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Is Sugar or even Honey the New Splenda for Sleeves and should it touch our lips after bariatric surgery?
The Royal Eggs
We know folks who go insane over Cadbury Creme Eggs. The very thought of eating one makes me feel sick. I do believe I would nearly die if I ate one since I have not had any ‘real’ candy since 2001. I like keeping the threat of dumping syndrome intact as it definitely helps me. The truth is that I don’t know if I would actually get sick but I assume I would get deathly ill and that is a strong enough deterrent for me and many of the RNY post ops that I know.
If I didn’t have potential for getting whacked hard by physical illness, why wouldn’t I go back to eating in the manner that got me here in the first place? If sugar didn’t make me sick, what would stop me?
What we know to be true
If you go to Dunkin and order the largest size Dunkaccino, guess what will happen? I. Promise. That. You. Will. DRINK. It.
Do you know that a Dunkaccino or a Coolatta is made with a special powder that when blended contains 540 calories and 58 grams of SUGAR (yes, that is FIFTY EIGHT). When we question the thought process for this food decision… people get made at us and say ‘I HAVE A SLEEVE!’
What the heck does that mean? That the sugar and calories don’t count? That it’s okay to drink it? It really doesn’t matter which bariatric surgery you’ve had, if you were morbidly obese and had little control over things like Dunkaccino’s you might want to rethink that genius strategy as a post op. The premise of 2 year sleeve post ops who are using sugar because it’s natural is CRAZY.
Honey is all natural! So. Is. Arsenic.
I am a little baffled by people who think they are lucky that they don’t get sick when they use sugar. I have no idea how people with a VSG – Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy – manage to lose weight with only volume restriction. Not judging, only talking out loud. I learned the hard way a couple of years ago that if one goes back to eating even some of the same foods that allowed me to qualify for surgery in the first place, I would likely qualify again in a year.
We have very large Bariatric Eating Support Group on Facebook and have noticed a disturbing trend of folks with gastric sleeves using honey, maple syrup, raw sugar, coconut sugar and even plain ole sugar in their coffee ‘because they don’t want to use artificial sweetener’. They are on a soapbox proudly touting it… Oh, I don’t use ANY artificial sweeteners!
Okay, so you drink your coffee black? “Oh Nooooo, I use Sugar in the Raw, it’s natural!” Hmmm… ALL sugar is natural… white sugar, raw sugar, honey, maple syrup, coconut sugar, palm sugar… they are all natural forms of sugar. White Sugar comes from a plant. It also has a lot of calories. It’s one of the things that made us fat! Folks who use sugar are missing the point of WHY many choose to use Splenda – they are avoiding a high calorie food group by swapping it out for that which uses a zero calorie sweetener. By using honey, you are simply using a different high calorie food. We have seen many many many who thought they were doing something right by using *natural sugar* in place of Splenda. They were not.
You know you can drink unsweetened beverages
No one says that ice tea, coffee, hot tea, fruit waters or beverages must have any sweetener added to them… you can simply drink them unsweetened. Now THAT is how you can remain on your NOTHING ARTIFICIAL soapbox and not shoot yourself in the foot.
Don’t go where the danger lives.
I have avoided the Witch who lives in the Gingerbread House for many years now by staying out of The Woods. Of course it is a Choice as I always give myself Permission, but choose not to go there. We all know what is good and what is bad. Be true to yourself and keep the control in your hands rather than looking for reasons to eat foods you should not be eating. We all know the foods we should not be eating.
I got one less problem without you…
When in the grocery store, you’d have to handle the after Easter half priced bag of Foil Covered Chocolate Eggs at least five times from shelf to car. Rather than make excuses and feel guilty that you ate them, bargain with yourself to wander to the sugar free chocolate and talk yourself into a bag of Sugar Free Russell Stover Coconut Eggs. They are also on sale and you will be much happier with in the long run.
It. is. not. the. dog.
Ummm… and YES, I am completely aware that sugar alcohols in sugar free chocolate can be *explosive* in nature. I don’t give it a thought while eating my first or second wrapped Coconut Egg. It does move forward in priority when I am eating the third one as I know while looking at the time in which I have gobbled them up, that I need a reality check. I weigh the pro’s and con’s of eating yet another versus how badly I do not wish to explode six hours later and spend an hour in the bathroom. Sometimes I eat another and pay the price and sometimes memory serves me well, and I do not. Either way, at least I did not blow through my sugar line.
Yep, post op life is one grand negotiation but then again, that is life in general.
Just because you can, does not mean you should! Stay out of the sugar bowl. Sugar shouldn’t touch your lips!