A couple of months ago I realized that it was time for a change in
what and how I was eating. There are many things related to
having Gastric Bypass Surgery that I have learned on my own.
First, I want to remind everyone that just because something works
for me, that doesn’t mean that it will or will not work for you.
If you put me next to someone who had the same surgery, there are
big differences as we are all individuals. Our bodies all do
slightly different things, one person might tolerate a food item
differently than me. I might have a preference for something that
just isn’t appetizing to you.
One of the things that helped me in making changes to what I eat
is a study that looks at the amount of carbs someone should be
eating when they are a few years out from having Gastric Bypass
Here is a link to that study:
Right around that same time I had lab work done by my family
Doctor. I see my weight loss surgeon every January and get blood
work done. I like to get blood work done in the middle of the
year, just to check on things.
The report came back and I had elevated enzyme levels in my liver
and kidneys. I started thinking about what I had been doing
different in my diet. I did some research online and figured out
those elevated enzymes are because I was taking in too much
protein. I had gone crazy with protein drinks. Its not that I was
replacing meals with shakes, its just the number and way I was
having them was too much for what my body could handle.
So after reading that study, I started making changes to eat more
carbs in a day, making my goal around 130 g carbs and keeping the
On August 15 I weighed 174 pounds. This was 10 pounds more than I
was about a year before. It was at this point that I started
making changes. October 18 I weighed 169 pounds. I see the loss in
weight as a result of eating higher carb foods, still getting in
the amount of protein that I need and only having a protein shake
every other day or so.
Below is information on what I ate last Saturday including
nutritional information for each item.
Again, this is what works for me, so consider this before you make
any changes to what and how you eat.
Eggo Nutri-Grain Whole Wheat Waffles with Walden Farms Blueberry Syrup
Serving size: 2 waffles
Kahiki Chicken Egg Rolls
Serving size: 1 egg roll
I had two egg rolls so double the nutrition info if you are
counting the total numbers of what I ate.
Jose Ole Mini Tacos Beef & Cheese
Serving size: 4 mini tacos
I had six tacos so the actual numbers are slightly higher for what
Big Train Fit Frappe Espresso
20 g protein
2 cups silk unsweetened soy milk 14 g protein
34 g protein total
Peanut Butter and JamPita Pocket
Oro wheat Pocket Pita 100% Whole Wheat
Old Home Creamy Peanut Butter
I put 4 tablespoons in mine.
Smuckers Concord Grape Jam with Splenda, Sugar Free
Total net carbs for my PB&J:
73 g protein
112 g carbs
I would have had something else to eat before bed but my allergies
were driving me crazy. I took some benadryl and went to bed early.
I still drink plenty of water with crystal light / store brand.
Usually around 60 – 70 ounces each day. I also drink about 3 or 4
cups of coffee too. I sweeten the coffee with sugar free syrup.
I go back and forth between Torani and DaVinci brands, depending
on which flavor I’m in the mood for. Lately I’ve been using the
sugar free sweetener syrup from DaVinci. Its the same that is in
their other sugar free syrups, just no flavoring. It adds some
sweetness to the flavor of the coffee.
I know some weight loss surgery programs frown on caffene. Some
are very strict saying never never never while other programs
don’t have a restriction. I waited until about 6 months after I
had gastric bypass surgery to start making changes. My surgery
program was one that was strict about caffene. So I chose to do
this on my own. I kept a food and weight log. I kept track of what
I ate, how much caffene I was drinking and my weight each week.
Guess what? My apetite didn’t increase as I was scared into
thinking that it would. My weight kept going down and so I decided
that my body was fine with caffene in my diet.
I’ve been searching around for different places to get flavored
coffee. After finding out that the coffee shop in my local grocery
can’t make any drinks sugar free, I knew it was up to me to make
coffee at home. This way I knew what goes into my coffee and I
could make varieties the coffee shop couldn’t.
I’ve tried a few bags I bought at the grocery but have found a
place online that has a wide variety of flavored coffee and its
This morning I had some EggNog Royale coffee with sugar free
vanilla syrup and a spoon of cool whip. It was very very yummy.
I bought it from CoffeeFool.com and encourage anyone who wants
some great tasting coffee from a family run business to give them
a try. They do have decaf too, for those who can’t handle the
Again, this is what works for me. If I can be of any help to you or someone you know who is considering weight loss surgery, I’m very happy to help. While gastric bypass was right for me, it may not be for you. It wasn’t for my Wife who has lost 250 pounds on the Slow Carb Diet and kept it off. I can share her experience and info as well.