I don’t do any low fat or low carb. I do avoid artificial sweeteners like crazy. In fact, I try to avoid chemicals in general. I’m kinda a granola girl! LOL! I embrace a whole foods lifestyle and avoid stuff like: Soy, high fructose corn syrup, MSG and the like. (Yes, I do have a subscription to Organic Gardening and read every issue from cover to cover! LOL!)
Whenever possible I use natural forms of fats. I have a degree as a professional baker and I LOVE to bake, but I love to cook more. (I was definitely in the wrong arm of the culinary school!)
I don’t count carbs. I don’t do any low fat – most low fat items are filled with additional sugars to make them taste more appealing. Plus – I’m a DS post-op! Hello! I have a ton of intestinal malabsorption going on! That being said, I’m also a staunch proponent of a healthy, balanced diet. I don’t believe in eliminating any whole food groups from my diet. (Well, I do have a boatload of food allergies, and I of course eliminate those items, but well – only makes sense, huh?!)
I’m 5 years 7 months post-op and have managed to lose a couple of hundred pounds. There are definitely some things I would have done differently as an early post-op. They include:
- Giving up soda for good before my surgery. I had only consumed regular sodas for gosh – years – because artificial sweeteners were giving me nightmarish migraines. Not so much for the sugar, though, but due to the fact that carbonation and high fructose corn syrup inhibit calcium absorption. Why go there? Why take boatloads of calcium and then shoot yourself down with a swig of soda to wash them down? (Yes, I am an addict. I can admit it. I am addicted to Coke. BUT, I haven’t had ANY soda sinceMay 29, 2007. Not bad if I do say so myself!)
- I would have incorporated even just mild toning exercises on a daily or every other day basis. I’m 44 and had my right hip replaced in August 2007. (I have had big time orthopedic issues for years prior to my DS, and spent acouple of years before my DS in a wheelchair.) The thing I’m finding now is that even though I’m exponentially more active and healthy now – some basic baseline strengthening would have served me well during my recovery from hip replacement. Just because I’m WAY thinner, doesn’t mean I’m way more toned!
- I would have been much more conscientious of the fact that there is a season as an early post-op life when your body is just gonna jettison pounds like crazy and I think I would like to have (in retrospect) taken more advantage of that. I’m pleased as punch with my weight loss and the fact that maintaining that loss is pretty stinking easy, but it just seems like when I was a baby post-op I didn’t know so much about this sort ofthing, and maybe it would have been wiser to have been mindful of it. (Maybe the info was out there and I didn’t want to know? Maybe I wasn’t told? Don’t know.)
I will say that I *do* use resources like http://www.fitday.com/ and http://www.sparkpeople.com/ to do checks on what type of quality food I’m getting in and to make sure I’m getting in sufficient protein, fiber, fat,and fluids. It’s easy to get lazy and not do the basics when you’re so busy living life. So I try to be mindful and choose wisely. [I should probably also interject here that my surgeon believes in a pretty aggressive DS – for which I will be eternally grateful! I started out with a small (incomparison to my peers, but not against current standards!) gastric sleeve, 185 cm alimentary limb, and 65 cm common channel. So I have significant malabsorption. If I did not, I certainly would be more mindful about certain dietary components.]
If you haven’t yet, take a few minutes to read Dr. Hess’ patient brochure on food and eating. It’s a keeper! Here’s the link: http://www.duodenalswitch.com/surgeons/hess_brochure/hess_brochure.html
And that’s my take in a nutshell.