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Eating On The Road Post Bariatric Surgery

This week has really been a struggle for me while I was in Texas for training.  Nothing wrong with Texas, mind you, but apparently with my lack of planning. I thought I had planned out my protein/food/vitamin regime pretty well.  I was wrong.

I also failed to take into account how eating out for every meal would affect me.  I have eaten out several times since the surgery, but generally, I cook or have many options that fit well into my new diet. The ginormous buffet breakfast offered by the hotel was more difficult for me to deal with than I thought it would be.  They had so many bad food options and very little good food options.  The buffet was laden with bacon, sausage, ham, eggs, freshly made omelets, muffins, rolls, bread, cereals, etc as far as the eye could see.  No hard-boiled eggs.  No fat-free, plain Greek yogurt.  They did have lots of fruit, though.

I did the buffet the first day and made a bad choice.  Bacon. That’s all I’m saying. The last two days, I opted for oatmeal and fruit.  The only problem with that option is that there was no protein.  If they would have offered a plain Greek yogurt option, that would have been golden.  They did not.  I think I am going to send them a message and make a suggestion.  The hotel seemed open to recommendations, so that’s what I’ll do.

My first night there, I had wings.  Probably the best wings I’ve had in years.  I did limit myself to 5 wings and ate the carrots and celery.  That was too terribly bad.  The second night, our sales rep took a group of us out to dinner.  I ended up having steak medallions encrusted with artichokes and roasted vegetables.  I think I wrote about this earlier this week, but I really cannot remember.  Still, the steak sat heavy on my tummy.

I ran out of protein bars and bought some at the hotel.  They made me sick.  They said they had zero grams of sugar, but after a more careful reading, I noticed that it actually had 16 grams of sugar alcohol.  The worst part is, I got sick during my training class and nobody understood what was wrong.  I experienced dumping syndrome.  It really sucks.

So, I have been without protein bars and have had to find other ways to get my protein.  I ended up eating cheese or tuna salad.  The cheese was fine, even though it was a big calorie hit.  The tuna salad made me nauseous.  The tuna was fine, but the mayo may have been too fatty or something.  I have had that reaction from tuna salad in the past.

Last night I went out to dinner with a friend and we went to a Mexican restaurant.  Everyone says you have to do Tex-Mex at least once while you’re in Texas.  I agree.  I’ve had Tex-Mex in Dallas before and it is really good.  Well, I had refried beans, one taco, guacamole, and some corn chips.  I had the worst stomach ache after I got back to the hotel.  The chips may have been a bit much.

I do not eat chips anymore.  I did have a couple of corn chips one time since the surgery when I had some chili, so I thought I was good to have some more.  I guess not.  Live and learn.  I do not eat potato chips, junk food, pretzels, Doritos, cheesy-poofs, etc any more, but a good corn chip is tough for me to pass up.  I guess I’m going to have to do just that in the future though.

I was pretty good with lunch all three days.  I had small salads with balsamic vinegar dressing every day.  I had one small chef salad and two small apple, walnut, blue cheese salads over the course of three days.  So, not too bad there. Fortunately, the hotel had an exercise room and I did use it.  I rode the stationary bike every day while I was there.  I had to work off all those bad food choices.  I felt really good after I exercised too.  It really helped.

I am determined to join a gym when I get back home.  There is one very close to where I live.  It is time.  I have lost enough weight that I can breathe and I’m not in so much pain.  Time to rebuild my muscles and tone some of this up. The best part of the trip was the bed.  I love pillows.  I keep like 5 on my bed at home.  I can never have too many.  Someone must have warned the hotel because check this out!

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Best part of the trip, let me tell you!

Well, I am on my way back home now.  I sure will be happy to get back on my normal food schedule/plan.  I cannot take too many messed up weeks like this.  I learned a lot about what to do next time though.

Here are some thing I plan on trying:

  • Get hotel room with refrigerator and an exercise room.
  • Bring protein powder.
  • Buy non-fat Greek yogurt to put in refrigerator.
  • Make better food choices when eating out; stick to salads, chicken, vegetarian options when possible.

Taking those steps will certainly go a long way to making eating while traveling much better.

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Eating On The Road

Eating when away on a business trip is crazy.  It has been years since I have had to do this.  I had forgotten just what a difficult experience it could be for someone who is trying to eat healthier.

First, I stressed out about the flight and airport/airline food and water, not to mention my potential lack of protein/vitamin supplements. That actually ended up being OK.  I was able to take vitamins and protein bars through security and onto the plane.  I also had a few supplemental protein bars and my standard vitamin supply packed in my checked bag for my stay in Dallas.  I was able to get a bottle of water and lunch just near my gate.  I arrived at the airport with plenty of time to spare so that I could have lunch before my flight boarded.

As an aside, I just have to insert here what a joy it was to fit in the airline seat like a normal person and not need a buckle extender.  I was even able to cross my legs.  Of course, I’m 5’1″ and I have short lets, so I’m sure that helped.  I also managed to scam a seat in the third row of coach due to my upgraded “gold” status.  I have to somehow manage to get that every year because it made the whole airline experience much more pleasant.

Once I arrived at the hotel, the whole diet thing fell apart.  I got some chicken wings at the hotel restaurant.  They were the best wings I have had in a very long times, and I’ve had wings a couple of times since the surgery.  They give you ten of them, I could only eat 4 1/2 with the celery and carrots.  And the sauce that came on the side was phenomenal.  I ordered the sweet and spicy Thai wings, but I think they just brought me the regular buffalo, which was fine by me because they was scrumptious.

Then there was the breakfast buffet.  I did OK at first, I had a tiny bit of scrambled eggs with some spicy salsa on them and mixed fruit.  Then I had two pieces of bacon.  OMG!  What was I thinking!  Well, I came to my senses by lunch and got a small salad with cranberries, blue cheese, and chicken.  Then a side of cheese for my protein snack in the afternoon.

The sales rep took us out to dinner to this very nice Italian restaurant.  Of course I cannot have pasta, so I ordered the artichoke encrusted steak medallions with roasted vegetables and mashed potatoes.  I can’t have the mashed potatoes either.  I mean, I guess I could have a little bit of them now, but because they are starchy, they have been on the restricted list.  I ate most of the vegetables and one of the steak medallions.  They were 1 1/2 or maybe 2 inches around, but man they just seemed huge to me.  Then the server packed them up for me to take back to the hotel, but really, I’m not sure what I am going to do with them.  (yes, I have a refrigerator in the room)  I’m not sure I want to have red meat two days in a row.  That might be a bit much.  Plus, I’m going out to dinner tomorrow with a writer’s group friend who recently moved back to Texas for some Tex-Mex food.

Don’t even get me started on all of the decaf cappuccinos I’ve had today.  Well, OK one of them had caffeine!

I had to hit the exercise room after dinner tonight.  I rode the bike for 30 minutes and did another 5 minutes of cool down.

I am just not used to eating out this much.  OK, maybe once or twice a week I will got to the buffet place near my office for lunch.  But still, I usually get salmon and vegetables or the chicken with broccoli.  I stick to the plan, though.  Low fat foods.  Protein and veggies.  After my emotional binge eating last week, I have been very strict with myself about the food I eat.  The last thing I want to do after everything I have been through since October is go back to where I was before the surgery.

I have to do better tomorrow.  I sure will be glad to go home!