I thought that once I had gotten past the stages of eating, you know the pureed food, the mechanically altered food etc, that once I went to incorporating “normal” food into my diet, I would be golden. ACKKK..flag on the play! Hmmm…NO. I found, much to my chagrin, that my body could not tolerate normal food. The chocolate protein shakes I had enjoyed before surgery, the smell of them- the mere taste of them makes me wretch! BBQ sauce, alfredo sauce, ANY sauce (even in Lean Cuisines), makes me throw up! Don’t believe me, ask my co-worker who sits directly across from me-Lean Cuisine right into the waste basket! After I ate it. Not a pretty sight.
Now it is true that I didn’t expect to eat much after surgery, and I can’t, but I did expect to be able to eat something. With a little trial and error, I found that 3 bites were all I could tolerate of plain baked/seared chicken seasoned with salt and pepper. Pork chop is a no no. So is ground beef (and I had so hoped to like it after surgery). No spicy anything, of course. Even a small amount of these proteins makes me ill. Cooked fruits and veggies are so-so, I can eat them -carefully. But in their raw state, all I can say is WOW. My gastric system is like WHOA GIRL! So while I still prepare these foods for my husband (out of hospital finally-yahoo!) and my son, I have to give a lot of thought to what I am going to eat on a daily basis. And I don’t have that many brain cells right now to do any calculated thoughts about eating.
It is not all bad. I can still eat soup. Soup. Soup. Plain soup. Not that fancy vegetable soup either. Wasn’t plain soup what I was eating before surgery? And cheese. So my hope it that the more I continue on this journey, the more I will learn what my body is telling me about what I can tolerate and not. I understand it is a process. I am willing to learn the process. The best thing from this surgery is that I have lost 82lbs and feel fabulous and look fabulous!
All I can do is keep moving forward! Until next time friends.