March 28, 2010

Nutrition and Calorie Balance

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.

2 comments:

  1. M- 746 calories seems so small. I think I at least eat 2200 if I am being realistic. I do like my cheese, my carbs and oh yeah, chocolate and sweets. However, because I am now preggo, I am not drinking any wine or beer and I miss it, but I think that cuts out on my caloric intake. I love my wine and beer. Keep up the amazing good work!

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  2. GREAT JOB! EXCELLENT LOOKING FOOD. I AM ABOUT 2 MONTHS OUT FOR MY SLEEVE HERE IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA. I AM HAPPY TO SEE YOUR FOOD IDEAS.

    CONGRATS ON YOUR SUCCESS AND GOOD LUCK IN THE FUTURE!

    MY HIGHEST WEIGHT WAS 287 LBS AND AM NOW 255 LBS TRYING TO STILL DROP ANOTHER 20-BEFORE THE SURGERY. NOT A REQUIREMENT. JUST A PERSONAL GOAL. I HAVE SOME TOMATOES IN THE OVEN!

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