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GNC varies greatly store to store. (Which in the retail world is a problem in and of itself!)
I once stopped in at a GNC in a local mall to get a protein bar for a snack. The sales clerk told me that it was a "calorie bomb" and I shouldn't choose the one I selected.
Now, bear in mind that I have very clear criteria for protein bars - calories, sugar, sugar alcohols, and protein grams all have to fit my plan.
I totally ignored the clerk, bought the bar, and never returned to that store. Other GNC's have been fine. They're just inconsistent.
It's amazing how we can deny how obese we are. I always thought I looked basically okay, just "a little" overweight. Now I look at my "before" pants and have to say that these were not the pants worn by a healthy woman.
Let me add a resounding vote for the advice you have received here to check insurance requirements carefully. Talk to someone. Get the FULL list of requirements. My insurance journey was the hardest part of the entire surgical process - it felt as if they kept pulling something new out of the hat. If you have a full list of everything they will want/need - you can set up apointments and just start clicking things off.
Best of luck to you!
At almost 4 years out, I still have a love/hate relationship with eggs.
Occasionally, I can enjoy a veggie omelette with lots of spinach, chopped peppers, and whatever other veggies are on hand.
Other days? 2 bites of eggs and - yech.
Hard boiled eggs sometimes work better, but I tend to eat the whites only.
I agree - my bet is that you will be cleared at 6 weeks. I was able to do water aerobics at 3 weeks, and a regular studio workout class at 6 weeks.
Yoga is different, though. I'd start very gently because of the focus on the core. But you can still get a great workout with the reward of savasana at the end!
Food aversion was one thing that the psychologist discussed with me during my psych eval. He pointed out that if any food makes us sick (throwing up sick), we are likely to develop an aversion. The risk, as he explained it, comes when and if we get sick after eating protein or other essential dietary elements. We can end up setting up yet another type of unhealthy eating pattern.
But from my own experience, I find myself with aversions that come and go. I'm very sensitive to smells - and can't stand certain food smells. Excessive salt is an aversion for me; this includes some processed cheeses and even cheese sticks, which others swear by for protein snacks.
So to answer your question, I think they can indeed "just show up" - sometimes it's our body telling us that we just don't need that particular food. It can be a temporary thing - I've had periodic aversions (or attractions) to broccoli, scrambled eggs, shellfish, various protein shakes, skim milk....well, I guess you get the idea!
Tastes are unique, and I found that a powder that I loved early out didn't taste good forever. And what a friend recommended might not suit my tastes at all. That said....
I've used GNC Amp protein powder often, in the chocolate flavor. This is a less sweet chocolate, with a richer taste.
A second favorite is Pure Protein from WalMart. The chocolate is not as rich as GNC. The vanilla is a great add in to a smoothie made with fresh fruit and veggies.
Both of these are easy easy to purchase, and not terribly expensive. Get the GNC protein when they have buy one/get one 1/2 off sale. In the long run (I'm close to 4 years out), ease of purchase and cost has meant a lot to me. I still have a shake for breakfast, simply because it front loads my protein for the day and is simple with a busy schedule.
Many, many options are available. You can dress up the basic protein shake with sugar free syrups for variety. Check out Bariatric Foodie for a lot of good ideas!
Depends on your shopping list! No ice cream bars.
I am a regular Costco shopper and get lots of produce there: oranges, fresh spinach, asparagus, berries, hearts of romaine, baby carrots, lemons for hot lemon water....other things dependng on the assortment.
Other things I love to get at Costco: Salsa, tilapia, salmon, roasted chicken, ****tail shrimp ring, deli style turkey (although I am not fond of the sodium content in this one), frozen salmon burgers.
I'm also fighting regain after nearly 4 years out. Costco is one way I am sure to have enough of the right foods in the house, and gives hgih quality at reasonable prices.
I do have an occasional hot dog, but it's not a regular stop for me.
Sugar alcohols can have side effects - including a laxative effect and (for us) a generally yucky feeling.
However, be very careful about "testing" sugar tolerance. If you dump, you'll regret it. And if you don't, you've opened a dangerous Pandora's box.
Jus****ch nutrition labels carefully and limit the sugar alcohols to a level that you are comfortable with. I do well with Pure Protein bars or Quest bars (no sugar alcohols at all). But....a serving of no sugar added ice cream can make me feel queasy for the entire evening.
My lowest weight was 153 and I now hover at 170. I would love to lose 10 lbs. and know exactly how to do it. "Fad" dieting is not the way. The honest truth is that some refined carbs began to sneak their way back into my diet, almost daily. I am working now to get those OUT. And my exercise slacked off - I convinced myself that I was active enough at work. Not the case.
Reality check is the way to go. Then do what you know how to do.