Vegan diets and bariatric procedures: do you think they can be compatible with the advancements in vegan protein foods? I am considering a procedure called endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty. It’s not bariatric surgery, however it has to be treated the same nutrition-wise as a bariatric surgery. I believe the qualifications aren’t as stringent as bariatric surgery (I think a 30 BMI qualifies you). I do not want surgery because I don’t know how we would make it work easily when our parents live almost two hours away and my husband’s work schedule, and I’m not sure if I’d qualify for surgery anyway. We depend on me being able to take the kid to school among other things. This is an outpatient procedure so while I may not be up and scrubbing the baseboards, I think I’d be able to take my kid to school and function okay.
I did lose a lot of weight a few years ago, just before I went vegan-ish. I relied on lower calorie frozen meals and protein shakes and A LOT of walking. I lost it pretty quickly, although not insanely quickly. I lost about 60 pounds. And then I found myself uncontrollably hungry for months after. That’s to be expected. I don’t know how to get around that. I’ve been thinking about why I struggle with weight. I can only speak about my own struggles but I don’t eat fast food, I don’t have a sweet tooth, I don’t care about food when I’m not hungry, but I know I consume too many calories. I struggle with the attention needed to plan and cook meals with certain nutrition profiles, I definitely struggle with the hunger that comes after major weight loss – that’s probably the biggest for me, and I mostly think I struggle to pay attention to serving sizes and stopping when full because I’m dealing with life. I’ve thought about simplifying my diet for a while now but I have stopped myself because of my husband. He has never said or done anything to make me feel like I can’t do this for me, that’s guilt I’ve heaped upon myself!
There is a ton of research out there to confirm how hard it really is to keep weight off. Our bodies fight it the whole way even though we might be healthier with less weight. I think bariatric procedures help with that. I know they cause people to produce less ghrelin and I think some of the other hormonal processes are interrupted with altering the stomach. Anyway, I don’t know how long ESG has been available, I think not too long because I have been interested in bariatric procedures for a while now but between possibly not qualifying and being surgery-hesitant, I hadn’t been able to find something I thought would work for me.
Another reason I’ve been hesitant is because I’m not sure how willing a doctor would be if I wanted to stick with a vegan diet, or at least mostly vegan diet. But I think with all the new vegan foods coming out, it might be possible? There is now vegan whey protein. I think products like super-firm tofu could be interchangeable with lean proteins like lean chicken or fat-free cheeses. Lightlife hot dogs are low in fat, not fibery, and contain 7 grams of protein for only 60 calories. I already avoid eating tons of insoluble fiber foods anyway because of digestive issues. That’s my only concern with vegan protein sources is sometimes they have higher fiber that I’m not sure is advisable in the beginning.
For now, I figure I might should try incorporating vegan protein shakes in my day. I want to see if increasing my protein can help curb hunger and if the procedure is something I do, I’ll be drinking protein shakes anyway. I have some California Performance vegan whey protein ordered but until that arrives I’m getting ready to go pick up some Orgain vegan protein powder. I hope someone who has experience with bariatric procedures sees this! If you have done the ESG, I’d especially love to hear about your experience.