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7 of the Best Books for WLS

When I was getting ready for my gastric bypass surgery, I read whatever I could about it.  Back then, blogs and online support groups were pretty new, and few and far between, so I read a few books on the topic.  Now, there are tons of online resources, but I still really like a "all info in one place" book.  Here is a list of 7 of the most popular and helpful out there! The Sleeved Life  by Pennie Nicola is about her journey getting the vertical sleeve gasterectomy.  The cool thing about t

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When Your Partner Isn’t Supportive

*I am NOT a mental health professional and I urge you to seek appropriate counseling for any relationship problems* For many of us who have weight loss surgery, we have had weight issues most of our lives. I for one battled with my weight since the age of 12. So when we hear the words “you’re approved” it’s a mix of feelings; relief, happiness, nervousness, excitement…I’m sure you can fill in many others you felt when you heard the news for yourself. We all imagine our spouse/significant othe

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Trick or Treat!

Trick or treat! Are those words that fill you with dread? Nothing like having the kiddo’s out gathering bags full of delicious candy that a (reformed, sort-of) candy addict like myself would drool over. So how to avoid temptation and keep your kids off a sugar high? Here’s a few tips to keep away from the candy bowl and keep your kids from overdoing it too. Don’t buy candy you like…if it’s not your thing, you’re much less likely to get into the bag. The last goblin to ring my doorbell fo

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Pregnancy After Bariatric Surgery

Having a successful pregnancy after gastric bypass is entirely possible; my 3 year old son is living proof of that! Many women have babies after bypass. There are some special considerations to keep in mind though. First and foremost, wait until you are at least 18-24 months post-op before getting pregnant! I’m not saying that it’s not possible to have a healthy baby before than, but it’s not recommended. Your body is trying to heal from your WLS and your weight may not have stabilized

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Indoor Workout

My preferred method of exercise is walking outside. Gets me and the kiddo’s some fresh air, and pushing a stroller helps up the calories burned. I also enjoy kicking around the soccer ball with my family, bike riding, and running around the playground. Unfortunately, living in Jersey, the weather isn’t always so great for an outside workout, so here’s a list of some of indoor alternatives. *Average calories burned based on 1/2 hour activity, and 130lb woman. Just Dance for Wii-190 Yoga fo

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Hair Loss

Did you know that thinning hair is a VERY common side effect after any WLS? Some docs don’t bother to tell patients that, then we poor unsuspecting patients start panicking when we see the gobs of hair in the bathtub. Not to worry; hair loss is normally only between months 3-6 after gastric bypass or other weight loss surgery, and there are some things you can do to help it not be too dramatic. PROTEIN-Yes, getting in enough protein is the number one way to help keep hair loss to a minimum. I

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Which WLS For You?

How do you decide which surgery to have? More and more doctors are leaving it up to patients to decide. When I had my bypass 7 years ago, I had two choices: Band or Bypass. Now the sleeve is also an option, and of course the duodenum switch if you meet certain criteria. Here are a few pros and cons to the various surgeries using information from WebMD. Lap Band Pro’s Less invasive than other WLS Average loss of 47% excess body weight Reduction in weight related health issues Con’s Repea

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A Sample Menu of a 7 Year Post-Op

I’m always curious what other people are eating. When I was a newbie, there were lots of different sites that had sample menus based on what stage I was at. Liquids, full liquids, purees, soft foods…I never had trouble finding out what to eat. As a long-term post op, not so much. There are not a whole lot of “sample menus” of people who are further out. Why? Probably because lots of us don’t bother to track anymore. Or we have our routines down so well we don’t put too much thought into i

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20 Quick Snack/Mini Meal Ideas

I’m all about convenience, but unfortunately there are a lot of easy to grab snacks out there that are sooo not good for us. So, here is a list of my top 20 quick and easy snack, or mini-meal, ideas! 2 ham-and-cheese roll-ups (1 slice deli ham, 1 slice low-fat cheese, 1 dill pickle, rolled together) (170 cals, 25g protein) 1 Jiff to go peanut butter cup with 2 stalks celery (255 cals, 9g protein) 1 pack vanilla Protein Wheyfers 1 2.6 oz pouch tuna, mixed with 1 tablespoon Miracle Whip, s

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Hernia After WLS

Hernia after WLS Incisional hernia’s after gastric bypass or any other WLS are common I was told. They can occur with any abdominal surgery, but are more common in people who are overweight (that would be all of us WLS folks) and in people who have an vertical incision (that would be some of us WLS folks). Seeing as how I was overweight and had an open surgery, I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that I’d end up with a hernia. I’ve known about it for quite some time, but as it wasn’t causing

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Grab Bag of Goodies

Better Bariatric’s newest contest is up and running-Enter for the Ultimate Grab Bag! Enter Giveaway Don’t feel like waiting to see if you’re a winner? Order yours today for just $15. Lots of great individual sized products to try! Filed under: Uncategorized Tagged: Giveaway, protein samples<img alt="" border="0" src="http://stats.wordpress.com/b.gif?host=eatingaftergastricbypass.net&blog=55646182&post=399&subd=eatingaftergastricbypass&ref=&feed=1" width="1" height="1" /&

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Disney Dining after WLS

My family and I just returned from a vacation in Disney World. Full disclosure-I’m a Disney freak! I love everything about Disney World, and it is my all time fav vacation spot. One of the many fun things to do down there is eat at there numerous restaurants. So, I thought I’d mention a few […]<img alt=" border="0" src="http://stats.wordpress.com/b.gif?host=eatingaftergastricbypass.net&blog=55646182&post=367&subd=eatingaftergastricbypass&ref=&feed=1" width="1" height="

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Eating after WLS for newbies

I’m hearing over and over about people eating more than they are supposed to/jumping ahead a stage, etc from newbies. This is seriously scary to me. Following the diet the surgeon gives you cannot be stressed enough! This is for your own SAFETY! When you have gastric bypass or gastric sleeve done, your actually stomach […]<img alt=" border="0" src="http://stats.wordpress.com/b.gif?host=eatingaftergastricbypass.net&blog=55646182&post=355&subd=eatingaftergastricbypass&ref=&a

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Grazing

Grazing: To eat snacks throughout the day instead of full meals. Grazing is the equivalent of a four letter word to dieters and WLS’ers alike. Everyone has grazing days for one reason or another. Could be stress, you’re on the run all day, comfort eating, etc. If it seems like the fridge is calling your […]<img alt=" border="0" src="http://stats.wordpress.com/b.gif?host=eatingaftergastricbypass.net&blog=55646182&post=329&subd=eatingaftergastricbypass&ref=&feed=1" widt

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Show off your bariatric success

Having WLS and successfully losing weight is something to be proud of! It’s a huge accomplishment, and NOT the easy way out! That’s why I decided to carry a line of tee-shirts that can be worn when working out, or when you’re out and about to show the world you succeeded with your weight loss […]<img alt=" border="0" src="http://stats.wordpress.com/b.gif?host=eatingaftergastricbypass.net&blog=55646182&post=311&subd=eatingaftergastricbypass&ref=&feed=1" width="1" height="

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RTD’s after surgery

In my humble opinion, the best choice for protein drinks the first few weeks after WLS are ready to drink’s. Here’s why: The first few weeks when you are home from the hospital you will only be drinking about 1/3 of a cup at a time. The RTD proteins are great, shake ‘em up, pour […]<img alt=" border="0" src="http://stats.wordpress.com/b.gif?host=eatingaftergastricbypass.net&blog=55646182&post=296&subd=eatingaftergastricbypass&ref=&feed=1" width="1" height="1" /> Sou

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Preventing Deficiencies

Why do gastric bypass patients need to take vitamins for life? Because the same bypassing of intestines that helps us absorb less fat and calories also keeps us from absorbing enough vitamins from our food that our bodies need. According to the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery, iron, calcium and B vitamins are […]<img alt=" border="0" src="http://stats.wordpress.com/b.gif?host=eatingaftergastricbypass.net&blog=55646182&post=259&subd=eatingaftergastricbypass

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Support Matters!

Support is a HUGE factor in our success with WLS, and it can’t be stressed enough how important it is! I think a lot of us are embarrassed about our surgery, or aren’t sure how/where to look for support, so we chug along on our own. This is not the way to go! Think of […]<img alt=" border="0" src="http://stats.wordpress.com/b.gif?host=eatingaftergastricbypass.net&blog=55646182&post=222&subd=eatingaftergastricbypass&ref=&feed=1" width="1" height="1" /> Source

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Traveling as a new post-op

If you have/had a summer surgery date, chances are you’ll be going away from home at some point soon after your WLS. Two months after my RNY, we went to Lancaster PA for a long weekend. At that point, I was still on soft foods, and still feeling my way around what I could eat, […]<img alt=" border="0" src="http://stats.wordpress.com/b.gif?host=eatingaftergastricbypass.net&blog=55646182&post=181&subd=eatingaftergastricbypass&ref=&feed=1" width="1" height="1" /> Source

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Don’t believe everything that you read

Ever notice whenever you’re going through a life change-having a baby, buying a new house, losing weight-everyone and their brother want to give you advice? WLS is a big life change, and there are plenty of people offering advice to us. Here’s my two cents worth of advice: Use your common sense, and never veer […]<img alt=" border="0" src="http://stats.wordpress.com/b.gif?host=eatingaftergastricbypass.net&blog=55646182&post=48&subd=eatingaftergastricbypass&ref=&feed=1"

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Slip Up’s

Raise your hand if you’re perfect. Hmmm, no one? Yeah, me either. You’d better believe in 7 years as a post-op, I’ve slipped up now and then. And anyone out there who claims they haven’t is full of it. None of us are perfect. We weren’t before surgery, and we aren’t now. After a slip […]<img alt=" border="0" src="http://stats.wordpress.com/b.gif?host=eatingaftergastricbypass.net&blog=55646182&post=143&subd=eatingaftergastricbypass&ref=&feed=1" width="1" height="1" /

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Blueberries…A Superfood

Here in Jersey, we love our blueberries, and they are one of those foods that are great to fall in love with. They contain more antioxidants than any other fruit; and antioxidants protect us from a range of diseases, including cancer. They are also packed full of fiber, and vitamin C. When they are in […]<img alt=" border="0" src="http://stats.wordpress.com/b.gif?host=eatingaftergastricbypass.net&blog=55646182&post=120&subd=eatingaftergastricbypass&ref=&feed=1" width="1

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Summer Fruits of Your Labor

<p>Summer is my favorite season, and one of the easiest seasons to add extra fruits and veggies to your diet. I personally have a veggie garden, and grow squash, eggplant, peppers, tomatoes, carrots and a variety of herbs. We have strawberry plants, and a new peach tree.</p> <p>Growing your own not only saves money, and time (nothing like just popping out to your backyard to get the ingredient you need for tonight’s dinner!) you also know what you put in your soil and on you

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Feeding the family

One question I get asked a lot is “what do you feed your family since your surgery?” The answer I always give is they eat what I do! Being overweight as a teen and young adult made me very sensitive to weight problems in kids, teens and adults. I don’t want my children to ever have to go through that, so if some healthy changes to what my whole family eats can help prevent that if at all possible, I want to make sure we are all eating right. Now, my boys can be picky, so it’s not always easy

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Why I love my bariatric patients…

I had quite a nasty comment on my Facebook page this morning. It was along the lines of “Of course you like your bariatric fans…you make a mint off of them”. I took this comment extremely to heart. For me, this is not “just business”. It is a cross between a hobby and a passion. I had gastric bypass over 7 years ago, and got tired of having to check nutrition labels to see if the sugar content was too high for me, or if the protein was high enough, or if the calories were off the stratosph

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