I haven’t checked in in a while.. despite being out of work on surgical leave, I have been BUSY! Honestly, I feel great.. I am living my dream right now.. I’m a stay at home mom to kids in school! HA! I have spent the last 2 weeks tearing apart the house.. cleaning.. organizing.. getting rid of stuff to charity or to friends. I’m decorated for Christmas, I’m mostly done shopping, mostly wrapped.. I feel like SuperMom! I’m worried I’ll form an addiction to minor surgery so I can get a few weeks off every year 😉
So let’s see.. I finished my 2 weeks of post of liquids. That was hard! I really felt like I wanted more.. it wasn’t sustaining me and I felt actual hunger pains. But finally, this past Monday, I saw my nutritionist and advanced to the pureed stage. So now I’m eating things like Egg Salad, heartier soups (pureed, no pasta), Chili, and this amazing Ricotta Bake. I will share the recipe for that below that I found somewhere on the internet! I’m eating 2-3 ounces of ‘food’ at a time, and I feel satisfied when I finish. All in all, I’m getting about 700 Calories a day now. I have 3 “meals” a day and then plenty of fluid in between (but not for the 30 min after I eat of course!) I am still having cravings/head hunger.. which I thought would go away, but I guess that is a demon that will be with me for the long haul.
The most exciting part.. I’m down about 22.5 lbs now! I am feeling great because of that, and you can really see a difference already too! Especially in my face and abdomen. The heavier I get, the worse back/sciatic pain I get too.. it’s hard to be active the heavier I get because of this. It especially flared up when when walking uphill or when doing activities slightly bent forward (vacuuming, mopping/sweeping, washing dishes/loading the dishwasher.. that sort of thing) and I can already feel such a difference when I’m doing those things.
RICOTTA BAKE –
8 oz of Ricotta Cheese
1/2 cup grated parmesan
1 Large Egg, beaten
1 Tsp Italian Seasoning
salt & pepper to taste
1/2 cup Marinara Sauce ( I like Rao’s brand! Low carb!)
1/2 cup Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
Mix Ricotta cheese, Parmesan, beaten egg and seasoning together and place in an oven proof dish like this CorningWare French White 12-Piece Bake-and-Serve Gift Set. Pour marinara on top and top with mozzarella cheese. Bake it in the oven @ 450 for 20-25min (tastes best) or Microwave until hot and bubbly.
This is the oven proof dish set I have from corningware. the smaller casserole dish is PERFECT for this recipe! It is currently on sale for $78.93 with free shipping on amazon (price can change anytime!) CorningWare French White 12-Piece Bake-and-Serve Gift Set
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