You know how the doctor always gives a list of instructions after surgery, it usually comes with a no no list?!
So he explained that carbonation is not good for the belly after surgery. It causes irritation to the stomach and the gases stress the pouch out.
Even if you try to go for one of the low to no calorie ones. Soda contains a lot of sugar and the sugar content can cause your body to react in negative ways.
This can include things like nausea, diarrhea, and slow healing. (Hint the NO NOs)
I followed this list to the T for the first 4 weeks. On week 5 my husband thought it would be a good idea to have me taste one of those Mango Rita thingies.
First I was like, “Heck no, because it’s going make my stomach hurt”. Then, he started with the…”just a little bit. I’m pretty sure it’s not going to be that bad”.
Why? Why did I let this man talk me into this?
I hadn’t had any sugary drinks in over 3 months. But, I was so not ready for what I was about to endure.
It was the most disgusting thing I had ever had in my life. The amount of sugar and syrup that hit my mouth on the first sip. Ugh
Almost immediately afterwards the bloating, cramps, and gas pains started.
It was soooooo painful. It literally was on of those “I told you so moments” My brain was like SMH
The gas pains were ridiculous.
I knew I should’ve listened to myself and just said no!
I wanted to call the nurse but, I refused to because I felt like I deserved a spanking.
I felt like everything I was going through was exactly what I needed because karma said so.
After about 30mins my stomach was able to settle itself. The nausea calmed down and things returned to normal.
That day was the first and last time I had a soda. It has been almost 2 years and I still refuse to drink any kind of soda or carbonated drink.
The Rita was only a “sparkling beverage”….they all are the same to me.
I knew going into the surgery that I would have to let go of some of the things I use to crave and have on a regular basis.
I use to drink a 32oz Mountain Dew daily. The sugar intake from just that beverage alone was disastrous.
I can’t imagine how things would’ve turned out if I would have continued down that path.
I have learned to take charge of my nutrition and the types of things I put into my body. Yes, I have some days where I may have a bag of chips. I’ll have it then detox after.
It’s never easy going through challenging things. But, how are we suppose to teach others if no one ever makes mistakes.
I use my voice to tell my story. Hoping to encourage anyone that discovers it.
I made a change to better myself so that I may live a long and healthy life. And that’s what I intend to do.