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BklynBabe

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    Brooklyn NY

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  • Surgeon
    Christine Ren-Fielding
  • Hospital
    NYU Langone Medical Center
  • Height (ft-in)
    5-04
  • Start Weight
    236
  • Current Weight
    166
  • Goal Weight
    140
  • Surgery Date
    3/12/12

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  1. BklynBabe

    Need help

    If you had surgery July 20th and are posting your question on September 8th (both in 2020), would you not still on liquids or soft foods? I couldn't eat much of anything at that point. Plain 0% yogurt and cottage cheese, Unjury, fat free refried beans, silken tofu, scrambled egg white... I decided not to worry about food at all and how much protein because it was soy early.
  2. Wish Id seen this in time to help you, Sunny, but I do hope your outcome was good. I am posting to help others who have this question. I had chemo in 2017 , five years after my RnY. It was not a problem to receive chemo (I had uterine cancer, and was not treated on account of anything going on in my digestive system). I was diabetic but in remission thanks to the RnY. I developed some side effects especially painful joints in my legs, due to the drugs I was infused with. They countered the side effects by giving me a steroid drug during transfusions. My blood sugars shot up sky high, scary high. They put me on Metformin to lower the high blood sugar and unfortunately it seems the diabetes has come back. It's five years now since chemo and I remain cancer free but have been struggling with my weight. My doctor put me on Jardiance this winter and it has helped me lose weight again. I also use an ap called MyPlate to stay in control of eating. It is a little work but really is a great tool and I highly recommend it. I can add that I have had various medical tests and procedures including a couple of colonoscopies, breast imaging, etc. and not one problem on account of having an RnY. Hope this helps!
  3. Lol you have my complete sympathy Angel..... it's no fun andi do not blame any of you for taking drugstore stuff but two questions. If you are ok most of the time and then have a nasty episode wouldn't you diet or other habits be the cause? Iordoes the postoperative body play tricks on us. And all of these laxatives work in different ways. Some stimulate the bowel. Some absorb water. Someprovide bulk or fiber. Which is best for us. I mean I don't think I have any problems with how my bowels work. But if you take a lot of fiber would that not just create more pressure on whatever is stuck down there? Maybe just some 'go lightly '. when you need it. I am very reluctant to add yet another pill to my routine. B*B
  4. I am glad to find this thread. I just had my first experience and I do mean experience. I never want to go through it again. I had to take the day off from work because I had such a horrible night, and even now i feel slightly like a truck rolled over me. I am sure it is all my own fault because I started goofing off on my diet after the holidays. I USED too be great at loosing sound medical advice but I guess I felt tired of the routines and got a bit rebellious around the edges LOL I used to have some whole grain -- usually real oatmeal not instant -- for breakfast at least a few times a week, take a probiotic and eat Greek yogurt. I tried to drink at least 2 , 12 oz glasses of water both morning nd afternoon. I have coffee when I wake up and green tea in the evening. I got lazy. Protein first but I am convinced you need some fiber too. I know la lot of people on this forum do not touch rice, bread etc. I find I get myself into trouble if I do not have 1 or 2 servings of some whole grain per day. I have found that the flax seed gives me gas I used to love to take that when I had only diabetes to worry about but it did not work for me. Think it has too much fat perhaps. Some foods like cottage cheese cause trouble for me. Darn it I love cottage cheese but I had to cut it out. I think it isn't moist enough . I also have to watch out for fat. Anything like bacon, pancetta,, chicken skin,m spare ribs hot diogsmakes me queasy if it is more than say a teaspoon or so. Oddly enough no problem here with chocolate or olive oil. I eat a little chocolate very often perhaps a few times a week. I get high quality dark chocolate and putti in the freezer for an occasional treat. I am the kind of person who can eat a little of something like that I know many of you are much better off not"going there". I do think a small amount of fat is necessary. The moral of this story is that deviating from sound principe of nutrition and common sense will blow up in our faces. As GB patients we have to play by the rules and give our bodies what they need. B*b
  5. Great thread! Martee's post was just what I needed to read. I have gained back only a few pounds (seems to be somewhere between 3 and 5 lbs) but I want to stop right there and get back to work. I want to mention that the reason I a having Unjury for breakfast today instead of some nice warm oatmeal is LIQUOR. Over the holidays we had a lot of guests and each seemed to come with a bottle of something. The alcohol goes right into your blood stream and alcohol has 7 calories per gram. And some of this stuff is 40 or 50 proof (like cherry liquor or Irish Cream). Today I am going to clear my house of anything I can't eat or drink. For me that is the only thing that really works. I have also been looking for inspiration online, and found some web sites which offer advice on increasing ones willpower. One of the most interesting thing I read is that you should have a specific but realistic goal, not just "I am going to take off weight" but "I will lose X number of pounds by X date" Another suggestion was that you make a bargain with yourself to adopt the desired behavior for five minutes, or an hour, or a single day at a time. Melissa,good for you -- I hope you've been successful! b*b
  6. If you're getting too tired, try some whole grains as part of your carb intake, and less fruit. Fruit has some sugar in it (fructose), which burns up fast and then you have nothing left, whereas complex carbs are available at a steadier rate to your body because they take longer to break down, etc. Bear in mind though we are talking small amounts, as a typical slice of WW bread has 60 to 80 grams of carbohydrate in it. You may want to look at some foods which were not problem foods for you in the past (better stay away from those altogether LOL). For instance yours truly had a problem with rice. Try something like a low carb WW tortilla or wrap, a few whole grain crackers (100 percent whole grain), some farro or quinoa. Quinoa has a ton of protein. Hope this works for you, bklyn*babe
  7. Hi Nancy! It's so great that you have made such an honest assessment of where you are right now! I struggle at times, too -- but I have been able to find the small amount of self control that keeps me from gaining or going back. I am not bragging or trying to sound superior, only to acknowledge that you are not alone at all. I think in my own case the terror of having diabetes come back is what keeps me going. And I have a family that just does not get it. I ask for 1/2 cup of some food, and they always seem to overfill the cup! They can't understand that this is going to hurt my success. Got a question: Aren't you better off you doing the pouch test after the colonosopy? That would be the better time to start, one might suppose, as you cannot eat at all 12 hours before the test and you must drink all that stuff (Go Lightly). To do the pouch test you need 5 days and you start off on your protein beverage for one day then start puree foods for day 2, etc. This "cycle" would be interrupted by the colonoscopy. After you do the pouch test do consider having your protein drink for breakfast, or lunch every day for a while. It is no more than 200 calories per serving, and fills you up. You might want to think about doing 4 smaller meals if you find yourself hungry. Each should have 15-20 grams protein. But yeah -- don't drink water for as long after your meals as you can hold out. An hour is great, but at least half an hour. Keep your diet simple, simple, simple. Avoid stuff with more than a couple of ingredients. Exercise does relieve stress-- perhaps you can add some preplanned quiet time for yourself in the bathtub, pool or on a lounge chair. Even 15 minutes of not thinking about everything you need to do is just great. Good luck hon, bklyn*babe
  8. Hmm...someone who has not exercised for a long time, or never exercised, ought to learn some stretching/warmup type floor exercises and do them for a few weeks before starting out with weights. You can really hurt yourself if you start weight training without warming up. I used to weight lift with free weights and I knew lots people especially guys who would walk into a gym and do dumb things like pick up the free weights and just start doing curls and got hurt (ouch! my shoulder! my elbow!) because they were too macho to do warm ups. You need to warm up because you have to protect your joints and ligaments. You also need to get your blood circulation going by exercising large groups of muscles. It might take 20 minutes to do a warmup once you know your routine it is well worth it. You will also want to cool down after your work out -- it is not good for you to just stop cold. You can just do some treadmill or walk home instead of taking the bus but keep yourself moving for a little while after you stop the formal exercises. Things like this...the kind of stuff you used to do in gym class. What you want is to get large groups of muscles going, to build up your stamina and your circulation. roll your head in a big circular movement lift your arms from your sides to shoulder level and back down to your sides pump your arms over your head do the "twist: with your arms at about shoulder level touch your toes while standing, left hand to right toe, right hand to left toe get on the floor now and raise your legs together straight up and hold them for a second lie on your side and raise one leg straight up as high as you can lle down and rotate your toes first around and around, then point them up and down. There are plenty of good simple exercises like this that you can use to warm up. You might also want to look into ballet style warm ups on a barre. When you can do one set of each with relative ease, which should take 2-3 weeks, add another set of each, until you can do three sets. At that point you can start to add pushups and sit ups, then eventually a little jump rope or some treadmill. Good luck, b*b
  9. It has loads of protein. B-U-T early out you do not have so many digestive enzymes to help you break down raw stuff. I would give your gut a little help and order something cooked. ANY Japanese restaurant worth its chopsticks offers a delicious assortment of grilled foods, and also has dishes made with tofu. You might want to try sukiyaki, almost forgot that one.... thin slices of beef that are cooked in broth, with vegetables. b*b
  10. Yakko tofu (cold tofu topped with soy-vinegaar-sesame sauce, scallions and bonito flakes) Yakitori (grilled chicken on a skewer, with peppers, onion and ask them to go very easy on the teriyaki sauce or put it on the side) Grilled thin sliced steak, grilled shrimp Grilled salmon, other fish Japanese omlettes Brown rice please! b*b
  11. I do fine with Unjury powder, myself, it is very high protein and good quality. I do not care for the artificial flavoring in the Syntrax But when I just came out of surgery NONE of them tasted OK to me. SO buy a lot of different samples to try AFTER surgery. Greek Yogurt, if you like it, seemed the easiest thing to eat for me, truthfully. Depending on brand it has up to 15g protein per 5.5 ounce container (100g? I forget). That is as much as many protein drinks! (Unjury has 27 g. per 8 oz. when mixed with skim milk). Best brands are Siggi's and Stonyfield Organic Greek. If you can afford it use organic milk products -- you will be drinking a LOT of milk so you do not want all those growth hormones. Hope this helps, b*b
  12. Good luck!! I am a year out and going for my annual this afternoon. The year flew by. Though the period immediately after surgery can be a little difficult, you will get there! ANd you will find the BEST support and advice here. I am so glad I had my surgery, and that I found this forum too. b*b
  13. (clap! clap! clap!) Just brilliant! Such a wonderful accomplishment -- both for your looks and your health! b*b
  14. Thanks for the advice -- I am looking into this! In all honesty part of me hates the idea of taking yet another pill or supplement.... but what the heck. I will do it. b*b
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