dealing with separation from food
"WLS is only for people who are ready to move past the "diet" mentality" ~Alison Brown
"WLS is not a Do-Over (repeat same mistakes = get a similar outcome.) It is a Do-BETTER (make lifestyle changes you can continue forever.)" ~ Michele Vicara aka Eggface
With that said, I still have a hard time going to Target and smelling the popcorn. My stomach growls and I don't think that has anything to do with head hunger, just an ill formed habit that trained my tummy to want. It got much better after a couple more visits. Just had to learn my own way of defeating it and it isn't always easy.
Good luck with finding your way, but whatever you do, don't go shopping to cope (I'm going broke, lol).
(Edit to rephrase a sentance)
Once you can start eating, it all gets better. Hang in there! You have a great attitude.