Let’s talk about: Food After Weight-Loss Surgery

Let’s talk about… food after weight-loss surgery

For those of you who haven’t seen our previous posts yet, my husband Alan and I both got a Gastric Bypass done at Irmet Hospital in Turkey. I get a lot of questions about what our food intake looks like now and immediately after surgery, so below I’m going to highlight our experience with re-introducing food to our new, much smaller stomach.

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Fat Shaming – A recollection of experiences – Part 1

Today’s subject is quite a touchy one. I’m going to be mentioning a few cases that happened to me personally throughout my life where I was fat-shamed, picked on or else discriminated against because of my size. This blog isn’t written so that people feel sorry for me, trust me I’m a very strong person and these experiences, in one way or another, helped shape my character today. The only reason I’m writing this blog is to raise awareness on how fat-shaming, bullying and discrimination due to size is actually a real thing.

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Let’s talk about another taboo; Weight-loss surgery.

  • “You’ve gained a bit of weight haven’t you?”
  • “If you want to live to grow old, you need to lose weight now while you’re still young.”
  • “You take after your [insert relative/ancestor’s name here], she was also overweight.”
  • “Why don’t you follow this diet, I’ve lost the 8kg I had gained with it.”
    “Speak to [insert nutritionist name here], I lost 10kg with her fitness-challenge.”
  • “Cut out sweets and soft-drinks and eat more veg u tara kif tonqos malajr”
  • “Skip that movie and go for a walk instead.”
  • Jahasra if only you lose weight, you’ll be so beautiful u forsi xi darba jigbrok xi hadt”
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Tubal Ligation (or lack thereof) in Malta

So for those that don’t know exactly how the female body works, let’s start with a quick physiology lesson so we’re all on the same page about our reproduction organs. The ovaries are each connected to the uterus by a fallopian tube and during typical ovulation, one of the ovaries releases a mature egg that travels through its adjacent fallopian tube and may or may not become fertilised by sperm.

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