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  • Birthday 02/08/2017

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    Gastric Bypass

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  1. Hi, You've had a very hard time lately so take it easy on yourself. The weightgain is not good but it's understandable and you can reverse it. Do the 5 day pouch test but following the instructions to a T. Even a pinch of sugar/flour during these 5 days can ruin it. After those 5 days your cravings should be considerably reduced or gone all together. Your body starts making ketones and these supress hunger/cravings. Then continue with a very low-carb (only whole wheat carbs) diet and you should be back on track. This is the only thing that has ever worked for me, even before surgery, so I fully recommend it. Do as much physical activity as you can and take your vitamins every day. The struggle never ends for us, we must be strong and persistent. The best of luck and keep us updated.
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    Late Dumping Syndrome

    Hi, You are not alone in this. I too get hypoglycemia, sometimes 2 hours or so after eating. This is especially dangerous at night when you are not aware of the first symptoms. It does not depend much on the amount but on the quality of what I eat. Sugar and alcohol are the triggers (this includes fruits like bananas and low-fat food which is usually packed with sugar). The trick is to make sure that your meals are low-sugar and have enough fiber in them. Protein helps but it's not as important as fiber (green leaf veggies, whole wheat crackers, seeds, etc.) when it comes to managing blood sugar. Fiber slows down the process by which your intestines absorb the rest of the nutrients, for example sugar. This will prevent your pancreas from getting the cue to release tons of insulin into your blood stream to counteract the spike in blood sugar. Since I had the first few episodes, I did a lot of research. The reason why some people don't get these symptoms until a few years after surgery is because your intestines will adapt slowly after RNY. Nature is wise but when we mess with it (cut out most of the stomach and a large section of the intestines) it may work against us. The intestines will grow more of the little hairs that retain and absorb the nutrients thus becoming more efficient after some time. This also accounts for some of the weight gain (10% bounce back that most of us experience even if following the diet an exercise routine). So, we have shorter intestines but they work more efficiently than they did before surgery. The pancreas undergoes some changes as well. I am not in a position to explain these changes accurately but I know some people whose pancreas have overly adapted after RNY sometimes need to have the surgery reversed / additional surgery due to uncontrollable hypoglycemia. I hope you are doing well and managing your episodes better. As soon as you feel a little shaky and out of focus, eat something with a little sugar and plenty of fiver. I usually go for Greek yogurt which contains some sugar (you can add a teaspoon or two of sugar if yours doesn’t) and a couple of whole wheat crackers (high fiber ones) or add seeds / fiber to it. This will stop the episode before it gets too bad. The sugar will bring your blood levels back to normal and the fiber will make sure the pancreas doesn't fire another shot of insulin. Drink plenty of fluids to counteract the cold sweating that sometimes ensues. I try not to see this as a curse but as a blessing in disguise. Knowing that I may get it and how bad it feels, helps me make better food choices most of the time. Take care and stay healthy.
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    What Are You Wearing Today?

    I invite you all to read and comment the following topics:
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    What Are You Wearing Today?

    Thank you! It's actually slightly faded blue jeans but they do look black in the picture.
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    What Are You Wearing Today?

    Love seeing the outfits and happy faces. First time posting here...3.5 years out. Ready for a night out with girl friends. Couldn't find a way to rotate the picture.
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    What Are You Wearing Today?

    I don't come into this section often...I saw the picture and thought, oh this is her brother...then read the lablel and was shocked. You look amazing and really young!
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    AHA! Moments 2

    Wow, you look amazing! What a feeling being able to do so many things that you couldn't do before. Keep enjoying!
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    AHA! Moments 2

    What a bitter sweet aha moment, Res Ipsa. I had the same thought as you when I was about to reach the 200 pound mark. I felt so energetic, so happy, optimistic and like I could do anything I set my mind to. Suddenly I had all this time in my hands to do all sorts of things! I remember it very clearly, in the middle of preparing my low-carb breakfast it hit me: This is what "normal" people feel like most of the time....(shock)... Where would I be in life if I hadn't had to devote most of my energy and time to dieting, exercising, losing, binging, gaining, hating myself, getting depressed, overeating, feeling ashamed an worthless, picking up the pieces, losing again, bouncing right back, etc, etc, etc. I lost all the overweight THREE times in my life, with a thousand ups and downs in between. You don't need to imagine all the energy and effort and consequent mental and physical wear and tear. I'm sure you've felt it. Needless to say, this aha moment opened a huge can of worms for me. I'm glad it encouraged you to never go back and maintain a healthy weight. I'm sure you, like me, will never forget the exact moment when it happened. Thank you so much for sharing.
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    AHA! Moments 2

    Thank you!
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    AHA! Moments 2

    Thank you for sharing your story with me. I identify with you in so many ways. My mom and grandma did all sorts of bad things with the best of intentions! My mom asked me to lose the weight for her: Do it for mommy, please! I so wanted to please her but still couldn't. Grandma would praise all my skinny friends hoping that would encourage me to lose. It didn't. It just made me feel jealous and worthless. Just think of that little girl aiming for an unattainable goal, equating self worth and love with being thin, feel her pain and hug her. Yes, hug yourself and start being kind to your inner little girl. I try to do that every day but the voice in my head still sneaks in at times. The before picture is not me at my heaviest. I didn't allow anyone to take pictures of me then because I felt so ugly. I got to 307 pounds which is a lot at 5.6. All the same, I should have loved and respected myself but nobody had taught me how to do that. You are still a lovely person and beautiful if you look like I did. Your worth as a person has nothing to do with your weight. Thanks again and let's make this post a safe place for all the little girls and boys who went through something like this.
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    AHA! Moments 2

    Hi everyone! Hope you are doing exceptionally well today, and if you are not, you definitely need to read this post and start visiting the Thinner Times Forums more helps a lot, believe me. I thought it would be a good idea to start a thread where we all share those aha moments that have impacted our lives and helped us on our weight loss journeys. I hope long-time members will come and share their wisdom. Here's my most significant aha moment pre-op: It's funny how we don't often feel proud of ourselves when we win a battle against obesity but we do ALWAYS feel shame when we lose one. I remember my first visit to the surgeon that would later operate on me. He's really handsome and spoke in a calm soft voice while he looked right into my eyes ignoring whatever my mom was babbling nervously. He said: "This is NOT your fault. This is NOT a character flaw." I honestly don't remember much of what went on during the rest of the visit because my brain had short-circuited after that very simple statement. I was thinking to myself: "What? This is not my fault? What do you mean? Am I not an idiot for not being able to maintain weight loss? Am I not just a lazy slob? Wait, that can't be right. I've been beating myself down since I was 10 for not being able to do what comes so naturally to other people." That moment took 155 pounds off me figuratively... 155 pounds that were crushing my self-esteem and not allowing me to be happy. The pounds later came off for real but I will never forget that AHA! moment. I hope sharing this with you will help you feel proud of yourselves every time you put in the effort to do what "normal" people take for granted. It's not that you are just doing what you are supposed to do. No, you are doing something extraordinary, you are fighting against your genetics and your metabolism and that means you rock! It never ceses to be hard, but fighting the battle with the right frame of mind makes a huge difference.
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    Low blood sugar during sleep

    Hello Dr., Could a gastric bypass patient die in their sleep if they have an episode of very low blood sugar after ingesting a large amount of sweets before going to bed? I´ve woken up two hours after going to bed with low blood sugar after having a banana for dinner, for example. So I was wondering what would happen if someone had a tub of ice-cream (like many of us did pre-surgery). Thank you for your time.
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    Birth Control after RNY

    For how long after RNY do we have to worry about malabsoprtion of birth control pills?
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    What Are You Wearing Today?

    I´m like that too, have always had thick thighs, even when I was 15 kilos lighter than now (132 pounds about 15 years ago). It´s just my body shape. I´ve also thanked my mom for that Congrats on getting to a size 22! You´ll be an 18 in no time. Don´t buy too many pairs because you´ll keep losing.
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    NSV of the Week - whats yours?

    Congratulations!!! That´s a huge victory. Keep it up and you´ll be at goal in no time.