I started my pre-op diet today which, in Scotland, means 70g of protein, 30g of carbs and between 800-1000 calories a day for 10 days.
I was told that there was nothing in place that would support a vegan lifestyle as all current plans are very meat heavy. My dietician was happy to let me try and make a vegan menu that fitted the bill and then trial it for a few days before embarking on it properly so she could check that it was nutritionally good...it took me hours of research and planning, but I did it and I submitted my full eating diary to her.
I got this back today...
"You have done extremely well here in making a vegan diet low in carbohydrates. On the face of it, this seems very good. I will put through the computer to analyse a couple of days if that's OK to just be certain, but this is terrific.
Are you about this evening to have a quick chat. This gives me the chance to put it into the nutritional analysis programme for assurance. On the face of it, it looks excellent, well done"
Just off the phone and she has given me a big fat 2 thumbs up and was so positive and full of thanks for having 'taught her a huge amount'...she will be telling my surgeon and advising to him that patients who are vegetarian or vegan are put in touch with me for support!! I came in at an average of 28g carbs, 74g protein and 850 calories daily.
It may not seem like much, but for me...having this drive and focus about the positive eating is making me feel so confident in my stamina for after-op eating and not resorting to lazy processed foods.
Also...who doesn't love getting a 'well done'?!