This may go without saying, but dealing with significant food restrictions has had a noticeable effect on my waistline. This is not to say that tolerable foods have no calories, only that my inability to go beyond these foods (at least for now) has cut back on my overall consumption. You’d be amazed at how many foods contain chocolate. Eliminate fruit and the ice cream parlor becomes a dream rather than a calorie-laden reality. And tomatoes? My heart breaks, but I just can’t eat them, or incorporate them into anything else. No tomato sauce, soup, stews or other foods of that nature. My husband and I joke that I am eating vicariously through him as he makes his way through corn and tomatoes, both foods that are either very difficult or impossible for me to eat. I can eat chicken, beef and fish but not with any tomato-based product incorporated into them. My deep pots and pans are very lonely as they gather dust on their pegs. My broiler is doing double-duty. Thank goodness for herbs and spices, the ones I can tolerate at least.
My ability to eat a greater variety of foods is gradually increasing. I can now eat raisins in my morning oatmeal and make a rather tasty waffle topping with frozen, thawed cherries, yogurt and almond extract. My tongue does sting a little bit, but it does that all the time anyway and it’s no worse for the wear. The sores in my mouth are healing quite nicely, although it still feels like someone took a scalpel to my tongue and scraped off the first few layers of skin. That will take longer to heal, evidently. I am healing, though, and that’s the important thing.
So, how much have I lost to date? Since May between 10 and 15 pounds. I only wonder what will happen now that my mouth and tongue have improved enough so that I can eat a greater variety of foods. I don’t mind losing the weight, but it was for all the wrong reasons. I’d like to turn that around at the same time my scale continues to inch down, down, down.