Monday, August 3, 2009

Answering Questions

Chloe asked:

*** How many calories are you eating in a day, and how do they break down in terms of proteins, fats, and carbohydrates?

We do not count calories. We need 60-80 grams of protein daily. We eat very low fat, very low carb, no sugar, no caffeine, no carbonation. We need 64 oz. of water daily.

*** Do you lean toward things like sprouted grains to optimize nutritional breakdowns in carbs?

We have always done whole grains, when we do any at all. Our tummies are so small that we mostly eat protein with a bite of veggies and carb.

*** Do you find yourself going for healthier options even when you don't "have" to, simply because you are more focused on your health now? (Aka, is some (admittedly VERY SMALL) part of your utterly amazing transformation perhaps due to a change in attitude/eating habits, perhaps precipitated by, but not mandated by, the surgeries?)

Before our surgeries, we were already eating low fat, whole grains, nothing fried, no sugar meals. The biggest hurdle has been learning what size portion keeps us nourished without tossing our cookies.

*** Do you take supplements now that you didn't used to take? (Like a vitamin B complex, or iron, or vitamin D? Or does a multi-vitamin do the trick?)

We do a multivitamin, we do calcium citrate, we do vitamin D, we do B-12. Tom does all chewables and I do some in pill form. The B-12 is a weekly nasal spritz.

*** Do you think you get enough fiber in your diets? (This is something I just wonder about since I feel like filling your now-much-smaller tummies with veggies wouldn't actually get THAT much in you, and if you went all veggies/fiber you'd miss out on protein and such...)

Sometimes, I would say "no" for me. I am not a fan of the Benefiber that Tom drinks everyday. If I notice that I am having problems, I will gag down the Benefiber. But since we do primarily proteins, we do not get many natural fibers.

(I have roughly a million more questions like this. I'm annoyingly curious when I am fascinated and awed by something.)

Ask away! We are happy to answer anything people ask. And as you can see by reading some of our posts, we are hardly shy. We are finding that when we go out into the public, there are many people we feel like we should pass our surgeon's business cards to. We figure a commission on each surgery would get us early retirement! OR the people receiving the cards might cause us early disability!!!



selkie said...

ok, I'm biting.

reading this, which was fascinating and answered questions I didn't even know I had- what struck me most horrifying was NO CAFFINE.

my god, to me, living without coffee and tea makes life almost not worth living (JUST kidding, I think),

what single food do each of you and Tom miss the MOST?

swan said...

Selkie -- the issue with caffeine is that it acts as a diuretic, and keeping these two hydrated is a challenge. Tom is still drinking regular coffee with caffeine AND the addition of a chocolate protein powder. We could have switched Him to caffeine free, but so far, He's doing OK with the real thing, and there are so few indulgences with this that the one cup of real coffee He drinks each day seems like a fair compromise.


Chloe said...

Thank you SO much!

I'll be back with more questions, I'm sure... But I've got to get myself to bed tonight. Just wanted to say a quick THANK YOU!