It was a good day and a bad day, the bad first, okay it wasn’t really bad, just felt sick to my stomach and burned out all day. I feel a bit better now that I am home relaxing on the couch. We are going to attempt to go to bed an hour earlier today. Good part of the day was that I weighed in at the bariatric center before my dietitian appointment there and am down another 2 lbs from last week! That brings my total weight loss to 61 lbs. 17 lbs of that since the end of July when I started on my journey. My dietitian gave me some suggestions on getting more protein in. I am going to pack some roasted soybeans for work tomorrow and snack on those. According to the nutritional information on the bag, 1/4 cup of soybeans is 11 grams of protein. She said to bring a 1/2 cup in a plastic baggie with me to work to snack on and also try to drink the protein shakes and drinks I bought because those will help. I have a couple of Zero Carb Isopure drinks in the fridge that I can bring to work tomorrow. It is apple melon flavor and not too bad. The bottle has 40 grams of protein in it.
This evening I am going to share some post-operative nutrition tips. The bold tips are from suggestions from my dietitian at Summa Bariatric Center. The italicized things are things I personal do in addition to these suggestions. I hope you can use these tips in your journey.
- Daily Multivitamin with iron (I personally take prenatal vitamins because they have higher dose of vitamins in them)
- Daily Calcium Supplement (1500 mg, calcium citrate is suggested)
- Daily Vitamin D3 (2000 IU)
- Weekly Vitamin B12 (dissolvable, 1000 micrograms/week)
- Magnesium (500 mg a day, helps keep me regular)
- Biotin (2500 mg a day, this helps your hair, skin, and nails.)
- Consume 65-75 grams per day
- Make protein an “event” in your day
- Include a protein food with each meal or snack
- Drink plenty of water EVERY DAY (I like to add lemon juice to me water)
- Fill up your water bottle when you wake up, and keep it with you all day
- Do not drink at the same time you are eating solid food
- Do not use a straw
- Sip liquids slowly
- Eat slowly
- Eat 3 meals and 2-3 snacks per day
- STOP eating when you feel full-listen to your body!
- Have no more than 15 grams of sugar at each meal or snack
- Choose lower fat foods
- I try to eat within a half hour of getting up in the morning, if I wait I tend not to eat at all.