Originally posted on Facebook on August 21, 2013
Will you be able to eat a normal diet in the future?
The answer is yes and no. With the VSG, the stomach eventually grows back to about half of it’s previous size (it can get bigger). The goal is to keep it as small as possible for as long as possible.
So, will I ever have soda again? No.
Bread, rice, pasta? No.
I will always have to be careful about what I eat, and make sure I eat small amounts all the time. But I will be able to have small amounts of the things I love, after a year or so. Many patients, however, say they don’t love what they loved before. So perhaps my decades long affair with chocolate will be over (I hope not), and perhaps I’ll finally be able to get over Ben&Jerry and our terribly co-dependant relationship (I really hope not).
And, I’ve decided to not have any alcohol anymore. There is a weirdly high percentage of VSG patients who become alcoholics. And since I have the family history as well, I figure I’ll play it safe.