That’s what they don’t tell you. And by “they” I mean the secret society that’s supposed to come out of the woodwork and keep me informed when I’m making major life decisions.
The whole time I was going through the gastric sleeve process, the doctors and the nutritionists drilled it into my head that I have to take 20 minutes to eat my food so that I become overly aware of how much I’m consuming as well as giving my body enough time to tell me when it’s full. What they neglected to tell me is that in those 20 minutes, each bite I take will get colder and colder. Especially when I had the bright idea to have surgery during the height of winter.
So I’m telling you now! You will eat slowly. And your food will get cold.
I’m sure it won’t be too bad in the spring and summer when I can throw together a quick smoothie or salad, but during the winter it’s definitely been rough. Especially when you’re sitting down to a screaming, piping hot bowl of soup only to sip a spoonful of tepid broth. Not fun! And extremely discouraging.
The solution? I highly suggest getting a warming plate. My mom bought me two (one for work and one for home) and I have to say that I didn’t know if I’d use them, but I really do. Also, it doesn’t heat up the food, but does maintain the temperature of my already hot food.
This ends my public service announcement. Seriously though, cold food sucks!
(header photo credit: Jorge Gonzalez)