Over in the LivingAfterWLS Neighborhood we have several great conversations going on right now. catsroomie, also known as Vivian, asked if our pouch size changes from morning to evening. Seems like many of us are familiar with this sensation - take a look at some of the conversation:
It seems that my pouch is physically smaller in the mornings than the evenings - seems like it expands during the day. Anyone else experience this?
Often in the morning, one or two bites (doesn't matter of what) will make me feel full to the point that another bite would push me over into discomfort and nausea. Lunch, it takes a bit more to make me feel full. "Full" here means comfortable, satisfied, and ready to stop - not stuffed. Then evening comes and I can eat all evening without ever feeling full or satisfied. Not as in sitting down and eating a big meal all at once, but eating a meal and then following up with lots of nibbling. If I tried that in the morning, I couldn't do it.
Again, it doesn't seem to matter what I'm eating: oatmeal, chicken, chile, steak, cottage cheese, string cheese, veggies, fruit.
Any insights, I'd love your input.
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I am like that! In fact when I first wake up I have to take thyroid medicine and just that with water makes my pouch full. Then I have to wait at least an hour before I can eat anything (because of the meds). I can definately eat more at night than I can for breakfast and lunch. It's almost like my pouch opens up wide after 5pm.
I am usually never hungry in the am. But I have learned that if I don't do breakfast within about an hour of waking I seem to crash and then I am starving. It is like it hits me all of a sudden. So I now get my boy's up, get there breakfast going and make mine as well. It seems to keep that horrible crashing feeling from hitting me. I guess my body is really odd though, because my hungriest time is in the afternoon. I am usually not even wanting to eat at dinner time, but I do force myself to or else I am hungry right before bed and I don't want to eat right before bed.
Then I threw in my 2-cents worth:
Excellent topic Vivian - and great feedback Neighbors.
I'm in camp with Vivian: tough time with morning food. That's why I've given in to the bland and predictable hard-cooked eggs, sugar free gelatin or cottage cheese. Not all in one meal, that's my rotation. Gelatin for the most difficult days. I think I can say I've had nearly nine years of morning sickness.
As for the pouch being smaller vs the afternoon or evening. It isn't smaller, but after 8 hours of rest it is collapsed and the muscle activity is at rest. Remember, the stomach made of vertical and horizontal muscles that work in waves to massage (digest the food). Just like we pre-warm our muscles of motion to avoid injury, pre-warming the stomach muscle (with a beverage or warm food) you can avoid injury (discomfort) when the muscle is abruptly put to task. We would never jump out of bed and run 2 miles without first getting the blood flowing and warming our muscles and joints. The same is true for the tummy. Most days, for me, a cup of coffee is a good warm-up. Dilute herbal tea is even better and more comforting. I need to remember that.
Now maybe we (ME!) need to work on an evening warm-down routine to put pouchy to rest for the night!
What's up with your surgical stomach pouch? Is it as moody as ours?