Eating after a Gastric Sleeve surgery can be a challenge even on a good day.
Today I felt upset about something at work. At lunch time, I was thinking about the situation that was upsetting me. I wasn’t concentrating on what I was eating. My stomach felt full after five or six bites of food. I ate 2 more bites and my stomach was uncomfortably full. My chest hurt under the breast bone. My throat felt tight. I had to rush to the bathroom and vomit. Yep! It is exactly like they tell you after your surgery.
I haven’t over-eaten in almost 7 months since my surgery. Today I let my emotions get the best of me.
I fell right back into an old habit. Emotional eating is a bad habit that caused me to be fat in the first place. When we over-eat because of upset, stress, or even happiness, we are eating for all the wrong reasons.
Food needs to be fuel for our body. It’s ok to enjoy food. It’s ok to eat a cookie. The best thing about the gastric sleeve is that you really can’t over eat because it will come back to “bite” you. Pun intended!
My quality of life is so much better after the Gastric Sleeve. I feel comfortable in my own skin. Depression and mode swings have improved. I follow some guidelines, but in general I can eat what I want. That makes me happy. There are many positive strategies out there to overcome emotional eating. Writing in a journal helps me clarify and reflect. Exercising gently, stretching, body weight exercises and walking help with depression. Asking for a few minutes break at work can help.
Writing this post today is helping me cope more positively. Perhaps these words will help someone else feel better as well.