As RUSSELL noted - anything that spikes your insulin will cause that reaction. Sugars. Keep in mind here, all carbs are just complex sugars. They're notorious for causing that reaction. Processed foods (even so-called "healthy" bars, as you mentioned) fall into that category. Grains are also carbs. Try to find some protein-based snacks to carry with you for emergencies. Jerky or pork rinds/cracklins are easily portable. Worth a try.
After your surgery you are probably going to be on a liquid diet...jello, soups, and then maybe mashed potatoes and other soft foods. Your abs will be tender....and proper nutrition and food choices can help your recovery and you certainly don't want to get constipated.
So suggesting snacks may not be a good idea.....talk with your health care professional regarding this or you could delay recovery....professional advice is the best.
Thanks for the well wishes. I've actually have two small hernias that I've had for about 6 years now. The result of my two pregnancies I guess. They haven't really bothered me much but a friend was telling me about the Shouldice Hospital in Toronto that specializes in fixing hernias with a 99% success rate which is much better than any other hospital around that have about an 85% success rate.
Sorry to hear your surgery took so long Russell. My surgery should be no big deal, only 45 minutes to fix they tell me. I will have to be in the hospital for 3-4 nights though. So my biggest concern will be making sure I have a ton of healthy snacks on hand for my stay.
Anything that spikes my blood sugar rapidly, leaves me starving an hour later. Its hard to get something to snack on in these situations.
Sorry to hear you have a hernia. I had surgery for one in 2006, after 10 years of pain/ missed diagnosis.By the time I got it done, it was a 5.5 hour surgery, and they put 10 feet of intestines back in. The recovery took a while, and was painful, but I feel so much better nowadays.
I hope it is recent, and is just a patch. That way recovery is quick, and you can get back into the swing of things with less hassle. Being fit will help. I was 330 when I had mine done. You definitely realize how much you use your torso after the surgery, but I am sure being obese made it worse..lol.
Edited by: RUSSELL_40 at: 7/18/2013 (12:07)
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Glad to hear that many others cannot feel satisfied with salads and apples by themselves. They have always made me hungrier than when I started and I just thought I was weird. I thought I was being healthy by taking an apple to work to eat mid morning - yikes I wanted to eat everything in sight and ate twice as much at lunch. Now being a bit smarter I team my salad with chicken and sometimes a small piece of bread/toast. Wow good to go. Likewise, apples and peanut butter once in a while aren't bad but still don't fill me up like a protein bar or yogurt and berries.
Anything that isn't a mixture of carbs, protein and heart-healthy fats. I need balanced meals and, if I leave out one of these things, I end up starving about 1/2 hr later, often hungrier than before I ate.
For example: A huge salad with plenty of veggies, chicken, an entire avocado and a good amount of cheese, no matter how large, will not end well for me. I feel unsatisfied immediately after eating it (which is a strange feeling when your stomach is full) and end up starving about 1/2 hr afterwards. On the other hand, if I remove 1/2 or even 3/4 of the avocado and cheese and wrap it up in a whole wheat tortilla and maybe eat it with some fruit, I will be good until the next meal.
An apple (especially apples, but this holds true for any other fruit), by itself, is a binge waiting to happen for me. If I eat it with some peanut butter and maybe some greek yogurt, I'm fine.
Almonds, by themselves...well, I can eat a serving and wait to see if it's going to fill me up, but it won't. I've tried it many times and I always end up miserable. If I don't eat them with something else with some carbs and some source of lean protein, I will be tempted to eat more and more of them. I can never be filled up just by almonds alone. If I were to eat 600 calories of almonds, alone, I'd be left hungry (hungrier than when I'd started).
Oatmeal, by itself (made with water)...same thing. About 1/2 hr after eating it, I end up hungrier than before I ate. If I make it with milk and add some peanut butter, I'm fine until the next meal.
Edited by: LOVE4KITTIES at: 7/18/2013 (09:48)
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Salads have a way of making me hungrier for some reason. I try and add chicken or something to them to make them more hearty though to fix that.
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Cereal. Especially with a banana... yikes. Pure carb overload. As much as I love a classic bowl of cheerios, milk and banana I try to avoid it. I find as long as a pair my carbs with protein and healthy fat, I stay satiated. So a bowl of overnight (whole grain) oats with almond milk, nuts/nut butter or flaxseed, Greek yogurt and berries or wheat bran for added fiber, does the trick.
Or I make a similar Greek yogurt parfait and top with 1/3 cup Kashi Go Lean; High Fiber, High Protein cereal for the added crunch. That's the only cereal I eat nowadays.
Chinese food is one of the worst. Probably all the rice. Good thing I don't care much for it.
Fruit. I never eat it by itself other than nibbling here and there on berries from my garden. I always pair it with other food; oatmeal, salads, yogurt, meat, etc. which all include some kind of fat.
I'd say any thing that is mostly carbohydrates (extra fiber does help a bit) without the buffer of fat and protein. I like to keep my meals/snacks balanced.
Edited by: JENNILACEY at: 7/17/2013 (19:12)
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Cereal & milk, even whole-grain, high-fiber kinds. Therefore, I don't even consider those for breakfast anymore. It was like I'd eaten nothing. BUT I will sometimes eat a bowl as a "dessert" in the evening... as a good alternative to ice cream or something like that.
On the other hand, potatoes, which a lot of people say aren't filling, are very filling and satisfying to me
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Most fruit, especially apples and pears. I only eat those as snacks when the next meal is coming up pretty quick.
There's others, like baked goods, that don't keep me full enough for the calories; or that just don't keep me full very long (salads, usually, no matter what I put in them. Love 'em, though). Fruit's the only thing I can think of that actually tends to wake up my stomach and say "hungry!"
Edit: I love Kind bars. :) I would never get that kind of reaction from one of them unless it was a situation like that where I was already way over-hungry and just not feeling it. In that case I think almost anything would do it to me that didn't have at least 400 or 500 calories to it.
Oranges make me starving 10 minutes later. Unless I eat them with some protein (chicken or string cheese or something.) I've never understood that. Glad to know I'm not the only one who has this issue!
this never happens to me - unless I've revved up my metabolism so much early in the day (like this morning where I got up at 5am to run [before the heat starts] so I've already eaten almost 700 calories haha)
In that case, anything I eat doesn't really help I just have to drink lots of water. Usually an apple will totally hold me over for my super long commute home.
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I have a hernia and a friend of mine told me about an amazing hospital that has a high, 99% success rate. In order to see a doctor there you have to wait and be seen on a first come first serve basis. An hour and a half into my wait I started feeling a little hungry so I ate a KIND BAR - Almond Coconut www.kindsnacks.com/kind-almond-coconut-195 .html Within 10 minutes of eating that bar I went from barely hungry to OMG I'm starving! I wish I hadn't even eaten anything because I wasn't even very hungry to start. But more importantly, I wish I had brought a better snack than that.
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