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Random meals over the past two weeks. 
26th-Aug-2005 04:07 pm
Yes, I'm bored. Terribly bored. And trying to convince myself that I should do more than wash the sheets, run the dishwasher, and otherwise straighten up a bit before leaving sometime tomorrow around noon.

So, you ask, "What do you eat 2+ years after having a gastric bypass?" Well, the easy answer is of course anything, but let's assume that you actually want to keep the weight off. Now, I'm not the poster child by any means; I've maintained the surgery-related weight loss and continued to shed additional pounds after the first year to the tune of more than half my pre-op weight, but it's not like I went from a size 28 to a size 6. :P I'm also addicted to grains; no inordinate protein-packing for me. ^^;

Anyway, here are some sample meals, from a person who doesn't really like meat or cheese and who hates to cook:

Sample Meal #1
-seeded rye toast
-roasted red pepper hummus

Sample Meal #2
-Oat Bran (a high-fiber cereal)
-skim milk (though I am somewhat lactose intolerant and really should be drinking soy milk instead. Can anyone suggest any good soy milk brands?)

Sample Meal #3
-mixed vegetables

Other things I like to eat at home:
-salad w/ Italian dressing
-chicken (though it depends on the preparation)
-spicy Korean ramyeon (though I don't drink the soup base--too much salt!)
-poached eggs
-various preprepared frozen entries

Popular Snacks
-carrots with peanut butter
-low fat granola bar
-Special K (eaten dry)
-thin-sliced ham
-piece of fruit or fruit salad
-dried fruit
-cottage cheese with pineapple
-assorted nuts

I typically eat two meals a day and about three snacks. My mother complains that I'm eating constantly, and it may look that way, but remember that weight loss or gain is determined solely by calories in minus calories expended. Along with a vitamin cocktail, I've been staying relatively healthy since returning from Korea.
26th-Aug-2005 08:41 pm (UTC)
I don't think I'd be full on the sort of food you're eating. Which is odd since I hate even the thought of eating, yet when I eat I always try to sate myself.

And I do the 2 meals and multiple snakcs too. Can't stand dinner since it makes me feel heavy and bloated somehow.
26th-Aug-2005 08:43 pm (UTC)
Well, what kind of food to you like to eat? ^_^

You know, the meal I actually skip is the first one; I typically first wake up at 6:30 am or so, even if I do go back to bed and doze for a few hours, but I don't eat until between 12 - 2 pm. ^^;
26th-Aug-2005 08:55 pm (UTC)
And I'd prefer duck and turkey to chicken any day. Especially the first^^
26th-Aug-2005 08:57 pm (UTC)
Duck, huh? ^_^ Duck's considered pretty unusual in the US, but of course you can get turkey everywhere. (They even introduced wild turkeys back into New Jersey, recently, so you see flocks around, on occasion.)

First time I had duck to my knowledge was actually in Korea. Only places I've had it in the US are in Thai restaurants. Ironically enough.
26th-Aug-2005 09:46 pm (UTC)
My normal meals are as follows:

-Some combination of bread and cheese, sometimes with tuna

Unless Erik's around, in which case I have to figure out a way to cook huge amounts of food for him. And it's really, really hard to keep fresh fruit and veggies on hand for some reason...

Which reminds me that I have some frozen grapes in the freezer just dying to be eaten.
26th-Aug-2005 09:53 pm (UTC)
Unless Erik's around, in which case I have to figure out a way to cook huge amounts of food for him.

I big eater, eh? ^^;;

Which reminds me that I have some frozen grapes in the freezer just dying to be eaten.

Frozen grapes are really good semi-defrosted. XD

Though, if the fruit isn't fresh, I prefer canned fruit to frozen fruit. ^_^
26th-Aug-2005 11:06 pm (UTC)
We like silk soy a lot. Do you still have to eat super small portions?
26th-Aug-2005 11:10 pm (UTC)
Do you still have to eat super small portions?

Nope. That's only the case for the first 6 months to a year. It's totally possible to eat moderate-sized portions of food after that. No one would ever guess that I had a gastric bypass now unless I told them.
26th-Aug-2005 11:32 pm (UTC)
On the subject of soy milk - Erik suggests Silk, which he swears by. I'm a little leery of soy milk myself. For some reason I'm really, really reluctant to drink it.
26th-Aug-2005 11:32 pm (UTC)
*laughs* Because it's bean juice by any other name? ^_~
27th-Aug-2005 12:40 am (UTC)
I really love peanut butter and honey sandwiches on grainy bread, it's one of my standard lunch things. Just had me thinking about that looking at your food list ^^;; Natural peanut butter only, no trans fats ^_^
27th-Aug-2005 08:15 am (UTC)
And that's another american thing I don't get. I can't stand peanut butter^_^ I think it tastes like some crushed mush.
27th-Aug-2005 12:12 pm (UTC)

I guess you just have to be raised on the stuff to have a taste for it ^__^
27th-Aug-2005 12:17 pm (UTC)
My cousins Erica and Michael really liked peanut butter and honey sandwiches growing up. When I feel like something sweet, I prefer the standard peanut butter and jelly myself. (Though I *hate* grape jelly and prefer strawberry or raspberry.) I also like peanut butter and banana sandwiches. All on rye bread, of course.

Though I can't do that too often anymore because the concentrated, liquid sugar bothers me if I'm not careful.
27th-Aug-2005 12:31 pm (UTC)
I love peanut butter and jelly (grape actually!), but I'm just trying to keep the refined sugar down to the minimum... And of course, a bee would never make anything bad for you ^_^;

A friend of mine when I was little always had peanut butter and fluff, soft marshmallow in a jar if you're not familiar with it. I can't remember if I ever tried it...
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