As some of you may already know, I’m having a revision surgery for my gastric bypass in January, due to a bunch of issues from the original surgery, namely the lack of weight loss. The new surgery is a different type (a BPD, for those who are wondering), with a whole different set of dietary requirements.
Basically, I’ll still have the *ability* to eat just about anything. But just because I *can* eat anything doesn’t mean I *should* eat everything. Because part of the surgery has to do with bypassing intestine and introduces a major level of malnutrition. It means that I have to focus more on some food groups than for others, namely protein.
So what does it mean for this blog? Not much, actually. I’ll still be posting regularly, minus a 2 week period while I’m in Brazil when I’ll be on a mostly liquid/soft food diet. I’m hoping to stockpile some content to post during that period. After that, when I’m back to eating normal foods again? Lots of protein, fat is irrelevant (I’ll bypass 90% of what I’ll take in), lots of veggies, carbs if I have room left, and almost no processed sugar. So while you may see an occasional dessert, it will be once in a blue moon or the recipe might be altered to use other sweetners.
I’m actually more interested in the psychological aspect of it all – how does a foodie who has been fat all of her life deal with both losing massive amounts of weight and re-establishing a more healthy relationship with food, when that is the center of her world at the moment? Will losing weight give me the stamina and strength to actually cook the things I’ve wanted to for the longest time, or will I be doing less cooking because I’ll be eating out more? So I won’t lie – I’ll be changing, so it’s only natural that the blog will change as I change. I won’t be talking about places like Jeni’s as much because it will be a once in a blue moon treat for me. I do know a few things for sure. I won’t get preachy, because I dislike that. I won’t stop blogging, because food will still be a passion, even after weight loss surgery. I’ll still eat at restaurants, but it will probably be restaurants that have meals I can finish in one sitting. I’ll still shop at local shops in town, just won’t be buying doughnuts by the dozen. Hopefully you all will be willing to make that journey along with me. All I know now is that it’s both scary and exciting contemplating what at this point, is only weeks away. Until then, everything in moderation…