Now, I'm sure anyone who is reading this knows how ridiculous that is. However, there's still a big debate about what docs prescribe as the optimal meal size.
I decided to email one of the dietitians at my surgeons office and ask for clarification.
I had been taught, and promptly forgot, the basic portion size/measurement we should follow at meal time, so I'm glad I asked.
Here's the run down...
Meals: (eat protein first, save carb for last and don't eat it if satisfied)
1-2 oz. protein
1/4-1/2 C Veg. or Fruit
1/4-1/2 C complex carb
1 oz. protein
1/4-1/2 C. Fruit OR Veg OR Complex carb.
Here I am 11 months out and I don't think I've ever really kept track like that. What the heck have I been doing? I can tell you that I do eat protein first, but I've probably been eating more like 3-4 oz. at a time, and totally skipping the vegetable and complex carb. Honestly, I'm not even sure what the heck a complex carb is! I have to google that ASAP. We generally don't eat any rice, pasta, potatoes at night in our house anyway (even pre-band). I've been pretty tight since my last fill, which was many moons ago, so I usually just eat whatever protein I can get in and call it a day. I know that's not exactly the healthiest way to eat but if it helps, I take my vitamins faithfully!
So I decided to take my plate into my own hands, so to speak, and measure my food. What a concept. Here's my plate from lunch today...
|This is a salad plate|
For some perspective, here's my plate compared to the plate of my 5 year old...
|I added a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese to my tomatoes|
She ate every bite and asked for more grapes. I had 2 chips left over.
I must say I was skeptical at first but I was totally satisfied (and not stuffed) after eating this. I wasn't tempted to go rummaging around the pantry for something to snack on.
I just did a huge grocery shopping today, and I'm off from work the rest of the week, so there's no excuse for me not to do this. I'm going to measure and weigh my portions to get an idea of how I feel at the end of each meal, as well as how long I stay satisfied. I'm going to the surgeon in a few weeks for my one year check up and honestly, if he asked me today how much I eat at each sitting, I'd have no idea. I need to take some control back and be fully aware of not just what, but how much I'm putting into my pouch. Otherwise, how will he or I know if my restriction level is appropriate for me?
So, are you with me? Anybody want to try following these guidelines? I'd love to hear from anyone who decides to try it.
Go forth, and measure!