I get asked all the time why I still supplement 7 1/2 years after my RNY. “Can’t you eat enough now to get your protein in?” Yes. “Haven’t you been eating a normal diet for years?” Yes. So why do I still supplement with protein bars and occasional drinks? It keeps me from slipping back into bad habits of grabbing crap when I’m in a hurry.
I need to have food that’s easy to grab when I’m in a rush, and food that I can stash easily in my purse, car, etc. I also like to make sure I pack snacks when we will be out, like at the zoo or the park, where if there is food available to buy, I know it will be junk food. The fact that I’m further out makes it even more important for me to still supplement. The temptation to slip into bad habits would just be too great if I didn’t have any good-for-me options easily available.
Personally, I like to supplement mostly with bars, or powders that mix right into whatever I’m drinking with a spoon, like Nectar does. I love making protein shakes in the blender, but that’s a meal for me, not something that’s convenient or quick. Jerky and nuts are other good options to stash at your desk, or keep in your bag for when low blood sugar hits, or you’re tempted by the vending machine or drive-through. As far as I’m concerned, this was a life long change, and we’re never too far out to keep good choices on hand!