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On 8/2/2019 at 9:21 AM, FluffyChix said:

But you don't get there if you continue to use your old food crutches of Chinese/Pizza/Mexican highly processed foods.

That's one key factor most people miss completely, processed foods. I stopped eating processed foods right after my surgery. It has made a great difference in my initial weight loss and now my maintenance. As usual Fluffy has some great points in her post. By gaming the system or as the pros say, Eating Around Your Restriction you will not be successful and thus you will not get the long range health benefits.

On 8/2/2019 at 2:07 PM, texasnewf said:

Nothing but seaweed and tofu for me from now on

Seaweed and tofu are good but make no mistake, you will not be able to sustain such restrictive diet. Look at this forum and get receipt ideas. Research receipt ideas on line and try to go to support groups where there are people in the room who can assist you. Good luck and good health.

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On 8/2/2019 at 8:21 AM, FluffyChix said:

During the honeymoon phase you CAN actually rebuild your gut biome. By eating health foods: lean dense Protein, veggies, healthy fats and a TINY amount of dark berries you get to where you crave THAT kind of food! You crave healthy foods prepared simply and cleanly. And at some point the cease to be "boring" and rather just "pure" or "cleanly prepared." But you don't get there if you continue to use your old food crutches of Chinese/Pizza/Mexican highly processed foods.

Thank you for this.

Before my RNY on 7/25, I had spent 15 months on a version of keto. There were 2 critical things about my food choices: meet the nutrition requirements/macro limitations and EASY.

I tried to turn food into a non-event. My family asked how I could eat/drink same things over & over. I was not looking for food, I was looking for fuel. Not going to lie though when odd urge struck me on keto, I'd look up recipes but if they didn't fit my target macros then I gave them a hard pass.

I know youngest daughter thinks the way I was eating was too limited, boring, etc. I HAVE to have 'EASE' & convenience due to my work schedule & honestly do not want to spend too much time on cooking, food prep, etc.

I DO want to know tips/tricks, etc. that are in line with what we should be doing the 1st couple of mos, to ensure that things like chicken, etc. go down smoothly (add broth, etc.)

I was so torn on other thread re: Dr. Brian/Bryan? But I think none of us really..wants to blow this HUGE change we've made to our bodies. Most have heard about honeymoon period, the X amt of mos where you lose majority and how we can "break it or make it". I feel I'm going to have to get back in with a therapist as with all addictions, when you are "new in recovery"..In AA & NA they tell you to stay away from people, places and things you used to associate with as you don't have good chance at staying clean/sober if you repeat old behavior..even if you don't relapse.

I can't afford a 'food relapse'. I need safety. Was tempted to check out recipes, but I kept reading different input & it brought me back to where my mind had been planning to go...which is for ME, I must KISS (must be simple). And I have to be accountable to stay in my "lane" dr prescribed. As I'm not 30 anymore, I can't afford for this opportunity to get sacrificed in a sudden urge to search for, what would be for me, distractions.

Heck, some of you know due to last min dr. change, I've been doing full liquids (pre-op & post-op) for 49 days as of today & by time my dr let's me move to pureed, it will be 54 days. I had felt sorry for myself a few times but I'm going to change that by telling all of you how I absolutely rocked the liquids stage...I did it! I'm still doing it!

Just to clarify, I feel we can find flavor & variation in things as we go down this road, but just like in recovery, we are warned to keep main focus of 1st year solely on self. No new relationships, etc. I've been clean for 30+ years now & let me tell you,a food addiction makes getting clean/sober look like child's play for ME personally.

Glad we can all talk about this. I have to understand too that what 1 person can eat/not eat & successfully lose weight on does not make it true for me. Think I will keep training wheels on for now.

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On 8/2/2019 at 2:07 PM, texasnewf said:

Good points. I'm throwing out the chinese food. Nothing but seaweed and tofu for me from now on

You could try broth with ec275bae-8372-487d-b11c-dfa404438380_1.3a541aaf92e74a914e59a845ffb6ee88.jpeg.83b9680da1bf00bc6a2a9c26c0cc21a9.jpeg

And that seaweed you mentioned will come in handy later in making your own rice-less sushi

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