I’m starting to count down the days til I get all these bands off. I’m pretty sure they will come out on the appointment on January 10. Ahhh, THEN I will be able to start “eating” soft foods. At least thicker things that what I’m eating right now. As I mentioned, the doctor said if I can fit it in, I can eat it. However it didn’t take long to find out that not much fits in. Over the days I learned what consistency the food needed to be (very thin). We add milk, chicken broth, or vegetable broth to everything to make it thin enough, and to get more protein in my diet.
Some people have been wondering what I can eat, so I thought I’d share a little.
Breakfast: I always have a smoothie made with fruit, yogurt, juice and milk. I just change up what fruit and what juice to keep it varied. For fruit I normally use peaches, pineapple, pears or bananas. For the juices it might be pineapple, V8 Mango, Naked Red etc.
Lunch and Dinner: I always have soups. Usually it’s 2-3 different soups each day between the two meals, and usually two servings at a time. Soups I’m eating this week: potato leek, tomato, sweet pea, potato/cheese, broccoli/cheese. Again, everything gets broth or milk added to it and pureed. I use the terms lunch and dinner loosely. Some days it feels like it all runs together.
Snacks: Fruit juices, jello with juice, pudding with milk (on both of these, if you add enough liquid, it doesn’t set). Also my husband makes some kind of dessert involving condensed milk that is really good but I don’t know what all is in it.
What hasn’t worked: For convenience sake I have tried some baby food meals, with added broth to make it a soup, and added seasonings. Unfortunately it is still bland and blah even after doctoring. Too bad because they seemed great in theory. Also plain broccoli soup was not good. Definitely have to have cheese and more to make that work.
All in all I am doing okay with the liquid diet. I try keep it varied so I don’t get bored with it. Though I probably will be bored with it anyway in a couple of weeks. The main thing is to feel satisfied, maintain my weight, and keep my energy up, all of which are happening.
I didn’t take a picture today, but here is one from last night.