We arrived home around 6pm and I was ready for a nap but realised I already needed to eat. I had been sipping water all the way home (top tip, you have been drinking water continuously in hospital so make sure you are ready to keep hydrated. We got a cold bottle from the cafe as we left the hospital.)
It was at this point that my first wobble hit – I had no idea what to do for dinner and even though id prepared everything in advance I just didn’t know what to do. I put this down to a combination of tiredness being back at home and being out of the hospital environment where everything was measured for you.
I went safe with cheesy bolognese – having 3 ice cubes worth with extra cheese it slid down really easily and whilst it wasn’t ‘protein, veggie, carb’ I reckoned it was enough to get my protein and veggies in. I followed this later with some yogurt and kept drinking 30 mins before and after meals.
Although it was a late one we still went to Asda to stock up on things I didn’t think I needed. These included…
- More low fat low sugar skyr Yogurts
- Pate and Hummus- for snacks (top tip here, get the good stuff, you aren’t eating loads and it does make a difference)
- Flavoured waters – I just got loads of different flavours as I didn’t know which I would like
- Tinned soups – Lentil and Bacon had the highest protein and got me through the first 4 days lunches until I made my own
- Smoked salmon ends and cream cheese – to blitz with lemon juice into a nice pate
- Moist toilet tissue (life gets messy after surgery)
- Nectarines (I skinned and blitzed these for fruit puree)
- Seriously Spreadable Creamy Cheese Squares – these are like intense flavour cheese triangles and really hit the spot when I needed a snack
By the time we got home I was cream crackered but felt much more prepared to face the next day.