Hi! I'm Zoe, creator of Living With A Sleeve.
If you are thinking about having a sleeve gastrectomy or are already living with a sleeve but want a bit more support, this page is for you.
I believe the key to being successful with a gastric sleeve is simplicity and support. I want LWAS to be your go-to place for quality, practical advice and a connected community to help with the physical, habitual and mental changes needed after sleeve gastrectomy. All this so you can live a happier, healthier and more comfortable life.
Have a look below to see what I recommend starting with depending what stage you're at in your sleeve journey.
I’m thinking about surgery…
There are lots of things to consider. Obviously it’s important to make sure you understand what life will be like, and how a sleeve will impact you. You also need to make sure you’re comfortable with your surgeon and their team and understand all the risks and benefits – it’s a big surgery! These are a few of the articles I suggest you read before you make a decision with your team.
- Is a gastric sleeve a good option for me?
- What are the risks of a sleeve?
- How to choose a gastric sleeve surgeon you’ll love
- Life after surgery – what your diet will look like
- What supplements will I be taking?
- Bypass vs sleeve
- Diabetes after sleeve gastrectomy
I’ve had surgery….
Yahoo! I hope it’s been a rewarding journey for you so far. It can take months to get the hang of life with a sleeve, with new eating habits, food choices, exercise and even wardrobe choices to be made! Hopefully with some of the following resources I can help to make that transition easier for you.
- What you should be aiming for – a typical diet after gastric sleeve
- What supplements should I be taking?
- Useful apps for after sleeve gastrectomy (and a calorie counter isn’t one of them!)
- What to say if you don’t want to say you’ve had surgery
- 7 essential eating habits to learn
- Why I don’t recommend calorie counting
I’m about to have surgery….
Congratulations! You’re taking a big step. Be as prepared as possible, by reading these posts.
- Before surgery: The pre-op diet: it’s not as bad as you think!
- Weeks 1-2 After Surgery: What to drink during the fluids phase
- Week 3-4 After Surgery: What to eat during the puree phase
- FB Live Video: Post-op solids: Getting back onto real food after surgery
Join the community!
There are tons of ways to join the LWAS community. You can follow on Facebook, Instagram or sign up for the newsletter (below), or even better, you can join the LWAS Community Membership Program to gain access to me, as well as a bunch of people just like you. Check out all the support options here.
The idea of having someone who actually knows about nutrition after the sleeve is so valuable! We all offer each other advice, but Zoe has knowledge and understanding.
I joined LWAS [because] I liked that the LWAS community was headed by a dietitian who specialised in the sleeve. I chose to reserve judgement about wether this would be helpful because I don’t find my own dietitian (recommended by my surgeon) to be helpful, but I am happy to say you have won me over 🙂
I joined the LWAS community to gain support advice and confidence and it’s not let me down.
I have so many questions!
Of course you do! It doesn’t matter what stage you’re in there is so much to ask! That’s why I’ve started an FAQ page – use it! Feel free to ask me anything and I’ll give you an honest and evidence based answer.
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