First of all, she gets the whole band thing. She didn't suggest anything crazy, and didn't argue with me when I said a certain food wasn't tolerated. She is also Italian, and even commiserated with me on missing pasta. She quizzed me a lot on my habits and validated some of my choices and made good suggestions when things needed change. All in all, I was really happy with the visit.
She set a protein goal of 65g per day for me, but I'm going to keep aiming for 75g. She recommended some HMR shakes and protein Chicken Soup to help me get there (I struggle). She also suggested I get more consistent with my vitamins and get on some Calcium, and she hooked me up with mega samples of the Bariatric Advantage Calcium Crystals. They are supposed to be flavorless, but regardless it will be a way to get more water in.
So here is my plan:
Breakfast: Protein bar OR bacon/fruit OR protein drink
Morning snack: greek yogurt OR almonds
Lunch: protein and veggies (frozen entree, leftovers, salads)
Afternoon snack: crackers/veggies w/ hummus OR chips and salsa OR cheese OR HMR shake/pudding
Dinner: protein and veggies
Snacks are what get me off track usually. I have a horrid sweet tooth, so I'm hoping that making the HMR pudding will help stave that off while helping me keep the protein count up.
Next week is my appointment with the nurse practitioner!