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Friday Five and The Daily Bite

Today’s Daily Bite:

Today's food choices, clockwise from upper right:  multivitamin and calcium supplement x2; crustless ham and cheese quiche; meatballs and marinara x2 (I had this for breakfast and dinner); Isopure Zero Carb (half bottle); 1.5 ounces Boar's Head Virginia Ham (snack, with rest of quiche).

Today’s food choices, clockwise from upper right: multivitamin and calcium supplement x2; crustless ham and cheese quiche (ate 3/4 for lunch); meatballs and marinara x2 (I had this for breakfast and dinner); Isopure Zero Carb (half bottle); 1.5 ounces Boar’s Head Virginia Ham (snack, with rest of quiche).

I’m getting much better at listening to the cues of fullness my body uses to tell me enough…quit eating.  I’m also using a tool my other therapist (yes, I have two…I figure I can use all the help and support that I can through this process!) suggested for me:  associate that last bite/what’s left on the plate with an unpleasant feeling.  So for me, that’s revisiting how I felt Wednesday afternoon after eating more than I should have:  nauseated, heart racing, bloated and just overall gross.  I don’t want to feel like that ever again.  So now when I feel the heaviness and pressure, I put the fork or spoon down and get up and walk the plate to the trash if there’s not enough to make a snack of what’s left, or I bag it up and put it in the fridge for later.  I don’t want to risk feeling sick after I eat again, because it was no fun!  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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