Monday, January 18, 2010
My diet is based on what would have been my diet if I had been able to have Lap Band surgery. It's my diet that I have cobbled together looking a excellent ref material and talking with a nutritionist. If others tried the diet first they could save >$10,000 dollars.
When you eat less you stomach _Automatically_ gets smaller. I used to be able to eat half a 12" pizza (4 slices) and want MUCH more. Now 3 slices makes me feel like other people after Thanksgiving Dinner! Stuffed _beyond_ the gills! ( I really love pizza.)
These are the really important things to watch in the diet:
+10 cups of water/day
Also my doc and the WLS Support Group advised to eat 5-6 meals a day to keep the pouch small. I consume ~3 protein powder shakes a day, ~2 serving of original Fiber one cereal and Frozen meals that are 240 cal or less. Part of my diet uses the recipe 122 Protein and Fiber Bar on sparkrecipes.
Once a week we go out to eat and I relax my restrictions but remain sensible and once a week for dinner we share a Italian Sausages pizza. I call it Budgeting my calories. I plan for splurges just as one would budget with money.
"diet ranges from 800 to 1200 calories per day which includes about 70 to 120 grams of protein each day."
"Lap-Band patients are advised to consume fifty to sixty grams of protein daily to avoid protein deficiency. Protein deficiency causes hair loss, fatigue, edema, muscle weakness, and a delay in wound healing. A lack of adequate protein may also lead to depression, anxiety, irritability, apathy, and other mental health conditions, as well as cause a number of physical health issues from gallstones to colds, headaches, low blood pressure, anemia, irregular hear rates, and, in extreme cases, death. A lab can measure the amount of protein in your blood by performing a serum albumin blood test. "
Fruits and vegetable:
1 to 2 servings of fresh fruit daily
2 to 3 servings of fresh vegetable daily
Bread and Cereals:
1 small portion of corn flakes for breakfast
1 to 2 slices of whole wheat or rye bread each day
Meat, Fish, Poultry, Eggs:
1 oz. to 2 oz. of meat, fish or poultry or one egg each day (remove all visible fat from the meat. remove the ski from poultry. Grilling, steaming, microwaving or boiling are best ways to prepare them with low fat).
Milk and yogurt are calories in liquid form. In theory, then, they should be avoided. But these types of food have calcium. That makes them an important part of a healthy daily diet. Choose a maximum of 2 cups of skimmed milk or low-fat yogurt and 1 oz. of cheese a day.
Restrict the use of fat to 3 to 4 teaspoons of margarine, butter or oil per day. You can have low-fat salad dressing and mayonnaise in moderation.
Drink as many calorie-free liquids per day as you wish. Suitable drinks are:
Tea or black coffee with low-calorie sweetener
Non-carbonated beverages containing few or no calories
Note: Some doctors have reported that carbonated beverages may contribute to enlargement of the small pouch and should be avoided."