Well, shit. They said it would be hard but I honestly didn’t think I would be crumbling after the first day.
I am on the pre-op OptiFast diet for twenty-five days. TWENTY-FUCKING-FIVE DAYS. Day one has been the most bullshit day I could have ever imagined. I cried five times yesterday. FIVE. My boyfriend has put up me sobbing, getting angry and not wanting to leave the comfort of my couch. He wasted his entire day off work putting up with me being an absolute horror. I guess this is what the definition of true love is, they’ll still call you beautiful after you basically ruin their day.
I thought I would give you all a run down of my specific pre-op diet tailored to my needs by my surgeon and dietician. If you’re looking at having bariatric surgery, your surgeon and/or dietician will design a pre-op diet specifically for you.
I need to consume three OptiFast products per day (these can include the shakes, bars, soups or desserts), a minimum of two cups of allowed vegetables and one teaspoon of plant-based oil.
Allowed: Alfalfa sprouts, asparagus, bean shoots, bok choy, broccoli, brussel sprouts, carrots, celery, cabbage, capsicum, cauliflower, cucumber, eggplant, green beans, lettuce, leeks, mushrooms, onions, radish, shallots, silver beets, snow peas, spinach, squash, tomato, watercress and zucchini.
Stock/Miso soup (in moderation) and homemade vegetable soups using the allowed vegetables.
Sugar free lollies and chewing gum, diet jelly, diet cordial and diet soft drink.
Avoid: Meat. All fruits. Avocado, corn, peas, potato, sweet potato, pumpkin, parsnip and legumes. Salt. Sugar/honey. Butter. Fruit juice, alcohol, milk and full sugar cordial/soft drink.
Vigorous exercise is also not recommended due to the little amount of calories you are consuming. I’m aiming to go for a 30 minute walk per day instead of my usual 90 minute walk.
I seem to be having a fantastic reaction to the shakes; drinking them is fine, but after about 20 minutes the uncontrollable urge to vomit becomes abundantly clear. And that pleasant sensation lasts for about an hour. I’ve gazed longingly into my toilet bowl several times already and it’s not becoming any more fun. It was recommended to me by another bariatric patient to try the bars instead of the shakes as she had a similar experience. So I’ll be purchasing some of those today.
An added bonus to this wonderful diet, is that my (least) favourite time of the month is due in three days, so I’m a ridiculous ball of hormones (cue the constant crying on my behalf).
My surgeon and dietician say the first three days of the diet is the worst. So with that logic, today and tomorrow should hopefully be my last days feeling like absolute rubbish. And I do realise none of my journey is going to be easy, but this is still a huge shock for my body right now. Feeling as hungry as I do right now, plus the nausea, and the headache AND the general lack of energy; I’m hoping I start to feel a little normal soon.
And if after all of this, you’ve made it to the bottom of this post, I think you’re the absolute bees knees and deserve a medal for reading my babble.
Until next time my lovelies, I hope you’re all well ❤️.