I had gastric bypass surgery 1 month ago. This weekend I went on my first bike rides in 6 months, and BOY have I missed my bike.
A brief explanation of gastric bypass as it is at the root of my question. My stomach was divided. At the end of my espohagus is the smaller stomach which I still use. It is currently about 2-3oz, and will likely stretch to 4-6oz. in a year. The ramifications of this are: I MUST emphasize protein and vegetables, and can't waste precious pouch space on empty carbs (bread, potatos, etc.). Bariatric patients who do not eat enough protein experience heart damage and hair loss. I also am restricted in fluid intake, and am not supposed to drink 1/2 hour before and 1 hour after eating.
Before this AM's bike ride I ate 6 ounces of sugar-free pudding. The starch provides some carbohydrates, and this is essentially a liquid as it goes through my stomach quickly. I used a traditional water bottle.
As I increase my distance, I'm thinking I'll have to drink gatorade to provide a stream of carbs and liquids. Furthermore, I'm thinking a camelback hydration will be better, as it will allow me to take frequent small sips instead of huge gulps every 15 minutes.
Are there any other bariatric patients out there with experience on these issues? Any suggestions?