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Post-op eating?

Monday, February 08, 2016

Continuing my WLS blog series...

So how am I doing with food? Depends on the day.

I have one protein shake for breakfast. Every day.
There are some shakes that have 30 or 32 grams of protein. I like those because I know that's half of my minimum requirement for the day. I need 60 to 80 grams.

I find myself eating lots of protein. Some easy ones are eggs and cheese. Cheese especially, because it's so portable. But it can be binding, so I am careful not to overdo.

Early on, I wasn't eating any fruits or veggies beyond adding the occasional apple sauce to my vanilla yogurt, or drinking a low sodium V8.

Then I made a package of instant mashed potatoes. OMG! Those were amazing, and went down way too fast. I couldn't have it all of course, but I sure wanted it all!

I actually gained weight the next day! Yikes!

Then of course the holidays rolled around. I was out of town for a bit, visiting my sister. And I discovered I had no problem eating Christmas cookies! Darn it. And I could eat one every couple of hours. And I can gain weight after having three. Yep. Or maybe it was four? But I thought vacation calories didn't count?!?

So as soon as I got home, I had a little chat with myself, and reminded myself of why I was doing all this in the first place. I can't say I'm a model WLS eater, but I'm doing pretty well. I still have cravings and head hunger. Yep, sure do!

I keep hearing how WLS is an operation on my stomach, not on my head, and it's so true! I still have all the emotional baggage that I had before. At least I can't eat the quantities of food that I used to.

I'll be blogging soon on how I'm starting to deal with THAT!

Thanks to someone on a WLS team here, I discovered Bariatric Pal, and their cocoa with 15 grams of protein. It helps with my sweet tooth, and with wanting to eat at night.

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Yes, support is key!

I never heard of anyone being underweight. I think the body adapts and the weight loss slows over time, so regain is a real concern.

Nutritious food is very important. There is no room for junk food any more.
It's hard, but...

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  • SEAGLASS1215
    I know a few people at work who had WLS and...failed, I guess...one ate M&M's all day long, one here and there....another just slowly increased her food, expanding the stomach back to a larger size so she could still eat..if I ever did do WLS, I would want to have a good amount of counseling first because I know my head hunger would ruin my chances of success. Looking forward to your next installment!
    1170 days ago
  • DSJB9999
    thanks for sharing x
    1170 days ago
    "I keep hearing how WLS is an operation on my stomach, not on my head, and it's so true! I still have all the emotional baggage that I had before. At least I can't eat the quantities of food that I used to."

    My worry is that in the long run, a person who had WLS CAN eat the quantities they used to eat? Or enough to gain weight?
    How does the program / WLS people treat this issue of the emotional eating? I know, I have to have patience and wait until you'll blog about it! Can't wait!
    1170 days ago
    Great job getting back on track.
    1170 days ago
    Do they work in counseling for potential challenges at some point in the process?
    (Such as vacations, food pushers, bonding with friends/family through eating, holidays, emotional eating. evening eating)

    Do people ever get underweight after weight loss surgery?

    With the little amount that you can eat, I guess you have to make sure that it is super
    nutritious food.
    1170 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/8/2016 7:34:21 AM
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