So instead of going back to school on the first day back after the holidays, I went back to centre to fulfil more requirements in order to have the surgery. In the end, a lot more pleasant than standing in front of teens again ;)
First stop - Dietician.
By this time I had made the decision 100% for the Lap band. The purpose of this visit was to go over the pre-op diet which consisted of opti-fast shakes, soups and bars (high in protein) for two meals a day.
Then for dinner, 120-150g of protein in the form of chicken, fish, red meat, or two eggs plus vegetables from the selected list below:
Foods to avoid:
Potatoes (or equivalent starch)
No fruit juice (although natural sugar - still too high in sugars)
Only trim milk
Coffee, tea okay with trim milk
Herbal tea, water also okay along with zero sugar soft drinks (in moderation of course)
Week 1: Clear Liquids, and Protein based liquids (6 meals a day)
Week 2: Pureed Foods - including protein with every meal (3 meals a day)
Week 3: Soft Foods (low fibre, high protein, moist foods) (3 meals a day)
Week 4 and beyond: Solid Foods - 3 small meals a day
Also constipation could be a factor - alpine tea, benefiber etc can be taken.
Take a general multivitamin once a day.
To sum up - I have to learn to eat again. Funnily enough in Week 2 - Baby food is on the list of allowed foods! After being to a few baby showers and having to taste that - may not be on my list of choice!
However, it was fine. More like a big chin wag. She was an ex science teacher so understood what teaching as a career was like.
Through a short quiz - I also found out I have high stress and anxiety and a very high level of depression - no surprises there! She said it was a snapshot, and something to look at later on after surgery to see changes.
Also looked at physical vs emotional eating and how to deal with the latter.
An hour flew by - was given more reading, and it was off to the nurse.
The nurse presented me with more reading - this time a book on the lap band process- before and after. Something to read and then read again as I went through the steps of the journey. Easy to read and informative.
Also discussed the actual procedure and shown the following clip - animated so not gross :)