Its been a week and its all going great guns! The restriction feels a little less today but I have been kinda grazing (sipping here and there) rather than having a sit down slurp. Stopped Celebrex (anitinflammatory) yesterday and I do feel quite a pull on the port scar but that could also be from rolling around in bed last night (not the good kind of rolling around but just trying to get comfy). Told some mum's today at school that I got my gall bladder out - had to because I've been ignoring them and you cant step on toes at school when your kids are involved. So I go home and read up on gall bladders and did you know that there is a huge risk of gall stones with dramatic weight loss? I may have to get my gall bladder out twice!
So, the chew and spit - at the risk of losing friends - here goes. Actually dont feel like doing it today but man what a lifesaver it is! When it all gets tooooo much and you just want to lash out (I know how filthy and psychologically f$%^d up this sounds but it is so great at this stage and alot of people do it) you get the most yummy textured prohibited food (preferably carb, if you're going to do it do it properly) have a good huge mouthful just like you did in your gorging days and chew and chew and crunch and enjoy that texture and taste and everything that it has to offer and then when you have completely depleted that mouthful - spit it out! Now have a sip of your optifast shake or similar low fat feral "allowed" drinks or foods and wash down the flavour making sure you keep a tab on any residues left in your mouth (they can build up in your band). Repeat step 1 and enjoy! I have found myself full and satisfied on lebanese pizza, a calamari ring and a piece of toast with real butter. Yum! I know I shouldnt make a habit of this. I'm sure there's some kind of nervosa situation for it but until I can eat normal foods again (albeit in small quantities) I will continue to preserve my sanity in the above manner. Make sure you are discreet with your spits, it can be very gross for anyone around you, they'll be gawking in disbelief and you can giggle with delight at the awesome flavours and textures available to you with no strings attached!
Before you all freak at what a f$%&d up individual I am, have a read around and you'll find alot of people doing it in the extremely tough liquid stages or, better still, give it a go! What have you got to lose? (other than a mouthful of food). And if anyone tries to stop you and tell you that you're wasting good food, give them an Optifast shake (preferrably 3 weeks straight of them) and then they can comment.