Author: J. Taylor
After I had my surgery, I had to work my way back to eating solid food. That wasn’t a problem; it made sense. My tummy had been traumatized and needed time to heal and time for the soreness to go away. So, for a while, I had no desire to eat at a restaurant.
As time went by, I added foods back into my diet, as instructed by my surgeon. As I understand, some people’s system doesn’t react well to adding food after a surgery of that magnitude; especially those who have had the granddaddy gastric by-pass surgery.
But, as for me, I had no problems at all. I had the gastric sleeve surgery, and followed all of the instructions my surgeon’s office suggested, and everything went smoothly.
I remember my first time going to a restaurant after the surgery. My family and I went to IHOP for breakfast. I tried to order off the children’s menu, but they would not allow it; even though I had the card my surgeon had given me explaining that I had gastric surgery and could only eat small portions.
So, I ordered a ham and cheese omelet. When it arrived, I gave my hash browns to my son, my hubby and our other son split my pancakes, and I cut my omelet into thirds. The kids were beginning to like this surgery thing…they get a bunch of my food.
I ate one-third of my omelet, making sure to chew thoroughly and eat very slowly. By the time they finished their own meals, I was almost finished with the one-third portion of my omelet. It worked our really well, because I took the rest of the omelet home, and had it for two other breakfasts. Not bad, eh?
So, I have found that eating at restaurants after weight-loss surgery is not bad at all. It’s just different than it was before. I am careful to order items higher in protein, and I box a portion of the meal to take home. I like it that way. It’s like getting more for your money!