to food... grilled chicken with no sauce, no bun but yes to lettuce/tomato same with hamburger/cheeseburger, no bun yes lettuce/tomato again depending on which surgery you have... some surgeons do not release for lettuce/tomato until 4-6 months post surgery due to them being raw which could cause problems with the new stomach. For sure stay away from breads/pasta and rice no matter which surgery version you have. I know after I had my band inserted my first trip to WDW 6 months later I carried protein powder with me and ordered milk and mixed the protein powder with it. At dinner I had soup and that was it. I will be having my band removed later this year and have the sleeve done and looking forward to the challenges that come with it.

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I'm getting the sleeve done.
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I'm getting the sleeve done.
How far out from your surgery will you be going? That will make a huge difference.

Low sodium is not going to happen at any counter service, but at table service I'm sure you can make the request.

As far as the low carb, it is not going to be a problem anywhere. Any burger or grilled chicken and just toss the bun. Pizza you can just eat the top off with a fork and leave the crust. Not ideal foods, but works for me.

Honestly, you are only going to be able to eat a few bites of anything anyway. I just cut a corner off whatever DH is having. You will never need to order your own meal again. And completely forget about side dishes all together. They will never fit. Just concentrate on the protein item then try to fit a vitamin in about half hour after you eat. And, by "fit," I mean you have to wait for space to free up in your sleeve.

I had the sleeve one year ago, on 4/4/2012. Prior to surgery I was worried that food was going to be a problem away from home. It never has been. First, because I don't feel hunger. Secondly, because I can only eat a couple of bites anyway.

It took quite awhile, psychologically, for me to want to stop ordering food for myself. I always felt like I needed my own food. After wasting a ton of money, I finally got it through my head that I never need my own.

Technically, the sleeve has no real restrictions on what you can tolerate. However, I've found that certain things are just not feasible. I can't eat any amount of bread ... even a couple of bites ... without feeling sick and in pain. Therefore, I don't even want it anymore. It went from being one of my favorite foods to being something I can't stand.

Too much sugar can make you sick, even with the sleeve. I found this out the hard way with jelly beans from Easter last week.
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How far out from your surgery will you be going? That will make a huge difference.

Low sodium is not going to happen at any counter service, but at table service I'm sure you can make the request.

As far as the low carb, it is not going to be a problem anywhere. Any burger or grilled chicken and just toss the bun. Pizza you can just eat the top off with a fork and leave the crust. Not ideal foods, but works for me.

Honestly, you are only going to be able to eat a few bites of anything anyway. I just cut a corner off whatever DH is having. You will never need to order your own meal again. And completely forget about side dishes all together. They will never fit. Just concentrate on the protein item then try to fit a vitamin in about half hour after you eat. And, by "fit," I mean you have to wait for space to free up in your sleeve.

I had the sleeve one year ago, on 4/4/2012. Prior to surgery I was worried that food was going to be a problem away from home. It never has been. First, because I don't feel hunger. Secondly, because I can only eat a couple of bites anyway.

It took quite awhile, psychologically, for me to want to stop ordering food for myself. I always felt like I needed my own food. After wasting a ton of money, I finally got it through my head that I never need my own.

Technically, the sleeve has no real restrictions on what you can tolerate. However, I've found that certain things are just not feasible. I can't eat any amount of bread ... even a couple of bites ... without feeling sick and in pain. Therefore, I don't even want it anymore. It went from being one of my favorite foods to being something I can't stand.

Too much sugar can make you sick, even with the sleeve. I found this out the hard way with jelly beans from Easter last week.
Thanks for the reply! I'll be about 8 months out after surgery.
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Thanks for the reply! I'll be about 8 months out after surgery.
Congratulations... just stay low carb/no sugar and you should be fine. I got the bad news last night that I can not get my insurance as planned, so my surgery will be on hold for a couple more months. I will have the sleeve at some point this year however. Have to get the band out.
You can always pack a small bag with string cheese, nuts and other high protein items if you do need something. I would stay away from the protein bars because all they are really is a candy bar... high carbs and don't really even taste that great.
I am going back to low carbing until I can get this band out and hopefully it will make a difference, it hasn't yet and I am afraid to go get a fill in the band again.
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Congratulations... just stay low carb/no sugar and you should be fine. I got the bad news last night that I can not get my insurance as planned, so my surgery will be on hold for a couple more months. I will have the sleeve at some point this year however. Have to get the band out.
You can always pack a small bag with string cheese, nuts and other high protein items if you do need something. I would stay away from the protein bars because all they are really is a candy bar... high carbs and don't really even taste that great.
I am going back to low carbing until I can get this band out and hopefully it will make a difference, it hasn't yet and I am afraid to go get a fill in the band again.
I'm sorry about your insurance situation.

String cheese is a really good idea! My nutritionist told me that nuts are nut compatible with the sleeve because they are too sharp.
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Thanks for the reply! I'll be about 8 months out after surgery.
You will be fine. At that far out, you will be used to your sleeve and will be comfortable choosing food while out.

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I would stay away from the protein bars because all they are really is a candy bar... high carbs and don't really even taste that great.
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I agree. Protein bars are nasty tasting anyway. I could not even do the protein powder (tried them all and couldn't get past the smell) so my hair really thinned out about three months after surgery. Glad I had a ton of hair to start with.

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String cheese is a really good idea! My nutritionist told me that nuts are nut compatible with the sleeve because they are too sharp.
At eight months out you should be able to eat nuts. I eat them all the time. In the earlier days, I just chewed really, really well when anything wasn't soft. Of course, this is my own experience, and you should always do what your surgeon and nut tell you.
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I would recommend looking at the menus at www.allearsnet.com. They have complete menus for all of the park and resort restaurants. Plus, they are pretty good about accommodating special requests, within reason. For example, if a place serves chicken, you could ask for a plain, grilled chicken breast with no sauce and steamed vegetables as a side. If you like salads, you might want to think about carrying your own fat-free dressing packets. You could also request that they leave off items that you can't eat (salad with veggies only, no cheese, croutons, etc.). At counter service places, you can get creative. If they serve a chicken sandwich, order it plain with no bun (i.e. a plain chicken breast). Most places will have no problem doing that.

Have a great trip!
Besides allearnet.com, I would also suggest looking at the menus at
http://www.wdwinfo.com/wdwinfo/dining/diningmain.cfm

Menus change fairly frequently and sometimes one or the other will be more up to date for a specific restaurant. By checking both places, you will have more complete information.
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String cheese is a really good idea! My nutritionist told me that nuts are nut compatible with the sleeve because they are too sharp.
Nut butter? Justin's makes little packets of almond butter (they have unsalted, no sugar versions). They're about an ounce each, IIRC - shelf stable and easy to slip in a pocket. They even taste pretty good. I can't remember if the peanut comes in a salt-free version or not.
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I visited in Feb on a low sodium low fat (cardiac) diet. The chef's at TS resturants were amazing in talking to me about my diet and fixing my food accordingly. The food was wonderful and I was so happy that I could eat some of my fav foods only modified some. The CS was a little more tricky. The first time I ordered a meal with my dietary requirements at Cosmic Ray's it took forever to get my food. My DH and DS were finished with their meals by the time I got mine. After that I just paid OOP and ordered off the childrens menu. The Mickey Check items all follow specific nutritional guidelines which can be found online. That way i knew the amount of fat and sodium I was getting. The meals were good and filling enough for me. Good Luck
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The Mickey Check items all follow specific nutritional guidelines which can be found online. That way i knew the amount of fat and sodium I was getting. The meals were good and filling enough for me. Good Luck
Great information, thanks for sharing. I've never heard of a Mickey Check item. I will be checking out the kids menu next time we go.

Interesting salt story:

When we were there in March, I ordered a steak & cheese at the Pop Century. I had intended to eat half of it, sans bun, and feed the rest to DH.

I watched the lady throw the meat on the grill and looked away for a minute. When I looked back there was a HUGE pile of salt on top the meat. It looked like an entire salt shaker's worth had been poured on.

My mind may be blowing it out of proportion, but it looks like 3 or 4 TABLESPOONS in my memory. I literally gasped. I was shocked, but didn't say anything as I had not requested no salt. It just never dawned on me that they would add any, let alone pour it on like that.

I took the sub and coleslaw back to the room and my DH and DS split it. I wasn't about to eat it. I did warn them about the salt, but they couldn't care less.

We are going again later this month. I will be ordering another steak & cheese at Pop with camera ready.
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