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  • Eating...........after DS what a differance

    I am one month out today, I had the DS with Dr. Aniceto Baltasar in Alcoy, Spain. Eating for me after the DS has been, well, strange. I can honestly say that I have not been "Hungry" in one solid month, I have not had the desire to eat and the only reason that I do eat is because I know that I have to. This is a phenomenal concept to me as prior to the DS, I was hungry pretty much all the time. Remember this is just my experience, everyone is different. I am now on solid foods after going thru 2 weeks of liquids and 2 weeks of puree ( very well chewed solids anyway) and I still have no appetite. ITS AMAZING!!! I have often prayed that my appetite would be taken away from me for at least six months or a year and then come back slowly at a fraction of what it used to be, I hope my prayers have finally been answered. For those of you contemplating DS, think long and hard about it, make sure you have done your research, pray diligently and go for it, if you feel lead because it sure ain't fun and it does hurt BUT the pain fades and it does get fun again. Most of all realize that your life will be changing DRAMATICALLY!!!! I can not emphasize this enough, but hopefully barring complications, changing for the better, mine has so far.........
    DS with Dr. Aniceto Baltsar Alcoy, Spain
    December 11, 2007 390 #'s
    January 1, 2008 352
    February 6, 2008 325
    March 6, 2008 310
    April 1, 2008 293
    April 7, 2008 290 .............100#'s lost
    May 12, 2008 265................125#'s
    June 26, 2008 249.................141#'s
    July 10, 2008 240.................150#'s
    August 5, 2008 227..................163#'s
    Sept 5, 2008 218....................172#'s
    October 21, 2008 205....................185#'s
    December 11,2008 203....................187#'s 1year
    January 1, 2009 200....................190#'s
    July 27, 2010 195-198...............

  • #2
    Yes, it's a major change. How does it feel to have control over food? Enjoy the honeymoon and lose all the weight. Sometime down the road there's a good chance you will feel hunger again. But hopefully never the way you did before.

    Kiss that ghrelin goodbye!

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    • #3
      It truly amazes me that I can honestly say for once in my life that I am not hungry and don't care about food...............truly amazing.
      DS with Dr. Aniceto Baltsar Alcoy, Spain
      December 11, 2007 390 #'s
      January 1, 2008 352
      February 6, 2008 325
      March 6, 2008 310
      April 1, 2008 293
      April 7, 2008 290 .............100#'s lost
      May 12, 2008 265................125#'s
      June 26, 2008 249.................141#'s
      July 10, 2008 240.................150#'s
      August 5, 2008 227..................163#'s
      Sept 5, 2008 218....................172#'s
      October 21, 2008 205....................185#'s
      December 11,2008 203....................187#'s 1year
      January 1, 2009 200....................190#'s
      July 27, 2010 195-198...............

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      • #4
        I got my hunger back in a big way, eventually. I thought I would never get my sweet tooth back, but unfortunately, I did. I guess the lesson is to develop some good habits now, while the urges aren't so strong.

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        • #5
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          Originally posted by Franny View Post
          I got my hunger back in a big way, eventually. I thought I would never get my sweet tooth back, but unfortunately, I did. I guess the lesson is to develop some good habits now, while the urges aren't so strong.
          Do you notice that low carb/high fat helps reduce cravings?
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          Penny Stocks To Watch
          Last edited by girl81; April 4th, 2011, 12:37 AM.

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          • #6
            Oooh, yeah. I got my hunger back too. Actually I am hungrier now than pre-op (at 19 mos out). I don't notice anything reduces cravings! LOL.
            JB


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            • #7
              Post op eating

              I could care less about food too. However, I can say I do miss my cup of coffee in the morning. Everyday I have to force myself to eat the protien powder drink. It doesn't taste bad but I'm tired of it and not hungry.

              In my head, I relish the thought of coffee and soft boiled egg. Sigh, perhaps in another week. A nice heathly salad would be great but that several weeks away. Some thinly sliced filet is even farther in my future. But it will all come in time. Right now this is all in my head; my stomach could care less.

              We spend so much time in our life with food preparation; the shopping, putting away groceries, washing veggies, chopping, slicing and then actually cooking. When all that disappears the day after surgery; it's a shock. Now what do I do with all that time and effort.

              For now, I'm being good to myself. Last nite I woke up at 3AM and had a sugar free popsicile. It wasnt the best, but it hit the spot.

              This morning I can see my lap again. So I'm going to shower, and get dressed in real clothes, although I am not going anywhere.

              Mike, I am reading all your posts and listening to all your advice. Thanks for this thread.
              Cookie822

              I Wanna Look Good Naked!
              Surgery weight: 254 lbs. 01/07/2008
              Weight 02/06/2008: 224 (-30lbs total)
              Weight 03/07/2008: 214 (-40lbs total)
              Weight 04/07/2008: 201 (-53 lbs total)
              Weight 05/07/2008: 191 (-63 lbs total)
              Weight 06/07/2008: 181 (-73 lbs total)
              Weight 07/07/2008: 174 (-80 lbs total)
              Weight 08/07/2008: 164 (-90 lbs total)
              Weight 09/07/2008: 159 (-95 lbs total)
              Weight 10/07/2008: 154 (-100 lbs total)
              Weight 11/07/2008: 150 (-104 lbs total)
              Weight 12/07/2008: 145 (-109 lbs total)
              Weight 01/07/2009: 142 (-112 lbs total)
              Weight 02/07/2009: 139 (-115 lbs total)
              Weight 03/07/2009: 137 (-117 lbs total)
              Weight 04/07/2009: 134 (-120 lbs total)
              Weight 05/07/2009: 130 (-124 lbs total)
              Weight 06/07/2009: 129 (-125 lbs total)
              Weight 07/07/2009: 125 (-129 lbs total)
              Weight 08/07/2009 - 08/07/10: 125 (-129 lbs total)
              Current Weight 124 lbs

              I'm a lab rat are YOU: My data


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              • #8
                Oh Cookie, I know exactly what you mean. I see or smell food, and it seems really tasty. But then I think about actually eating it and it's kind of like, no, not so much. For me just figuring out what to drink is hard enough.

                What I didn't realize is how many food-centric commercials there are on TV! Restaurants, grocery stores, different food products - you name it, it's on the tube. Then an equal number of diet commercials: Jenny Craig, Nutrisystem, Weight Watchers, pills, potions, exercise machines, fat camp reality shows - good grief! No wonder the American public is completely schizophrenic about nutrition and health. I wonder what sociologists will say about us 200 years from now?
                Bridg
                July 1, 2007: 263 pounds, 42.4 BMI
                January 3, 2008: 255 pounds, 41.2 BMI
                Switched January 4, 2008
                February 3, 2008: 233 pounds, 37.6 BMI
                March 7, 2008: 209 pounds, 33.7 BMI
                April 5, 2008: 199 pounds, 32.1 BMI
                May 5, 2008: 187 pounds, 30.2 BMI
                June 5, 2008: 179 pounds, 28.9 BMI
                July 4, 2008: 170 pounds, 27.4 BMI
                August 15, 2008: 162 pounds, 26.1 BMI
                September 5, 2008: 157 pounds, 25.3 BMI
                October 4, 2008: 147 pounds, 23.6 BMI
                July 4, 2009: 133 pounds, 21.5 BMI

                The DS is the best decision I ever made!!

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Bridg View Post
                  What I didn't realize is how many food-centric commercials there are on TV! Restaurants, grocery stores, different food products - you name it, it's on the tube. Then an equal number of diet commercials: Jenny Craig, Nutrisystem, Weight Watchers, pills, potions, exercise machines, fat camp reality shows - good grief!
                  I remember this when I was home from my surgery. Made me absolutely nuts. All of you newbies just wait until you go out to a restaurant for the first time. I think the first time I went out to eat, the doggie bag ended up feeding me for at least 3 meals! But I did save alot of money. The portion sizes still amaze me. Last week a friend and I treated ourselves to Mortons (very fancy and expensive steakhouse). I ordered a "small" ribeye, ate my meal at the restaurant and then the next night had another complete dinner.
                  Janet in Reston
                  DS 2/25/03
                  Dr. Elariny
                  Starting weight 320
                  Current weight 157

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                  • #10
                    Beware - a little rant!

                    What really sucks is we own restaurants, and there is not a single thing I can eat at the moment. I buy a cup of takeout soup from the deli and that lasts me three lunches! Going to restaurants right now would pretty much be a waste of time (I'm only a week and a half post-surgery, so let's be real about it).

                    I've been watching the portion sizes at our restaurants, really rethinking what our portion sizes should be. Good Lord, we serve a lot of food!
                    Bridg
                    July 1, 2007: 263 pounds, 42.4 BMI
                    January 3, 2008: 255 pounds, 41.2 BMI
                    Switched January 4, 2008
                    February 3, 2008: 233 pounds, 37.6 BMI
                    March 7, 2008: 209 pounds, 33.7 BMI
                    April 5, 2008: 199 pounds, 32.1 BMI
                    May 5, 2008: 187 pounds, 30.2 BMI
                    June 5, 2008: 179 pounds, 28.9 BMI
                    July 4, 2008: 170 pounds, 27.4 BMI
                    August 15, 2008: 162 pounds, 26.1 BMI
                    September 5, 2008: 157 pounds, 25.3 BMI
                    October 4, 2008: 147 pounds, 23.6 BMI
                    July 4, 2009: 133 pounds, 21.5 BMI

                    The DS is the best decision I ever made!!

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Bridg View Post
                      What really sucks is we own restaurants,
                      I don't think I could do that. You're very brave -- and doing fabulous. Keep up the good work
                      Janet in Reston
                      DS 2/25/03
                      Dr. Elariny
                      Starting weight 320
                      Current weight 157

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                      • #12
                        Bridg
                        What kind of restaurants do you own? That fascinates me.
                        The first week I could have solid food we went to a McCormick and Schmick's (really expensive seafood place). I ordered scallops. Pre-op I would have been furious - the entree (at around $25.00) was TWO scallops. Two! I think I would have sent it back. As it turns out, I could only even eat one and that was a struggle! I would have taken the other one home, but it was UNseasoned and blaech!! Not made of money, this would have flown all over me pre-op. With a new perspective I could finally let go of my assumption or desired for the plate to be crowded with food. I was glad it wasn't and glad that I could leave the remainder for whatever reason without feeling bad about it. I had to get my head around that though~~ was it a waste of food, of money... kindof - but it served me well at the time. I needed to learn to let go of food!! (Today, I'd be pissed again at 2 scallops at $25 just for the principle of the thing- especially since my appetite is back. I still can't finish a normal restaurant meal and almost always take some home for the next day, but I can sure eat more than 2 measly scallops!)

                        I'd love to see restaurants offer the option of a smaller portion at a smaller price, so people could have more opportunity for self control, financial control, control over food waste, etc, etc. TGIFridays has this option and it's great. What you get is still really well plated so it doesn't look like less at all, but it is. It's still very filling for me but it would still be totally adequate calorie wise for a full size stomach as well. Just a thought - or two!
                        JB


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                        • #13
                          Good Protein for Newbies

                          I am NOT a newbie- I'm 19 mos out, but today I found something in my pantry I'd forgotten I had. It's Kashi GoLean Creamy All Natural Instant Hot Cereal (Truly Vanilla flavor). It has 9 grams of protein in one pouch. Also has 7 g of fiber and Omerga3 fatty acids. It's very creamy - more so than regular oatmeal, so it goes down really easy and it's pretty filling due to the fiber. It's really tasty (At 19 mos out, I think it could use a little sweetener, but when I was a new post op I wouldn't have - everything tasted too sweet to me then, so this would be just right!)
                          Once you're not on liquids and ready to progress to puree, it could be a good choice because there's only so many soft boiled eggs you can eat before you're craving some variety.
                          PS I wonder if this is in the right forum so I'll post in in Recipies and Food Ideas, too.
                          JB


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                          • #14
                            We own and franchise fresh Mex restaurants, both fast casual and full service, under the Baja Sol brand name. The fast casual version is somewhat similar to Salsaritas (minus the margarita bar) or Baja Fresh, depending on where you are in the country. The full service version has its own niche - I haven't found anything like it anywhere. We actually work very hard to make our recipes as healthy as possible, with smaller portion choices in addition to ginormous dishes. We make everything fresh in our kitchens and focus heavily on produce - we make eight different salsas that we give away free at a salsa bar in the restaurants. Having gone up and down the scale repeatedly over my adult life (and having a child with weird reactions to foods), I'm very sensitive to the effects of diet on people. I work closely with our chef on recipe development - he works on flavor and presentation, I work on biochemical reactions and macro nutrient balance. It's pretty fun!

                            I agree with you, Shrinker, on the $25 scallops - that would just steam me. However, I do like the fact that I can order an appetizer as a meal and be content with that portion (at this point I'd have serious leftovers from it.

                            I had my first experience of going out to eat on Thursday. Fortunately I had my follow up appointment with my surgeon who cleared me to eat, so that was good. I had a five course lunch with wine with a group of fellow business women sponsored by the Lifetime channel. So, I sipped at the wine a few times, ate two or three small bites of each course, and I was perfectly happy. What's amazing is that I know my pre-op self would have demolished the entire meal. My post-op self ate just a smidgeon from each plate, and I was just as happy - in fact, happier, because I was no longer the woman who ate more than all the other women in the room. It was such a freeing experience!
                            Bridg
                            July 1, 2007: 263 pounds, 42.4 BMI
                            January 3, 2008: 255 pounds, 41.2 BMI
                            Switched January 4, 2008
                            February 3, 2008: 233 pounds, 37.6 BMI
                            March 7, 2008: 209 pounds, 33.7 BMI
                            April 5, 2008: 199 pounds, 32.1 BMI
                            May 5, 2008: 187 pounds, 30.2 BMI
                            June 5, 2008: 179 pounds, 28.9 BMI
                            July 4, 2008: 170 pounds, 27.4 BMI
                            August 15, 2008: 162 pounds, 26.1 BMI
                            September 5, 2008: 157 pounds, 25.3 BMI
                            October 4, 2008: 147 pounds, 23.6 BMI
                            July 4, 2009: 133 pounds, 21.5 BMI

                            The DS is the best decision I ever made!!

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                            • #15
                              And did the wait staff seem concerned about you or worried that you didn't like your meal? They kept asking me if I was alright since I wasn't eating more than a couple of bites. It was like, are you crazy lady? Those scallops are $25! Eat them for God's sake!
                              JB


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