Ah yes, the old "will I still be able to eat pizza???" It's the most often-asked question, and I totally get it.
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This coping mechanism that you've been using for years - if not decades - is suddenly and quite dramatically being taken away from you. Again, this is from my own personal experience - others may have had different experiences, so always do your research!
My first two years post-surgery were tough eating-wise. I was simultaneously battling a life-threatening kidney problem, so I was barely hungry, ever. I drank a ton of shakes (some that I still really love and can suggest below**). But at about a year out, I was able to have three of the most delicious bites of pizza I have ever tasted. A lot of the things that I used to love tasted AWFUL to me now - like Coke, Chinese food, any sweet type of drink, bleck! But pizza? To this day it remains a favorite (although it's harder to find good NY style pizza out here in SoCal!). And I can eat exactly one slice with a small glass of wine. That's it, but it makes me feel full and satisfied. It's a usual Friday night staple for my husband and I: veggie pizza, wine, and a Redbox movie.
"I don't diet, and I never will."
I'm kind of perplexed by the questions about what diets I am on. I don't diet, and I never will. For me, I rely solely on how I feel. If my pants start feeling a snug around the waist, I change what I'm eating. If I feel sluggish, I know I am not eating enough nutritious foods and probably eating things that are fast, but lack in nutritional value. What I consider myself now is a "normal" person. I still love food. I love, love, love to cook. But I absolutely refuse to be a slave to food, my weight , or the scale anymore. It makes me crazy (crazier than before, lol).
When my husband and I moved in together, he refused to let me have a scale in the house. And this week after visiting my doctor and seeing a 3 lb gain, he wouldn't even listen to me talk about it. "3 pounds? Are you nuts? You look exactly the same to me. We're not talking about it." That was the first time I gained in about a year and it also coincided with my time of the month (oh yeah, don't think you get out of that when you get into perimenopause - oh joy!). I backed away and looked at it rationally.
What I try to do now is just try to make reasonably healthy choices, move more, and enjoy this new life that I've been given. That's the "diet" I am on now. Maybe I'll go order a veggie pizza for dinner. :)
Guest post by Diva Taunia, a professional musician and music educator located in the greater Los Angeles area. More information can be found at www.divataunia.com. Read also by Taunia : The "Unsolicited Advice" Syndrome - Thanks but NO Thanks!
**Some of my favorite and tasty shakes:
• Smoothies with my with Wellesse Liquid Supplements
• Lean Dessert Chocolate Fudge Pudding
• Big Train's Blended Ice Coffees