Monday, December 28, 2009

Dietary Sugar & Mental Illness Connection

Here's an interesting article and one more reason for us to avoid sugar. Take a look:

Is Dietary Sugar Driving You Nuts?
By E. Jean Perrins

Highly respected researcher Malcolm Peet has come across an extraordinary link between dietary sugar consumption and mental illness. This British psychiatric researcher has done an extensive analysis which proves a strong link between foods that contain sugar or convert to sugar in the body and the risk of developing both schizophrenia and depression.

According to his research, there are two ways that in-body sugar can influence mental health in a toxic way. As he reported in Psychology Today, first, sugar can suppress the activity and function of an important growth hormone in the brain called BDNF. This hormone regulates the health, functioning and maintenance of neurons within the brain. It also promotes new neuronal connections in the brain which support optimal memory function. BDNF levels in the brain are severely low in schizophrenia and depression. If sugar and sugar-forming foods are added to the diet, it can potentially bring on these conditions or make them worse. These two conditions very often result in shrinkage in the brain in areas which are affected by either depression or schizophrenia. In other word, brain damage can result.

Secondly, Peet discusses how sugar and sugar-forming foods triggers glycation in the body which contributes to a whole litany of chemical reactions that promote chronic inflammation. This is a different type of inflammation than results when the body needs to heal a small scratch or an insect bite. A little inflammation is necessary in the short term to trigger an appropriate immune response to heal a wound.

In the long term, a continuously irritating inflammation response in not a good thing, it actually disrupts the normal functioning of the immune system by making the various types of white blood cells lazy and unresponsive, in addition to causing problems in the brain.

There is increasing scientific evidence that inflammation is responsible for a whole string of serious and chronic illnesses and diseases, like arthritis, IBS, diabetes, dementia, Alzheimers, auto-immune diseases like Lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn's disease, not to mention gout and acid reflux. A number of mental health challenges arise as well. Even if these diseases are not yet present, scientists say the risk and the potential for them is there.

The definition of sugar and sugar-forming foods include the actual sugar itself, in addition to high fructose corn syrup, flours, refined grains, cereals, cakes, cookies, candies, chewing gum, donuts, baked goods, puddings, pastries, ice cream, and any other product containing sugar.

Cave men didn't eat sugar, because there wasn't any for many centuries. We did have an innate sweet tooth which guided us to eat whatever fruit we could find, when it was available. Because fruit was relatively scarce or unavailable because it was too high in the trees, we didn't have a problem with our sweet taste buds. When we discovered sugar cane a few centuries back, our sweet tooth became more of a curse. We developed cravings for sweet foods or foods that turned sweet in the body causing problems with foods we were not designed to eat consistently in large volumes. If you actually start reading labels in the supermarket, you will see how many products actually contain sugar or corn syrup. Some researchers are saying that corn syrup is even more dangerous than the toxic sugars in our bodies.

Peet suggests that as this research has come to light, he is encouraging his mentally challenged patients to cut out sugars and simple starches for a couple of weeks to see if they notice any improvement in their depressive symptoms. For the few that have had the courage and the determination of reduce their intake of sugars, breads, crackers and other refined foods, they have reported encouraging improvements in their mood, memory, mental clarity, focus and overall energy. Maybe it's time to look at how your mental state is influenced by your diet.

Jean Perrins is a former nurse and admitted health nut who writes health articles for a number of on-line and off-line sources. As an avid researcher, she knows how to squeeze every ounce of health in a body. To access more of Jean's articles, go to [http://www.drinkalkalineionizedwater.com]http://www.drinkalkalineionizedwater.com.

Article Source: [http://EzineArticles.com/?Is-Dietary-Sugar-Driving-You-Nuts?&id=3481537] Is Dietary Sugar Driving You Nuts?

Monday, December 14, 2009

Savory Provence Buttered Halibut

Hello Everyone!

Since I love "Day 6" living and the recipes developed for it I'll be posting pictures and reports here for you to enjoy! This was tonight's dinner and it was outstanding! It just goes to show that healthy living does not have to be expensive, time consuming or icky. I am so excited for my LAWLS Neighbors to get started with these recipes - you are going to be thrilled and so will your tiny tummies and the loved ones at your tables.

You can also follow this thread in the Neighborhood to see what others are cooking for Day 6!


The Details:
Page 172 of Day 6: Beyond 5 Day Pouch Test
12/14/2009
4 Servings.
Total Time: 20 Minutes
Estimated Cost: $12 or $3.00/serving

Nutrients per 4-ounce halibut steak: 185 calories; 9g Fat; 24g Protein; trace Carbohydrates; trace Dietary Fiber.

Sauteed the zucchini & mushrooms in the same butter/herb mixture as made for halibut.
Individuals seasoned with finishing salt & pepper to taste. Jim loved it and had second helpings. I enjoyed half my serving and was full, will be quite happy with it for lunch tomorrow!

Day 6: Beyond the 5 Day Pouch Test by Kaye Bailey

Day6: Beyond the 5 Day Pouch Test

Hey Neighbors -- This week you should be receiving via USPS my new book Day 6: Beyond the 5 Day Pouch Test! I am so anxious for feedback, so thought I'd open a place for your comments. Let me know what you think: I'm tough, I can take it. Please don't be too mean about the delays, though, I already feel lower than a Wyoming lizard's belly about all the problems we had on this project!

Also, if you didn't see it in the 5DPT Bulletin today, here is part of an interview my publicist did with me on the new book:

Day 6: Beyond the 5 Day Pouch Test
An Interview with Kaye Bailey


By Hamilton Fish


[HF] Kaye, your new book "Day 6: Beyond the 5 Day Pouch Test" was released November 30th as a follow-up to the successful 5 Day Pouch Test Owner's Manual. Why was there a need for a follow-up?
[KB] So many weight loss surgery patients have successfully found their pouch again by doing the 5 Day Pouch Test. The question is asked time and again, "What do I do on Day 6?" So it just made sense to assess what exactly works for maintainers, for myself, what concepts are important to embrace on a daily basis to stay on track. I compare the 5 Day Pouch Test to an airbag deployment, it is an emergency measure, not something you want to deploy with any frequency. So the concept of Day 6 is to figure out what works in a real life to keep us in the safety zone but still travel the roads of life.

[HF] So what are some of the secrets of Day 6 that keep you in the "safety zone"?
[KB] Well, there are the obvious things such as the Four Rules and of course remembering to avoid slider foods and respect the liquid restrictions. But I introduce several new ideas I think are meaningful. The "I Heart DIET" concept really empowers us with a new way of thinking about the word diet and having a food plan. As I explain when we have a diet or food plan we generally maintain weight or lose weight. But if we have no plan that is when weight is most commonly gained. DIET is an acronym for Daily Intelligent Eating Triumphs and it plays a leading role in the Day 6 way of life for us. It's not difficult or threatening or intimidating, though, it is empowering. I think when we use I Heart DIET properly it is one of the first times in our life that we release guilt that is often associated with eating. There are many other nuggets of wisdom and inspiration I think will be meaningful to my WLS Neighbors.

[HF] What do you love about your new book?
[KB] Wow. Well, I love the cover Gerald designed using the rainbow concept from the LivingAfterWLS website. I love that I was able to write in the same voice I have talking to close friends, like I was really connecting with everyone who reads it. The WLS Neighbors are so important to me, so inspiring. When I sat down to write I truly imagined having them with me, there in conversation. We connect on so many levels. This was really special to me. And I love that I have learned so much from so many over the last 10 years that this was a collection of shared knowledge and experience. We understand one another and I think it shows in this book, the deep connection. And of course I loved the recipe testing we did. You were there for a few recipe tests: good friends, good food. No complaints about that!

[HF] Is there anything you don't love about the Day 6 book?
[KB-Laughing] Well, this project had some freaky-doodle bobbles that nearly sent me on an extended stay at the funny farm! For example, the final manuscript was sent to me for sign-off and it left from Nebraska the same day that John {Kaye's agent} had flowers direct shipped to me from Miami. The flowers arrived in Wyoming the next day, but the manuscript took 5 days to get here - both on FedEX overnight! How do you explain that except for freaky-doodle? Maybe my next book will be the "5 Day Freaky-Doodle Test!" It's easy to laugh now, but it was a long frustrating 13 weeks from the time my manuscript was finished to when I had the books in my hands.

[HF] You mentioned the recipe testing. There is a big recipe section in this book, so will you be cooking a holiday meal using Day 6 recipes?
[KB] Oh absolutely! I think there are 66 all-new recipes in the "Cooking with Kaye" section. Let's see what I can think of off the top of my head. For a holiday brunch Scandinavian Scrambled Eggs would be perfect. So rich and creamy and easy to make ahead, add some fresh fruit and you have a perfect holiday brunch. There is a broiled halibut with savory Provence butter: elegant & delicious. I think there is a tomato basil salad that would look very Christmassy and go with any lean protein. And if you can find fresh strawberries the perfect dessert is the Strawberries Romanoff. Anyone who serves this is going to look like a culinary rock star! Oh, I could do several holiday meals from this book!

[HF] What is the most important message you want your readers to get from the Day 6 book?
[KB] Well, the first most important message is from my heart, that each and every WLS Neighbor matters and they are not alone. I hope that message is clear with my words because I wrote from my heart. The next most important message is the power of knowledge. I think we were not told quite a few things before surgery and if they were explained to us we would be more successful with our surgery. I used the book to explain some things we need to know like why we get in the habit of slider foods, why carbonation is bad, why alcohol affects us so differently. Things like this. Nobody really tells us ahead of time, and later when we go to our centers with questions we are often dismissed. But we are smart people, a little bit of knowledge is so powerful in making better use of this tool.

[HF] Are you working on a new book?
[KB] Isn't that like asking a woman in the delivery room if she's planning on having another baby? [laughs] Actually, there are two books in the works for publishing in 2010. One is called "Nurturing Neighbors" and it is a support group leader handbook. The other is the "I Heart DIET Cookbook."

Monday, November 30, 2009

Recovery Monday on YouTube

Fun Times in the Neighborhood

Hello Neighbors & Welcome Back after the Thanksgiving Weekend. I hope your plates were loaded with lean-mean protein and you enjoyed great times with your family and friends. Now, with the first of the Feasting Holidays under our belt, we can get on with the fun at hand! In the Neighborhood, of course! Check out these great opportunities to enjoy a little holiday Joy with your LivingAfterWLS friends:

2009 Holiday Swap

Fun Friday Goes Experimental

Get Fit the Wii Way

Son of a Witch Read Along

Back on Track with the 5 Day Pouch Test

The LivingAfterWLS is the best place to carry on conversations about you, your weight loss surgery experience and your life. It is an advertising free destination, a safe haven circle of friends. Don't travel this journey without making the Neighborhood your home.

But when you need a quick fix of inspiration and support catch up with LivingAfterWLS & Me on Facebook & Twitter -- Here's the Links

Kaye Bailey on Facebook

LivingAfterWLS Neighbors on Facebook

Kaye's 5 Day Pouch Test Group on Facebook

Follow LivingAfterWLS on Twitter


See you around!!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Free Pocket Journal with Purchase LivingAfterWLS Store

Hey Neighbors -- Wanted to alert you to a promotion we have in the LivingAfterGeneral Store!!

Enter coupon code THANKYOU at checkout and receive our all new Know Your Numbers Journal ($5.95 Value) free with your paid order! This is our way of saying thanks for being a loyal Neighbor and thanks for your support of LivingAfterWLS project. Proceeds from the General Store keep the Neighborhood advertising free so we can focus on being good Neighbors and building genuine relationships.

Here is a little look at the Know Your Numbers Journal - It is a great tool and yours Free with every order!



Good records are the key to early detection & prevention of disease. This 36-page guide helps men & women stay informed about important numbers, such as cholesterol levels and blood pressure readings, as well as recommended screenings for cancer, hearing loss and much more. Includes room to keep years of results in one handy guide. Record dates of medical/dental exams, weight, blood glucose, blood pressure, cholesterol, thyroid, vision, hearing, bone density, cancer screenings, contact information and much more. A must have for any health-conscious individual.!


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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Ham & White Bean Soup

Delicious!

1 Tablespoon canola oil
2 Tablespoons butter, unsalted, divided
1 large onion, chopped
1 shallot, chopped
3 stalks celery, sliced
3 large carrots, diced
1 teaspoon You Have Arrived Savory Provence Seasoning Blend
1 pound cooked ham, trimmed and cubed
3 (15-ounce) cans Great Northern beans, canned, drained and rinsed
1 (32 ounce) box chicken broth, reduced sodium
1 bay leaf
ground black pepper, to taste

Get Your LivingAfterWLS You Have Arrived Mug

In a large heavy stockpot or Dutch oven heat the canola oil and 1 tablespoon of butter over medium-high heat. Add the chopped onion, shallot, celery, carrots, and You Have Arrived Savory Provence Seasoning Blend. Cook and stir for about 10 minutes, or until vegetables are tender. Add the diced cooked ham, the drained and rinsed Great Northern beans, and bay leaf. Reduce heat to a slow simmer and cook for 20 minutes for flavors to marry. Remove from heat. Add remaining 1 tablespoon butter and season with pepper, do not add salt. Remove bay leaf. Serve warm, 1 cup per person.

I love the cover of my new book!


220 Pages, Soft-Cover, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2-inches - See Full Cover
66 All new recipes for Day 6 Family Friendly Eating

Day 6: Beyond the 5 Day Pouch Test is Kaye Bailey's follow-up to her powerful 5 Day Pouch Test Owner's Manual, which has helped countless thousands get back on track with their weight loss surgery. In Ms. Bailey's generous spirit of compassion and belief in others she shares her secrets for working with the surgical weight loss tool, not against it, to achieve optimum success and long-term weight maintenance. No gimmicks. No quick fixes. Just simple common sense delivered in the powerful "you can do this" style we have come to expect from Ms. Bailey.

In Day 6: Beyond the 5 Day Pouch Test Ms. Bailey invites readers to consider their relationship with the word diet as she introduces a revolutionary new concept for nurturing a strong and reasonable respect for food.

Day 6 is the way-of-life weight loss surgery patients will follow if they want to control their weight for the rest of their lives.
"This is the book I wish I had read before having surgery in the first place - it would have made all the difference in my success or failure."
-- Alyce Pittaway, Laparoscopic GastricBypass 2002

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Thursday, November 12, 2009

Bonus Fun Friday

I'm not sure if Gwenda knows the Neighborhood is back online, so I'm going to toss-out a *Bonus* Fun Friday for this weekend.... Hope you don't mind, our darlingGwenda little down under Fun Friday Hostess...

November 13th is the third Friday the 13th of 2009 -- and it seems I (personally) have been on a run of rotten luck lately. But the saying goes, third times a charm. So my question for this Bonus Fun Friday -- Does the adage 3rd times a charm override the misfortune of Friday the 13th? Get out of bed or pull the covers over your head on the third Friday the 13th of the year?

...... cool prizes presented to you from the LivingAfterWLS General Store.


Let the game begin .......

a bit under the weather

hey Neighbors -- I'm not ignoring the Neighborhood, emails or PMs. I'm just feeling pretty lousy and hanging-out like a lump on the couch. I think I have food-borne illness since eating a deli lunch of questionable freshness yesterday. Jim thinks the stress of the last few weeks has whipped-a** on my little body and I just need to chill-out and rest. HA! I'm sipping copious amounts of Emergen-C and resting best I can. I really need to get feeling better soon. KeepHerKitty is home with me, not feeling so chipper herself:



In good news:

Our new little booklet "Know Your Numbers" is now in stock at the LivingAfterWLS Store -- Such a cool tool, go here:

Exciting Personal News: I learned this week I get to be the custodian of my beloved grandmother Florine's dining room set. My grandmother was a goddess of entertaining, including a stint in Washington DC hostessing political powerhouses and a lifetime of grandly hosting her cherished family. I am wigged-out excited for this because of the history of this family heirloom, but also because we gave our dining set to our son last year and have not replaced it! This year we can eat Thanksgiving at the family table. (Last year we ate off paper plates sitting on crates of 5DPT books!).

Speaking of Grandma Florine, for years she hosted Gingerbread House party for oodles of aunts, uncles, cousins, and kin. Grand family tradition. Grandma passed in April 2007 and the following holiday season I honored her by replicating her childhood home in Gingerbread:



This year I will honor the LivingAfterWLS Neighbors by making & donating on your behalf a Gingerbread House to our local Relay for Life Festival of Trees. I want to include our rainbow and penguins --- any other suggestions? If you've heard me speak about the Emperor Penguins you understand the connection.

The Gingerbread House featured above is still presentable -- I preserved it and I can hardly wait to make it the centerpiece on my Grandma's table... I think she would be pleased.

Ok -- time for more rest.


Please share your ideas for our LivingAfterWLS Gingerbread House. What do you think about skinny snowmen? LOL!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

New! Know Your Numbers Health Journal

I'm very excited to introduce a new product in our LivingAfterWLS General Store - Ready to ship to you today:

Know Your Numbers Journal

Good records are the key to early detection & prevention of disease. This 36-page guide helps men & women stay informed about important numbers, such as cholesterol levels and blood pressure readings, as well as recommended screenings for cancer, hearing loss and much more. Includes room to keep years of results in one handy guide. Record dates of medical/dental exams, weight, blood glucose, blood pressure, cholesterol, thyroid, vision, hearing, bone density, cancer screenings, contact information and much more. A must have for any health-conscious individual.! SKU#1241718434 Sale Price: $4.95 (SAVE 15%)

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Welcome Home Neighbors!

So glad to have you back after an agonizing week-long outage. The strength of our relationships was truly realized when we were suddenly disconnected and unable to gather here in support and friendship. I appreciate the loyalty of each of you and treasure the kind messages and shows of support, particularly when it became necessary to cause a public stink to get results from our Internet Host.

Please join me in giving Melinda (melsreturn) a big cyber-hug for opening her Recovering Fatty Home to us. She gave us a special room and made us quite comfortable, treating us as her cherished guest. She is a valued member of our community here and a treasured leader in her own community. Please join me here in offering your words of gratitude.

Thank you again, everyone.

And Welcome Home.

Monday, November 09, 2009

Lemon Broccoli Chicken - 20 Minute Recipe


Oh does this look yummy! I found this recipe on the label for Campbell's Condensed Cream of Broccoli Soup! A side dish of steamed broccoli with a squeeze of lemon would make a perfect meal! Here's the details:

Lemon Broccoli Chicken
Ingredients:
1 Lemon
1 tablespoon vegetable oil (I'd use canola)
4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
1 (10.75 ounce) can Cream of Broccoli Soup
1/4 cup milk
Salt and Pepper

Directions:
Cut 4 thin slices of lemon. Squeeze 2 teaspoons juice from remaining lemon into a small bowl.
Heat oil in skillet. Cook chicken 10 minutes or until browned.
Add Soup, milk, lemon juice and salt and pepper. Top with lemon slices. Heat to a boil. Cover and cook over low heat for 5 minutes or until chicken is done. Serve warm.

Sounds wonderful! Let me know if you try it!

Neighborhood Needs Your Tweets

I need your help.

Have you ever been stuck on the perpetual hold circle never to get results? That's how I've spent most of my time since Tuesday, November 3, 2009.

The entire LivingAfterWLS suite is hosted by Register.com -- a high-priced host & domain register that promises "100% online time because 99% is not enough." We use this web host because, until now, we believed in their lofty promises and security claims:

"our website hosting solutions give you more of what you need to succeed online - including state-of-the-art features, world-class support and guaranteed reliability that other business web hosting providers can't match." -- Register.com

On November 3, 2009 Register.com outsourced technicians crashed the LivingAfterWLS Neighborhood.
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These same technicians have failed to restore the Neighborhood; Register.com has failed to react to my calls for site support or restoration.

I have been patient.
I have been understanding.
I have been polite.
I have been apologetic to the LivingAfterWLS Neighbors.

But damnit. Time's Up!

The Neighborhood WAS online and growing since March 2006 and WE have made it our safe haven circle of friends support community. We are authentic: We are family.

And nobody at Register.com is listening to how important this is to us.

Their accounts payable is happy to listen when I call to update an expiration date on payment card. They are happy to take my call when I add a web domain. But six days after crashing our Neighborhood -- and I get "assurance we are watching this" and "you are important to us" after numerous calls. But nothing happens.


Here's how you can help:
Using your Twitter account please message:

@Register_com FIX LIVINGAFTERWLS.COM NOW

Your very frustrated friend,
Kaye

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Oven Baked Porcupine Meatballs

Hello Neighbors!

Last night I posted this picture to Facebook: Dinner of Oven Baked Porcupine Meatballs. The recipe is featured in my new book, Day 6: Beyond the 5 Day Pouch Test, on page 179. But since the book is a bit behind schedule and so many of you have already ordered I'm offering up the recipe here today! These meatballs are super delicious and actually quite easy to make. I served them with baked butternut squash and heated store-bought gravy. There is just enough rice to get a nice "bite" without going carb-crazy. I hope you enjoy. There are 66 all-new recipes in the new book -- recipes for Day 6 Living that keeps us on track with our weight loss surgery and keep our tummies happy. Here you go!

You can still pre-order my new book at a discounted price and save $4.00 off the cover! And I've promised to sign all pre-order copies. Go Here

Oven Baked Porcupine Meatballs

This recipe reminds me of the great casserole foods from the 1970's. My mom made the meatballs with the rice mixed in with the meat. But rolling the meatballs in the pre-soaked rice gives the meatballs more bite without overindulgence in starchy carbohydrate. Any ground meat will work in this recipe, but if you use ground chicken or turkey be sure to add a small amount of olive oil or other fat so the meatballs are succulent.

Ingredients:
1 cup white rice
Cooking spray
1 pound ground veal
1 Tablespoon rice wine vinegar
1 bunch green onions, minced
1/2 cup water chestnuts*, canned, drained, diced
1 Tablespoon cornstarch
1 egg white, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon white pepper
Soak rice in hot tap water in a large bowl while preparing meat mixture. Line a large baking sheet with foil and place baking rack on top so that fat will drip through rack to foil lined sheet. Spray rack with cooking spray. Set aside.

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Combine ground veal, rice wine vinegar, green onions, diced water chestnuts, cornstarch, egg white, sugar, sesame oil, salt and pepper. Mix well. Form into 24 evenly sized meatballs. Drain rice in a sieve and transfer to a shallow dish. Roll each meatball in rice to coat and place 1-inch apart on baking rack. Bake in preheated oven for 18-22 minutes or until meatballs are done. Serve warm.

Serves 6, 4 meatballs each. Per serving:243 Calories; 6g Fat; 18g Protein; 28g Carbohydrate; 1g Dietary Fiber.

*Water chestnuts are the edible tuber of a water plant found in Southeast Asia. They are bland with a hint of sweetness and valued for the crunch they add to stir-fried dishes.



Copyright 2009
Day 6: Beyond the 5 Day Pouch Test by Kaye Bailey

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Autumnal Seasoning Blend

A custom blend of savory autumnal herbs and spices: thyme, sage, marjoram, celery seed, spices, herbs. Low-sodium. Use for poultry, pork, roasted vegetables. Net weight: 2 ounces. Volume: 1/2 cup. Decorative keepsake tin with hand stamped autumnal motif accenting all-natural jute sleeve. Great for gift giving.

Eight Free recipes with each purchase!

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The 2-ounce container (1/2 cup volume) is plenty to flavor your favorite autumn roast poultry, pork and vegetables throughout the cold winter months and will stay fresh and flavorful stored in the functional reusable tin. Tin measures 4-1/4"x 2-3/4" x 1-1/4" deep. Spice blend is delivered in tin tightly preserved in resealable plastic bag for optimum freshness.

"Smells like Thanksgiving, and stuffing and home. Delicious. "
Kaye's husband Jim

Learn More

Slow Cooker Mediterranean Roast Turkey

Discovered this recipe on myRecipes.com -- The turkey looks great without the mashed potatoes and comes in at a whopping 55g protein per serving. Turkey is rich in amino acids which build strong bones and muscles and strengthen the immune system! What could be better at the end of the day than a delicious serving of tender roast turkey? Enjoy!

Serve this slow cooker roast with mashed potatoes and garnish with fresh thyme sprigs, if desired.

Yield

8 servings (serving size: about 4 ounces turkey and about 1/3 cup onion mixture)

Ingredients

  • 2 cups chopped onion (about 1 large)
  • 1/2 cup pitted kalamata olives
  • 1/2 cup julienne-cut drained oil-packed sun-dried tomato halves
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons bottled minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon Greek seasoning mix (such as McCormick's) OR 1 teaspoon You Have Arrived 2009 Autumnal Seasoning Blend
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 (4-pound) boneless turkey breast, trimmed
  • 1/2 cup fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth, divided
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

Preparation

Combine first 9 ingredients in an electric slow cooker. Add 1/4 cup chicken broth. Cover and cook on low for 7 hours.

Combine remaining 1/4 cup broth and flour in a small bowl; stir with a whisk until smooth. Add broth mixture to slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 30 minutes. Cut turkey into slices.

Nutritional Information

Calories: 368 (26% from fat)
Fat: 10.7g (sat 2.2g,mono 5.6g,poly 2g)
Protein: 55.3g
Carbohydrate: 9.8g
Fiber: 1.2g
Cholesterol: 159mg
Iron: 3.2mg
Sodium: 527mg
Calcium: 44mg
Holly Rudin-Braschi, Grill Power, Cooking Light, MARCH 2006

Monday, October 12, 2009

Food Borne Disease: Refresher Course

As cold and flu season is upon us much of our focus is on preventing just that: colds and flu. But now is also a good time to refresh our memories on food handling safety and illness prevention from food borne disease. We can take two approaches to protect our health from food illness: kitchen cleanliness and proper food storage and food preparation.

Kitchen Cleanliness: even in a spotless kitchen cross-contamination can occur. Good housekeeping practice means immediately washing anything that comes in contact with raw meat using a cleaning rag that is dedicated exclusively to clean-up of instruments and surfaces that have come in contact with raw meat or poultry. Some restaurants use pink dish rags for work in areas where raw meat is handled and white cloths in areas where cooked food is handled. It is wise to confine the handling of raw meat to as small of area as possible, such as the sink, and wipe down thoroughly after meat preparation.

A dilute mixture of warm water and chlorine bleach is an effective disinfectant for sterilizing surfaces where raw meat has been handled. For convenience keep on hand disinfecting wipes by Lysol or Clorox that kill 99% of bacteria. Use the wipes to clean counters and tools and then discard to avoid spreading bacteria and contamination from the cloth to other surfaces. I keep a spray bottle with 1/3 chlorine to 2/3's water at hand to spray surfaces and wipe dry with paper toweling. Allow the chlorine mixture to set on the surface a few minutes before wiping clean and discarding the paper toweling.

Food Handling: Safe food handling begins at the time of purchase. In the best case meat or poultry will be used shortly after purchase, but if not should be stored between 28F and 32F in the meat compartment of the refrigerator. If the meat will not be used within two days it should be wrapped in a non-permeable plastic and stored in the freezer until use, but no longer than 6 to 12 months. Meat should only be thawed in the refrigerator, never at room temperature where bacteria, yeast, molds or viruses could develop.

E. coli is the best known of food borne bacteria and can live in meat and vegetables. In fact, any food can be contaminated with it: undercooked hamburger and roast beef, unpasteurized milk, unpasteurized cider processed from unwashed apples which fell on soil contaminated by the manure of sick cows, vegetables grown in soils fertilized with cow manure. There is no way a farmer, however careful and conscientious, can know which cow is contaminated and which is not. So it is up to the cook to prepare the foods they serve properly in accordance with safe food handling guidelines.

The US Departement of Agriculture has prepared a list of Farenheit temperatures to which meat, poultry and eggs should be cooked in order to kill foodborne bacteria. Temperatures should be measured with a clean instant-read thermometer inserted at the thickest part of the meat. Reference the table below:

Fresh ground beef, veal, lamb, pork: 160F
Beef, veal, lamb: roasts, steaks, chops: 145F (medium rare); 160F (medium); 170F (well done)
Fresh pork: roasts, steaks, chops: 160F (medium); 170F (well done)
Ham: cook before eating: 160F
Ham: fully cooked, to reheat: 140F
Poultry: Ground chicken, turkey: 165F
Poultry: whole chicken, turkey: 180F
Poultry: breasts, roasts: 170F
Poultry: thighs & wings: cook until juices run clear
Stuffing: (cooked alone or in bird): 165F
Egg dishes, casseroles: 160F
Leftovers: 165F

For more information contact the USDA Meat & Poultry Hotline at 1-800-535-4555.

Fruits and Vegetables: Raw foods, such as produce, should be washed thoroughly under cool running water in an area free from contaimination from raw meat preparation. Separate utensils and cutting boards should be used for produce and meat to avoid cross contamination.

Vegetables are best stored chilled to slow deterioration. Chilling of fruits and vegetables causes all metabolic activities, including respiration, to slow down. Most fruits and vegetables are best stored at refrigerator temperatures and in conditions whree oxygen is limited. Store vegetables in the crisper compartment of the refrigerator, unwashed, until the time of use.

Friday, October 09, 2009

Soups On!


You Have Arrived Mug & Feed the Carb Monster Soup Mixes

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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Now on YouTube! What Next?

Hello Neighbors!

Where will the social media revolution end? First it was Blogger and I've been here since 2005. And of course there is the premier destination for all weight loss surgery friends: the LivingAfterWLS Neighborhood.

This year I hooked up with Facebook and Twitter to extend my networking. Now I can keep up with all my weight loss surgery friends no matter where I go on the Internet. And let's not forget the convenience of portability enjoyed from the mobile phone features!

And now -- I've taken the ultimate leap and put myself out there on YouTube. This has taken a leap of courage for me. You already know I speak to support groups and at conferences and I love meeting
you in person and looking into your beautiful faces as we share the weight loss surgery journey. I love meeting you, hearing your story, making eye contact and knowing we are all in this together. Personal meetings, are for me, a mutual exchange of sharing, hope and empowerment. But with the YouTube I have to pull out all the stops and give it up for a big black unresponsive eyeball! That's a tough gig, putting on a stage presence for a big black eye, but I'm trying.

You can subscribe to my channel, Daily Kaye Bailey on You Tube, and catch my updates. I'm new to this and I am quite open to your hints, suggestions and ideas to make this a better feature to compliment the growing LivingAfterWLS collection of resources to support our weight loss surgery way of life.

Here is a look at yesterday's installment of Daily Kaye Bailey:


Saturday, September 26, 2009

Happy Weekend Neighbors

Greetings Neighbors & Happy Weekend!

'Tis another working weekend for me -- hopefully the last working weekend for a spell. You know, September is my absolute favorite month of the year and I have been in the office every single day but two this month. What's up with that? Note to agent: No more September book deadlines! What's wrong with a March deadline? Nobody wants to be outside in Wyoming in March for Mother Nature's sake! I'm not sure if I have told you guys but I have another book coming out on the heels of the Day 6 book so no rest for the girl who can't say "NO!" The book coming out in November is the "Nurturing Neighbors Support Group Leader's Manual" -- I have a feeling a lot of group leaders are going to enjoy this little helper.

You can reserve my new book: Day 6 - Beyond the 5 Day Pouch Test here

Yesterday was fantastic! I was in the city for meetings and had a chance encounter, at the manicurist of all places, with a most delightful woman who is none other than the highly regarded fiction writer Cherie Benett! She and her husband, Jeff Gottesfeld, have collaborated on several books. In addition they have written for the daytime dramas Another World and As the World Turns and Warner Brother's Smallville. She is a lovely and gracious person. You may see her in the Neighborhood soon as she is considering a lap-band procedure in hopes of relieving the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. I assured her our good Neighbors would extend a warm hand of welcome. It was a very special day!

With the cooler weather I have been keeping my personal commitment to walk puppy (Now 18 months old - ha!) Charvie every afternoon/evening. We have been taking long walks around our pond and down through the horse pasture. This is in addition to my early morning treadmill walk. I just want to say what good nature does the soul after a long day at work staring down the face of technology. I feel so blessed that I can and AM making time for this priority. And I think my little (95-pound) dog likes it too!

Have a great weekend everyone!

Watch your inbox tomorrow for the You Have Arrived Newsletter -- My YouTube debut will be linked in it. After that you can catch the Monday through Friday 2-minute "Daily Kaye Bailey" on this channel: http://www.youtube.com/KayeBailey
(Unless I think it is totally dorky and chicken out and run for cover!)

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

A wonderful day for Soup


Hello Neighbors! We just unpacked a fresh shipment of the Feed the Carb Monster Soups here at LivingAfterWLS headquarters! Cami and I are about to enjoy a fresh batch of Tomato-Basil soup for our lunch before we process today's orders from the LivingAfterWLS General Store. What a great way to kick-off the first day of Autumn!

LivingAfterWLS is pleased to present our own Feed the Carb Monster Soup Mixes. Avoid carb cravings with our delicious and nutritious soup mixes. When used with the 5 Day Pouch Test or your regular post-weight loss surgery diet these soups are effective at curbing carb cravings without the calories or guilt. Just .81 cents per serving! Two great flavors: Hearty Vegetable and Tomato-Basil. Each order includes great recipe ideas and a free sample of the You Have Arrived Finishing Salt.

Carb Monster Soup Mixes

And more about soup from the 5 Day Pouch Test:
Has the autumn chill got you craving carbohydrate comfort food? Today's Recipe of the Week brings you satisfying carbohydrate-rich recipes that are packed with healthy nutrients and flavor and they will not launch you into a wicked carb-cycle. I promise! All recipes are made of foods low on the Glycemic Index - a measure of how your blood glucose levels are affected by food - so they will stick with you without causing a rapid rise (and then drop) in blood glucose. These great comfort soups will help keep you feeling full longer, help you achieve and maintain a healthy weight, and provide you with more consistent energy throughout the day.

Even though the carb-count appears high on these recipes keep in mind these are healthy carbohydrates necessary for healthy organs and metabolism. They are also rich in dietary fiber, vitamins and minerals. These are the good carbs and they are just as effective at taming the carb monster as crackers, cookies and chips; things that cause a rapid rise in blood glucose and result in weight gain.

Get the Soup Recipes HERE:
Black Bean Soup
Lentil Barley Soup
Beans & Barley Soup


What happens after the 5 Day Pouch Test? Reserve Kaye Bailey's new book: Day 6-Beyond The 5 Day Pouch Test

Monday, September 14, 2009

The Word Diet

Yesterday, in the Cooking with Kaye newsletter which I know you all read, I revealed that in my new book, Day 6: Beyond the 5 Day Pouch Test, I reveal a creed that will change the way you feel about the word diet forever. In fact, I believe this original creed (which my publicist won't let me share yet sad0017.gif ) is so powerful it will change the way you manage your fork, your thoughts and your weight loss surgery for the rest of your life. Now, this is all based on my research that most people who finally get to the point of WLS dislike the modern concept of the word diet. I believe this because after working in the WLS field for now six years it is the most consistent thing I hear from pre-ops: "I am tired of dieting; that's why I want the surgery."

So for the sake of conversation (and don't worry - the book is done so you won't be quoted) what are your feelings about diet or dieting?

Go to the Neighborhood and vote in the poll & leave your comments.

And the shameless plug -- Reserve your signed & numbered copy of my new book - Day 6: Beyond the 5 Day Pouch Test -- shipping on October 27, 2009

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Countdown to my 10-Year Arrivalversary

Hey Neighbors!!!

This coming Sunday, September 13, 2009, will mark my 10 year Arrivalversary!!! I am gobstruck that 10 years have come and gone. It seems like the 6 months prior to WLS lasted forever while I was in the waiting mode. And now 10 years of Living are behind me. And what a great 10 years they have been. I'm so grateful to be healthy and fit and more importantly that the LivingAfterWLS Project was born and raised during that time.

The big celebration of my Arrivalversary is the publication of my new book - Day 6: Beyond the 5 Day Pouch Test which will be out October 27th. (Shameless advertisement - you can reserve your copy here with our pre-publication sale. First 100 copies signed & numbered by me). Honestly - that should be enough of a celebration....

BUT -- I want to do something really big (not bungee jumping MOUJ) --- Any suggestions?

....
And here's what they came up with:

--From BeJean"Congrats!

I say get a tatoo, the LAWLS ribbons (logo) w/ "10 years" ."

--My Reply"OMG! Thank you, everyone. I just burst into tears reading this thread and I'm pretty sure it is down home sentimentality, not the hormones talking! I've wanted a tattoo for years but never thought of anything that "fits" --- but the LAWLS ribbon rainbow! Perfect. Thanks Jeanie for the suggestion. Jim is getting his first tat next month (grandson Mason designed it for him) and I think I'll go along for some ink of my own. Perhaps on the ankle? Ribbon Rainbow with "You Have Arrived" seems perfect!!! (Does it hurt to get inked?)"

So what do my dear blogger friends think??

Day 6 Cover Mock-Up

I am very excited to receive the first draft of the cover for my new book!!! It is just preliminary but I like the direction it is going!! What do you think? This is the follow-up to the popular 5 Day Pouch Test Owner's Manual and right now we are taking pre-orders. The first 100 copies will be signed and numbered by me and the books are scheduled to ship on October 27th.

You can reserve your copy here and save $4 off the cover price:
LivingAfterWLS General Store Books

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Fun Friday Recess




Greetings Neighbors!


As you know, our dear Diane "songbirddiane" has stepped down from her post as Fun Friday Hostess because she has so much LIVING happening right now. She has done a tremendous job with our favorite Neighborhood Game Show. Please use this thread as an opportunity to thank her for her effort and dedication. I know that even if I don't play Fun Friday each week I enjoy reading and watching.


Prizes: Please give our new LAWLS assistant, Camie, a big hug and thanks for catching us up on Fun Friday prizes!! She is doing a great job. If you wish to donate a prize to the Fun Friday Prize Trunk send it along to her at this address:



LivingAfterWLS, LLC

Attn: Camie/Fun Friday
PO Box 311
Evanston, WY 82937


As we traverse the final weeks of Summer Fun Friday will go on recess and resume on Friday, September 11. I look forward to welcoming a new Fun Friday Host/Hostess and some great questions and answers.


CHEERS!
K.

Day 6: Beyond the 5 Day Pouch Test

By now you are familiar with the term "Day 6" It is the lifestyle we try to follow after doing the 5 Day Pouch Test. The following is a refresher on what Day 6 is all about. This is such an important topic that my next book (coming out October 26) is all about Day 6.

Taking your 5DPT to the Next Level
by Kaye Bailey


Most of our centers taught us the "Four Rules" the first of which is Eat Protein First. Hopefully you received more specific instructions from your center, but if not here are some guidelines that work for me and for many others as we try to follow the Protein First Rule. A main dish should optimally be 20 grams of protein or greater. Keep in mind on average 1-ounce of animal protein (meat, poultry, fish, shellfish) has roughly 7 grams of protein so you will want to eat at least one 3-ounce serving of animal protein to get 20+ grams in a meal. One egg or 1-ounce of whole cheese each have about 6 grams of protein, and it takes 3-ounces of tofu to get 6 grams of protein.

But we cannot live by protein alone: we also need fat and carbohydrates to ensure all of our bodily systems are properly nourished and functional. Fat will show-up in your meals without much effort to include it in your diet. And fat is necessary for the absorption of nutrients in your intestine so don't be afraid of it. Aim for 10 grams or less fat in your main dishes. Carbohydrates should come in the form of vegetables and fruits with very limited servings of whole grains or starches. Processed carbohydrates should be eliminated. If you are eating sufficient protein (20 grams per meal) and including complex carbohydrates in your diet you should not have physical cravings for processed carbohydrates such as crackers, chips or sweets.

LivingAfterWLS Kitchen: Great Day 6 Recipes

Measuring protein, fat, and carbohydrates can be confusing and inconvenient. But you can develop a rhythm that relies on your sensibilities and your pouch for proper balance. Try this: Eat 2 bites of protein, taking your time. Follow that with 1 bite of complex carbohydrate such as salad greens or steamed vegetables. This is called the 2B1B Rhythm: 2 Bites Protein, 1 Bite Carbohydrate. The fat comes along as a stowaway so you don't need to worry about that. Repeat the 2B1B rhythm, taking your time, and stop when your pouch signals fullness. When you are full you are done. Push away from the table.

Continue to observe the liquid restrictions: no liquids 30 minutes before, during, or 30 minutes after your meal. This helps you stay full longer and it gives your tiny pouch time to release digestive enzymes to help process your food and absorb nutrients.

Enjoy a variety of food to avoid boredom and satiate hunger cravings. Try recipes that include a sweet carbohydrate (such as oranges or apples) with your protein. It is proven that when a dish is both sweet and savory there are fewer post-meal cravings because our taste needs have been met. Take a look at the Day 5 Recipes: you will see many protein dishes incorporate fruit, particularly citrus, in the preparation. Not only is this a great chance to get vitamins, minerals and nutrients into your meal, it also brings a fresh flavor to the table. Expand your horizons to enjoy the best of Mother Nature's offerings. Donna Marie told us, "I plan on trying A LOT of the recipes from now on - that was one thing I didn't do before. But, if you plan ahead and shop, it is easy, and it makes a huge difference in eating."

Snacking is one of those dicey areas after surgical weight loss. Some centers are saying 5-6 "small meals" a day and others are saying "No Snacking." I think a better way to put it would be "No Grazing - Smart, Planned Snacking". But I'm not in charge of the rules. What works for me, on most days, is a piece of low-glycemic fruit mid-afternoon. It seems to boost my energy without sending me into a carb cycle. This time of year I like oranges or crisp apples. In the summer I enjoy berries, melon or stone fruit such as nectarines or peaches. If I am craving more I will add 1-ounce of cheese or 1 tablespoon of peanut butter to my fruit snack. The fat in the cheese or peanut butter works to satiate hunger cravings.

Review the Four Rules

Hydration is another key to your ongoing "Day 6" success program. I know it is challenging to get in the 64-ounces of water a day but it is oh-so-important. I get lots of questions, "Does coffee count?" "Does tea count?" "Can I flavor my water?" I believe that all liquids count, but just to be on the safe side I drink 64-ounces of water beyond my coffee and tea. One way to boost the nutritional power of your water is to add a squeeze lemon to it. Lemon is an astringent, a potent antiseptic, and contains anti-cancer properties: antioxidants. A little squeeze goes a long way to keeping your digestive system healthy. Here's a hint: at the office I use bottled "Real Lemon 100% Lemon Juice" rather than mess with squeezing fresh fruit. It works just as well. (And if you need a bit of sweetness go ahead and add your favorite sugar-substitute).

Next, include some exercise in your day. Walking, playing, laughing. It is all-good when it comes to giving your body extra oxygen. And motion will increase the level of endorphins - your feel-good hormones - and you will feel good. Feeling an afternoon slump? Try a brisk ten-minute walk and you are bound to enjoy a new sense of energy. You don't have to hurt yourself: you don't need expensive equipment. Just do something that gets you moving. Sweep the floor, dance to your iPod, walk the Mall. Anything. Your body will thank you.

Finally, Do not attempt Day 6 and beyond alone. Please come to the Neighborhood where you will meet others just like you who are doing their very best at LivingAfterWLS. You never need to be alone.

The following are some current conversations in the Neighborhood as our community members bond in sharing their Day 6 Journey. Take a look:

From mauriti:
I am starting Day 6 today, and hopefully for the rest of my life! I have written out a meal plan that incorporates dinners both my family and I can eat (My husband is not so keen on planned meals, but oh well! I am the one who does the cooking!)

Anyone want to buddy up?
Link to the conversation here
From Jewel in New Zealand:
Its day 6 now i lost a total of 2kg so that's 4lbs i now weigh 92kg which is the weight on my tickler scale i have not been able to get below this weight i keep putting on 2kg so it is a dance between 92,93,94 oh boy.
Here are my thoughts i need to exercise 6 times a week.Nothing too fancy either a walk,swim or use the exercycle.
The rules from my surgery team are basic
1.Eat three meals
2.Take your vitamins
3.Exercise

Do this daily and the weight will take care of it self.
When i saw my surgeon he said to me basically most people i have operated on Use food not for fuel but for emotional support.
His suggestion was get help in this area as it is a big part of it!
Doing 5dpt this has shown me how strong i am.
On a food level my biggest weekness is Milk having a latte actually mocha i did swap to just latte then add your milk for my protein shakes no wonder i have problems with the 2kg's on & off again.
Hey i have to head off i will submit my food plan to the other ladies who have buddy up on this process
CIAO Jewel


Sounds simple really.
Join Jewel and others here



Mini Breakfast Pizzas

I just found this great recipe from the American Egg Board: Mini Breakfast Pizzas. What a great way to start your day and what a healthy way to send the kids off to school.

Ingredients:
4 EGGS, beaten
1/3 cup pizza sauce
2 English muffins, split, toasted
1/2cup shredded Italian cheese blend (2 oz.) Dried oregano leaves

Directions:
HEAT oven to 450°F. COAT large nonstick skillet with cooking spray; heat over medium heat until hot.

POUR IN eggs. As eggs begin to set, GENTLY PULL the eggs across the pan with an inverted turner, forming large soft curds. CONTINUE cooking - pulling, lifting and folding eggs - until thickened and no visible liquid egg remains. Do not stir constantly. REMOVE from heat.

SPREAD pizza sauce evenly on muffin halves; place on baking sheet. TOP with eggs and cheese, dividing evenly.

BAKE in 450°F oven until cheese is melted, about 5 minutes. SPRINKLE with oregano.

For more great recipes visit the LivingAfterWLS Kitchen

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Water & Dehydration


Hey Guys -- This thread from the Neighborhood is darn near older than the Neighborhood! But it is still pertinent to us. As we know, WATER WATER WATER is rule #2.

Perhaps you know that two weekends ago I suffered a severe case of food poisoning, so severe that I couldn't even keep water or tea down. Not one swallow. Well, Jim was out of town and by the time he got home Monday night (I had been sick since Friday) I was extremely ill from the initial food poisoning and then the dehydration that followed. So the first lesson I learned, go get help even if husband isn't home! (LOL - I can be as stubborn as a man when it comes to seeing the doctor!) Next, try anything to get the fluids down. Dehydration can be deadly.

Health care workers use this solution for ORT - Oral Rehydration Therapy. The solution is taken by mouth to treat dehydration caused by diarrhea. Combine 1/2c boiling water, 4tsp sugar and 1/2tsp salt. Dissolve and cool before taking. The sugar may cause you to panic because we know it may cause dumping syndrome. But from my experience the dehydration was a greater immediate concern than dumping. And as always (disclaimer) it is important to seek the advice of your qualified health care professional!

Join the conversation in the Neighborhood

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Kaye Answers: Veggies on the 5 Day Pouch Test

5 Day Pouch Test Frequently Asked Question: What role do vegetables and fruit play in the plan?

I am pleased that so many people include vegetables and fruit as part of their healthy post-WLS diet. Often labeled "good carbs" vegetables are an important part of our nutritional plan. But I dare say that few people have become out-of-control in a carb cycle eating vegetables or fruit. It is the simple carbohydrates (processed food or starches) that cause a carb-addiction due to the chemical reaction they cause that affects our blood glucose levels.

The high protein diet we were instructed to follow after surgery works to facilitate weight loss because protein requires so much energy to digest that we use stored energy (fat) just to process it. In addition protein is loaded with wonderful amino acids that make our bodies strong and bring about healing. When people report weight loss with the 5 Day Pouch Test it is because they have pushed their body into high metabolic burn by eating protein rich food.

If you are presently enjoying a diet of lean protein and clean complex carbohydrates then you do not need to follow the 5 Day Pouch Test. You are eating in a way we commonly refer to as "Day 6". However, if you find yourself reaching for processed simple carbohydrates such as crackers, pretzels, chips, cookies, pasta or non-nutritional grains then using the 5 Day Pouch Test to break that cycle will help get you back on the track of nutritional eating.

Beginning on Day 6 after following the 5 Day Pouch Test plan fruits and vegetables should be one-third of your nutritional intake. I measure this with the 2B/1B Rhythm, 2 Bites Protein, 1 Bite Complex Carbohydrate. In addition fruits and vegetables should be used as ingredients to flavor protein with sauces or relish and the like. During the 5 Day Pouch Test, with the exception of the Carb Monster Soups, they do not play a leading role in our diet. Low-glycemic fruit may be eaten between meals on Days 1 & 2 to alleviate the symptoms of carbohydrate withdrawal such as headache or nausea. I suggest a piece of melon, handful of berries, orange or apple.

Saucy Recipes for Grilled Chicken

Earlier this year, in Cooking With Kaye, I shared these recipes for fruit sauces for skillet chicken. Now that it is grilling season I'm finding the sauces equally as good on protein grilled outdoors. The only difference is that the pan will not have the brown bits from the chicken saute' which add so much flavor to the sauce. On the other hand fresh fruit lightly prepared into a sauce compensates for flavor. Give them a try. For your reference I've added the skillet saute' method to the bottom of this post. Enjoy!

Previously published April 15, 2009 in Cooking With Kaye
These sauce variations all include fruit as an ingredient. Many weight loss surgery patients who include fruit in their savory protein dishes report fewer cravings for sweets following the meal. Once you perfect these sauces expand your repertoire to include a greater variety of fruits to keep your palate and eye satisfied.

APPLE CIDER CHICKEN
1. Saute' chicken as directed in method above.

2. Reduce heat to medium. Add 1 1/2 teaspoons oil to skillet. Add 2 peeled, cored and thickly sliced Granny Smith apples, 1/4 cup finely chopped shallot and 1 teaspoon dried thyme. Cook, stirring, until softened, 2 to 3 minutes. Add 1/2 cup apple cider and 1/2 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth; bring to a simmer. Cook until slightly thickened, about 3 minutes.

3. Return chicken and juices to skillet; reduce heat to low. Simmer until chicken is cooked through, about 4 minutes. Transfer chicken to a warmed platter. Stir 1 tablespoon reduced-fat sour cream and 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley into sauce. Season with salt and pepper and spoon over chicken.

Per Serving: 235 calories, 30g protein, 6g fat, 15g carbohydrate.

GRAPEFRUIT-MINT CHICKEN
1. Saute' chicken as directed in method above.

2. Reduce heat to medium. Add 1 1/2 teaspoons oil to skillet. Add 1/4 cup finely chopped shallots and 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper. Cook, stirring, for about 2 minutes. Remove from heat. In a small bowl, whisk 1/2 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth, 1/2 cup ruby-red grapefruit juice, 1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint and 2 teaspoons flour. Add to skillet and return to medium heat. Cook, whisking, until slightly thickened, about 3 minutes.

3. Return chicken and juices to skillet; reduce heat to low. Simmer until chicken is cooked through, about 4 minutes. Transfer chicken to a warmed platter. Season sauce with salt and pepper and spoon over chicken. Garnish with 1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint.

Per Serving: 200 calories, 30g protein, 5g fat and 6g carbohydrate.

SPICED APRICOT CHICKEN
1. Saute' chicken as directed in method above.

2. Reduce heat to medium. Add 1 1/2 teaspoon oil to skillet. Add 1/4 cup finely chopped onion, 2 minced garlic cloves, 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin, 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon and a pinch of cayenne pepper. Cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add 1/2 cup unsweetened pineapple juice, 1/2 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth, 1/3 cup chopped dried apricots and 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice and bring to a simmer. Cook until slightly thickened, about 5 minutes.

3. Return chicken and juices to skillet; reduce heat to low. Simmer until chicken is cooked through, about 4 minutes. Transfer chicken to a warmed platter. Season sauce with salt and pepper and spoon over chicken. Garnish with 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint.

Per Serving: 225 calories, 30g protein, 5g fat, 14g carbohydrate, 1g dietary fiber.



Method: Basic Chicken Saute'

Follow these three easy steps for perfect skillet chicken. Select one of the ten recipe variations to add nutrients and variety to your weeknight healthy chicken supper. Increase the number of chicken pieces as desired. Please be sure to read the sauce recipe completely in order to have all ingredients on hand.

Step 1:
Season 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (4-6 ounces each) on both sides with salt and pepper. In a large heavy skillet heat 2 teaspoons olive or canola oil over medium-high heat. Add chicken pieces and sear until well browned on both sides, about 3 minutes per side. Transfer chicken to a plate and tent with foil.

Step 2:
Choose one of the 10 sauce recipes. Saute aromatics in the skillet, then add liquid(s). Simmer until reduced to desired sauce consistency.

Step 3:
Return chicken and accumulated juices to skillet and simmer gently until cooked through, about 4 minutes.

Note: The recipe calls for white meat chicken breasts, but boneless, skinless chicken thighs and less expensive and work equally as well with the sauce variations and this cooking method. In fact, I prefer the darker meat chicken which is richer in flavor and tends to be moister. Dark meat chicken is higher in fat than the breast meat, however dark meat is a more concentrated source of minerals including zinc and iron.

Neighborhood News: August 11, 2009

Greetings Neighbors! Are you looking for interesting conversation and great information from others who are just like you, LivingAfterWLS? Here are a few links over to the Neighborhood so you can follow and join in the conversation. Remember, the Neighborhood is YOUR safe haven community of friends who are LivingAfterWLS! Join us!


Day 6 - Looking for Buddies

"I am starting Day 6 today, and hopefully for the rest of my life! I have written out a meal plan that incorporates dinners both my family and I can eat (My husband is not so keen on planned meals, but oh well! I am the one who does the cooking!)
Anyone want to buddy up?" Go here


Hungry for some salmon? Try Daniel's Blackened salmon. Mouthwatering picture. Click here.

Probiotics Help Gastric-Bypass Patients Lose Weight More Quickly
"In a study published in the July issue of the Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery, John Morton, MD, associate professor of surgery at the medical school, showed that patients who take probiotics after the gastric-bypass procedure tend to shed more pounds than those who don't take the supplements. Probiotics are the so-called "good" bacteria found in yogurt as well as in over-the-counter dietary supplements that help in the digestion of food."
Read the full article and follow the conversation here

There is still time to get in on Fun Friday August 7th! This is our favorite Neighborhood quiz game with fabulous prizes! And this week's quiz is a real head scratcher. Go here to play


That's just a quick look -- remember it is always a beautiful day in the Neighborhood!

Monday, August 10, 2009

You Should Have Admitted

So, I'm going through the comment moderation for the LivingAfterWLS Blog by Kaye Bailey today. Someone signing on as "Fat Bastard" commented on the Vitamin B Supplementation post of August 5th:

"You should have admitted you were a glutton."

hmmmmm ---- isn't having restrictive stomach surgery to prevent over eating the greatest admission of gluttony? Just asking. And for the record, I do not believe gluttony was the exclusive 7 deadly sin to cause my obesity. There was sloth (lack of exercise); pride (unwilling to seek help or support); lust (hunger for all things decadent); greed (keeping all left-overs for myself) ..... you get the idea!


So I deleted the comment. What are your thoughts on this type of feedback? Is it appropriate to delete it or should we allow it so that the prejudice against the obese can proliferate?

Friday, August 07, 2009

Fun Friday has Me Scratching my Head

HAPPY FRIDAY NEIGHBORS!!!!

What a long week it has been for me and I am certainly looking forward to a great weekend with a full To-Do list around home. What have you got planned?

Fun Friday August 7, 2009

While you are waiting for quitting time how 'bout jumping over to the Neighborhood and play our favorite quiz game: Fun Friday. Today's question, brought to us by the always charming and clever songbirddiane, has me scratching my head. I'm working up my answers now and looking forward to reading many other clever responses. So join us. Remember there are fabulous prizes for two lucky winners each week!

Have Fun!

Join us in the Neighborhood!

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Vitamin B-Complex: WLS Patients Must Supplement

Hello Everyone. Since 10 years ago when I had gastric bypass surgery not much has changed regarding supplementation of B-Complex vitamins for malabsorptive procedures (gastric bypass). Most surgeons and nutritionists agree we need to supplement. I continue to receive occasional B-12 injections in addition to daily use of BariCeuticals pharmceutical grade B-12 complex which is an easy to take sublingual spray. So far my blood work indicates my Vitamin B levels are appropriate and my energy and mood are sustained. It is so important that we do pay attention to our vitamin and mineral intake and keep up with annual blood tests so that we can avoid nutritional health problems later down the line. Here is a refresher article from my sydicated collection of articles at EzineArticles.com:

By Kaye Bailey - EzineArticles Expert Author

The malabsorptive nature of the gastric bypass system prohibits adequate amounts of B-complex vitamins from food sources from entering the body of weight loss surgery patients. Annual blood tests indicate that patients who do not supplement their diet with B-Complex Vitamins are deficient.

B-Complex vitamins are found in both meat and plant foods. Most dietary supplements contain the B-Complex vitamins, but many WLS patients elect to take an additional B-Complex tablet. There is risk of B-Complex deficiency due to malabsorption and limited food intake. B-Complex tablets can be purchased in sublingual form – a small tablet placed under the tongue to be dissolved and absorbed through the soft tissues of the mouth.

Learn more about BariCeuticals pharmceutical grade B-12 complex spray.

It has long been believed, although not scientifically supported, that mega doses of B-complex vitamins will combat everyday stress, boost energy and control food cravings. I can recall years ago my moody grandmother taking a trip to see the town doctor for a B-12 shot. Much to grandfather’s relief she returned from the visit cheerful and seemingly stress-free. In those days it was common for women “going through the change” to take B-12 shots.

The Vitamin B complex refers to all of the known essential water-soluble vitamins except for vitamin C. These include thiamine (vitamin B1) riboflavin (vitamin B2), niacin (vitamin B3) pantothenic acid (vitamin B5) pyridoxine (vitamin B6) biotin, folic acid and the cobalmins (vitamin B12). Each member of the B-complex has a unique structure and performs unique functions in the body. B-Complex vitamins support energy production, the immune system, proper cell division and support the nervous system.

Recent research conducted by the National Institute on Aging found that women over age 65 with a vitamin B12 deficiency were twice as likely to suffer from depression as those with a full store of the vitamin. Maybe Grandma was right to visit her doctor for that shot of cheerfulness. Today things are easier, slip a tab of feel-good nutrients under your tongue.

Article Source: Article Source: Vitamin B-Complex: WLS Patients Must Supplement

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

5 Day Pouch Test Support

New addition to our beautiful LivingAfterWLS Store: 5 Day Pouch Test Support -- All you need to succeed with 5 Day Pouch Test. No gimmick products here. Everything for purchase is something I use regularly and know to be beneficial to our best health LivingAfterWLS. I want YOU to succeed.
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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Nearly 10% of health spending for obesity

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By LAURAN NEERGAARD
AP Medical Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Obesity's not just dangerous, it's expensive. New research shows medical spending averages $1,400 more a year for an obese person than for someone who's normal weight. Overall obesity-related health spending reaches $147 billion, double what it was nearly a decade ago, says the study published Monday by the journal Health Affairs.

The higher expense reflects the costs of treating diabetes, heart disease and other ailments far more common for the overweight, concluded the study by government scientists and the nonprofit research group RTI International.

RTI health economist Eric Finkelstein offers a blunt message for lawmakers trying to revamp the health care system: "Unless you address obesity, you're never going to address rising health care costs."

Two-thirds of Americans are either overweight or obese, and the average American today is 23 pounds overweight, said Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"Obesity and with it diabetes are the only major health problems that are getting worse in this country, and they're getting worse rapidly," Frieden said Monday at the CDC's first major conference on the obesity crisis.

It's not an individual problem but a societal problem - as the nation's health bill illustrates - that will take society-wide efforts to reverse, Frieden stressed. His agency last week released a list of strategies it wants communities to try. They include: increasing healthy foods and drinks in schools and other public venues; building more supermarkets in poor neighborhoods; encouraging more mothers to breast-feed, which protects against childhood obesity; and discouraging consumption of sodas and other sweetened beverages.

The average American consumes 250 more daily calories today than two or three decades ago, 120 of them from those kinds of drinks, Frieden said. Science suggests that while eating a candy bar before dinner will spoil your appetite, liquid calories don't - you won't cut back on dinner if you have a sugary soda first.

He said there's some evidence that adding a tax to those drinks might help curb consumption, although he stressed that wasn't a view of the Obama administration.

The new Health Affairs study found obesity-related conditions now account for 9.1 percent of all medical spending, up from 6.5 percent in 1998. During that time, the obesity rate rose 37 percent.

On average, health bills for a normal-weight person are about $3,400 a year, but that rises to $4,870 for someone who's obese, Finkelstein said. Prescription drugs are the biggest driver of those costs: Medicare spends about $600 more per year on medications for an obese beneficiary than a normal-weight one.

Health economists have long warned that obesity is a driving force behind the rise in health spending. For example, diabetes costs the nation $190 billion a year to treat, and excess weight is the single biggest risk factor for developing diabetes. Moreover, obese diabetics are the hardest to treat, with higher rates of foot ulcers and amputations, among other things.

The new study's look at per-capita spending may offer a shock to the wallets of people who haven't yet heeded health warnings.

"Health care costs are dramatically higher for people who are obese and it doesn't have to be that way," said Jeff Levi of the nonprofit Trust for America's Health, who wasn't involved in the new research.

"We have ways of changing behavior and changing those health outcomes so that we don't have to deal with the medical consequences of obesity," added Levi, who advocates community-based programs that promote physical activity and better nutrition.