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    Dr Dicicco
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    Vertical Sleeve
  1. You sound awesome! Very similar stats to mine, sleeve buddy! I hope things continue to go well for you. Not too much gas pain?
  2. Also zucchini lasagna has been pretty popular in my house. There are several recipes on Pinterest.
  3. I enjoyed making a skinny version of Chicken Divan, which is basically chicken, broccoli, cheese, mayo and spices. Usually served with rice, but its good on its own or use cauli rice. With greek yogurt and dividing it into 8 servings the stats are: 242 calories, 15 g protein, 20 net carbs, 11 g fat. CHICKEN DIVAN 3 Boneless skinless chicken breasts 2 10oz packs frozen broccoli 1 c panko bread crumbs 1-2 tbl butter or margarine paprika Sauce: 1 can cream of chicken soup 2/3 c mayo (sub lite mayo OR plain greek yogurt) 1/3 c canned milk 2 tbl lemon juice 1 tsp curry powder 3/4 c grated cheddar cheese Preheat to 350 F Boil chicken, dice into cubes Line baking dish with frozen broccoli Layer chicken over broccoli Mix all sauce ingredients, pour over chicken and broccoli Melt butter and mix with bread crumbs, sprinkle over top Sprinkle paprika over everything Bake 25-30 minutes
  4. One of my favorite pre VSG meals was spicy thai noodles. I'm going to attempt them this week with zucchini zoodles. This is the recipe I've always used, except I take out the vegetable oil as it isn't necessary:
  5. I trolled Pinterest and found this awesome "Pizza Chicken" recipe. You pound out chicken breasts super thin and just top with your pizza toppings and bake. Sooo so good. Another family favorite is spaghetti squash, especially this one: Ingredients 1 medium spaghetti squash or 2 small spaghetti squash 1 1/2 lbs. Italian chicken sausage, casings removed 1 yellow onion, diced 4 cloves garlic, minced 1 bunch kale 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling Salt and pepper 2 tbsp pine nuts, roasted 2 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped Instructions Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Place squash in the microwave for 3-4 minutes to soften. Using a sharp knife cut the squash in half lengthwise. Scoop out the seeds and discard. Place the halves, with the cut side up, on a rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast in the oven for 45-50 minutes, until you can poke the squash easily with a fork. Let cool until you can handle it safely. Meanwhile, prepare the kale by removing the center stems and either tearing or cutting up the leaves. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and sauté for 4-5 minutes. Add the chicken sausage and break apart with a spatula to crumble. Cook for 10-12 minutes, stirring regularly, until the sausage is browned and cooked through. Add the kale and stir. Cook for a few minutes more to wilt the kale. Remove from heat and set aside. Once cooled, scrape the insides of the spaghetti squash with a fork to shred the squash into strands. Transfer the strands into the skillet with the sausage and toss to combine. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Divide the mixture among the squash shells, and then top with pine nuts and parsley to serve. Servings: 4
  6. I ordered these Bariatric Fusion chewables in the "tropical" flavor and oh man, they are DISGUSTING. Not to sound like a diva, but I have to chew them for a very long time, they make my tongue feel slightly numb during this process and they make me nauseous. https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B00NZ5Q754/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o07_s01?ie=UTF8&th=1 If I'm being completely honest here, I haven't been taking vitamins this entire time, just the random Flintstone/biotin gummy when I remember, which is seldom. I know this is really bad and I need to find and take a good vitamin. I am 8-9 ish weeks post-op and I know I should stick with these bariatric specific vitamins AND chewables, but I just can't stomach them. Will switching to an OTC multi vitamin in pill form hurt me? Which one should I be taking and how much of it this early out? TIA.
  7. I needed help from husband getting in and out of bed the first two nights, the gas pain was unreal, that was the worst part for me. That and the coughing from your lungs "waking up" after the anesthesia. It helps to hug a pillow over your abdomen when you cough. For the gas, gasx didn't work for me, and walking didn't either. It took a few days for it to come out on its own time, which was extremely frustrating. I was terrified about my incisions hurting, but they actually didn't hurt at all really! I was on tylenol in the hospital, they gave me morphine once and it didn't really make a difference, the tylenol worked way better. They sent me home with liquid codeine I think it was. I took it right on schedule for the first few days, then lowered my dose and stopped all together for a day or two. I started feeling pain at night when trying to sleep so I tried to start taking the codeine again, which was a mistake. I had lost my tolerance for it since I stopped all pain meds. I feel like the sooner you get off the pain meds the better, which everyone told me before surgery and I scoffed at them but it really is true.
  8. I hope you're doing better now. Those first few days are rough. I didn't start feeling "better" until my 2 week mark, probably because I could sleep on my stomach again by then.
  9. I know this post is older, but I just went through the process and figured I'd update. It depends on the doctor and what program the MTF runs. In Hawaii at Tripler AMC you had to lose 3-5% of your body weight and go to x amount of monthly meetings, the weight loss could take up to 6 months it just depends on you. As far as basic requirements from Tricare for approval, I can tell you those since I went with a civilian surgeon and not an MTF. You just need 3 months of "doctor monitored dieting", so your initial visit plus 3 more. You have to weigh in at least 1 lb under your starting weight, have a psych eval and see a nutritionist at least once. I had my first consult with my surgeon in November and my surgery was in February. Approval was a breeze. The entire process was a breeze actually.
  10. Thanks everyone!
  11. I did my monthly weigh in today and I am officially down to 297.2, my starting weight was 342. I am officially OUT OF THE 300s!!!!! AND that brings me to a total loss of 45 lbs. I'm 5 lbs away from my first goal. I'm hoping to reach my 50 lb loss mark by May 1st.
  12. What are the best workouts to prevent or help limit excess skin? Particularly the arms and thighs. I'm a little over 40 lbs down and I'm already seeing lots of sagging in these areas, which is concerning. I was really hoping my skin would just bounce back, but its looking like it might need some help.
  13. Thanks! This is reassuring. I'll look into checking placement for sure. We definitely don't want any unexpected pregnancies right now.
  14. I also make protein shakes with 8 oz of skim Fairlife, 1-2 tbl of Ovaltine and 1 scoop of unflavored Isopure protein powder. 220 calories and 37 grams of protein. Plus it counts towards your fluids.
  15. I'm just getting into my 8th week and I've been experiencing this as well. My stomach has become VERY picky. I can hardly tolerate water, so I add flavoring or drink Fairlife skim. Food is becoming fuel instead of a comfort or "reward" to us, I see the loss of appetite as completely normal and part of the adjusting period. Just find those one or two things that sound "good" and eat that until it passes. Mine has been peanut fiber one protein bars and canned turkey chili (unfortunately, because the sodium is outrageous). I've been living off of those two things for a few days now. Mandarin oranges have also been going down pretty good.