It is something that I feel I must delve into and try to find an answer so thank you Osyth from Half Baked In Paradise for posing the question.
On Monday when I was interviewed for the TV program I said that on the day of surgery it was like a switch had been flicked and I became incredibly conscious of what I ate and what I did. I effectively changed my relationship with food and exercise overnight and this statement must therefore beg the question.
Obviously there is the answer of the small stomach not being able to eat as much as I want to which massively reduces my calorific intake BUT imagine if you will, now six months on there is absolutely nothing stopping me from eating all of the wrong foods once more. I could sit down to a fry up each morning, sausage and chips at lunchtime, a takeaway at night time and cakes throughout the day. Yes, obviously I would not be able to eat anywhere near as much volume as I did so it would take a while for the weight to creep back on but I could certainly eat badly enough that I would not be giving my surgery a chance, so that I would not be giving my health a chance and so that I would not be looking after myself as well as I could.
But no, after my operation I only wanted whole foods, healthy foods, foods that made my mouth feel fresh and alive, juts foods that weren’t dripping in fat and processed additives. Obviously directly after the surgery you are only allowed protein shakes and yogurts, this moves on to soft foods then onto pureed foods. This part of the process takes a good two months or so and MUST be adhered to, lest you damage the stomach or undo any of the work done by the surgeon. But strangely enough, after the operation I yearned for a salad, for a piece of Salmon, for simple plain foods. I have lost the desire to visit McDonalds, to visit the Chinese Takeaway or the Indian restaurant but what has caused this?
I am beginning to realise that I am at a loss for an answer. Yes it could certainly be to do with the hunger hormone Ghrelin being removed along with 3/4 my stomach. Without this constant desire for food following me around I am able to make more informed and much wiser choices because I am no longer in the position where my stomach starts to want feeding and then I have to comply by giving it poor food choices. Now because I don’t eat as much I am able to consider the food I buy before I get to that instant food fix moment.
But I believe the answer lies within my neural pathways and the decision to eat healthily and to get back to exercising in the gym just simply co-inciding with my operation. If we consider the fact that I had just undergone a traumatic experience and possibly my subconscious made me decide to pay attention for the actions take against myself. Perhaps my body was going to make sure it never went down that route again. I know the surgery is only a tool in the weight loss process but for me to no longer crave the fatty foods I once did, there must be more to it than simply physical changes so maybe for now I will just need to say it was an amalgam of issues that combined together to act on me in one fell swoop and I am glad it did because cutting the bad off in one go is like ripping the plaster off quickly.
So even if I am unable to put a handle on exactly what it is or was, I am grateful for the fact it has happened and the fact that I still continue to think like it over six months on. Lets face it, if I didn’t my Tasty Tuesday recipe’s would certainly look a whole lot different for sure.
FOOD DIARY:Thursday 24th September 2015
|Qty||Measure||Food||Calories (gr)||Protein (gr)||Carbs (gr)||Fat (gr)|
|Breakfast||1||400mls||Phd Recovery Drink||290||23.04||46.1||0.96|
|1||350mls||Phd Diet Whey Protein||182||34||5.5||2.8|
|Lunch||1||Small Bowl||Quinoa and Greek Feta Prawn Salad||198||25||13||7.9|
|Dinner||1||Small Bowl||Chilli Con Carne||202||27||18||6.6|
|1||98gms||Gu Passion Fruit Tart||324||4.2||39.2||16.5|
So the food on Thursday was pretty good considering I had some company. There was no naughty foods to speak of apart from the desert I ate after the healthy meal, but boy did that desert kick my totals into touch. Who would have thought a little tartlet could have so many calories in it! I had considered maybe 200 or so like a Mars Bar or similar but NOT 324! Just as well it was on an exercise day so I had burnt some extra calories with all of my working out and walking!
With no gym exercise to report it comes down to Map My Walk to prove I wasn’t completely sedentary on my rest day. I walked first of all in the morning, at lunchtime and then again in the evening with my blisters now being so much better than I could have imagined 5 days ago.
The first screenshot shows I covered an okay distance on the first walk but in fairness I only stopped because Archie insisted we do so only to then hassle me for the ball once I had replaced my wellingtons with my shoes and thus was guaranteed no more walking!
And the second one shows a similar result so in the end I was happy with the days movement.
As I said we walked at lunchtime as well but it was so slow I didn’t cover it with the app but this one plus the other two walks AND the days running around all helped to give me a healthy Jawbone Up2 total of 20,558 steps which is equivalent to about 10 miles!
And I was happy with that for sure.
Stay out of the fridge.