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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!
    888 days ago
  • DSJB9999
    thanks for sharing x
    888 days ago
  • WHITE-GREEN
    "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!
    888 days ago
  • SJAESCKE
    Great job getting back on track.
    889 days ago
  • MISSUSRIVERRAT
    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.
    889 days ago

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