I promised you an update about my progress with food, so here goes…….
When I first started this diary I was on my pre-op diet which was really hard at first. I had shakes and no food for two whole weeks. I could have chosen one of the other options but the shakes seemed to suit my lifestyle best. As I said at the time, I didn’t think I would get through it, but I surprised myself because I did and it got easier as I went along. After my surgery, I moved onto liquids and pureed food for a while. Two months in, I am now trying new things.
It’s all trial and error at the moment and I’m finding that there are certain things that I can’t manage. My usual day starts with scrambled egg, porridge or weetabix for breakfast. I even had an omelette one day! NOSC say that I can now have half a piece of brown toast with no crust so I tried it with scrambled egg. I felt quite uncomfortable so I haven’t eaten toast since. I think I’m just not ready yet, maybe it was a little too early.
For lunch I have soup or tuna on cracker bread. It’s tasty and easy to eat at work.
I’ve tried lots of things for dinner. As advised by the support team, I use a side plate and always put a small amount of protein, carbs and vegetables on there. I have something like fish, ham or chicken, a small portion of potato and a small portion of vegetables or beans.
I know this might sound like quite a lot, and to be honest I don’t very often manage to eat it all but I just feel more normal with it on my plate, especially when I’m with my family. My trick is to eat the protein first, then the veg and then I almost never have enough room for the carbs. I always put very small amounts on my plate though as otherwise I become over faced.
As I said, it’s all trial and error but I’m learning fast. This is not only about the food I choose but also about the quantity I put on my plate.
If I’m ever not sure about what I’m eating, or if I want to try something new, I phone Tina at NOSC first just to check. It’s good job they are still there to talk to at dinner time!