How much?

I get at least a few emails a week asking about serving sizes so I thought I'd take the opportunity to address it.

I hardly ever put serving sizes on my recipes because what I eat as an 19 month post-op versus say a 4 month post-op is completely different. Sometimes I will say makes 24 or 7-8 crab cake size servings or something like that but on casseroles, soups, fuggedabout it. With the crazy varying Doctor/Nutritionist recommendations for weight loss surgery post-op eating it would be pretty hard to come up with a one size fits all serving size on a recipe.

Go with your medical posse recommendations always.

If you have a question about a certain recipe e-mail me at socalshell at aol dot com I'd be happy to give you my storage and/or leftover use tips.

I transform most of my leftovers into other meals. Black Bean Cakes for lunch became the next morning's Bean Cake Benedict. I use leftovers on Tortilla Pizzas (great use for chicken, meatballs, steak). Some are just obvious transformations like leftover Roasted Chicken becomes Curry Chicken Salad things like that.

Sometimes I'll cook and freeze a portion and then don't have to cook the next week. It's nice to be able to run around town all day and then come home open the freezer and pull out 6 Crab Stuffed Mushrooms, toss them in the oven, add a salad and call it a day. Almost all of my recipes freeze.

If all else fails... I also have a few young guys that live next door and love my cooking. May I suggest you hook up an older person that lives nearby. Sending over a half a casserole once and awhile will be a Godsend for someone living on a fixed income. It's all about the karma, baby.

As for how much of something I eat... it depends. Everyday it's different that is the great mystery of the pouch. Some days I eat very little and others I feel like I've eaten a horse. I generally eat off a salad size plate and I am no longer a member of the clean your plate club. I've trained my eye to proper portion sizes and I rarely ever go over those. I really try not to think about it too much. The last thing I need is to replace one eating disorder for another. I listen to my body's needs. I try and eat mindfully and savor the experience of cooking and eating. I'm way more multisensory about it... I notice smells, textures, the visual, etc. Shoot maybe all those tiny bites and chewing in the beginning made me slow down and appreciate the process instead of the power eating I did as a pre-op.

Hope this clarifies for those wondering.

Buon Appetito

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