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on 7/27/21 6:38 pm
VSG on 03/22/17
Topic: RE: VSG Regain: Overcoming eating my feelings

thank you for saying this i am dealing with the same things you are not alone.

on 7/27/21 4:46 am
Topic: RE: Do calories from coconut oil get absorbed through the skin?

2005: Transcutaneous absorption of topically massaged oil in neonates

Objective: To study the transcutaneous absorption of traditionally massaged oil in newborns and to specifically compare the effects of ****ssential fatty acid (EFA) rich - safflower oil and (ii) saturated fat rich coconut oil, on fatty acid profiles of massaged babies.

Design: A short term randomised controlled study.

Setting: Tertiary care NICU of a large teaching hospital and a research laboratory of a University complex.

Methods: 120 study babies were randomly assigned to three oil groups (i) safflower oil (n = 40) (ii) coconut oil (n = 40) and (iii) no oil controls (n = 40). In each group, babies were selected in three subsets as per their gestational ages viz (a) less than 34 weeks, (b) 34-37 weeks, (c) greater than 37 weeks. 5 mL of the designated oil was massaged four times a day for five days under controlled conditions of temperature and feeding. Pre and post oil massage samples of blood were analysed for triglycerides and fatty acid profiles using gas chromatography.

Results: Post oil triglyceride values were significantly raised in both the oil groups and also in controls. However, the quantum of rise was significantly higher in oil groups as compared to controls. Fatty acid profiles (gas chromatography) showed significant rise in EFAs (linolenic acid and arachidonic acid) in safflower oil group and saturated fats in coconut oil group. Changes were more evident in term babies. There were no side effects associated with the massage.

Conclusions: This study shows that topically applied oil can be absorbed in neonates and is probably available for nutritional purposes. The fatty acid constituents of the oil can influence the changes in the fatty acid profiles of the massaged babies.

Dr. Guillermo Alvarez
on 7/20/21 7:30 am
Topic: 8 Tips to Help You Eat Less at Parties | Gastric Sleeve Surgery | Questions and Answers

Good morning!
I made this video for those of you that need tips on social events, I hope it helps.

Check it out here:

Dr. Alvarez

on 7/19/21 11:23 am
VSG on 04/23/12
Topic: RE: Here?s Why You May Feel Cold All the Time After Gastric Sleeve Surgery


I'm 9 years out and I still freeze in Summer, Spring, Fall & Winter. I don't think it will ever change. Its unbearable in the Winter. Labs are good...



(VSG)  HW, 346 SW, 341 CW 176.2 GW, 165  kiss

Dr. Guillermo Alvarez
on 7/13/21 7:20 am
Topic: 4 Facts Type II Diabetics Should Know about VSG | Gastric Sleeve Surgery | Questions and Answers

Good Morning!
I made this video for people who have type 2 diabetes and are looking into Gastric Sleeve Surgery.

Check it out here:

Dr. Alvarez

on 7/10/21 6:57 am
VSG on 06/28/21
Topic: RE: Heavy Period on pre-op?????

For me, I have a Nexplanon progesterone implant (well this is my 3rd or 4th I believe, so 10+ years) and it completely stops my periods which is so good for me! Periods used to make me so anemic every month, and now I don't even think about it! I haven't had a period in 3+ years, but 1 week prior to surgery...SURPRISE!

The period itself was light and managable, but it came with little to no warning and lasted only 4 days, but still it shows that the pre-diet 'shock' can really throw your body's normal pattern out of sync. I'm expecting another period at the end of this month, as it wouldnt surprise me if the surgery has thrown off my hormones completely

My pre-diet was 4 weeks, 2x Optifast shakes a day and a small meal of 100g cooked protein with 2 cups of specific vegetables.

on 7/8/21 1:44 am
RNY on 10/10/17
Topic: RE: VSG Regain: Overcoming eating my feelings

Oh my dear, you are far from alone!

In 2005, at 325 pounds, I had lap-band put in. It was a great success! I got down to 150 pounds in less than a year. I was focused, I was careful, I was active. It was the best $15,000 I had ever spent on anything!

Then I got divorced, lost my job, and lost my house. Eating was all I could think about, and I ended up doing what you described doing: treating myself to foods I had no business eating. I got back up to 260 pounds.

I moved to another country, with socialized medicine. I went to an obesity clinic looking for help. The doctor determined my lap-band was leaking, and no longer created any restriction. My new country would pay for me to have corrective surgery. Due to scarring and other issues, the best option was an RNY bypass.

So, on 10/10/2017, I had the RNY. It was a great success! I got down to 150 pounds in less than six months (I didn't have as much to lose the second time). I was focused, I was careful, I was active. I banished bread, rice, pasta, potatoes, cookies, brownies, cake, pastries, ice cream, as well as any and all other starchy foods (e.g., beans, corn, and peas) from my kitchen, plate, and mouth. I met a new man and we moved in together; I was so happy and felt so proud of my svelte new "me".

But, now, almost 4 years later, I have put on almost 40 pounds, and disgust myself. I can't make any more "surgical commitments" to my weight loss. I really just need to get a handle on my relationship with food, my body, and my (horribly critical) inner voice. People tell me I should be gentle with myself, but how can one be "gentle" with someone one despises. I have always thought of myself as my brain, and the rest of me as my brain's enemy. I need to change that. I desperately need to change my vision of my body ... it is not separate from me, and is not a traitorous back-stabbing constant source of pain and hurt. How I do that is still a mystery.

I also know that I have to acknowledge and manage my relationship with food. I have gone back to basics, starting with an 800-calorie a day liquid protein diet to "restart and realign" my post-bariatric stomach. I am sure I stretched my pouch to my stomach's original size as the quantity of food I was able to consume was simply far too much for a post RNY pouch, way, way more than it should be able to handle. So, after a couple more days of that (it has been 5 days), I should be ready to reintroduce meat and other proteins. I will not, however, let starchy carbohydrates back in my mouth. I will, of course, eat healthy vegetable carbs once I think my pouch has shrunk back to its proper proportion.

Thanks for reading this, and letting me tell you my story, so you do not feel alone or ashamed of yourself, as what happened to you can happen to anyone. It has happened to me TWICE. As the old saying goes, "Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me!" Boy do I feel the "shame on me".

Be gentle with yourself, and know you have been heard and understood. A big virtual hug is being sent in your direction.

"Fortunately", it

on 7/6/21 3:53 am
Topic: RE: food scale?

Hi, I'm very glad that you decided to take such an important step as losing weight. At one time, I gained a lot of weight and decided to lose weight at one point. My friend gave me advice to buy a food scale to keep track of the portions and the amount of food I consume. I was skeptical because I thought I could keep track of the amount of food I consumed myself, but nothing changed and I didn't lose weight. As a result, I found a cool watch here and my life changed. I learned how to distribute portions of food so that I ate five times a day. In addition, I started playing sports and after half a year I put myself in great physical shape. I wish you to achieve the same success. Good luck!

on 7/4/21 11:52 am
VSG on 07/12/21
Topic: RE: Day 6 of pre liquid diet
On July 4, 2021 at 6:50 PM Pacific Time, catwoman7 wrote:

I wouldn't. I never went off mine. There will be plenty of time in the future to have an occasional splurge - but I would really stay on the straight and narrow now.

Thank you for the support! I have to admit I'm feeling pretty awesome on this liquid diet. Day 7 was much easier!

on 7/4/21 11:50 am
RNY on 06/03/15
Topic: RE: Day 6 of pre liquid diet

I wouldn't. I never went off mine. There will be plenty of time in the future to have an occasional splurge - but I would really stay on the straight and narrow now.

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