I have just finished my first 10 days of solid foods, and for the most part it has gone pretty well. I am good at eating small bites and chewing well, but I realize that I have been eating way too quickly and have paid for it a few times by becoming ill immediately after a meal. I dislike vomiting and am now doing much better with this!
I have found that I do need to eat 5-6 times a day - one of these mini-meals is often a protein shake and the others contain about 2-3 ounces of solid protein, with perhaps an ounce of vegetable and a spoonful of whole grain, such as quinoa, or of beans, if I have room. I have not been eating any white carbs at all. Sometimes I have yogurt or ricotta for one of these mini-meals. I do feel very hungry at times - usually about 2 hours after eating - sometimes drinking fluids helps, but it does seem most comfortable to me if I eat some protein about every 2-3 hours throughout the day.
I have been tracking my daily intake and I averaged 746 calories a day over the past 10 days- These calories are comprised of an average (from the last 10 days) of
96g protein (51.4% of daily calories);
33.89 g carbohydrates including 7.89 g fiber (17.1 % of daily calories); and
28.37g fat (33.3% of daily calories).
(Yeah I know that doesn't add up to exactly 100 - blame FitDay, not me!)
The fat is all from fish/meat and cheese, plus a bit of olive oil in cooking or in homemade salad dressing. I am eating more meat and less cheese the last few days and this helps a bit with carbs and fat counts.I haven't eaten any processed foods or eaten out, other than some sashimi (raw tuna).
I'll be able to get carbs lower when I stop taking chewable supplements - which by themselves are 12-14g carbs/day right now.
I post all of this as info only for other post-ops. I personally worry that calories and fats are too high - but for the time being, this seems to be working, so I'll keep tracking and posting updates.