Today was interesting. I woke up nice and early to take my eldest to a doctors appointment. In the same complex is my surgeon. A little background information: Almost 7 years ago I underwent Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass. I lost over 160 LBS, of which I’ve gained some back.
I thought since I was really taking my journey up again seriously, I ought to schedule an appointment with my Doc. He’s amazing, and a real great support to me. I also scheduled with the nutritionist.
I quickly mentioned my juice fast to the nurse in the office, and she was so excited for me. She thought it was awesome that I had the fortitude to do it this long, and applauded my commitment. She asked the big question that had been in my mind all week: But, what about your protein?
As a Gastric Bypass patient, protein is the constant issue. Because of the malabsorptive properties involved in my procedure, I am recommended to get between 80-120 grams per day. As you can imagine on a juice fast the protein is very limited. Beets, Cabbage and others are great sources, but in relatively small amounts.
She mentioned that I would be just fine for two weeks, but that I shouldn’t go three without supplementation. Then, she said that thought it wasn’t totally necessary, she would prefer I start supplementing this week. So, I did.
I began with a 20g serving of Unjury, a Whey Protein Isolate produce that has served me extremely well since surgery 7 years ago. During the day, I also tested a sample she gave me of a Bariatric Advantage Meal Replacement (27g of protein). Protein supplementation was always in my plan, just was going to start it on week three when I was in Santa Cruz.
I noticed by the end of the evening I had the worst headache, and started feeling sluggish. Yuck! Although, I was pretty much expecting this, as was echoed by the nurse.
Other than that, I worked a TON on my project for school, and drank my juices like normal.
We’ll see how tomorrow goes. I know one thing, it makes my wife and mother feel better that I’m supplementing, and I’m pretty sure it’s right. It “thinks” right sofar.