Monday, August 3, 2015

Making Changes and Playing the Waiting Game

I am trying desperately to continue to make changes to the foods i eat and my eating habits. I'm trying to teach myself to drink in slow, small sips instead of gulping my water which you cannot do after WLS. I am trying to teach myself to chew, chew, chew my food, yet another requirement after WLS.

It all sounds easy enough but isn't nearly as easy as you would think. You really need to keep yourself hydrated after surgery and because you cannot take in very much at a time that basically means sipping all day long. If you don't you could dehydrate very easily. I am so used to waiting until I'm really thirsty and then gulping down a bottle of water. It's been a habit for years and it's really hard to break. I'm also used to not really paying attention to how I chew my food. I just realized I only chew until my food is in a manageable size piece and I swallow. So I have lots of work to learn how to completely chew my food before I swallow and I should probably take smaller pieces to begin with.

I'm learning a lot about myself in the process and I'm not liking what I'm seeing. I have learned that although I know what a portion size is, I rarely ever eat just a portion. I also know that if it's a food I really enjoy I will eat way, way more than an acceptable portion and I will eat until I am way over full. I've also learned that I am a carb addict. My favorite things all include bread, pasta, rice and sweets. I am removing all of the previous items from my menu and the only carbs I will be eating will come from low carb fruits and veggies. The main portion of my diet will consist of protein. After WLS it will be protein first then if there is room in my newly formed stomach I can have the other stuff.

I'm impatiently waiting for all my appointments to be over with and my surgery to hurry along. There are still 24 days to my next appointment and it seems to be dragging so slowly. I am scared, nervous and excited all at the same time. I just wish it was all over with so I could get on with my new life. post signature

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