Friday, April 29, 2011
Thursday, April 28, 2011
I'll use this experience to practice the golden rules of successfully banded:
- Small bites, no bigger than a dime. Put fork down. Chew.
- Stop eating when you sense the first whisper of fullness. No need to continue eating past the point of discomfort.
Monday, April 25, 2011
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Monday, April 18, 2011
In one 12-ounce glass of water, add:
1 ounce Nature's Source of Life for Women (50 Kcal)
2 heaping teaspoons (1 powdered, 1 not) psyllium husk (25 Kcal)
2 tablespoons Floradix Cal/Mag (60 Kcal)
1 teaspoon Nordic Naturals Omega 3D fish oil (45 Kcal)
Juice of one small lemon (improves the flavor of all the above)
Swirl it all together with a fork and gulp it down before the psyllium husk coagullates into a gel. Mmm good.
- The sausage link had no problems going down. This type of meat would have been a problem last week.
Saturday, April 16, 2011
Friday, April 15, 2011
Reverse strategy today: More protein and calories in the AM vs the PM.
7:30: Lightly hungry. Steak and pasta: 350 Kcal, 18 protein
8:30: 8 oz water
9:30: 8 oz water
10:45: Hungry. Fiber and vitamin drink: 140 Kcal
11:30 8 oz water
1:30: Hungry. Steak, artichoke and cottage cheese: 375 Kcal, 25 protein
3:30: Snacky. Almond Roca 140 Kcal.
5:30: Dinner out. Not hungry. French fries, red wine, salad: 300 Kcal, 3 protein
Kcal: 1305; protein: 46
Thursday, April 14, 2011
8:30: Coffee; 8 oz water.
9:30: Hungry. 1/2 Artichoke w/lemon & olive oil; Cottage cheese: 295 Kcal, 25 protein. Full. Artichoke feels a little "twisty and turny", but not stuck.
10:30: 16 oz water
11:45: Hunting for something sweet. Not hungry. Two Sees Truffles: 180 Kcal, 2 protein.
1:30: Very hungry. Pasta with chicken: 175 Kcals, 10 protein.
1:30: Small piece of soft pretzel: 50 Kcals. 0 protein. (Bad idea. I probably irritated things a bit by challenging my pouch with such a soft, bready bite. By the second bite, I knew I shouldn't have had it and greived the loss of not being able to eat any more pretzel.)
2:30: 8 oz water
3:30 Feeling snacky, but not hungry. Coffee and pumpkin seesds. 285 Kcal, 12 protein
5:30 Almond roca: 70 Kcal
7:00 Steak salad & pasta: 580 Kcal, 32 protein
8:00 Cake: 104
Totals: Kcal: 1879 and 81 protein
Feeling at the end of the day: Overfed and overfull.
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Monday, April 11, 2011
I also found out that it'll take 3-5 fills before I really feel the full effects of how this band works. Apparently, it takes multiple fills to fill up all the nooks and crannies of the band before it's full enough to begin constricting between the stomach and the upper pouch. Ooohhhh... Got it. Good to know. I was having visions of being the first band patient that always felt hungry with their band.
So, two down, and let's figure two more to go before we get some really serious satiety out of a cup or two of food.
Now, I must have read about needing multiple fills before maximum satiety hits and that you can go in more often than once a month for fills if you need, but boy, I sure don't remember it. I'm also likely one of those people who has to live it to understand it. Damn dominant kinesthetic learning style. It's all words and theory until I live it.
Onward with living...
Saturday, April 9, 2011
Objective To test the hypothesis that elevated "food addiction" scores are associated with similar patterns of neural activation as substance dependence.
Conclusions Similar patterns of neural activation are implicated in addictive-like eating behavior and substance dependence: elevated activation in reward circuitry in response to food cues and reduced activation of inhibitory regions in response to food intake.
I have activation in the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex and the caudate in response to anticipated receipt of these gummy Japanese candies:
Friday, April 8, 2011
Thursday, April 7, 2011
Having a lap band that need filling is much like driving a car with a very loose parking brake: you can drive almost normally with just a little bit of annoying drag.
I tested the theory that white, doughy bread is problematic for a banded pouch. Not this one. The medium-sized, house-made roll from Kens Market went down smoothly. Problem was it was a GD cinnamon roll!
That was at 3:30. It's. 6:30 now and I'm still not hungry. If that changes later tonight, I'll have a bit of cottage cheese.
Enough experimenting for today. And enough driving with the parking brake on.
Friday, April 1, 2011
I'm surprised at how little time I got out of that first fill. At this point, just 18 days after the first band fill, I'm ravenously hungry between meals and really not feeling very full after a medium-sized meal. I understand that's to be expected and it'll take 3-4 fills to find the "green zone" (see below)
When there is no restriction between the banded part of the stomach and the bottom, ALL the habits and urges to overeat during meals, to eat between meals when you're not hungry, and eating at night just to relax come roaring back. I'm trying to keep a tight lid on it until April 11th when I go back for my second fill.
Returning to Greenlake Nutrition's Women's Emotional Eating group has been helpful. A new 10-week worshop began this week with this session's theme being: "Setting Loving Limits". What a perfect concept to practice while I spend the next two weeks waiting for my next band fill.