Even though my sleeve surgery won’t be for a few more weeks–I am guessing it will happen the last week of August or the first week of September–I am already making changes to my diet.
As a foodie, one of the things I know about myself is too much of the same flavor and texture too often bores me. Since I know that, I can increase my chances for success by making for sleeve-friendly change-ups now. I am not a big carb eater but I am also restricting my carbs too.
Yesterday I took some time to search for some recipes. I looked for ones that will help me transform current favorite foods to post-op approved choices. Plus, I am using this time to try a few new things.
This morning I tried coconut milk for the first time. I cooked some oatmeal in it. It was delicious! I used 1/2c of oats, 1/2c of coconut milk, 1/2c water. When it was cooked, I sprinkled 2tsps of brown sugar and 1tbsp of silvered almonds on top. The extra creamy, rich texture of coconut milk really takes oatmeal to a new level. It was decadent! I also could not finish it all! I was shocked! I tried it with oatmeal because it is one of my go-to breakfasts especially when I am writing. It keeps me satisfied for a good long time so I can keep my creative juices flowing. This was a good healthy breakfast that can transition through all phases of this journey. Score one for me! Next time, I am adding some protein powder for extra oomph!
Yesterday I bought light agave nectar for the first time. The light type tastes similar to honey but is a lot more subtle. The texture is runnier than honey. I tried it in my coffee this morning and it was okay…not bad okay…just not used to it okay. I’ll do it again because I only needed a scant teaspoon–and yes I did measure it–to sweeten my 10oz mug o’ java which means I cut the sweet calories by more than half. The agave did not have that weird after taste like Stevia or the artificial sweeteners I try to avoid like the plague.
For my last cuppa of the morning, I thought I would really go wild and add a scoop of vanilla protein powder. My son tried it a few months back and said it was okay but I have been chicken. The texture is different–it is thicker and along the lines of a Slim Fast shake. I did not get a big vanilla hit it so that was disappointing. It would be easy to add a drop or two of vanilla extract to kick it up a notch though. The weirdest thing about it is feeling a sense of fullness from a cup of coffee.
Mostly the tweaks were a success.
Now, I have a whole stack of new recipes from Pizza with a Cauliflower Parmesan Crust to Avocado Egg Salad–honestly I don’t know which one scares me more!! They both incorporate foods and flavors I already love but the combinations are definitely out of my wheelhouse. I am also going to try tofu for the first time in a cool Tofu Parmigiana which looks a lot like a noodle-less, saucy, cheesey lasagna. If it tastes half as good as the picture looks, I am sure I’ll like it.
The most important part of this whole journey is teaching myself to make high protein food choices a priority. Big flavors, small portions.
PS>>>>>>>>>>>Since posting, I tried the Cauliflower Pizza Crust…It’s a keeper!!! WOOT WOOT!!!!