Sunday, October 20, 2013

A day in my pouch

A day in my pouch is a series of blog posts (I try and post them every few days) to show what a typical daily menu looks like in my post weight loss surgery world. My menu yesterday...

Breakfast: Farmer's Market morning. I was out the door with a breakfast parfait of Pineapple Cottage Cheese and Mandarin Oranges. Got some great stuff at the market... a huge bag of sweet onions, a spaghetti squash, zucchini, tomatoes, cucumbers, apples, an apple pear (never tried one), avocado (I've been wanting that Avocado Turkey Roll-up I make.) Hmmm I think that was all.

More Grab and Go Breakfast Ideas

Lunch: After the Farmer's Market we walked up 3 blocks to our beautiful City of Temecula Civic Center where the St. Nicolas Church was holding their annual Greek Festival. I love Greek Festivals (well all festivals really) I love the dancing and music and especially the people watching. Greek food is especially weight loss surgery friendly... Chicken, Greek Yogurt, Feta Cheese, Gyros. I had a Gyros Salad. It wasn't on the menu but I basically told them, "You know that Greek Salad on the menu (lettuce, feta, tomatoes, kalamata olives, cucumbers, and a oregano laced vinaigrette) would you toss some Gyros meat on top?" We came up with a price and voila a new weight loss surgery friendly dish was born. The ladies taking orders were impressed with my creation so I wouldn't be surprised if it makes the menu next year.

If it's on the menu don't be afraid to ask for something adapted even at festivals.

Strategies for Eating Out Post Weight Loss Surgery

I shared this with my Mum though I did eat all the kalamata olives. Love those suckers. The Festival continues today so there's still time to get your gyro-on local pals. I seriously might go back today for some gyros to take it home. Gyros leftovers are great to repurpose.

I regretted having not first dropped off my heavy Farmer's Market haul at the car before walking over to the festival when I won a tabletop ceramic firepot door prize. Unexpected arm workout.

Came home and did a bunch of cleaning and laundry. Oh joy!

Dinner: I jazzed up some of that awesome Pumpkin Soup from Trader Joe's. I sauteed a sweet onion, tossed in some cooked sausage and then the soup and served it with a wedge of Mushroom Quesadilla (just sauteed sliced Mushrooms and Italian Blend Shredded Cheese on a Mission Carb Balance Whole Wheat Fajita Size Tortilla.) It was 91 degrees yesterday :( I want sweater weather, pumpkins, changing leaves (well maybe not the raking), casseroles. This soup is so Fall despite what the outside temperature read...

Snacks: Too much coffee (though those splashes of soy milk in them add up to a nice boost in my protein count) and a sliced apple with a plop of Almond Butter I purchased at the Greek Festival.

More Days in my pouch.

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Anonymous said...

Shelly, I just want to ask if you still use a lot of protein shakes? I am about 9 months out and I was using a lot of the shakes, but not so much now. They kind of leave me hungry and I find that I was snacking too much. Do you have that issue?

Michelle "Shelly" said...

I do... well not a lot but a few a week. I actually have the opposite reaction they fill me up and make me not want to snack so if I am having a bottomless pouch day and feel like I wanna eat more I will have one or yesterday I had one because I had limited time.

I do make them with ice mostly... blending them in a frappe (bulkier) the shaker bottles are great but the constancy is thinner obviously so not as filling to me.

Anonymous said...

Thanks! Love your blog!

Lynn D in NC said...

Shelley I pray God will bless you beyond measure for your willingness and drive to help all of us learn to eat better (and right) after weight loss surgery. You have been an inspiration to me and I'm SURE many others! Thank you so much for being YOU!!