My last post – I Wish I Had Known – was inspired by a YouTube video about what things they wish they had known before the surgery. Another popular topic is to talk about what they eat at different stages of the post surgery time. This fascinates me as each doctor seems to suggest something different and there doesn’t seem to be a whole lot of consistency in what doctors and patients consider appropriate.
I am almost 5 months out (5 months will be April 16) – and I had a few complications so I am further behind that I would be normally. I am really eating at about the 3 – 4 month stage instead of 4-6 month.
First up are the vitamins. Everyday I take:
- Multivitamin (currently I am still taking bariatric specific ones)
- B Complex
- Calcium Citrate
- Biotin (to help with the hair loss)
- Medication – I take one prescribed pill to help make sure I don’t get another ulcer
I am also supposed to have 2 – 3 protein shakes/drinks a day (my total protein intake a day should be around 60 grams). I have struggled with this from the beginning. But I make some progress the farther out from surgery I get. I am currently getting in about 1 1/2 to 2 of the shakes/drinks a day. I keep inching closer to the total.
And then there is food. I am in the “full foods” stage – meaning I don’t have to worry as much as food texture anymore. I am allowed 1/3 a cup of food or 3 oz at a time. Depending on the food, I weigh or measure everything – for example 3 oz of lettuce for a salad is way too much so I use the 1/3 cup. But 1/3 of a cup of chili is more than 3 oz so I weigh that. I am also supposed to split my portion between protein and fruit/vegetable.
Currently I have been eating a lot of the same things over and over again. They are:
- Taco meat – made with ground turkey usually. And I will add low fat cheese and/or low fat/FF sour cream if I need it. Especially after the gallbladder surgery, I had to be careful – cheese made my stomach hurt and the sour cream helped me digest it better. I usually try to add some veggies to that if I can or I have them on the side.
- Chili – I add in extra veggies to this so I can usually get this to be a half and half split without making 2 physical items.
- Meatballs/mini meatloaves – this is a great one as the portion sizing is already done for you. I still usually use ground turkey for these.
- Salsa Chicken – I put this in the crockpot on low for the day and just use chicken and salsa. Thats it. I will add extra veggies if I have them or I can add a side.
- Pot roast – again in the crockpot with lots of extra veggies.
- Hello Fresh meals – I have to pick ones that do not use pasta or a bread source (more about that below) but I have already had some great chicken and pork recipes. I make adjustments if needed to the recipe to make it healthier and my 2 meals for 2 people lasts me for almost a full week (and longer if I put things in the freezer).
I don’t really snack much right now – if I do it is usually unsalted almonds or cashews, Cuties, grapes or something similar. Most of the things I have tried either don’t taste good anymore (like FF pudding) or are too sweet (like FF Popsicles/ FF jello).
I have been told to stay away from grains for the time being (1 year) and so far I have done well. No bread, no rice, no pasta, no quinoa…it has been one of the harder things for me as I was very dependent on pasta especially when meal planning. It is cheap and easy and fast and it tastes good. This is to enhance my chances of significant weight loss so I get it – but boy is it difficult.
So, got a good recipe I should try for protein (as you can see I lean heavily on Mexican flavors, but am always looking for other flavor profiles that don’t need a grain and are not too difficult/fattening/suger-y)? Let me know by commenting here or posting to my Facebook page. Would love to try a few new ones.