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.
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...