Good Morning world and thanks for tuning in to another day here on Planet Magnet.
Today I have decided to write a post answering an inquiry I had from a chap by the name of Jay from Arizona.
It went like this…..
“Hello from Arizona!
I started reading your blog and found it when I was searching for posts about life after a gastric sleeve.
I am intent on having the surgery done myself, and was glad to find your post below where you talk about your new portion size prior to having the surgery.
This is one of my concerns as many of the thoughts you wrote about are some concerns I have myself – such as taking to large of bites and causing pain, having to learn to slowly chew my food rather than bite, chew and swallow…..not being able to gulp down large amounts of water when very thirsty, etc…
Now I suppose you wrote that post based on everything you read, and others you spoke to about their experiences. But what I am curious is if you could share if your actual experiences were different from what you were expecting? In addition how is it in comparison to eating now many months after surgery?
I suppose allot of things change and your able to get acclimated to your new stomach and your habits, and with so new experiences are occurring daily when you eat.
Hoping you can take a moment to share this experience with me, I would be thankful as I am planning my own journey”
What an excellent question!
Well Jay, to be honest, after having thought long and hard about my experience post Bariatric Surgery, I can honestly say that the only thing I noticed that was different to pre-surgery (i.e when I finally got back on to solid foods) was that I could only eat less. I was able to eat all of the same things, I was able to eat quickly if required, I just need to chew properly, I was able to drink large mouthfuls of drink as long as my stomach was empty, I was able to cope with bubbles even. Yes you fill up quicker but the full feeling from liquid is quickly gone as it slides it’s way along the intestine.
One thing you will notice is how awful it feels if you over eat. Prior to surgery if I over ate, I was simply uncomfortable (as we all are) now if I over eat (and it has happened maybe two or three times) I feel dreadfully uncomfortable and have a desire to be sick. I have followed this through each time and am fortunate that I appear to only expel the excess food in my stomach and not the entire meal. This means that you become mindful of the amounts you are eating and thus change your portion size automatically. I very seldom drink with food nowadays. I generally have a drink prior and then once eaten, I simply do not bother to try to fit any more in because it makes you feel uncomfortable.
Prior to the operation I always drank carbonated water having weaned myself from cans of soda and this was certainly something I worried about not being able to continue as I do enjoy carbonated water. However, as long as I don’t push it, I find that I am able to take large drinks of the water with no ill effect (bar some burps 😉 )
So to sum up, on the whole I have not really noticed much in the way of difference to my eating apart from I now like vegetables and I simply eat and drink less.
Hope this helps 🙂
Stay out of the fridge.