What is a four letter word that starts with ‘f’, that is baaaad, and that should you say it in front of your Lap-band nurse you risk getting a virtual ‘mouth washed out with soap’ or hand slap?
If you guessed “full” then 3 gold stars and you get to take the hamster home for the weekend!! (and to all you Little Johnnies out there shame on you!! :)).
Why is it that so many people are seeking to feel full after a meal? Why do many think that until they feel full, they have not eaten enough? That unless they feel full their Lap-band is not working. That when they feel full they should stop eating. There are many ideas behind why, a few being: ‘full’ means ‘I won’t go hungry’, ‘full’ means ‘love’, ‘full’ means my band is well adjusted. All of these ideas are wrong.
The problem with ‘looking for full’ is that to get there you have to eat too much. Remember it takes approximately 20 minutes for our brains to recognize ‘full’. By the time you feel full you will already have eaten too much. You have to stop eating before you feel full to recognize satiety, that wonderful feeling of being satisfied but not stuffed.
This gets me thinking of the most recent feasting holiday of Thanksgiving. If I had stopped after my initial plate, wherein I had enjoyed a little sampling of all my fav’s (skipped the vile sweet potato…I’m sorry but brown sugar and cinnamon belong in the apple crisp NOT the veg) and STOPPED…then I would not have ended up on the couch with the rest of my family with that horrible over-stuffed feeling.
And that’s what it comes down to as well: FULL is never a GOOD feeling. Its a gross, yucky, uncomfortable, unbuckle your pants, gas creating, sleep inducing, guilt evoking feeling. So whyyyyyyyyy do we do it??? No not because ‘we are pigs’ (no negative self-talk). Because we are human and we nearly always want a little more of a good thing. But all too often too much of a good thing be it sunshine, alcohol, food, even exercise can lead to problems. Life should be about moderation and life with the band is most definitely about moderation where food is concerned.
So how do we stop this habit of chasing the feeling of full? I follow a blog by Terrie Simpson (check him out) and he wrote a good little blog a few weeks ago on why people who look to feel full often end up with problems with their bariatric surgery and weight loss, in the case of the band: pouch dilatation, slippage, weight plateau. He had a few ideas in his blog that we always tell our patients as well ( he’s good, but we’re just as good :)). They are:
1. Have a full glass of water or beverage (tea, coffee, broth) before you eat your meal
2. Resolve to have one full serving of vegetables
3. If dining out ask the waiter to bring you half your meal on your plate and half in a take away container
And always think of ‘full’ as a baaaaaaad 4 letter word that only baaaaaad @ss Little Johnny has as a part of his vocabulary.
Yours in health, happiness and moderation (Christmas is coming…),