This is a statement from one of my coworkers about my impending surgery.
Now to be fair, she has a Lap Band herself. She had it placed about 7 years ago and lost a lot of weight and has kept it off. She has problems with heartburn and chews Tums like it's candy. I laughed and admitted that I made Pete go to PF Changs on Wednesday night because I was craving salt and Chinese food. Then she shared the things that she craved after surgery.
After we got back to working I kept thinking about it. What would I eat if I knew that I wouldn't be able to eat it for a while? Well actually I've been through this before. In my late teens and twenties I was having issues with my TMJ. At that time the thought was that surgery will correct it (which is completely opposite of the thinking now and I regret having so many surgeries). After each one I couldn't chew for 4-6 weeks. Then I could add soft foods back in for a few weeks, then resume my foods as tolerated. I remember the night before surgery my mom would ask what I wanted and she always made it. After surgery I learned how to do things like suck on an Oreo until it was mushy so I could swallow without chewing. I circumvented the no chewing. I will say that I lost usually between 20-30 pounds during those periods. Without that I'd likely have been much bigger.
So I ask again, what would I have, knowing that I can't have it for a while?
Donuts. I've been craving a fried donut for about 6 months but haven't given in. I'm afraid that I'd start having them every morning from the gas station if I indulge once. So I haven't. But I may eat one prior to surgery.
Buckwheat pancakes from Original Pancake House and bacon. I can't eat the whole plate, but I love the taste and texture of the buckwheat.
And beyond that, nothing. Really. After PF Changs the other night Pete wanted ice cream so we stopped at Cold Stone Creamery. I got the small cup. I couldn't even eat half of it. It was way too rich and filling. A year ago I'd have sucked that cup down and licked it out. But after sharing entrees and desserts with Pete for the last year and watching what I eat and how much, I've become used to that. Oh don't get me wrong, I'm sure I could polish off a huge slice of moist white cake with creamy buttercream. But event hat is sounding less and less like something I want.
Is my brain changing just in time for surgery?