Saturday, May 29, 2010

Eating out, my first time since Banded.

Today was a long planned family day at the Races ( horses). I am not into gambling or horse racing, but it was the first of hopefully many casual family get togethers.

So we arrive at the venue for a 'buffet/ carvery' lunch. Having never been to this place before, I didn't know what they would offer, and if there was sufficient a range to choose a sensible Band friendly option from. I had a mild sense of panic walking around the food warmers, pasta, pasta, pasta, rice, rice, Craaaaap! Even though I know I can eat these dishes, I am trying really hard to resist, so that after my first fill, I won't whinge, bitch & moan about not being able to stomach these dishes.

I settled on a really lovely, lean Moroccan lamb casserole, cooked with many veggies, peeled tomatoes etc. I added 2 tablespoons of saffron cous cous on top. I normally baulk at buffet type foods, but this was really lovely. The meat was sweet and broke apart very easily.

I laughed as family watched to see how much I could eat. I also laughed when I treated myself later to a ultra thin sliver of chocolate mousse cake!!!!!! Oh Yeahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! It was nice, and worth the indulgence. I ate only half the slice and gave the rest to my Brother in law. I can still stop myself from eating too much, and I can't believe the control the Band still gives me.( even though I want the restriction I had the first week of the Operation) This time will return, after a few fills.

In the back of my mind, I could think of nothing worse than eating something that disagreed with me when out in Public. I would rather eat too little and top up a bit with a shake when I get home, than feel sick when out.

Have had a little more time to catch up on others blogs, and I am constantly amazed that the crap I am going through, you guys have gone through too. Sharing these experiences with us, makes us realise we are not alone in this journey. I am still so grateful that many of you here speak so candidly, and can't thank you enough for doing so. I hope that my Blog will do the same to those that follow me in this life changing decision.

I love following your Blogs, it doesn't matter where in the world we are, the world is a heck of a lot smaller when you have this wonderful community of support. Thank you Guys!!!!!


  1. Sounds like you had a good first outing! It is scary being out in public and not knowing what will work. It does get easier.
    Congratulations on your engagement!

  2. Thanks Linda. It worried me going out, but I pack backup food. Optifast shake, Vegetable juice etc

  3. I think I'm going to feel that same way about eating out - especially at first. Sounds like you made great choices.