Monday, February 28, 2011

Free App for LivingAfterWLS Neighborhood

(by Scoop - LivingAfterWLS Technical Administrator)

If you have an Apple device then we have the app for you.
You can download the app to run any Invision message board, including this Neighborhood. Here is what you do.

Login to your Apple iTunes account and go to this link:
IP Board Communities

Download the app. Then select the Neighborhood from the directory and take it from there.

 
Health and Wellness >> LivingAfterWLS Neighborhood



Give it a try. The IPS guys are working with us so we will eventually have a branded app button that matches the neighborhood graphics. Its all a work in progresss but this should get you started.

Sorry Android users, no word on when we are going there.

Description
Easily access IP.Board communities all over the web. Join in the discussion today!
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What's New In Version 1.1.0
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad

*Free
* Category: Social Networking
* Updated: 08 February 2011
* Current Version: 1.1.0
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* Language: English
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Friday, February 25, 2011

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Cottage Cheese Crab Salad

This salad is quick and delicious. There are two ingredients my husband refuses to eat: cottage cheese and sour cream. Funny thing, he ate two servings of this salad saying it was 5-Star top-notch delicious! HA!! I'll never tell.

I used plum tomatoes, the only fresh fruit I could find this time of year. The seeds and membrane were bitter so I seeded them and sprinkled a pinch of sugar on the inside of each one to bring out the natural flavor. Aside from that I made this as directed. Give it a try - you will LOVE it! Would make a great lunchbox meal and it works for Day 3 of the 5 Day Pouch Test.

Ingredients:
1/2 c. low-fat cottage cheese
1/4 c. light sour cream
8 oz. imitation crab, pulled into chunks
1 tsp. Dijon-style mustard
1/8 tsp. black pepper
1/8 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 c. green onions, minced
1/4 c. celery, minced
tomato wedges and lettuce leaves

Directions:
In a medium bowl, combine the cottage cheese, sour cream, mustard, pepper, and garlic powder. Stir in the crab, onions, and celery. To serve buffet style, line a large serving tray with lettuce leaves and surround the edge with tomato wedges. Spoon the salad in the center. This is best covered with plastic wrap and refrigerated. To serve single servings, place one lettuce leaf in the center of a dessert plate, spoon 1/6 of the salad in the center and place two tomato wedges on the side. Serves 6. Celadon's note: This is so quick and easy and a beautiful presentation. When I feel especially extravagant, I use real crab.

Note: Makes 6 servings, each serving (without the lettuce and tomato wedges) provides: 62 calories; 1g fat; 412mg sodium; 5g carbs; 7g protein.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

The Joy of Gelatin

This year we introduced a new feature in our Cooking with Kaye weekly newsletter titled "All in the Family." The focus is preparing family friendly meals that support our high protein, complex-carbohydrate diet so that we can enjoy meals together eating the same things. We seek to find a way for the entire family to eat delicious, affordable meals that are mindful of our diverse health requirements. Our families are our first line of support, so uniting at mealtime is a good a logical step in working for better health for all of  us.
 
Our first "All in the Family" free electronic newsletter was published on January 13, 2011. You can view the entire newsletter her: Cooking with Kaye - Joy of Gelatin



 
Joy of Gelatin
"For this first "All in the Family" I selected gelatin as my subject food because it is beloved by many, easy to make, affordable to serve, and nutritionally supportive of not just a person recovering from obesity, but also for growing children. And I've never seen anyone eat Jell-O with a frowning face!  A serving of Jell-O alone costs about .25 cents (store brands are even less). Adding fruit, vegetables or a dairy topping will increase the cost a bit, but for hardly more than a dollar a serving Jell-O is a great value for everyday snacking or desserts.

Gelatin has a long shelf life so I keep on hand a variety of Jell-O brand gelatin dessert mixes; sugar free and original with sugar. I also keep on hand Knox Gelatine, original unflavored. Gelatin side dishes, salads, and desserts can be prepared quickly at the beginning of the meal preparation and in most cases by serving time the gelatin has set and is ready to be served, making them doable on busy weeknights or last minute efforts to make a meal special. I have learned that individual servings made in plastic disposable cups set up quickly and provide perfect portion sizes while giving the feeling of something special just for me to whomever enjoys the treat.

"Gelatin is full of tricks," wrote Irma S. Rombauer in her successful cookbook Joy of Cooking over 75 years ago. She says, "It can turn liquids into solids to produce gala dessert and salad molds. It makes sophisticated meringues and mousses, gives a smoother texture to frozen desserts, cheesecakes, chiffon pies, jellies, and cold soups, and it thickens cold sauces and glazes."

Jell-O just for WLS me. When I make Jell-O for my daily planned snacks I use one package of sugar free Jell-O (4 serving size) and one envelope Knox Gelatine, original unflavored. Following package directions I dissolve the sugar free Jell-O in 1 cup of boiling water; set aside. In the bowl I will set and store the Jell-O I put 1 cup of cold fruit juice or cold leftover tea and sprinkle the Knox Gelatine on top to soften; about 1 minute. Then I stir in the dissolved hot Jell-O and stir until everything is dissolved and mixed well. At this time I may add fresh chopped fruit or whisk-in some low-fat yogurt: whatever is on hand and chilled. The Knox Gelatine compensates for extra moisture from added ingredients and guarantees the salad will set (technically, there is enough gelatin to "bloom" or set 4 cups of liquid). It also provides about 2g more protein per serving, and this is easily digested protein. On most days this sets within an hour and is ready to enjoy!

This method makes for a firmer gelatin treat than the method directed on the package. According to Rombauer in Joy of Cooking, "Finished gelatin should be quivery, not rigid, when jostled." My method takes it beyond quivery, but not so rubbery that it becomes unpleasant. For me the denser snack has a bit more staying power than a lighter more quivery Jell-O. Remember, not only do we want to make a smart food selection when we snack, we want the feeling of satiation and pleasure to stay with us until the next mealtime. A Jell-O snack is also an easy snack to enjoy while following liquid restrictions. No liquids 30 minutes before or after snack, no liquids with snack. Following that rule keeps your Jell-O from becoming a slider food as well.

More Recipes & Ideas:
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The LivingAfterWLS Neighborhood is your compassion-driven online social space for sharing your weight loss surgery and learning about others with weight loss surgery. We welcome Neighbors with any surgical procedure (or not) and at any stage in their weight management. This is our safe haven circle of friends. Below are quick links to some great destinations in the Neighborhood:

5 Day Pouch Test Forum

5DPT: Ask a Question

Secrets of Day 6 and Beyond

Understanding Ketosis in the Weight Loss Surgery High Protein Diet

Often when we hear about a diet that puts the body in a state of ketosis we are fearful having heard that ketosis is a potentially dangerous imbalance of blood glucose, the result of a low carbohydrate, high fat high protein diet. Ketosis results when the body switches from burning glucose for energy to burning ketones for energy. Glucose comes from carbohydrates which are the bodys first choice to metabolize for energy. Ketones are used for energy when there is not enough glucose (from carbohydrates) present in the bloodstream to use for energy.

Clinically stated, "Ketosis is a condition in which levels of ketones (ketone bodies) in the blood are elevated. Ketones are formed when glycogen stores in the liver have run out. The ketones are used for energy. Ketones are small carbon fragments that are fuel created by the breakdown of fat stores. Ketosis is potentially a serious condition if keytone levels go too high."

Most patients of bariatric surgery are instructed to follow a high protein, low carbohydrate diet with a modest amount of fat. The body only needs proteins and fats for building and repairing tissue and cells, carbohydrates do not play a part in this metabolic function. Additionally, the body can get all its energy from fats and proteins. A ketogenic diet, which was first developed in the early 1900s, is a high-fat and low-carbohydrate diet. When following a ketogenic diet the body will switch from being a carb-burning machine to a fat-burning machine. As a result weight is lost.

Perhaps the best known ketonic diet is the Atkins plan in which ketosis is deliberately achieved by way of high fat high protein and low carbohydrate diet. According to the Atkins program proper monitoring via urine tests will keep ketosis within safe limits and the dieter can reach an ideal body weight without suffering unbearable hunger. Most weight loss surgery patients are discouraged from following an Atkins-type diet because of the high fat content. Surgery reduces the amount of gastric juice available for digestion and many patients do not tolerate high fat foods.

Speaking to the general population (not necessarily weight loss surgery patients) experts are divided regarding the health risk versus benefit of a ketogenic diet. Some experts say it is dangerous because if keytone levels are not properly monitored there may be a strain on the kidneys, and a significant loss of calcium excreted through urine may cause kidney stones or osteoporosis. Proponents of a ketogenic diet cite human evolution in their argument saying during most of the time that humans have existed we have been a hunter-gatherer species living in a ketogenic state for extended periods. Documented studies suggest that after a 2 to 4 week period of adaptation human physical endurance is not affected by ketosis. Some studies go so far to suggest that humans do not necessarily need a high carbohydrate intake in order to replace depleted glycogen stores for energy.

Patients of weight loss surgery should work closely with their bariatric center to develop a diet and lifestyle program specific to their condition of obesity and recovery. While many consider the primary goal of weight loss surgery to be weight loss to improve physical appearance, the higher goal is improved health, energy and longevity.

Kaye Bailey (c) 2010 - All Rights Reserved

2011 Four Rules Refresher Course

In the spirit of the New Year we are taking a closer look at the Four Rules - starting with Rule #1 Protein First. In short - Protein First means it should be the first nutrient we eat at any meal and it should account for the highest percentage of nutrients eaten over fat, carbohydrates and alcohol. (More detail on this in the articles below)

Before surgery most of us were taught the Four Rules we must follow in order to achieve the best results with weight loss surgery - any procedure. Those rules (with minor variations from one bariatric surgeon to the next) are:
    * Protein First
    * Lots of Water
    * No Snacking
    * Daily Exercise

What I didn't fully understand at the time of surgery was the duration of these rules.

The Four Rules are for life.

In order to maintain weight loss and keep the obesity from which we suffer in remission we must follow these rules for life. When we meet patients who have maintained a healthy body weight for several years with weight loss surgery we learn that in most cases they live by the Four Rules.

If it has been a while since you have given consideration to the Four Rules I invite you today to spend a little time refreshing your knowledge and enthusiasm about Protein First. Actually, this is my favorite rule because it means good food without the guilt! Link to the articles of interest and take a look at some of our great WLS recipes. There is something for everyone as we get excited again about the Four Rules!

Happy 2011 - We are all in this together!

Kaye


Our refresher course of the Four Rules has been published in the LivingAfterWLS Weekly Digest Newsletters -- You can subscribe to our free newsletters here:


The newsletters are archived for your convenience to review any time you need a little "Right-I remember That" reminder so you can continue to work with your weight loss surgery for the best of health and weight management. Follow the links below:

Rule #1 - Protein First
LivingAfterWLS Weekly Digest
The Four Rules: #1 is Protein First
Why it works and How to get Enough

January 20, 2011

Feature Articles:
--High Protein Diet Promotes Fat Loss
--Protein First Recipes
--Do-It-Yourself Vegetarian Burgers
--Flavor Your High Protein Diet with Condiments

Rule #2 - Lots of Water
LivingAfterWLS Weekly Digest
The Four Rules: #2 Drink Lots of Water
Understanding & Accomplishing Water Intake
Without Floating Away!

February 2, 2011

Featured Articles:
--Restrict Liquids, Drink Lots of Water - HUH?
--Water Terms Defined
--After WLS: Pass the Water, Hold the Ice

Rule #3 -- No Snacking
LivingAfterWLS Weekly Digest
The Four Rules: #3 No Snacking  
When snacking hurts; When snacking helps

February 9, 2011


Featured Articles:
--No Snacking. It is the rule that works.
--Slider Foods Lead to Weight Gain for Some
--How to Eat Popcorn After WLS
--What about Milk and Cookies?

Rule #4 -- Daily Exercise
LivingAfterWLS Weekly Digest
The Four Rules: #4 Daily Exercise  
Most of Us Struggle with This One

February 18, 2011


Featured Articles:
--For Weight Loss & Weight Management We Must Exercise
--2-Week Walking Program
--How to Increase the Activities of Daily Living
--Apples & Exercise Promote Body Fat Loss








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Wednesday, February 02, 2011

I'm Freezing! Why are we so cold after weight loss?

Happy Groundhog Day everyone! Temperatures across North America today are ridiculously cold! Are you staying warm? After significant weight loss many of us struggle with body temperature regulation and truly suffer when cold weather hits. There are some very good biological reasons for this - take a look:


I'm Freezing! Why are we so cold after weight loss?
Body temperature is the result of your body generating and radiating heat. The body is adept at keeping its temperature within a narrow range even though ambient air conditions vary. A normal body temperature is 98.6°F. It is common during the period of rapid weight loss for bariatric patients to feel cold or chilled, even when their temperature reads normal.

People who experience the massive weight loss associated with weight loss surgery experience feeling cold for two reasons: loss of insulation and less energy generation.

Fat is a highly efficient insulator. Consider animals native to cold climates: for example sea lions and polar bears. They are loaded with insulation and thrive in cold climates. When gastric bypass patients follow the rules: eating protein and exercising, the weight lost can only come from fat or stored energy. In effect you are losing your insulation. Less insulation increases the likelihood that you will feel cold.

The second reason for feeling chilled is that the metabolic cell processes are not working as hard as when you were heavier; it takes fewer calories and less energy to maintain and move a smaller body. Think about using an electric mixer: if you are whipping egg whites for a meringue the mixer will do this task effortlessly. But use the same mixer to knead bread dough and it will become warm to the touch, it is working harder because it is moving more mass. The same thing happens with your body; the more mass it must move, the harder it works. As a result more heat is generated.

The body has two well-tuned mechanisms for regulating body temperature: sweating and shivering. What overweight person hasn't been embarrassed by a sticky bout of sweating at the most inappropriate time? Sweating is a mechanism for cooling your body when it becomes too hot inside. The body rids itself of excess heat by expanding the blood vessels in the skin so the heat may be carried to the surface. When this energy or heat in the form of sweat reaches the skin's surface it evaporates and helps cool the body.

Gastric bypass patients become more familiar with the second temperature regulator, shivering, as they lose weight. When you are too cold your blood vessels will contract reducing blood flow to the skin. The body responds by shivering which creates extra muscle activity to help generate more heat. If you allow your body to shiver it will begin to feel warmer. But this is also a good clue that it's time to put on a sweater or turn up the heat. I think most weight loss patients will happily wear a sweater - a sweater is much easier to shed than that insulation we've worked so hard to lose!

Most weight loss patients report that their body temperature regulates after their weight is stabilized, usually eighteen to twenty-four months after surgery. Keep in mind your body is rapidly losing weight and the rest of your body's functions are caught off guard when this weight loss begins. The body's thermostat needs time to catch up to the weight loss, and it will. Patients who incorporate exercise in their weight loss program experience less chilling than patients who do not exercise.

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Article Source:  I'm Freezing! Why Gastric Bypass Causes Patients to be Cold