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About BurgundyBoy

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  1. @Kimmibear Really sorry to hear this. What a miserable way to be treated. Plus at this point there is little scientific doubt that bariatric surgery is a SOLUTION that will improve your health and lifespan. With all due respect to the diversity of views on this issue, I think it would be great if health care - and in particular insurance - was driven by doing the right thing for you and not just the profit motive.
  2. @ktallon Sorry you have to go through this... hope the meds work to stop the bleeding. I guess the good news is you have a plan of action here with a clear solution, the gastrectomy, if need be ... and congrats on the relationship. Enjoy the week with your son, they grow up fast...
  3. @nimiety thanks for this post. You are right, this is complex stuff and it can be hard... and at the same time, "the leap of faith is turning out pretty well." sums things up for me too!
  4. Good for you, and what luck to have such a supportive partner!
  5. That, dear Kio, sums things well! So often we beat ourselves up more than is necessary... I mean, eating too many carbs is not the equivalent of a moral failure. It is a dietary lapse. @Kmartz19 If you find yourself liking the taste of sugar .... try these ultra-low carb lemon meringue cookies: 4 egg whites (no yolk, please) 1/2 cup of Swerve; 1 teaspoon (5 mLs) lemon juice; zest of one lemon or lime. Beat the egg white until they stiffen. Slowly add the Swerve and the lemon to the eggs while you continue to beat (an electric beater is easier than by hand, but the latter works well). When the proto-meringue is stiff, drop ~ teaspoon sized blobs onto parchment paper and cook for ~ 90 minutes at 205 F. (Can't cook meringue at higher temperatures, and these need 60-120 minutes to make sure the interior is dry).
  6. Yes, you should be fine, but the details matter. The dose of the agents is low and should have only local effects. Topical anti-inflammatories can include ibuprofen or diclenofac, but usually there are other agents that are not non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) available. I would choose one with salicylic acid (aspirin) in it, or else a low-dose steroid cream. When you have inflammation, there are two enzymes, called Cox 1 and Cox 2, that mediate some of the key steps in inflammation. Some drugs inhibit cox 1 more than cox 2. In general, if you have heart problems you would want to inhibit cox 1 but not cox 2. Aspirin, also known as salicylic acid, inhibits cox 1 more than 100 times more than cox 2. Indomethacin, also known as Indocin, inhibits cox 1 about 60 times more than cox 2. My read of the literature is that the ban on those for people with bypasses - see this if you want to get into the weeds https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5422108/ - is that the problems are most significant for the cox 2 inhibitors. to quote this article, "The inhibition of PGI-2 production causes an increase in vascular tone, blood pressure elevation, thrombogenic state and likely atherosclerosis." Hope this helps - your doc may have stronger feelings and preferences!
  7. @Nana Trish (I believe in order to calculate the Trishes accurately, you have to be strapped into some shoes and hung upside-down and measured. Let me check the official Rule Book. I believe Mr. Smoots who was carried & rolled across a bridge over the Charles River was exactly 67"; see Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smoot ). More seriously, WAY TO GO!
  8. Hi Marcella, hoping things have gone okay...
  9. Juice, how are you doing? Hope you are only weighing once a week (I couldn't do that, weighed every day right after surgery) @glenncol - same question for you! How are you doing?
  10. Hang in there Jackie. You're almost there. Just another week. People who lose weight before surgery are statistically more likely to lose weight - e.g. more weight - after surgery, than people who did not lose before surgery. Have you measured yourself everywhere (neck, legs, arms, thighs, bosoms, waist, etc) so you can track your size reductions?
  11. Hi Pat, congrats on being through the surgery. Depending on your tastes, you may find things like hot sauces, savory sauces, spice mixes etc helpful in dressing up some of the commercial pureed foods - you can make the same split pea soup taste radically different with the right additives! This is, at the end of the day, just a stage... and you will get through it!
  12. BrightDay, many of us have faced the same situation - dinner out soon after surgery; and then work dinners. I found that just saying I had had some minor surgery and "will be eating very little" did the trick. There are a lot of posts here on how different people have handled this. .... and yes it's normal to have small or even tiny portions frequently after the surgery - Congratulations on the weight loss, and the focus on protein. (And yes, it will continue!).
  13. Hi Kristen @Kmartz19 Hope you get connected to people in CT - This article by Jane Broday was in today's newspaper - an article about health effects of sugar in contemporary USA - lots of sugar (fructose as well as glucose) added to prepared foods: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/22/well/eat/the-downside-of-having-a-sweet-tooth.html
  14. Hi @Kmartz19 Good luck with WW - hope they can provide you some additional support. Sounds like you know what the challenges are that you face. Your circumstances reinforce the point that long-term success is 90% in the head, not the weight loss surgery plumbing that you have done. For what it is worth, there is a lot of neuroscience stuff now that suggests that carbs - alas, sugar in particular - trigger brain pleasure chemicals (such as dopamine) the same way cocaine and other pleasurable substances do. ... there is a lot of chatter about how that can contribute to a persistent intake and recurrent hunger. You should be wary of any one person's views, but must note that when I eat more than just moderate amounts of carbos, I get recurrent hunger. I have interpreted that to mean that my blood sugars fluctuate more after carbos - up then down - and that and the insulin response may be leading to hunger. This past weekend had dinner with some friends - they have not had weight loss surgery - but both of them, and their son, have each lost > 30 lbs over the past year by cutting out the carbs (yes including sugar, and yikes wine!!) - their son adhering strictly to a keto diet (he has lost more). If you do end up reducing the carbos including sugar, can expect to feel a bit low for 4-5 days (the "keto flu") and then feel lots of energy, clear-headedness, and balance. @Rob_VSG is a big proponent not only of being keto, but also intermittent fasting - may have a few suggestions for you along that line. Intermittent fasting has been in the news again recently because there is human data that it can improve human health - people became interested in that originally because of the observation that rats on a restricted calorie diet lived twice as long as rats that ate whatever they wanted. (It was fun having them over as I made them fresh lemon curd made with lemon zest, lemon juice, egg yolks and Swerve instead of sugar - and dotted with fresh berries. It was shockingly good and had almost no carbs, despite being quite sweet tasting. ). Getting back to your thread - found the bestseller book "The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business" by Charles Duhigg really informative, and helped me to understand my (many and various) bad habits. In the book he discusses not only the pleasure of indulging in habits, but also the pleasure of anticipation of the the reward. One insight I had was that I had a powerful habit of snacking in the evening - I could eat the equivalent of another whole meal via snacking after dinner - and so I replaced the high calorie, high carbo foods I might eat after dinner with healthier things - and it worked! My habit of snacking was so powerful I could not break it completely, so I followed Duhigg's advice and replaced the (bad) reward with an alternative, and better, reward. Mention this excellent book only because you have so much insight into yourself and your challenges, it might be of interest to you. Best wishes!
  15. @CherokeeGirl Toasted pumpkin or squash seeds, pepitas ... spread them on a flat frying pan with no oil (they contain plenty) and even on a medium heat they quickly become toasty and crunchy!