While surgery makes it harder to overeat, it’s still possible, especially when you get further out from surgery. There are behaviors that can lead to eating way more than you should be able to. Here are a few ways that can happen. I’m telling you this to help you avoid these situations, so please use the information for good and not evil!
Avoid These Situations ,,,
Grazing. Instead of eating several small meals each day, sometimes post-ops eat little bits and bites of food. The problem with this is that when you add up the bits and bites, they can add up to way too many calories – and not necessarily the right kind!
Starches. I’m not in the all carbs are evil camp. (Proof) But I do know that starches can be tricky. They sometimes sit easier than protein and therefore we can eat a lot more of them. Crackers, chips, popcorn. These foods are all ones we can overdo and overdoing it can lead to too many calories.
Slider Food. This is a term within our community used to represent foods like yogurt, cottage cheese and other really soft foods that basically just “slide” right through your system, which can cause you to get hungry again before you should. I’m not saying not to eat these foods, but if you find that you are using these foods as your main source of protein, and you find yourself eating too much, you might want to switch to a firmer protein (chicken, beef, fish).
Eating/drinking together. For most post-ops this is a no-no. Eating and drinking together can cause food to wash out of the stomach quickly, making you hungry again way too soon. This is an important habit to break, so if you are pre-op, I’d advise that you stop drinking with your meals NOW! The general advice given is to not drink until 30 minutes after eating.
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