Since I had my first fill three weeks ago and not all that much has changed. I certainly don’t have the bottomless belly I had before my surgery but it’s not the tight tummy I’d been hoping for. As such I can eat most of the foods I could eat before the first fill…and a whole lot more.
So, I spoke to the lovely Nancy at Slimband on Tuesday and now I’ve got to play phone tag with the good people at Dr Bishop’s office to try to get myself a fill appointment (yay.). They certainly take their time getting back to me!
BUT I won’t have to wait much longer because apparently there’s going to be a Slimband fill nurse here in Ottawa very shortly…um, yay? I’m not entirely sure how I feel about this.
One the one hand I’m pleased as punch I won’t have to set up camp outside Dr Bishop’s office to get an appointment.
On the other hand, Dr Bishop provides A LOT of information on nutrition, diet and exercise that the fill nurse may or may not and this is of significant concern to me.
See, if I was going into the Slimband clinic, I’d schedule appointments to see everyone I need to each time I went in. I may not meet with Dr Yau each and every time but I would invariably chat with Arlene (Slimband’s resident dietician) and Niki (my consultant) to ensure I’m taking advantage of the nutrition and counseling Slimband has to offer.
On that note, I do have to say that since my last fill, I haven’t heard a peep from anyone at Slimband except Niki and that was a personal email. No email or fill follow-up call whatsoever. I had to call them to tell them I could pretty much eat a whole bucket of popcorn if I so desired. So, they could do with a little work on their CRM strategy and processes. But I’ve said that before…
Anyway, I’m looking forward to meeting with Dr Bishop one last time. I just need to get them to answer the effing phone once in a while! And it’ll be interesting to see what happens with the new fill nurse. She’s in training now apparently but I’m sure she’ll knock our Ottawa Slimbandster socks off!
I’ve been super busy lately and I realised I hadn’t posted about my ‘Nutrition Kickstart‘ with Slimband’s resident dietician Arlene. This was an essential discussion regarding my progress from mushies to solid food.
Granted, it was some time ago (8 days to be exact), it’s important to me to document my journey as best as I can. I scheduled my chat with Arlene for just after mid-day in the hopes that if I was finally working again, I’d be able to chat with her over lunch.
Well, it was indeed lunch time but since I’m not yet working, I was running around town with my family (AKA The Team). Unfortunately, they decided on our way to Winner’s that a basket fried flesh from Wild Wings would be a suitable eating place for a recently-banded bambina. Imagine my shame when I saw Slimband’s number show up on my phone just after I placed my order…
The chat was scheduled for 30 minutes and since I’d been warned by members of the MySlimband community to come prepared with specific questions for Arlene, it went quite well.
I started off by telling her I was feeling quite fine. Almost back to normal, in fact. I am able to eat nearly all things I’d been able to eat before my surgery. I was slightly concerned but she was very happy to hear it. She assured me that this was okay and that I need not live in constant fear of band slippage as I’ve mentioned before. I’m simply a fast healer and my body is adjusting nicely. Well, that’s GREAT news!!
I also mentioned I’d been reading the Clean Eating Magazine as per her suggestion in MySlimband. As I mentioned before, Arlene promotes the Clean Eating*** principles and often provides bandster-friendly versions of snacks and meals including modified serving suggestions.
Since I’d been following the monthly meal plan in the magazine I was feeling good but also concerned I was eating too much. Despite the well-balanced, low calorie nature of the meal plan, I just couldn’t eat every 2-3 hours without feeling stuffed. So, I mentioned I felt the meal portion sizes were surprisingly large but the snacks were perfect. I was certainly surprised by this as it seemed I was able to eat a bit more than some of my bandster friends at the same stage as me (7 days into solid foods).
She reassured me again and suggested I try to reduce the portion sizes in the Clean Eating meal plan in preparation for my first fill in the coming weeks. As an exampled I’ll use my favourite Clean Eating breakfast:
Clean Eating breakfast serving suggestion:
1 cup Kashi Go Lean cereal
1/2 cup sliced strawberries
1/2 cup skimmed, soy, or almond milk
Arlene’s bandster-friendly serving suggestion:
1/2 cup Kashi Go Lean cereal
1/4 cup sliced strawberries
1/2 cup skimmed, soy, or almond milk
So, it looks like halving the servings is a good start. Simple enough, eh? Arlene also mentioned that bandsters can indeed snack on popcorn…IF they are able to without any trouble BUT we must take it SLOW to ensure we don’t choke. Woo hoo! I love popcorn and it doesn’t have to be drenched in butter for me to enjoy it. So, that’s another healthy snack (about 3 cups) I can enjoy along with all of the other snack suggestions in the Clean Eating meal plan.
I also chatted with Arlene about the prospect of revisiting my Body Doctor fitness regime in the coming weeks. She recommended that if I’m going to be working out that strenuously, I’m going to need to add another meal to the Slimband program of 3 meals and 2 snacks every 2-3 hours and ensure that if I’m exercising in the evenings, that my post-workout meal contains 30g protein and 20g of carbs.
Since Arlene knew I was out and about (but didn’t know WHERE), she sent me a reference sheet with lots of helpful information about serving sizes and tips and tricks for eating out (I did mentioned I do that A LOT in my life). This was a big help.
From what I gather though, the Nutrition Kickstart seemed to be largely a rehearsed ‘personal’ information session that if one comes unprepared, they may or may not come away with much more information than what is written in the Slimband Post-Op Binder.
That being said, I’ve also messaged Arlene several times from within the MySlimband community and she actively participates in the discussion. She’s provided some very useful advice there and here so the combination of the three support systems is really great overall. As usual with the band, they’re providing the tools and it’s really up to me how I use them.
***Loosely speaking, Clean Eating principles are based on eating foods in as natural a state as possible, EVERY 2-3 hours (no exceptions people!!!), some savvy food pairing and ensuring each meal or snack is a perfectly balanced combination of protein and carbohydrates. By following this, carbs are digested in 2-3 hours allowing us to feel fuller longer. Otherwise, carbs are digested immediately making us feel hungry early.
A few of us over at MySlimband.com were asking our Slimband dietician Arlene, for some recs and advice on healthy bandster-friendly full food meal plans. I was so pleased with her rec that I had to share it here!
Her rec was Clean Eating Magazine and their monthly meal plans of 14-30 days included in each issue. There are meal plans, recipes, shopping lists and plenty of advice on how to live a healthier, cleaner life. They’ve also got mini meal plans that are available for downloading and printing on their website.
The main philosophy behind Clean Eating Mag is to consume foods in as close to their natural state as possible and to steer clear of man-made and processed foods.
It’s very similar to The BodyDoctor philosophy so I know from experience it’s a pretty great way of life.
Clean eating definitely helped my IBS last time I tried it so I’m looking forward to trying it again. It should probably help with the second traffic jam I’ve been experiencing too. Sadly, Slimband bandsters can only use Senokot and we’ve gotta crush it up. WORST. TASTE. EVER. So, I’m struggling a bit.
That being said, I shall indeed be testing out some of the delicious dishes Clean Eating has on offer as soon as possible after I move on to the food stage.
NOTE: Slimband doesn’t officially endorse this magazine. It was just a rec from Arlene. BUT I certainly do! I picked it up today and it’s fantastic!