My Journey: A Glossy Magazine Perspective

Today, Woman’s Day published an article about my alopecia and gastric sleeve surgery that’s been in the pipeline for six months.

I will let the article speak for itself. Needless to say, it fills me with a mingled sense of pride and terror. Click on the image to enlarge it to a more-than-readable size.

If you would like to donate to the Give A Little mentioned in the article please click here.

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Tiny Meals

How does one manage groceries and meals when they can only eat a quarter of a cup of food? Well, if you’re me you buy fresh food and freeze it in small portions. Then once you’ve cooked it you freeze the leftover portions for even easier meals.

Today, I did the groceries for the next 10 days. I’m home alone that whole time so it seemed prudent to do just one shop. I went to New World, I spent $140 and I bought more than enough food to feed myself – with leftovers to spare.

I bought:

  • A tower of premium beef mince
  • 5 chicken tenderloins
  • A lamb loin
  • Four onions
  • Six carrots
  • Half a cabbage
  • A quarter of a bag of loose leaf baby spinach
  • Crushed garlic
  • An avocado
  • A grapefruit
  • Frozen mixed berries
  • Vanilla Nice Cream
  • Zero-Lacto milk
  • Crushed tomatoes
  • Tomato puree
  • Sour cream
  • Miniature tortillas

The meat has been separated and frozen in miniature snap lock bags. The chicken made five servings and the mince four. The lamb will make one dinner and leftovers for a lunch. The tortillas were removed from their bag, individually glad wrapped, placed in a large snap lock and put back in the freezer.

It’s a shame I can’t freeze more food. When you eat as little as I do and value fresh food and nutrition as much it’s hard to get through anything you buy before it expires. I often throw out barely eaten vegetables and fruits, not because I didn’t want them but because it’s physically not possible to eat them faster than they age.

This may all seem sort of boring but do me a favour. Stop and think how much food you would buy when you shop for a week. Then compare it to this shopping list of mine. This will feed me for almost two weeks. Does that put into perspective how little I currently eat?

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What do you do when you have to cook for one? Do you have any short cuts or tips I could benefit from? Let me know in the comments.

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A Quick Surgery Update

The first thing I think it’s important to note is that I didn’t die. The second is that the surgeon said there were no complications and everything was fine. I also have some nice plasters on my tummy (4 or 5 of them) to show where the laproscopic instruments went in.

My predominant feeling right now is nausea. It’s a side effect of the anaesthetic and the surgery itself it is unsurprising it’s hit me the way it has. Beyond that I am merely uncomfortable and tired. My hand-eye coordination isn’t amazing either so please excuse any typos you find in this, however horrible they may be.

My plan for the day is to sleep and walk and breathe. Walking and breathing are particularly important as they help my lungs to expand after the partially collapsed during surgery (which I am told is quite normal).

The nurses here are all incredibly kind, tolerating my contrary behaviour without so much as a sigh. One even visited me every couple of hours in the night to take my lure out so I could have a shower. Showers always help me feel healthy and human.

My biggest challenge going forward will be work out just how much food/liquid fits in my now tiny tummy. A glass of water is definitely too much right now. But the only way is up (not a pun!).