I'm more than 5 years post op now and I've always been a bit of a foodie. I often joke that I was like a Jewish Paula Deen before surgery. Not meaning to toot my own horn, but I have been a pretty good cook for many years. The thing is that much of what I made was very similar in many ways to the types of things Paula Deen made. When you cross someone who was raised in the south with someone who has a Jewish heritage, you have a recipe... or many recipe that are laden with fats and carbs.
When I was considering surgery, I wondered if I would ever be able enjoy cooking and more than that eating again. Well, more than 5 years after my surgery, the answer is a resounding yes. I have to say that I don't eat or cook diet food. I want whatever I eat to be wonderfully flavorful and not a second rate substitute in terms of flavor or texture. This is a large part of what has allowed me to maintain my weight. I have found ways to eat what I want, enjoy it and maintain my weight. That said, I must admit that I have made a number of changes and adjustments in the ways that I prepare foods. Sources such as Cooking Light have been invaluable to me as I have learned leaner and lighter techniques that allow me to enjoy old favorites as well as broadening my horizons as I've added new favorites to my repertoire.
Below, is a recipe for Breakfast Quiche Bites. They are a great way to get in the protein in a flavorful, yet healthy way. I often tweak it one direction or another, but the premise is the same for them. Consider trying these as a way to enjoy a wonderful breakfast, lunch or dinner. Also know that they travel and reheat well. While they are great for breakfast when you are in a hurry, I often have two of these with a salad for dinner.
I'm glad to hear that you have found ways to enjoy old and new favorites. I know that this really varies from one person to another. For me, to be quite honest, I do have a sliver of pecan pie or cheesecake on the rare occasion. This is part of the balance that I have struck that allows me to live well with my tool. Of course, I couldn't do that when I was losing weight and I certainly don't do it all the time... as I did before surgery. I have truly learned that I can live well, without deprivation and maintain the health and quality of life I have come to treasure.
I'm so grateful for my tool that helped me lose my excess weight and helps me maintain my new found balance.
Wishing you continued success,
Long-term post-ops with regain struggles, click here to see some steps for getting back on track (without the 5-day pouch fad or liquid diet): http://www.obesityhelp.com/member/bananafish711/blog/2013/04/05/don-t-panic--believe-and-you-will-succeed-/
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It sounds like your system is very sensitive to simple carbs/glucose and I also understand that some are also 'addicted' to sugars and need to keep them in check to ensure that they don't fall off of the proverbial wagon. I think its great that we have people with a range of experiences that are farther out to help those who are new to this see that their own experience may differ somewhat from others and it is okay. I think it's really about learning what works for you.
Wishing you all the best,
Proximal RNY Lap - 02/21/05
9 years committed ~ 100% EWL and Maintaining