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The Capacity of My Pouch

The part of my anatomy where my food goes since I had surgery is called a "pouch." It was formerly the top part of my stomach. (The rest of my stomach is still in there, making digestive juices, which it adds to my intestines farther down the path. No food goes into that stomach anymore.) If I eat too much, I feel painfully full. My pouch rarely feels empty, though, so my appetite is greatly diminished.

Here are some examples to illustrate the capacity of my pouch:

  • Half of a small Lunchables
  • Most of a Taco Bell hard taco
  • One chicken thigh
  • One cup of thin turkey chili
  • 1/3 of a six-inch Subway sandwich on flatbread
  • Half a cup of pasta
  • 1/4 of an entree-sized salad in a restaurant
  • Most of a restaurant-sized hamburger patty
  • Two scrambled eggs
  • 1/4 of a deli sandwich
  • One, single-serving bag of chips
  • Two small crab cakes or one big crabcake
  • 8 medium-sized shrimp
  • One mini wheat pita from Trader Joe's with as much red pepper hummus as I can pile on it

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