I see a lot of long-termers doing something that bugs me a little bit.
Now I understand that some folks maintain a small pouch capacity. I can understand that.
But I also see a lot of people torturing themselves trying to eat like a new post-op forever. WLS group dynamics being what they are (from my purview), we can’t ever admit to eating decent portions. Noooooo…that would be tantamount to admitting failure in some way!
Well I’m here to bust all that up. I eat. A good deal. Although, inexplicably, my calories tend to trend low (mostly because I’ve gotten very adept at eating a lot of food for not a lot of calories). But I throw down. And I have not gained all my weight back in doing so.
So I thought I’d show you guys a typical breakfast for me, a 3 year post-op. First, I should say my pouch isn’t that different from yours. It didn’t like food early in the morning. But here’s the thing. I didn’t like sweet protein shakes early in the morning. And one of us had to relent. And it wasn’t going to be my brain.
How did I get my pouch to accept food in the morning? Simple. By giving it food in the morning! Conventional wisdom tells us that the metabolism is much better when we take in calories within about an hour of waking up. With my morning schedule that’s actually more like 30 minutes post-wake-up. It took a while of fits and starts but my pouch eventually caught on. I can now eat straight out of bed. I try to use this information for good and not evil.
Anywhoo…a typical breakfast for me looks like the above. I have one slice of wheat toast (the brand I use has 50 calories, 8 net grams of carbs and 4g of protein), with a few sprays of Olivio no-cal spray and a poached egg. On the side is a half cup of unflavored Greek yogurt with 1 tablespoon of PB2 and some Splenda mixed in.
So while we’re on the subject, do you all know how to poach an egg? It’s so easy and so much easier on some folks pouches. Here’s how you do it:
Now…further-outs…vets…whatever you want to call yourself. Don’t let me hear about you not eating breakfast, ya hear?