My program requires that I follow a 1000 calorie diet for 2 weeks prior to surgery. The 1000 calories are to come from 3 meal replacements (aka shakes, bars etc) and one real meal. In addition, there are also a host of "free items" that I can choose from daily. The free items are split into two categories...those that are limited to 3 times per day and those that may be eaten in any amout.
Examples of items that I can eat 3x per day: 1/4 cup salsa, 1 tbsp fat free mayo, ketchup, fat free or low fat salad dressing
Examples of items that may be eaten in any amount: broth, certain veggies, sugar free gelatin, mustard, tabasco and horseradish. I don't know about you but I just can't wait to sit down with a big bowl of horseradish and pretend it's Ben & Jerry's! Kidding.
My categories for my real meal include: protein, carbs/snacks, veggies, dairy and fat. Some examples of real food items are:
- Protein: 4oz of baked chicken or turkey, 4oz lean deli meat, 1 cup egg beaters, 4oz low fat cheese, 1 cup low fat cottage cheese
- Carbs/snacks: 3 cups no butter added or light popcorn, 1 small dinner roll, 1/3 cup hummus, 3/4 cup dry, unsweetened cereal
- Veggies: 1 cup cooked veggies or veggie juice, 2 cups raw veggies
- Fat: 2 tbsp low fat salad dressing, 1 tsp margarine or oil (canola or olive)
In addition to the food changes, I am also required to exercise...30 minutes per day for at least 4-5 days per week. I'm going to shoot for 7. Got 30 minutes on the treadmill this afternoon - I felt great! I saw my surgeon a few days ago and he really stressed that the better shape I'm in prior to my surgery date, the better I will feel after surgery. I know I'll be miserable but I'm determined to be the best damn miserable I can be!