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  2. Should I be concerned that my doctor Told me I'll be the heaviest Patient she ever had To operate on
  3. So great to hear that Cinwa ! delighted to hear some good news. So much of this whole business seems to be ones own research,diligence etc. Keep up the good work and thank you for all your good advice in the past.Siobhain
  4. Since my surgery I don’t ingest very much surgery foods. One piece of real candy makes me feel nauseous. Four years out and if I consume a lot of sugar, even fruit, my heart starts racing and I feel sick every now and then I appreciate the reminder that my diet should be different post surgery. It is this reminder that keeps most of my lost weight off.
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  6. I wish I had some advice for you Siobhain but I don't. My bone density test have been excellent these past few years. I'm compliant with my calcium - along with the citrate supplements and vitamin D3 but I believe my level of exercise also has a lot to do with it. We heat the house with a wood stove - I do all the splitting, stacking and bringing it in daily. I also walk at least 3 miles a day regardless of the weather (thanks to an active dog) and I spend a good 20-30 minutes a day on an exercise skier.
  7. cinwa-you have always given me such good advice and I would love to know how things are with you now? I have been religious about taking the correct Calcium,dosages vits etc. Have had bone scans since 2012 and all was good. Had a bad fall in 2015 and broke to vertebrae (ouch)diagnosed as Osteoporosis despite my age 62 and scan saying borderline Osteopenia. So On Drs advice had Prolia injections twice yearly to hold onto what bone i had. In Sept had scan and Hurrah...showed Normal bone. In November however, had excruciating back pain, diagnosed as Osteoporosis fractures of TWO vertebrae. No fall-could be any reason apparently. Now I am wondering is my inability to absorb Calcium (citrate)causing me more trouble that I think?I get it from 21st Century who I think are reputable. I take 2000 vit D in addition to whats in the Calcium Citrate tablets. I am now on DAILY injections to build bone - I am 68-whats my spine going to be like in 10 years?surgeon avoids my eye when I ask. Any advice/opinions/similar experiences please?
  8. Hi msmarymac, Thank you so much for your advice and for taking the time to reply . The phone reminders are an excellent idea. Have a good day
  9. I think getting the hang of scheduling everything is one of the trickiest things about post-op life, but luckily it doesn't take too long to figure out what works for you. First priority of course is meeting your fluid goals, you can get dehydrated pretty quickly. Protein goals are next; you likely won't meet those goals in the first few post-op weeks while you're on mostly liquids and not taking in much volume. Then it's the matter of timing the iron and calcium apart. I take my multivitamin and my iron in the morning, then calcium mid-morning (I keep some at work) and at bedtime. It can all seem overwhelming at first. But, you'll get there, I promise. I found my phone to be a very helpful tool in managing the new schedule; I'd set reminders when it was time for my calcium, or to remind myself to drink more. Before long, it becomes habit and replaces all those prior bad habits.
  10. That's why I posted about it here instead of surgical forums. Also, I never pushed for the diet to be used.
  11. Happy Belated New Year, @Cheesehead! Not feeling too great just yet, but hoping to soon. Thanks for the sweet compliment! I hope your holidays were wonderful
  12. Thanks so much, @cinwa!! David is doing great He’s down to 180.8 now
  13. Thank you so much for your response, @msmarymac! I’ve been on prednisone a couple of times prior to this, but only for a 5 day course each time before this, and each time before this I’ve lost weight on it. I can see definite bloating, but it only appears to be in my stomach. Like I said, I did gain some weight over the holidays, but I know exactly why and I was ok with it. This last 5-6 pounds came on over the past 2 days, after already scaling back my diet. It really does suck having to start taking the meds right in the heels of the holidays, of course. It’s good to know that any gain caused from the meds themselves should go quickly As far as insomnia, I have been suffering with it for months, but the past 10 days have been so horrible. I’m going on 5 days with no sleep at all at night, and only short naps during the day. Thank you!!! I hope you’re doing well, and that your holidays were great!!
  14. Prednisone is well known for encouraging weight gain. Some of it is from fluid retention which should go away pretty quickly when you taper off of it. Some is also because it increases the appetite so people on it tend to eat more. If that's the source of the weight gain, of course that takes a little longer to come off (as we all well know!). But, at least you'll soon be off of it's influence and can get back on track. How awful to have to be on it just after the holidays, talk about a double whammy! BTW, prednisone is also well known for sleep difficulties so if that's been an issue these past days now you know why. On the plus side if you were having any aches and pains anywhere those should feel bette; ; its an amazing anti-inflammatory Hope you're feeling better and can soon put this behind you.
  15. I think perhaps you mistook my meaning. Not at all knocking a plant-based diet; vegetarians and vegans typically though do eat plenty of protein. What concerned me about the OP's thread is that some poor newbie would grasp onto this "basically white rice, fruit, and fruit juice" diet. We are a group that is susceptible to following every trend/fad that comes along, at least in the US. I am not an advocate for any particular trend (including keto), other than sticking to what your bariatric team has designed for your post-op period. Most of us were given a pretty sensible, healthy plan for life. My post was simply a cautionary reminder to newbies that successful long-term maintenance depends on giving up the "Magic Pill/Diet" mindset to settle into the new healthy life plan the team you hired gave you.
  16. I was put on prednisone a week ago Saturday for an upper respiratory infection/bronchitis. So it’s been 10 days today. I had gained a few pounds over the holidays, prior to getting sick, which I was ok with. As most of you know, I have been below where I wanted to be weight wise since the summer when I got sick and had the hernia surgery, etc. My comfort zone is 140-145. I had been maintaining at about 145 since Christmas. This morning, I weighed 150. Please tell me that this is normal with prednisone. I’m experiencing bloating, and I’ve put on an inch around my waist in these 10 days since I started the meds. Luckily I only have 2 more days and I’m done with the prednisone. I’ve gotten strict again with my diet since New Year’s Day, so I’m hoping this will resolve itself once the prednisone is out of my system. Anyone else with this kind of experience, please tell me this isn’t permanent!
  17. There is no doubt that a person can eat a healthy diet as a vegetarian (or even a vegan), but a diet without meat requires careful efforts to ensure that enough complete protein is consumed. In addition, it s very hard for a long term vegetarian or vegan diet to provide all of the necessary vitamins and minerals for health. So, "no meat is required" is true only if the person is willing to work hard to eat a healthy diet. It also is true that a diet high in meat, especially red meat such as beef and lamb, is not healthy. Personally, I eat a healthy balanced diet that is low in red meat (but does have chicken, eggs and fish), and includes lots of vegetables, nuts, diary products, and beans. Plus, a day is not complete without some chocolate.
  18. Hi BrightDay 1, Thank you so much for that. I am due to start taking everything tomorrow and see how I go on. At least I have a back up plan now if I don't tolerate them. Wishing you al, the very best too.
  19. Hello Soozie, I am also in the UK and was also prescribed Forceval. For some reason it made me sick since the beginning, so I could not take it. Instead, I tried a chewable multivitaminic, which I bough in the US when I traveled there. For me it has been a huge difference as they are very easy to swallow and do not make me feel sick, so I thought I would mention it to you in case it is useful. The brand is called Bariatric Advantage, and my surgeon here in the UK said they are ok. I also take the iron, D3 and biotin in chewable form. I take the calcium in the morning and night and the iron in the middle of the day. I wish you all the best!
  20. Just because research is "old" doesn't mean it's wrong. Let's wait a few years and the low carb and keto diets will not be as hyped as they're today. A plant based high carb and low fat diet is still used today to treat e. g. heart disease, diabetes type 2, high cholesterol and high blood pressure if the patient is willing to get over the "OMG, must have dairy and meat or I'll die!!" attitude. Look into Esselstyn, Campbell, McDougall, Barnard, Fuhrman. And no, bariatric patients aren't that special in their needs in the long run so one can compare the WLS crowd to the average Joe when it comes to nutritional needs.
  21. April, I wonder if it is to reduce liver size making the surgery safer for you? I watched the surgery on You-tube before I decided which one to have, and it really impressed me what a difference it makes to have the liver out of the way. The liver is very vascular, meaning it has a very rich network of blood vessels, and accidentally nicking it during surgery because it was too large could have very serious consequences. That's the first thought. Lowering your weight in general lowers risks in other ways as well; decreasing your risk of blood clots, pneumonia, poor wound healing and a variety of other things. It's good that they want to have you in your very best health for this. It would be nice if that was communicated to you a little better though. Best thing to do next is ask.
  22. Jamesa, you may not have noticed the dates...this is a thread from 2006 so you likely won't hear from the good people who initiated it. I'm sorry you're having trouble eating at 10 weeks, have you talked with your bariatric team about it? Are you sleeve or bypass? I'm 5 years out from sleeve so I can eat pretty much anything, but I remember the early weeks when it was all an experiment to see what you can tolerate. Just remember tiny bites and chew it to mush. Good luck!
  23. This is an old thread and even older research. Please all newbies, don't grasp onto some radically crazy food plan that is contrary to what your bariatric team is advising. Most of us have lost weight at one time or another with the "cabbage soup" diet, the "all bananas and eggs" diets, or whatever the new craze was. Just don't fall for it again. Researchers just a few years ago lost weight on a "Twinkie Diet" at a State University in my home state. It was all about calories in /calories out. But as they stated in their conclusions, it wasn't healthy and it wasn't sustainable. Duh. Just stay on your plan. You've paid a lot of money to go through surgery and presumably put yourself in the hands of a team you trust. So trust them and don't fall for fads anymore. You're on a new reasonable healthy eating plan for life, you don't have to grasp at straws anymore.
  24. How far out are you guys? I’m10 weeks and still having trouble eating ANYTHING
  25. Kempner had very detailed notes - to say otherwise is a joke. Protein especially animal protein overtaxes all the organs of the body - with 5% being more than adequate. The alpha male silverback guerilas who have multiple times any human body mass and multiple times muscle mass eat this percentage in their natural diets. It is by far the least taxing healthiest diet - add some fruits / over. Athletes who eat such diets are becoming increasingly more competitive and world class. No meat required. THE BEAR
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