Monday, October 25, 2010

You Guys...are the Best

Shhh. Today I am off "sick" from work. Don't tell.

After my stucky day on Saturday, my band is being reasonable. I was able to eat some solids, including toast, on Sunday and today I'm back to normal. You guys are the best because you made me think that maybe I just need to rethink how to eat with the band. I can't really relate the tight band to stress or Madame Flo (who no longer visits) or not chewing enough. I even wonder if maybe some food stays in the pouch for days (as mentioned by Caroline). I really thought about Jennifer's advice—she said she takes a bite or two 20 minutes before her main meal to get over the "first bite syndrome" she suffers.

I'm calling it pre-eating and it seems to work. Today I had bacon and scrambled eggs for breakfast about an hour after my coffee (I should have had a glass of milk with my coffee but forgot—need to up the protein!). For lunch I had some pureed squash soup with melted cheese. I waited 30 minutes then was able to eat about 3 ounces of salmon with mango salsa. The pre-eating takes the edge off my hunger and lets me eat really slow.

I think some of my problem is in trying to fit in healthy food. I love vegetables and fruit and try to have them with my meal. I've decided I will eat them first (probably pureed soups) and then have my main protein since I can usually only get the protein down. I am not counting calories, but am trying to make sure I get in my protein (60 g/day). I can do that if I do some pre-eating of veges and then spend my time on 'getting my protein on'. I have thought about trying the 5 day pouch test and going low carb, but it just won't work for me. This is the time of year that I need my carbs to keep me from getting too depressed. Low carb diets (or for that matter any type of diet) has never worked for me. I have to learn to live with food, all kinds of food, even foods that some think are not healthy.

I also know that I need to be hydrated with water. When I am home, I don't drink as much water as I should. At work I always drink lots of water. I love water and it has never been a problem for me. 
And I truly was in Chicago, here with Jennifer (I'm working on getting my pics posted)

And just to prove I was really in California, here I am just north of San Francisco on Route 1.

I'll keep you posted to let you know how the pre-eating is going. I'll be planning and cooking and chewing like mad. And maybe then will see the scale make it's move.

8 comments:

amandakiska said...

Hope things are getting better. At least you look great!

tessierose said...

I'm sorry I missed your last post. I'm experiencing the same thing with my band, somedays I can't eat a thing, other days, I'm fine. It's frustrating. I think I'm going to try Jen's trick too with the pre-eating, maybe that will help. I hope it gets better for you!

Maria said...

I've had some success with pre-eating too. Hope things start to look up!

Drazil said...

Awww a pic of my bestie and my iMom. Nothing better. I love you Sandy...for realz. Thank you for your comments on my blog lately - seriously - thank you. THey mean so much to me.

Bonnie said...

I would never tell! I think you deserve a mental health day. Sounds like you have some good ideas. Hope they work.

Gilly said...

I pre-eat too! I also post-eat. I mid-eat, top-eat, bottom-eat and sideways eat. Hmmm...that's probably bad...

Gen said...

I am so with you about not going low carb or resorting to any other "diet" behaviors. We have to live with food, and we have the band to help.

So true about the carbs and warding off depression. No question this is really important this time of year.

Love seeing that pic! I miss the BOOBS!

Jen said...

Is it still working? How are you.
Can I just say.... We look GooooooOOOOOd!? lol

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