After you have the RNY surgery, there is one thing you will immediately notice … and that is what I call the “Take-Home Box Overload”. Here’s what happens in your fridge when you take home all those takeout boxes from restaurants because you can’t finish the meal. Even before surgery, you could not eat the meal often when some restaurants serve such large portions. So packing the leftovers after a meal seems natural to you, so you do it often.
PROBLEM ONE: The Take-Home Boxes Can Create Huge Neighborhoods in Your Fridge!
You think you shouldn’t throw out all that food because you learned from the beginning of your crib that you WILL NOT EARN FOOD because of all the starving kids elsewhere who would certainly appreciate the food you waste, right? Honestly, when you heard that guilt that motivated you to gobble up, didn’t you feel even MORE compelled to NOT eat it and MAIL your uneaten portion to those starving kids? I never really understood that philosophy to tell me that I can eat better because some poor kids don’t have enough to eat … A mystery.
Because of the guilt, you decide that you are only going to snack on the food in the takeaway boxes. So you snack, snack again, snack some more, and HOORAY … you ate everything in the box and you didn’t waste the food! OH, but you gave yourself a BAD twist!
Bad exit? How?
Let’s see that the food in that home-use box can contain 1,500 to 2,000 calories. So? Well, when you eat those leftovers, you’re consuming those ADDITIONAL 1,500 to 2,000 calories that you DON’T need in your eating routine … especially if you’re eating them as SNACKS and not as meals. It is DANGEROUS to leave those home use boxes in the fridge when they are yelling at you to be consumed. Don’t listen to them!
Here’s what to do instead:
If you really plan on eating the leftovers as “another meal portion” then you need to match them up and put them in your FREEZER to eat LATER. You know that saying, “Out of sight, out of mind?” … well this is that basic concept. Doing this regularly will allow you to rotate your frozen meal portions for better variety instead of eating the leftovers over and over again. How attractive is it to eat six servings of chili in a row? It’s not … so freeze the portions and eat them later.
The FREEZER is your solution to prevent “snacking” from those takeout boxes. So use it as your new best friend, your new best meal planner buddy and your calorie saver!
Getting used to the idea of throwing away food is hard, but it’s also something that takes some getting used to. The dog or cat will always be there to volunteer to eat what you can’t, and the animals will show you a deeper commitment you can ever imagine! And your family’s loved ones often appreciate you giving them an open invitation to anything they find in the take-away boxes.
Get a grip on this early so you don’t sabotage yourself with those extra calories that will sneak up on you if you fall through snacking or guilt eating. As an RNY patient, you only need to consume a minimal amount of calories anyway. So don’t fall into the trap of eating more than you need. This could be a factor in why you don’t seem to lose enough weight or why you come back a little after a while.<p value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><span style="color:#a30003" class="has-inline-color">In short: Take-Home Boxes can be dangerous … Tame them before they harm you!</span></strong></span>In short: Take-Home Boxes can be dangerous … Tame them before they harm you!