In general, I can’t believe how great I feel and how easy the adjustment has been so far after surgery! I even forget for periods of time that I had surgery until I stretch at an angle that pulls on my little laparoscopic incisions. . . or until my pants nearly fall off in Walgreen’s. I’ve had a few little blips, all of them my own fault, but I thought I’d share for anyone considering bariatric surgery.
The more food allergies or intolerances a person has going into surgery the more difficult food selection will be afterward. Some make it more difficult than others. I’ve been lactose intolerant for many years, and artificial sweeteners give me a nasty headache and visual problems if I have more than one teaspoon a day (for my coffee). Unfortunately, those are the two intolerances that are the most limiting after bariatric surgery.
I was ready for the lactose issue. I know that I can mix a little yogurt or a little cottage cheese with something else and I’ll do fine. And I know (from trying Slim-Fast and similar products) that I can’t tolerate a milk-based protein shake. And protein is important. Because the weight starts falling off immediately. It’s like the Doctor Who episode where cute little one-kilogram blobs of fat fall off and run away down the street in the middle of the night every night. It’s one of my favorites 🙂
But in a real human body, especially a sedentary one like mine, lean muscle will hop off just as easily as fat. To keep that from happening there has to be plenty of protein coming in. Ideally, 60 grams a day. There are 6 grams of protein in a large egg. My stomach will hold 1/2 cup. See the problem? It’s easy to identify the supplements I can use, though. I just look at the list of ingredients. If one of the first few isn’t “milk” or “milk proteins” I’m good. But if you mix a scoop of that with 1/2 cup of water you get a pudding-like substance that sits in the tummy like a concrete block – ICK.
And I’m so used to automatically replacing “sugar-free” with “regular” in recipes that I didn’t give it a thought. Until I left the hospital with a whopper of a headache from that scrumptious banana popsicle and orange jello 🙁
Then when I got home to my “regular” popsicles and jello my body didn’t like that, either. Too much sugar! For patients after bariatric surgery the body has one simple solution if you put in too much sugar. It dumps it right out the other end. And it will always do that, just in case I forget (not likely).
And even though I had heard and read at least a dozen times that I must stop eating at the first sign of being full I didn’t think it mattered if I ate one more teaspoon of the delicious peanut butter and greek yogurt shake I’d made. It did. The nausea was so bad I had to take a phenergan tablet, which knocked me out cold for about 12 hours.
So that’s a run-down of my mistakes so far 🙂 I’m sure there will be plenty more, I can only hope they will be equally minor. I’m down 25 pounds, 10 of that in the 9 days since surgery. I’m going to switch from using Nerium Firm (tightens and smooths skin) once a day to twice a day – trying to stay ahead of that loose, flabby skin that’s the natural result of rapid weight loss. And I still use Nerium’s Night Cream on my face and neck every night, so my skin’s still nice and snug there, too. More updates soon!
BTW, I get double-bonus geek points for working Star Trek and Doctor Who into a weight loss post, right?!