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  • #31397
    falcon
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    I would be grateful for tips from anyone who has been through it ๐Ÿ˜€

    I am surprised by how awful it is, I will never be able to look at a coconut milk yoghurt again! Anything processed seems to be a big no. I am away for the weekend at a festival and will be dependent on the various food vans. I am still on soft food so am hoping for a baked potato van!

    #50096
    Lauren
    Keymaster

    @falcon 28758 wrote:

    I would be grateful for tips from anyone who has been through it ๐Ÿ˜€

    I am surprised by how awful it is, I will never be able to look at a coconut milk yoghurt again! Anything processed seems to be a big no. I am away for the weekend at a festival and will be dependent on the various food vans. I am still on soft food so am hoping for a baked potato van!

    Dumping is absolutely awful isn’t it – but also somehow welcome. After almost 5 years, I still get caught out and have the odd dumping session. It is a stark reminder of who is boss and why we lose so much weight and keep it off.

    As for attending a festival, how about packing all your own stuff to keep in a freezer/cool bag? Soup is a sure fire success as you can eat either either cold or hot (depending on what is in it) as veggie based things are more palatable either way. Crustless Quiche is another good one. The recipe can be found in Carol Ball’s book:

    RETURN TO SLENDER COOKBOOK IS HERE | Carol

    But is basically veggies, eggs, seasoning and bake in an oven!

    Anyway, whatever you decide to do, I hope you have a super time. Just eat slowly, choose the right things and if in doubt: don’t! You don’t want to be dumping in a field full of people lol!

    Doodah x

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    #50101
    Paul-H
    Participant

    You also don’t want to be chucking up that burger you thought might try ether, only to find it got stuck.

    Take a small camping stove and a saucepan to heat up your soup, they are not too expensive nowadays, even Tesco and Asda sell them for around a tenner.

    Paul

    #50102
    falcon
    Member

    I can’t seem to tolerate any canned soups, I also don’t eat meat or eggs or dairy.

    We are staying on the pop up hotel so don’t have camping facilities, I can’t be doing without my own loo and a shower, even at a festival :-). I am packing a kettle so am assured a decent cup of tea.

    I know I’ll be able to get soy lattes but food that I haven’t prepared makes me nervous as I don’t know if it has any sugar in it.

    Certainly don’t want to be dumping in a crowd. Lol

    I hd to go to medical tent to throw up last year and that was embarrassing enough!

    #50097
    Lauren
    Keymaster

    @falcon 28768 wrote:

    I can’t seem to tolerate any canned soups, I also don’t eat meat or eggs or dairy.

    We are staying on the pop up hotel so don’t have camping facilities, I can’t be doing without my own loo and a shower, even at a festival :-). I am packing a kettle so am assured a decent cup of tea.

    I know I’ll be able to get soy lattes but food that I haven’t prepared makes me nervous as I don’t know if it has any sugar in it.

    Certainly don’t want to be dumping in a crowd. Lol

    I hd to go to medical tent to throw up last year and that was embarrassing enough!

    Why did you have to throw up? Do you have food allergies/intolerances? If it were me, I would make myself some quorn falafels or something similar. Or even canned beans/chick peas. Canned food is a fab thing to always have in the store cupboard. there is a lot of snobbery about canned food but it is often more nutritious than fresh which might take days to get to its final destination! Same goes for frozen food.

    Hope you manage to find a good compromise and have lots of fun.

    Doodah x

    #50103
    falcon
    Member

    Last year I got something stuck in my band, right in the middle of the Tenacious D set so I was doubly annoyed.

    I survived this year on porridge and soy lattes and pop chips, not particularly healthy but it was only 3 days, not easy finding soft or crunchy vegan food. Lol. Next year will be easier as I will be a year into this way of eating and more confident.

    #50098
    Lauren
    Keymaster

    I believe that 100% because you have such a positive mind set. I’m vegetarian so it’s nowhere near as difficult as Vegan food. Like you say, it’s 3 days! Enjoy it ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Doodah x

    ps can I be really cheeky and ask how you found yourself in the position of needing wls if you are vegan? I thought their food was super-duper healthy? I’m sincerely interested to hear the answer xx

    #50104
    falcon
    Member

    I have only been vegan for 3 years, I had my gastric band fitted 2007 I think. It worked for me down to around 185 lb and I was happy with that weight but had to have the band removed due to an infection unconnected with the band surgery and having been over 300lbs I knew that I didn’t want to go back there. I gained 36lbs in the 7 months between surgery and recognise that my food issues are still there and have had enough therapy to know that they will be something I have to live with and I am so not prepared to go back to the life I had at my largest.

    A vegan cake is healthier to a degree than a non-vegan cake but is still packed with fats and sugar (and trust me, I make very good cakes). My problem is more portion control and always being hungry than a rubbish diet although I like actifry chips crisps, vegan chocolate as much as any one. There isn’t a lot that isn’t available in a vegan form and I love to cook and to eat ๐Ÿ˜€

    #50099
    Lauren
    Keymaster

    @falcon 28833 wrote:

    I have only been vegan for 3 years, I had my gastric band fitted 2007 I think. It worked for me down to around 185 lb and I was happy with that weight but had to have the band removed due to an infection unconnected with the band surgery and having been over 300lbs I knew that I didn’t want to go back there. I gained 36lbs in the 7 months between surgery and recognise that my food issues are still there and have had enough therapy to know that they will be something I have to live with and I am so not prepared to go back to the life I had at my largest.

    A vegan cake is healthier to a degree than a non-vegan cake but is still packed with fats and sugar (and trust me, I make very good cakes). My problem is more portion control and always being hungry than a rubbish diet although I like actifry chips crisps, vegan chocolate as much as any one. There isn’t a lot that isn’t available in a vegan form and I love to cook and to eat ๐Ÿ˜€

    Thank you SO much for this – it’s fascinating to me. I understand now how it is possible to become overweight being a vegan.

    My obesity was never about portion sizes as I have never eaten a whole meal in my life (especially take away) but about what I ate. Sugary, fatty and calorie laden puddings and sweets were my downfall. It’s the reason a band would never have worked for me! I have never liked burgers, fried chicken, sausages etc and haven’t eaten pork or fish for as long as I can remember so becoming vegetarian was a doddle for me but I’m not sure I could restrict myself even more by going vegan. However, it is something I shall look into now.

    Thanks again Falcon ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Doodah x

    #50105
    falcon
    Member

    If you ever need any ‘vegan’ help just ask.

    I transitioned slowly, I was terrified of giving up eggs as I thought I’d never have cake again!

    #50100
    Lauren
    Keymaster

    Thank you, I most certainly will try to learn more about it. It would be helpful for any other vegan wls patients too ๐Ÿ˜‰

    My biggest fear would be to give up cheese. I have it every single day.

    Doodah x

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