Jump to content
×
Are you looking for the BariatricPal Store? Go now!

Any recommendations from wine drinkers?



Recommended Posts

I just got accepted into a two year enology and viticulture program (winemaking and related stuff) and will be beginning that whole new part of my life in September. I'm currently 3 months post op, I've lost a total of 85lbs and have 45 more to reach my goal.

During my schooling I'll be tasting 1500+ wines in class as well as whatever else I drink in the course of life as a wine student. I'll spit out many of the tastes, and try to limit calories that way, and keep from getting too drunk as well since my tolerance has plummeted.

I expect that by the time school begins I'll be at, or close to my goal weight, so I'll mainly be in maintenance mode. But I must admit, I'm nervous about so much of my life rotating around something that can impact my weight so easily. Right now I feel very confident in my weight loss and I'm biking a couple hundred miles a week to keep me healthy and happy. Anyway, I welcome any thoughts on the subject.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

At first I noticed my tolerance had changed, but then after a very short time, it returned to the way it was before...

So I drink alcohol, and not just wine.

Unless you are a calorie counter...(which I am not)...that would make a big difference to some.

Both my wife and I like to have one glass of red wine a day.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hi there,

I am an event planner and caterer - and you hit the nail on the head for me as well! My surgery date is May 26th and I can't imagine how I will maneuver my career around my new sleeve. Especially in the first 6 months. I sit in client tastings sometimes 2-3 times a week with multiple courses of fabulous food. I am 100% confident in my choice to no longer eat at these tastings - but colleagues and clients and brides are going to wonder and ask why am I not eating? How do I do wine tastings with clients for selecting the wines at their event if I'm not drinking for a while.

I am also known for my love of Chardonnay, so I have 2 weeks to say goodbye to my nightly glass (or 2)....my drinking buddy Moms in the neighborhood are going to wonder what the heck has happened to me this Summer!

There is an awesome member on this forum (user name: Bob B). He is a restaurant owner and chef who had WLS in December. It was great to talk with him on his experience. You might want to reach out to him.

Sorry I don't have any insight with tips for you yet - but I'll be watching this great topic closely!

S

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I sincerely hope you have a better experience than I did. I'm a bander. I was an occasional social drinker before WLS. Like one drink every couple of months. After about 7 months post op, I started socializing with friends on the weekends and began enjoying wine a few times a week.

My weight loss came to a grinding halt.

The relaxation of the wine or cocktails enabled me to throw my food plan out the window and eat foods that are not conducive to weight loss. Plus the calories in the drinks themselves.

After no meaningful weight loss over five months, and then a gain of eleven pounds following three weeks of holiday/birthday/you name it, I decided I needed to say goodbye to my Olivia Pope diet of red wine and popcorn.

I've lost five pounds this week and feel back on track. Which is good, because I have fifty pounds left to get to goal. And I WILL get to goal, dammit!

My experience is probably not the usual. As I said, I only occasionally drank before WLS. People who have wine as part of their regular routine may be able to adjust to it better and account for the calories better than I did.

I just have to chalk alcohol up to "not working for me" and move on.

Plus side is that my friends like having a permanent designated driver now, and they insist on paying my cover charge in clubs and springing for my one glass of cranberry juice. So I've got that going for me.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Wow u gonna have to report back here and give us some good idea...I am a total wine noob

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

First, congrats on your acceptance to that oenology / vitaculture program. It sounds terrific!

I started drinking 4 ounces of wine 5-6 days a week after I was 5 months post-op. Looking back, I don't think it stopped my weight loss. Yes, my weight loss started slowing down after 6 months post-op, but I think that was because I was smaller then and was ramping up my daily calories (on purpose) to make sure my metabolism didn't get used to a starvation diet.

One thought ... there's a huge variance in how much wine "people who drink wine" drink. On the days I drink I really do drink only 4 ounces/day. But I know from observation that some people who drink wine daily drink several BIG glasses of wine (16-20 ounces/day). That's a big difference. And that can make a world of difference in how well we continue to lose weight.

With wines, as with all foods, it's about Portion Control. So spit, baby, spit. :)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks for all the input.

I'm real excited about this program and will find a way to make my two dreams work together. For the past 7 years I've worked in a research laboratory which had its moments, but you end up so separated both physically and mentally from everyone else. In winemaking, I'll be by myself often, but I won't have barriers up keeping me at bay. In a way, it's a parallel to weightloss. When I was at my largest I felt separate and physically apart from others. But as I lose weight, those barriers vanish and I'm turning into a more social creature.

I need to make sure in school and as a winemaker I cherish connectivity but don't use that as a reason to over-indulge. I've timed the program to begin once I should be at or near my goal weight, so at that point I'll have to adjust being a moderate drinker and stay thin. It's most likely going to mean great adherence to the Protein first rule and to maintain all the exercising I've grown accustomed too.

Edited by Eli Alexander

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I recommend logging each sip and each cracker between sips. That way you can really gauge the calories and make sure to make up for it the rest of the day or week.

I run a restaurant and have a similar situation. We can do it.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

  • Trending Products

  • Trending Topics

  • Recent Status Updates

    • NickelChip

      I'm checked into the hotel near the hospital and just had my last protein shake of the day. My mom has kindly gone down to the restaurant alone so as not to make me die from watching her eat dinner. Checking in at the hospital tomorrow at 10:50am. So ready!
      · 1 reply
      1. BeanitoDiego

        Pulling for ya!

    • Clueless_girl

      6 wks post surgery, had to go back to the hospital to replenish potassium levels. STILL struggling with abdominal pain and nausea. Any suggestions would be appreciated!!
      · 0 replies
      1. This update has no replies.
    • BeanitoDiego

      Six months pots-op as of yesterday. I celebrated with a HIIT class where I was challenged to do a wall-assisted handstand. I truly thought there's no way in hell that I can get up there. Well... I proved myself wrong. The instructor said, "Just try getting one foot up there." I tried and it was so easy, that the other foot went up, and the next thing that I knew, I was standing on my hands with my legs up in the air, leaning against the wall.
      Last weekend I challenged myself to a 10-mile hike, and I was SURE that my legs would be non-functional that night and the next day. But that didn't happen at all.  But I did learn that I need a new hiking boot or shoe. I've got a goal of walking the Portuguese coastal route of the El Camino later this year, and I good shoes will be essential.
      I've hit another weight loss stall, but that's to be expected. I am so close to my goal already that if it does take 6 more months to get that last stone off, that's okay with me. And I am building muscle, so that stone may never move. S'alright friends, s'alright.
      · 1 reply
      1. Bypass2Freedom

        Congratulations! I bet that felt awesome to achieve! 😄

    • South Coast Deli

      South Coast Deli brings a superhero flair to fast, casual dining with three locations across Santa Barbara. Dive into a diverse menu featuring breakfast sandwiches, bagels, hearty salads, and a variety of sandwiches, including vegan and vegetarian options. Whether you're craving a classic deli experience or a warm panini, this deli satisfies with quick service and a playful atmosphere. Perfect for on-the-go meals or a leisurely bite, South Coast Deli is your go-to for fresh, delicious fare with a comic book twist.
       
      · 0 replies
      1. This update has no replies.
    • Annievincent

      Can I have cream of chicken soup on pre operation  liquid diet
      · 0 replies
      1. This update has no replies.
  • Recent Topics

  • Hot Products

  • Sign Up For
    Our Newsletter

    Follow us for the latest news
    and special product offers!
  • Together, we have lost...
      lbs

    PatchAid Vitamin Patches

    ×