I had a partial UPPP with a Tonsillectomy & Uvulectomy on January 10th, 2012 and it has changed my life for the better!! I'm so happy the soft food/liquid diet I was on, during my recovery, gave me a much needed kick start to lose weight. I lost 8 pounds my first week & a half after surgery and a total of 21 pounds since surgery.
I have struggled with my weight for a long time. It's not that I don't eat right because I eat well and healthy. However, starches and carbs are my issue. Breads (especially crusty French baguettes, oh my), pasta, rice & potatoes. I have no problem with resisting sweets, I have very good self-control and do well when it comes to doing things in moderation. Also, I use salt in moderation so as to avoid high blood pressure and of course, I avoid canned foods as much as possible. Unless it's canned tomatoes, black beans or garbanzo beans. A great deal of your canned foods tend to be packed with preservatives and may contain high sodium.
I have lost a great deal of weight before, I am doing it again. I went from a size 24 to a size 12 before, this was 8 years ago. I became pregnant, had my daughter, didn't lose my pregnancy weight, was hit by a truck while in a crosswalk and gained more weight. I'm sick of being overweight, called morbidly obese and ready to get my pre-pregnancy weight back!
So, since my surgery I've kept of lot of the soft foods & even liquids in my diet. I am a stickler for portion control and eating proper serving sizes, sometimes I will eat less than the recommended serving size...Especially if it has carbs or starches. I have a strong will & mind, I can look at a food and know my body doesn't need it, even when my mouth is saying "I want it".
1) I enjoy Organic French Vanilla yogurt, anything that has fruit already in it is going to be high in carbs & sugars. I like to add a tsp of honey or 1/4 cup of cut fresh strawberries, blueberries, mixed berries or sometimes I use the yogurt in a smoothie.
SMOOTHIE - combine ingredients in blender
1 cup vanilla yogurt
1 scoop whey protein powder
1/4 cup berries of choice
1 tbsp chunky or smooth peanut butter
splash of milk, soy milk or fruit juice
Blend and enjoy! Makes 2 servings, share or store the second serving for later. This is great for breakfast or as a snack.
2) I enjoy soup! I prefer homemade soups, as they don't have the preservatives that are in canned soups and are made with fresh vegetables, herbs and meats. I prepare fresh soups that don't call for potatoes, rice or pasta. Although, I will have some sliced crusty bread with certain types of soups.
3) Mixed greens w/ spinach for salad - YUM! Beautified with chopped or julienned carrots, diced or sliced onions, chunked cucumber, slivered or chopped radishes, very lightly drizzled with a low-fat or low carb dressing, topped with a few croutons, a dusting of sunflower kernels, a sprinkle of shredded cheese. It's tastier than you might think! Add a small serving of cottage cheese on the side with some sliced apples, sliced pears or applesauce...Makes for an excellent lunch or dinner. Bon appetit!!
4) Applesauce and/or cottage cheese - a delicious snack or side for any dish.
5) Grilled or baked boneless/skinless chicken breast...Marinate in a marinade of your choice. I prefer chicken over red meat as I'm not much of a red meat eater.
6) Tuna, fresh or canned - I'm a canned tuna kind of person. I prepare it in a tuna salad with mayo, celery, onion and ground black pepper. A pinch of salt. I like the new Arnold mini-sandwich thins, so I'll place 5 leaves of fresh spinach with tuna on a sandwich thin for lunch or dinner. Or I'll put 3 tbsp tuna salad on top of a mixed green salad.
7) Fresh fish/seafood - I'm not big on seafood & I steer clear of bottom feeding fish. To each their own.
8) Red meat - I only eat ground beef, my ground beef is from locally raised cows that are grass fed. Now, I know not everyone is able to get beef like this. However, how you prepare it is going to matter just as much, if not more. I like to make meatloaf with diced onions, garlic, pureed tomatoes or tomato paste & parsley (dried or fresh). Another great dish with ground beef...cooking up ground beef in some soy sauce, steaming up some cauliflower, broccoli, carrots & green beans. Toss in 1/2 a tsp of chili garlic sauce and you now have a spicy beef & veggie dish. I, also, like to put ground beef into a vegetable soup I make with cabbage.
I look forward to being a happier, healthier, better me - for myself, my daughter, my family and friends!