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I didn’t do a food funeral or have a final treat. It all happened pretty quickly. From GP appointment for a referral, to seeing the surgeon, then the dietician & then surgery wasn’t quite 6 weeks. And I think because from the morning I woke up & said enough & made my GP appointment, I was committed. I was ready to make the change for a different life. Maybe if I had a longer time frame until the surgery it may have been different. 🤷🏻‍♀️ Never thought I’ll never have this food again, or won’t be able to eat at a specific restaurant ever again. I do. Just make more careful choices, watch portions, frequency, etc. Had takeaway fish & chips with my brother’s family last week. Ordered grillled fish & salad & snuck a chip from my nephew’s plate. Actually first fish & chips (well chip) since before surgery. But we’re all different in how we approach things. Doesn’t mean what you choose to do is right or wrong. Enjoy.

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Oh my god @newbegining2024 all of that looks so good! I am sooo jealous just looking at all of that. I feel that the UK really doesn't have this amount of good food!!

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2 minutes ago, Bypass2Freedom said:

Oh my god @newbegining2024 all of that looks so good! I am sooo jealous just looking at all of that. I feel that the UK really doesn't have this amount of good food!!

Oh maybe that’s a blessing in some way! But UK have the best fish and chips tho. In NYC there are too much temptation around me.

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Just now, newbegining2024 said:

Oh maybe that’s a blessing in some way! But UK have the best fish and chips tho. In NYC there are too much temptation around me.

There are so many Fish & Chip shops here but that sometimes makes it hard to find somewhere that is decent! Nothing worse than a soggy chip 🤣

I bet that there is omggg

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4 hours ago, Bypass2Freedom said:

There are so many Fish & Chip shops here but that sometimes makes it hard to find somewhere that is decent! Nothing worse than a soggy chip 🤣

I bet that there is omggg

Believe it or not, I haven’t found any good fish and chips that can compare to what I had in UK. I feel like any fish and chips in UK is better than what I had in the U.S. and Canada. I just gave up trying to find one.

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55 minutes ago, newbegining2024 said:

Believe it or not, I haven’t found any good fish and chips that can compare to what I had in UK. I feel like any fish and chips in UK is better than what I had in the U.S. and Canada. I just gave up trying to find one.

This is 100% true. I have never had better fish and chips anywhere than in the UK. We have nothing even close in the States. In fact, despite its dodgy culinary reputation, I have had nothing but delightful food in the UK. Even your prepackaged sandwiches are amazing, and as much as I love American diner Breakfast, nothing beats a full English.

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first off, @newbegining2024, you will have zero complaints from me, food porn is my favourite kind of porn, ha!

re: food funerals, like @Arabesque, i didn't really have time (or thought) to have one. i had postponed my surgery twice in the year and a half prior deciding to finally (again) go through with it. I called my surgeon to say, lets do it in early to mid september 2018, and he booked me in for surgery in a little over a month later for October 2018.

I got into tunnel-vision like mode of like, "Lets GOOOO!" while i didn't do any specific diet prior to the 2 week liquid diet before surgery, i DID make conscious efforts NOT to stuff myself or eat mindlessly. i did this for about 2-3 weeks, and didn't lose any weight, interestingly enough.

then it was time for my 2 week liquid pre-diet of 3 Protein Shakes a day. and since i'm a self-proclaimed over-achiever😂, by the end of week 1 i was doing 2 shakes a day, and by mid week 2 i was down to 1 shake a day. yes, i know i was NOT supposed to do this, but i just wanted to prove to myself that i could for some reason (i blame the tunnel vision). again, interestingly enough, i lost 11 lbs.

fast forward 5 and half years and life is good, i'm skinny, healthy, happy, and full of energy. i also eat whatever i want...in fractions of amounts i used to, of course. and we aren't just talking salads (though i do LOVE salads!), and boiled fish. i will order items displayed in that awesome spread that @newbegining2024 shared. i eat bread and Pasta and fatty steaks, deep fried whatever, chips, bacon, pizza, cheese, alcohol and yes, even Desserts. JUST IN VERY SMALL PORTIONS (and yes, i also eat steamed vegetables, grilled lean meats, greek yogurt, and a ton of water).

i guess what i'm trying to say is that you don't have to say good bye to your fave foods forever.

good luck! ❤️

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On 3/9/2024 at 7:57 PM, newbegining2024 said:

Believe it or not, I haven’t found any good fish and chips that can compare to what I had in UK. I feel like any fish and chips in UK is better than what I had in the U.S. and Canada. I just gave up trying to find one.

Oh really! That is so interesting to see the differences!

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On 3/10/2024 at 2:41 PM, ms.sss said:

first off, @newbegining2024, you will have zero complaints from me, food porn is my favourite kind of porn, ha!

re: food funerals, like @Arabesque, i didn't really have time (or thought) to have one. i had postponed my surgery twice in the year and a half prior deciding to finally (again) go through with it. I called my surgeon to say, lets do it in early to mid september 2018, and he booked me in for surgery in a little over a month later for October 2018.

I got into tunnel-vision like mode of like, "Lets GOOOO!" while i didn't do any specific diet prior to the 2 week liquid diet before surgery, i DID make conscious efforts NOT to stuff myself or eat mindlessly. i did this for about 2-3 weeks, and didn't lose any weight, interestingly enough.

then it was time for my 2 week liquid pre-diet of 3 Protein Shakes a day. and since i'm a self-proclaimed over-achiever😂, by the end of week 1 i was doing 2 shakes a day, and by mid week 2 i was down to 1 shake a day. yes, i know i was NOT supposed to do this, but i just wanted to prove to myself that i could for some reason (i blame the tunnel vision). again, interestingly enough, i lost 11 lbs.

fast forward 5 and half years and life is good, i'm skinny, healthy, happy, and full of energy. i also eat whatever i want...in fractions of amounts i used to, of course. and we aren't just talking salads (though i do LOVE salads!), and boiled fish. i will order items displayed in that awesome spread that @newbegining2024 shared. i eat bread and Pasta and fatty steaks, deep fried whatever, chips, bacon, pizza, cheese, alcohol and yes, even Desserts. JUST IN VERY SMALL PORTIONS (and yes, i also eat steamed vegetables, grilled lean meats, greek yogurt, and a ton of water).

i guess what i'm trying to say is that you don't have to say good bye to your fave foods forever.

good luck! ❤️

I think I will definitely have some tunnel vision when I have paid for my surgery (I plan to do that next week) as then it will feel extra real and I will need to get into my game face haha.

It is interesting to see your perspective of it all, I completely get the whole wanting to prove it to yourself bit - I feel that the challenge is always there when it comes to wanting to prove it to ourselves that we are capable!

I think I am just saying goodbye to my fave foods for now, temporarily, and definitely in the quantity I have been eating them! Then when I get to eat them again, I will hopefully have more control!

Thank you for sharing your experience! ❤️

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I love Mexican food and deli sandwiches lol! So the week before my husband told me to choose foods that I wanted and the whole family would eat it. Then I ate chocolate, cake or sees candy. All the things!

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I'm 3 days into my 2 week LRD, and to be honest I didn't do anything similar to this, as much as I wish I did! But I was so worried about putting weight back on and not getting to the number I needed to be at, as I have my surgery through the NHS, so I started my liquid diet about 3 days early, and before that for the 2 weeks I knew of my surgery, I was super strict with what I ate.

There are definitely a couple of things I really really crave, but I've waited way too long for this to be ruined by myself. I really love Halo Top ice cream as it's lower in calorie than the usual pint of Ben & Jerrys, so I'll be excited to eat this when I finally can.

Also, just a very nice sunday roast. Yorkshire puddings. Can't wait.

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There were a couple of things I wanted to make sure I enjoyed because I knew that I wouldn't have them again soon but I quickly realized that when I ate them I didn't find the "joy" I thought I would. I think I was so much more excited to start the surgery and my new normal.

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On 3/8/2024 at 4:52 AM, Bypass2Freedom said:

Its good to hear your experiences with it all post-surgery, and that Keto banana cookie sounds yummy! Would you mind sharing the recipe? :)

Sorry it took me so long to reply! This month has been full on... These are the ones I made, they kept really well in the fridge and tasted just as good as freshly baked after a 20 second zap in the microwave. https://www.wholesomeyum.com/keto-banana-muffins-recipe/

They don't have banana in them, they have a banana baking emulsion instead since bananas aren't keto. I doubled the amount of the baking emulsion and added some vanilla extract. Honestly they were pretty convincing and soothed the craving and I usually hate banana flavoring. This was NOT artificial tasting. I think it really depends on the quality of. the emulsion. If your macros have space for bananas, I'd make this version instead: https://www.wholesomeyum.com/healthy-banana-muffins/

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On 3/20/2024 at 12:00 AM, ChunkCat said:

Sorry it took me so long to reply! This month has been full on... These are the ones I made, they kept really well in the fridge and tasted just as good as freshly baked after a 20 second zap in the microwave. https://www.wholesomeyum.com/keto-banana-muffins-recipe/

They don't have banana in them, they have a banana baking emulsion instead since bananas aren't Keto. I doubled the amount of the baking emulsion and added some vanilla extract. Honestly they were pretty convincing and soothed the craving and I usually hate banana flavoring. This was NOT artificial tasting. I think it really depends on the quality of. the emulsion. If your macros have space for bananas, I'd make this version instead: https://www.wholesomeyum.com/healthy-banana-muffins/

Thank you for sending this over! It actually looks really good!

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