Not long ago I was infected with Pinterest. In a good way, I hope. It has inspired me to cook, to organize and to start making my house into a home. Too many years have gone by that I allowed myself to be paralyzed by uncertainty. I didn’t want to invest money in furnishings I wasn’t in love with and had no idea what decor I liked. I’ve finally figured out that I don’t like one certain thing and that’s fine.
I’ve also decided that rather than spend money that Grandpa & I don’t have on furnishings and decor that I’d start taking the things I do have and making them into what I want. Mostly that’s been research up to this point but I’m about to start branching out. We often joked about pinning our finished projects and tonight I decided I was going to start blogging about our adventure.
I tend to be verbose, I’ll work on that. And I’ll tell our story. A story that is just beginning. And a story I love.
To start though, a few things. I’m a 2 and a half year post op lap band patient. At my worst I was over 400 lbs (I don’t know exactly how much because the doctor’s scale only went to 400). There was nothing medically wrong with me. I love food and I didn’t move as much as I needed to. I’m still a food lover and I have a passion for cooking. The trick for me is learning to make food that a non-banded person can eat and get full off while working to get the balance I need. Cooking for just myself was much more simple but it was easy to get stuck in a rut. I enjoy trying to find a balance between meals anyone could eat and making them lap band friendly.
There are things that I can’t eat because they are band no-nos. Top of the list are celery, asparagus and anything carbonated. There are things I can’t eat because my own band doesn’t allow it. This varies from person to person.
Then there is personal diet. We don’t eat beef. Actually, Joe doesn’t eat beef. It just doesn’t agree with him. Since he doesn’t eat it, I don’t eat it. Occasionally I’ll have a steak when he’s having something else or when we go out but I don’t cook with it for family meals. We both have issues with milk but cheeses and sour cream are fine. So far evaporated milk also seems to be okay, in small doses.
Much of this blog will be, I anticipate, about the recipes I find on Pinterest and how I’m adapting those for use firstly as a lap band patient and secondly for just the two of us. When possible I will link back to the original post for the full recipe. Sometimes it’s simply a matter of halving a recipe. Sometimes the recipes are the inspiration.
The one thing this blog isn’t is a how to do for weight loss surgery eating. I’m the first to admit that I don’t follow the rules of post-surgery eating. I do focus on protein first. I do try to limit carbs. I rarely get enough veggies. That has more to do with the way my band reacts to veggies and is one of the things I’m working on finding more ways to eat. Eggface has that covered in spades. Instead, this is about how we eat, how we live and how we love.