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Friday Five, Daily Bite and a HUGE NSV

I’ve been wanting to write about this, and I thought, what better way than to include it in a Friday Five?  This week’s Friday Five is dedicated to…

Products I Can’t Live Without
(so far)

In no particular order…

1.  Tervis Tumblers
2.  WeanGreen 6 oz. containers
3.  Salter Aquatronic Food Scale
4.  Celebrate Vitamins soft chewable multivitamins
5.  Calcet Creamy Bites

Let me explain how I use these things on a daily basis, why I love them, and why they have been great resources in my weight loss journey so far. Continue reading

First Day of Soft Foods and a Recipe

Today I graduated to soft foods.  I can’t begin to describe how excited I was for today to get here.  Today meant that I got to resume my vitamin regimen, which I had missed for the past 3 weeks while on full liquids–before surgery, I took a multivitamin, B12, vitamin D and calcium supplement every day without fail.  So to go without them for 3 weeks was tough because it threw me out of my routine, plus I had really low energy levels, I think because I wasn’t taking my usual battery of supplements.  Thankfully, post-op, they’re all the same ones just in a different form so getting back to my old habits vitamin-wise hasn’t been difficult.

But the most important part of today is that. I. Graduated. To. Soft. FOOD!

For the past two weeks, I have wanted to bite into food so badly I could taste it.  That first week after surgery, I couldn’t even think about eating–I was so focused on drinking and avoiding dehydration that food was the last thing on my mind.  But the more protein drinks I had to drink, and the sweeter they seemed to become, I could hardly wait until I was cleared to have soft foods.

So what did I choose as my first soft foods?

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Post Op Week 3 Progress Report

Tomorrow marks three weeks since surgery, and things are rolling along quite nicely.  I am able to drink more liquid than in previous weeks, so on any given day it is not unusual for me to get in 13-14 8 ounce servings of water, so I’m getting nearly a gallon of water/fluid a day.   I am still getting my personal minimum of 60 grams of protein a day, but I think the reason I am only getting in only 60 grams is that I am tired of drinking protein drinks.  I am drinking them now because I have to, not because I want to.  I know this is only temporary, but when your main source of protein for 6 weeks has been protein drinks that are sweet, and sweet is not something your palate particularly loves, it’s fatiguing and just gross because all you taste in your mouth is cloyingly sweet film left behind by the proteins and artificial sweeteners.  Yuck.

This week I get to try soft foods.  I never once thought in my life I would be so excited to get to eat scrambled eggs and refried beans, but I am pretty freakin’ pumped about this possibility.  The funny thing is, that when I was a child spending summers at my grandparents’ homes in New Mexico, scrambled eggs and refried beans was the staple breakfast!  Were any of them alive today, I think they would be both amused that I can now eat these things on my eating plan, that I would be craving them something awful, and they’d be proud of what I have done to improve my health.

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Protein Drinks: Mikey Likes It!

Well, Day 5 of my 20-day pre-op diet is winding down and so far I’ve learned the following things about protein drinks:

  • I prefer that they be ice cold.  This makes them tolerable.  Of course I haven’t tried mixing plain protein powder into a savory broth yet.  That’s an experiment for next week.
  • I really, really don’t like them to leave a filmy residue in or on my mouth.  This makes me less likely to drink them.  Or anything really.
  • I also don’t like them if they smell in the least bit chemical.  No off-putting smell and delicious taste are two important criteria any drink I consume must meet.  This is why I don’t drink beer, eggnog or buttermilk–all of them have a horrible stank, in my opinion.  But hey, to each his own.
  • Fruity flavored drinks are okay so long as they are clear and not cloudy.  For some reason I have an issue with drinking a cloudy looking fruit flavored drink.  Perhaps it is because the first fruity flavored drink I tried was Isopure Zero Carb, and it is completely translucent, so I expected the next fruity flavored drink, Syntrax Nectar, to mix into water with no problem.  I was wrong.
  • I have found a couple of sources of protein that I really like and find delicious (thus they are tolerable).  They are: Continue reading