Andrea shares how her diet and appetite have changed since undergoing REALIZE® Band bariatric surgery.
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How Have Your Diet And Appetite Changed Since Having REALIZE Band Bariatric Surgery? Andrea: My appetite and attitude towards food has changed since having the REALIZE® Band placed. I think there are a few reasons for that. One is the strategy that I learned intentionally, eating smaller snacks during the day, modifying the types of foods that I eat. I really avoid carbohydrates. I basically don’t eat tortillas, bread, pasta and hearing that, people might think, “That’s not fun. That doesn’t sound like a fun diet to have.” But I truly enjoy food as much or more as I used to. I think it’s maybe an unintentional side effect of the band. There are certain foods that you feel more uncomfortable when you are eating now and so, I kind of joke around as Pavlovian. So, if I eat bread or pasta, it makes me feel uncomfortable and I don’t want to eat it anymore, so I truly don’t miss it. One of my favorite dishes was pesto pasta, chicken and mushrooms, sun dried tomatoes, and I found other ways to have some of those things or Noodles is a restaurant around here and my kids like to go to, so I go there and it’s primarily pasta. I’ll get whole wheat and then I don’t eat very much of the pasta, but I really enjoy the flavoring of the chicken, the salad that comes with it. And so, I truthfully really enjoy food as much or more than I used to. I make different choices. I don’t feel deprived.