TO BEGIN WITH …
You just got back home after your bariatric surgery and you are feeling nervous and afraid to see what eating will feel like. Is it going to feel weird or painful or hurt ? Is my stomach going to feel much different ?
As we move through the post op stages we can begin to worry that maybe not sufficient stomach was altered because we are not feeling that same fullness that we felt immediately following our bariatric surgery. We need to remember that there is an impact of how we experience being hungry and also being full once the stomach is altered.
TRACKING YOUR FOOD
There comes a point in time when we are able to eat a quarter cup of food and we start thinking that we are overeating. The best way to figure out what we are eating is to use an app to track your food consumption. I like MyFitnessPal. It helps to really understand how much you are eating and whether your macros are on track as well as your caloric consumption. You can use your app like a food log or a food journal. Nobody said that tracking your macros needed to be done with a pen and paper. An app makes it more fun.
I always feel that if we are eating real, whole, live, natural, good quality food – then the need to track every single food is not as important. Concentrate on making excellent food decisions. Eat your protein and veggies first. Don’t drink sugary beverages and try to get in a bit of exercise each day. Make good decisions.
About the Author: Sheri Burke is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and Bariatric Surgery Coordinator at International Patient Facilitators in Tijuana and Cancun, Mexico. She has worked with bariatric surgery clients for over 10 years and especially enjoys providing nutritional guidance to pre and post bariatric clients. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two teens and cooking up a nutritional storm in the kitchen.
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