My Bariatric Life

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  • Birthday March 18

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    Dr. Joseph F. Capella, Dr. Catherine Winslow
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  1. What are the pitfalls that you've encountered on this journey? Night time eating is a big one for me. I always was a late night binge eater. Although I don't binge eat any more the habit of craving food at night is a monkey on my back. There are times I can go virtually all day without eating but at night there are times when I'll be starving for food. 

    There is actually a syndrome related to nighttime eating categorized as either night eating syndrome (NES) or the sleep-related eating disorder (SRED). NES is characterized by evening hunger, abnormally increased food intake after the evening meal, nocturnal awakings with ingestions, morning anorexia, and insomnia. Unlike binge eating, excessive amounts of food are not eaten. Ironically, one of the treatments for NES is to eat regularly throughout the day and include protein at every meal.

    If you suspect that you have NES then get yourself to a therapist who specializes in eating disorders. The National Eating Disorders hotline can be a good starting point: 800-931-2237.

  2. Judging from your markup it looks like you had a lower body lift not a tummy tuck. And if that is true, this is an incredible price. He really did a beautiful job on your breasts. They look very natural.
  3. I used to be against having WLS and PS outside the country. But after safely traveling all over Mexico by car for a month last year and experiencing a warm and friendly culture and excellent healthcare for myself, I would be completely confident to have surgery there. Using a medical tourism company for bariatric surgery in Mexico can cost as little as $3899 for the gastric sleeve, all inclusive. That's pretty mind-blowing. And at this price it offers a very viable solution for those who have been denied or lack insurance coverage, or those who want to eliminate the red tape of 6-mos supervised diet, psych exams, and nutrition counseling. I had my RNY in 2003 before any of that hoopla existed, and I was lucky to have insurance that covered nearly 100% of my costs. But I do have a close family member who is considering gastric sleeve and we will go to Mexico if and when the time comes. The sleeve is a fairly straightforward surgery compared to RNY and DS so in my opinion it is the safest surgery to have. According to the ASMBS the sleeve has less early complication rates than RNY and DS. I do not see any mention of long term complications but I would suspect that nutrient deficiencies are less common with it. I would love to hear the real life experiences of anyone who had the sleeve in Mexico. Thanks!!!
  4. THANK YOU FOR POSTING THIS. Your symptoms sounds as if I had written them. I have used magnesium citrate in the past (powder added to my drink) and soaked in epsom salt baths (another type of magnesium) to help my leg pain. Now I've gotten very ill and was thinking of using the magnesium again. I am absolutely going to do it.
  5. November is the month of gratitude and we each have something for which to be thankful! To acknowledge my many blessings, I’ve joined the #ThankfulNovember Challenge that has swept the country. Every day this month I am among the many people who will Tweet something that I am thankful for on Twitter with the hashtag #ThankfulNovember. Why don’t you join in giving thanks, too? Among my many blessings, I want to deeply explore in this share post one thing for which I am tremendously thankful for this year. Here is my story: I am a writer on the web and obesity health activist known as My Bariatric Life. I’ve worked very hard to get to the level of fitness and health that I have achieved today. It wasn’t always this way. As a twenty-something year old I quickly began to go from fit to fat — why? I’ll never know. What I do know is that I became a processed food junkie and couch potato with diabetes, celiac disease, depression, acid reflux, asthma, and hypertension. In my 30s, I was morbidly obese and on ~10 prescription medications for obesity-related illnesses and headed to an early grave. I needed a drastic, life-changing intervention. My health and my life were literally at stake. READ MORE (posted on my website)
  6. I am just caching up now on your thread. Wow. It looks like you have a beautiful body -- but the complications, geez, so sorry that you had to go through that. I can relate. I had a complication with my brachioplasty. And I have bouts with anemia from my gastric bypass. On that note, I would caution you to rebuild your god gut bacteria after the iron shots. It trashed my gut micro biome and I now have IBS (was not only because of the iron infusions but they were a factor). Once you develop IBS there is no cure. So don't add that to your list of complications. Good luck with your healing. Your results look beautiful.
  7. About one-quarter of people seeking weight-loss surgery will be denied three times before they receive weight-loss surgery insurance approval. Read more in my article:
  8. When making an appointment with a plastic surgeon, ask right then and there if they will handle the appeals process. If they don't provide you with a satisfactory answer then don't make an appointment with them, and find someone else. There are plastic surgeons on every street corner and in every hospital. I know that Dr. Domanskis in CA told me that his practice works on the appeals process for their patients -- not many private practices do, as far as I know. I don't have first-hand experience but it is something that we discussed when I interviewed him for MyBariatricLife. You can listen to the video here: He provides some good insights on bariatric plastic surgery being reconstructive rather than cosmetic. I also would encourage you to explore hospital plastic surgery departments because they may be more apt to fight for insurance coverage. Beyond that, you can go to a medical school like the University of Pennsylvania and get much lower cost plastic surgery. My friend had extensive bariatric plastic surgery and facelift done with Dr. Stephen Kovach and she was delighted. She paid much less than what ladies pay with a surgeon in private practice. And there's always Mexico... but choose very wisely and proceed carefully.
  9. The Plastic Surgery Center has shared this article, "What to Expect After a Post-Weight Loss Body Lift" on It is the first article that I have seen by a surgical practice to acknowledge the emotional healing that needs to take place after a body lift. Of course, they cover physical healing, too. And provide some good tips for both. Definitely worth a read...
  10. If you could site on this bench with your younger self and give one piece of advice about weight or bariatric surgery, what would it be? If I could sit with my 16 year old self, I would tell her that there was going to come a time when her anorexic eating would no longer work. Her hunger would come back full force and she would not be able to control it. I would tell her that eventually she will resort to bulimia and her life would become out of control in ways that she could not even now imagine. I would describe to her the hell on earth that it would become, so that she understood the gravity of her situation. Then I would tell her that it is critical she tell her parents to get her really good professional help for her eating disorder right away.
  11. Be very careful. I had a similar experience with my arms. I ended up going through all kinds of therapy and have permanent damage. I am NOT trying to scare you. I am encouraging you to be proactive in finding a HCP who can help you, which may not necessarily be your plastic surgeon.
  12. Coffee causes inflammation. I had to give it up until my gut is healed. Then I can add back a little but not the great quantity I had been consuming. Some good substitutes are yerba mate tea, green tea macha, and green tea kombucha. These teas are high in caffeine or energy boosters and some of them are linked to weight loss/fat burning.
  13. A half-lived life, as Herman Melville describes it, is one in which we do not get to that inner place of peace and joy. Perhaps the most devistating scenario imaginable is to face death knowing that because of some imagined fear, you have always chosen a half-lived life in which you avoided doing the things your heart beckoned you to do. I allowed fear to hold me back for a long time. But I have made a commitment to never let fear hold me back from doing the things I want to do or saying what is in my heart. And I am living larger than ever. I urge you to change the scenario now. Start living your life with the courage to follow your heart.