In my 10 years of working with thousands of WLS post-ops not one person has ever said to me, "I truly regret that I followed the rules and missed so many nibbles and bites of treats not allowed on my plan." ~Kaye Bailey
#1 - Question: What makes a slider food?
Answer: Great question! You hit the key factor that prevents yogurt (or any semi-soft protein like cottage cheese, hearty vegetable and protein soups, or even high protein oatmeal) from becoming a slider food: Controlled Portion! When following the 5DPT guidelines and WLS Four Rules you would eat your measured portion after 30 minutes abstaining from consuming liquids, enjoy your serving, and then allow 30 minutes for your body to absorb and digest the nutrients before sipping your water or tea again. Your additions of protein powder and fiber and stellar - this is a very healthy and smart "nutrition mainstay" and I'm so happy you are doing well with it! Always remember a good test of slider food is first the nutritional value, degree to which the food is processed and lastly portion size. People who stand at the fridge eating out of a tub of yogurt then washing it down with a beverage are not benefiting nutritionally, which turns a smart food choice into a slider food.
Three questions to ask to determine if a soft food, such a yogurt, is a slider food:
1. What nutritional value does this food provide? (Protein grams should exceed carbohydrate grams, the ingredients should be recognizable, and nutrients should include vitamins, minerals, and fiber.)2. Is this food highly processed and will I need a beverage to wash it down? (Avoid artificial ingredients, refined sweeteners, refined grains, unknown ingredients that you wouldn't use in home cooking, imitation foods, and the obvious junk or fast food.3. Is this food portion controlled and consumed while following the liquid restrictions. (Use measuring utensils, appropriately sized dinner plates/bowls, and/or portion controlled single-serve items such as string cheese or yogurt. Avoid "free pouring" or "guesstimating."
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# 2 - When is it okay to start bending the rules?
(Caution: Stern Talk Ahead)
To new patients I strongly suggest holding out as long as you possibly can before breaking a rule and re-introducing non-nutritional food to your diet - this is the very food that contributed to obesity in the first place. Follow to the letter the instructions provided by your surgeon. We all promised to follow the rules. Honor that covenant with yourself, your doctor, your deity. Take the promise seriously.
This surgery is a really big deal.
We know what chips taste like.
We know what Halloween candy tastes like.
Is it really that tough to forgo eating inappropriate food and trust our taste memories while acknowledging that our objective is to enjoy food that supports our weight management goals? In place of that food hunger (sometimes called Head Hunger) we can successfully cultivate a hunger and appetite for all the joy that comes with good health, weight loss, and the pursuit of the dreams we had when we opted for surgical intervention. The cliche "nothing tastes as good as skinny feels" is a great truth, although I prefer to say, "nothing tastes as good as healthy feels."
Many people have made the mistake of bending the rules and derailing the miracle they hoped to find with surgery. We know that bending the rules leads to a departure from our goals and ultimately disappointment. We know this without having to personally test the theory.
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