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I just donated another batch of clothes to my friend's clothing bank (down to a size 4/6 now). I like the idea that they are going to be given away to someone who needs them rather than sold. Not that Goodwill and DI don't do good work - it's always good to donate to a worthy cause. But I wanted to give a plug for clothing banks - especially if you have formals (for teenagers who can't afford prom dresses), or business clothing (for people going on job interviews). Even at a thrift store, they usually charge a lot for formals and up-to-date suits and dresses for work.
If you don't know whereto find a clothing bank, someone at a local church office or school office will probably know (they are often the ones *****fer people to clothing banks, and they may even have one of their own).
Just another way to get even more enjoyment out of losing weight!
If only they could perform surgery on our brains. But, alas. I am over a year out and I have to work at controlling emotional eating every day. Counseling definitely helps! I highly recommend it. Your surgical team may be able to recommend someone who specializes in eating issues. My therapist doesn't, so it's not like they *have* to specialize, but I'm sure it couldn't hurt.
Remember, this is YOUR life. You don't have to let other people's bad behavior drive you to ice cream. You can choose to let others control you, or you can take the reins in your own hands. I'm not saying it is easy to let go of anger, but the power to do it is in you. It really is!
Oh, and one mistake does not a lifetime make - you are not doomed to failure because you did one thing you regret. Put it behind you and move forward. We believe in you!
Happy day! Just opened my letter from Blue Cross - expecting a denial, but they approved it! No more scouring the internet for hours looking for 32G bras (trust me, they are scarcer than hen's teeth). And I'll be able to find shirts that fit my bust without falling off my shoulders. Life is good.
That's great news! I would recommend staying on top of your pain meds and liquids so that you can continue to feel well - at least as well as can be expected. I also had a very easy time of it, with not too much pain, and no complications. We hear a lot of the horror stories, so it's important to remember that most of us do pretty well. Hope you get to go home soon and sleep in your own bed!
Kudos to you for getting back in the ring! You can do this, and we are rooting for you. Keep us posted on how you are doing.
Now, to answer the question you didn't really ask, this sounds like a diet to me, and diets don't work. I would figure out the calories and protein in the shakes and duplicate it with FOOD! I don't see the advantage of shakes over food, other than the fact that it's easier and quicker for the nurse to tell you to drink shakes than it is to help you come up with a food plan. I could be wrong, but I bet your bariatric nurse has never had a problem with her weight. Why do some medical professionals persist in the idea that dieting will resolve our food issues? If that were the case, none of us would be here having this discussion. We'd all be out shopping for size 6 jeans and forgetting to eat.
To answer your actual question, I have been told that whey protein is what we absorb best. The "nectar" line of Syntrax brand is my personal fave, but Unjury is another one I like. Also Pure Protein, which is available in most grocery stores (at least around here), has decent stats and acceptable flavor. More commercially popular brands like Muscle Milk are too high in calories, and often lower in protein. There are some powders especially formulated for bariatric patients, but they are more expensive, and I think it's more of a marketing ploy than an actual difference in how well they work for us. But then, I am a cynical girl.
I was on full liquids before I even left the hospital. Don't worry; you will be fine. Maybe you could start with something just a bit thicker, and increase the thickness as your confidence builds.
I didn't wear my own clothes, as they wouldn't work with the IV and the catheter. I wore lose yoga pants and a t-shirt to go home. All I needed was chapstick, lotion, and *light* reading material. I was way too dopey to read anything heavy. The nurses told me when it was time to take my first walk, and then after that, I told them when I wanted to take a walk.
Tell him that weight loss surgery is like using a washing machine instead of taking your clothes down to the river. It is the most effective way to get where you want to go, and there is no virtue in working your a$$ off at something that is not effective just so you can say you worked your a$$ off.
If you are having trouble swallowing the Effexor, you might ask if there is a smaller size pill available - you might have to take more of them to get the right dosage, but it could be worth it if they are easier to swallow.. Also, if you are taking a strength that requires you to split the pill in half, that can be really hard to swallow, too.
Hi, Vernita. What's your BMI? Are you underweight? If not, I wouldn't worry about it as long as you are following your surgeon's plan. Of course, you can always set up an appointment with your doc to talk about it. I am starting to have the same concerns since I blew past my goal weight and am still losing (almost a pound a week over the holidays, which is really weird, cuz I did cheat a bit). But, I just had my 1-year follow-up, and the doctor reassured me that my body will stop losing when it's done losing, as long as I am eating the way he told me to.
Congrats on the weight loss!
I have been playing with bread recipes for months, trying to find a bread that my family liked that was high enough in protein for me to eat, as well. I know some of us can't eat bread, but I can eat the heck out of it, unfortunately. I have always been kinda famous (possibly only in my own mind, but I'm okay with that) for my buttermilk rolls, and it occurred to me that there might not be a lot of difference between baking with buttermilk and baking with Greek yogurt. That got me thinking, and experimenting...
So, here is my recipe for Yogurt Quinoa Bread. You can't taste the quinoa at all, and the yogurt just gives a little tang, kind of like sourdough. And for a special occasion, you could use all white bread flour, and it would still have 6 grams of protein per slice (but 146 calories and 27g of carbs, which is why I say special occasion). You could add nuts or seeds to this to make it even higher in protein.
I make mine in a bread machine, and I add the ingredients in this order:
1 cup nonfat Greek yogurt, warmed to room temp or a little warmer **
1/2 cup cooked Quinoa (not hot, let it cool first)
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon butter (optional)
1 cup Atkins baking mix
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup oat flour
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon yeast
** Note: check the protein content in your Greek yogurt. It can vary widely, and some so-called Greek yogurts are just regular yogurt with gelatin added to thicken them. I use Fage, Chobani or Oikos, but Fage is my first choice. I buy it on clearance for 1/2 price and freeze it for later use in baking (freezing changes the texture, so it's not going to be good for everything, but it's fine for baking).
Mix all the ingredients on the dough cycle, then let it continue to rise for an extra 30 minutes. Punch down, place in loaf pan, and let rise for another 90 minutes. Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes.
Stats for one slice (1/20th of a loaf): 100 calories, 15g carbs, 8g protein, 7g iron
If I were going to make it without the bread machine, I would follow the instructions for a basic whole wheat bread recipe, using the yogurt mixed with Quinoa as my liquid, and adding 30 minutes to each rise.
Yes, it could be gas. I had that problem early on, thought I was hungry, but I wasn't. I found that antacids and anti-gas chewables helped a lot. Whatever your doc says is okay for you to take right now.
It could also be head hunger, but that usually kicks in around week 4 for many people. Is it driving you crazy, and you want stuff like pizza? That would be head hunger, and in that case, my best advise is to turn off the TV and stay out of the kitchen. It will pass. Mine did!
Best of luck to you, and congrats on your new life - and on following your food plan!
I searched this site and didn't find any answers to this particular question. Does anyone know if using the Nutribullet (it's not a juicer, it just grinds up the whole food) could lead to a RNY patient absorbing more nutrients? I realize the downside of turning stuff into liquid before ingesting it (it won't keep me full very long), but I wondered about the whole absorption thing. I am probably going to buy one anyway because I need a new blender, but would it really improve my nutrient absorption? I am looking for solid information, if anyone has it.
So, I don't have a lot of excess skin - enough to bother me, but not enough for surgery - but I want to get a breast reduction. Those of you who have had this done, how long did your doc or insurance make you wait? Is it a matter of how long your weight remains stable after you stop losing? Just curious. I am only 9 months out, but I have stopped losing pretty much. My upper back is killing me. It hurts so much that I can't stand or walk for more than 10 minutes at a time. I have an appointment with my doc to talk about the back pain next week. I went from a 44D to a 34G, so obviously the girls weren't interested in joining the weight loss party around here!
I always, always drink with a straw, and I started about two days after surgery. I get more air in my mouth when I *don't* use a straw, so I can't help thinking that someone just pulled that rule out of their behind one day. That's just one person's opinion, but it is so counterintuitive. Like, how would you get more air using a straw? By slurping when you get to the bottom of the cup? I don't get it.
Pretty much any Syntrax, except for the Syntrax Matrix. There is some weird taste going on in that line of Syntrax. It wasn't bad at first, but then it started bugging me. The Syntrax Nectars are all delicious. My faves are Fuzzy Navel, Strawberry Kiwi, Chocolate Truffle and Vanilla Bean.
I have tried Atkins and Muscle Milk and the protein taste in those is really strong, IMHO. Too big a price to pay for the convenience of pre-mixed. Literally as well as figuratively. But, as always, YMMV!
I think it sounds like you either ate something that disagreed with you, or you have a little flu bug. I would recommend doing what you would have done in this situation before surgery - eat gentle foods and get lots of liquids. But, by all means, call your doc if you want to. There's nothing wrong with that if it will make you feel better. And I hope you feel better soon!
Ditto to the above. It's only a matter of comfort, and most of us experience that discomfort if we try to gulp, at least so soon after surgery, so that's why they tell you to sip slowly. Here's a tip: some of us (including me) can drink hot liquids faster than cold ones. So, you can go with broth, herbal tea, or protein hot cocoa (check out www.bariatricfoodie.com for a recipe) if you find that warm stuff goes down better for you. I don't drink coffee, so I don't know if decaf is allowed at your stage or not. If anyone mentioned it to me, I didn't pay attention. I drink Pero every day, which is a grain beverage that sorta tastes like coffee. They sell it in the coffee aisle at the store. It's make from toasted barley, which sounds weird, but it's healthier than coffee and helps keep me from getting constipated (a common post-surgery problem). I add protein powder and flavored syrup to it. I also drink Unjury chicken broth flavor protein powder, which you can order online.