When I first started researching WLS – waaayyyyyy back when – I quickly discerned a theme that was more than just passingly recurrent: PROTEIN!
It was preached from the rooftops!
It was lauded by the experts (surgeons, nutritionists, support group leaders, long-term post-ops).
There was a baseline assumption that every pre-op would include as a part of their preparation for surgery a foray into the protein supplement waters and find several options that as a post-op would become something akin to a life preserver.
I was wide-eyed.
I knew next to nothing.
I listened carefully, I nodded a lot, I took copious quantities of notes.
…and then I did some protein drink taste testing.
(…gosh… I didn’t know anyone snapped a picture of me then…)
It wasn’t pretty.
Come to find out – I’m allergic to virtually all of them.
I really don’t like projectile vomiting, or having mind-blowingly wretched gut aches, or explosive diarrhea, or life-alteringly wicked migraines, or hives all over my body, or asthma attacks, or anaphylaxis.
So I knew early on that I’d have to be strategic about protein as a post-op.
It meant I’d have to *gasp* get all of my protein from FOOD!
(Honestly – I still have a really hard time not laughing out loud when someone gives me this horrified look and asks, “You mean you’re a WLS post-op and you get your protein from food?” Kinda like I’ve just confessed to something like eating my own boogers (blech! I can’t believe I just typed that!) for heaven’s sake!)
So – I dug in.
I did my research.
I gathered tools.
And I started reading a LOT of labels.
It’s not that hard – the whole get your protein in by food thing.
If you’re a DS’er – it’s actually not hard at all. If you’re a RNY post-op – I’m sorry, my methodology probably ain’t gonna work for you. It’s all about the pylorus, baby! It is your friend, and yes, Ms. You Know Who You Are Surgeon – we are in love with our pylori!
So – I’m gonna make you a deal.
I’m gonna spend this week focusing on protein here.
We’re gonna talk about why it’s important.
We’re gonna talk about how much you need.
We’re gonna talk about what your protein-related labs are and where they ought to be.
We’re gonna talk about how to correct sucky protein-related labs.
And I’m gonna give you some recipes that will hopefully help you celebrate the fact that you’re a DS’er and that food is not the enemy.
And lastly – on Friday – maybe every Friday, even – I’m gonna have a Q&A. It’ll be protein related this week – and if you have any questions about protein as a post-op – sock-it to me, and I’ll do my level best to give you maybe an answer, but if not an answer, at least the right direction to find one.
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So – you with me?