Post Weight Loss Surgery Menus: A day in my pouch

A day in my pouch is a series of blog posts to show what a typical daily menu looks like in my post weight loss surgery world. Yesterday's protein packed delicious menu...

Breakfast: I'm having a protein shake every day this week. Today is one of my favorites: Celebrate Chocolate Mint with Cafe Bustelo Espresso for a little extra umphf of energy and to boost up my protein for my upcoming surgery and later I had a hunk of a Red Velvet Protein Wafer.

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Bariatric Surgery Weight Loss Gastric Bypass Vertical Sleeve Low Carb Protein Recipes Cooking Menus

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My Thyroid Cancer Update: (Not sure what's going on here's the post to catch up) I had a little drama finding a surgeon. There were no head & neck, thyroid cancer surgeons in my area that accepted my insurance but after lots of phone calls and lots of annoying hold music I was able to find a surgeon about 50 miles away. I have a fellow Obesity Action Coalition Board Member who knew him and highly praised his skills so that made me feel more at ease. I met with him last week and I'm on the surgery schedule this Friday, February 9th. 

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The plan is a Thyroid Lobectomy which is the removal of half of the thyroid gland which has the malignant nodule (it appears to my surgeon to have not spread, still 1.9 cm on the right side according to the latest ultrasound) but I gave him the all-clear to take it all if there is the hint the other side could have issues. The benefit of leaving half my thyroid is perhaps (based on labs and how I feel after) not being on thyroid medication for the rest of my life, which would be a big positive, as some of you know who are on it, it often has a slew of side effects that can be managed and adjusted but it would be even better if they could be avoided entirely. But... like I said getting a good look inside will determine what's needed and I'll just hope for the best. Prayers and good vibes are much appreciated. I will update via my Twitter and Instagram account as soon as I am able and not as drugged... or maybe I'll update while I am drugged... that could be interesting ;) LOL.

Lunch: I got home later than I hoped yesterday. I went to buy some easy to slip-on slippers and a robe so my bare toosh doesn't make an appearance like Jack Nicholson's in Something's Gotta Give. Thankfully, this is literally one of the quickest meals ever and soooo satisfying. You can use any cooked meat you like, ground turkey, chicken, beef, pork. Shrimp is great too. It's a great use for leftover chicken breast or steak too. Just brown the meat and toss it in to warm through toward the end of cooking. This time I used ground sausage meat.

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Shelly's Egg Roll Bowl

1 (14 - 16 oz.) Bag Coleslaw Mix (or any salad mix that is mostly cabbage)
2 Tablespoons Soy Sauce
1 Tablespoon Rice Wine Vinegar
2 Green Onions, diced
1-2 cloves Fresh Garlic, grated
1-2 teaspoons (to taste, I like a lot) Fresh Ginger, grated
a few twists of Black Pepper
2 Tablespoons of Slivered Almonds, toasted
Optional: Any Cooked Meat (about 1/2 - 3/4 cup)

Saute the coleslaw mix, green onion, soy, rice wine vinegar, ginger, and garlic until limp about 8 minutes. Add sliced/chopped cooked meat and a few twists of pepper, toss till warmed through. I add toasted almond slivers I like the nutty crunch surprise in every few bites (toast the almonds 1-2 minutes in a dry pan, stir once or twice, don't walk away they'll burn quickly.)

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Dinner: Leftovers from our Super Bowl/Pride and Prejudice marathon. Amazon Prime has the BBC version of Pride and Prejudice free right now. I did watch a little Super Bowl but I couldn't help getting my Colin Firth fix. If you don't have Prime (you can still view it, just get the 30-day free trial they have) but you may be hooked on all the perks and want to keep it. Our snacks were BBQ Beef Egg Bites (crustless quiches) and Cucumber Spears with 2 protein-packed Greek Yogurt Dips and Roasted Almonds.

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Shelly's BBQ Beef Bites (Crustless Quiches)

5 Eggs, beaten
1 cup Shredded Beef (leftover pot roast is great for this)
1/2 cup Shredded Cheese (any you love, I used Colby)
2 Tablespoon BBQ Sauce
2 Green Onions, diced
dash of Salt
a few twists of Black Pepper

Preheat oven to 350. Mix all ingredients together. Spoon into lightly greased (Pam non-stick spray works great for this) mini muffin tins. Bake for 30 minutes at 350. Let them cool a few moments they pull away and pop right out. Makes 24.

Cooks Note: They do make sugar free/low sugar BBQ sauces but I just use the real deal. It's 2 Tablespoons spread out over 24 egg bites so the sugar isn't an issue for most but if you are highly sensitive maybe try one of those. 

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Oh, and the 2 yogurt dips for the cucumber spears were Everything Bagel Dip: 1/2 cup plain Greek Yogurt with Everything Bagel Spice mixed in and Bacon Dip: 1/2 cup plain Greek Yogurt with real Bacon Bits mixed in.

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Snacks: Coffee, Tea and a slice of my Chocolate Microwave Protein Cake with a squirt of Homemade, No Sugar Added Whipped Cream and a drizzle of Sugar-free Strawberry Sauce (Smuckers) for dessert. Mmmm tasted like a chocolate-covered strawberry.

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One more thing on the cancer front... I've been reading lots about the 13 cancers associated with overweight and obesity (CDC, 2018)

If you are considering addressing your health and weight (via bariatric surgery or any other means) and you are on the fence and weighing those pros and cons... I would consider reducing your cancer risk as an added plus side benefit.


Unknown said...

I hope your surgery goes well. I totally understand the need for a Colin Firth Pride and Prejudice fix.

StephF said...

I've been reading your blog since last summer, but I just had WLS last Tuesday and have been rereading your older posts. I'm looking forward to making lots of these recipes and appreciate knowing that food can still be good once I get through the next few weeks. I hope your surgery goes really well and you are back on your feet quickly!

Anonymous said...

I am sending good thought and prayers for your surgery and recovery. I had a nodule on the left side, discovered after i lost weight. When they removed it the biopsy showed cancer. I still have the right side of my thyroid. I do take medicine, but not as much since the right side is still producing.

On A Clare Day said...

I know that you know how surgery goes, so it'll be a piece of cake for you. (Where did THAT expression come from. Possibly from how easy it is to down too much cake!) Anyway, I'll be thinking of you come Friday and look forward to your return, but don't rush it :)

Anonymous said...

I had a sleeve done 4 years ago. I found your blog and the recipes and tips helped me so much and kept me going. I wanted to thank you for that. Some days were so hard and I knew I could find a laugh and delicious recipes on your blog. I am so sorry you are going through this! I agree with you, you have to be an advocate for your own health. I am praying for you. God Bless.

pugsmom said...

I'll be thinking of you and praying for you for a quick and victorious outcome. Sandy

Alison McAulay said...

Just found your blog and found it very informative. I hope you are recovering from your recent surgery! Take care, Allie

Rob said...

I am hoping for your recovery. I sending prayers to you and fast recovery.Its not easy to have that kind of surgery, but I know that it will be successful.

Lfrye said...

I'm six weeks out from my vsg and have started eating non-mush here and there-loving that egg roll bowl! Also have a disturbing addiction to egg drop soup, so there's that . Thanks for all the helpful info, recipes, and positive attitude. Healing thoughts sent your way!