Saturday, December 31, 2011

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5 Day Pouch Test: Build Storm of Enthusiasm

Happy New Year Neighbors!!

Snow Crystals by Kaye BaileyDid you know January is the most popular month for people to do the 5 Day Pouch Test?  Of course it is! We all want a clean start for a new year and I'm on board with that too. Are you resolved to make 2012 your best year of weight management with bariatric surgery? You are not alone!

In this 5 Day Pouch Test Bulletin I offer  effective strategies to make the 5DPT work for you. Nobody wants you to succeed at this more than I do and I believe in you. Together let's make this our best effort ever with the 5 Day Pouch Test and then move forward to Day 6! We are in this together and we are a powerful force of strong will and determination. Thanks for joining me! When we put our strength together anything is possible.


Happy 2012! Let's Start it Right!
You Can Do This!
Kaye

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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Well-Seasoned High Protein Quick Dishes

From the Archives
Cooking with Kaye: January 6, 2008


If you've been reading the Recipe of the Week for a while you know I'm a big advocate of flavor, fresh herbs, spices and ingredients. But, like you, I also lead a hectic life and want to eat delicious healthy home-cooked foods without spending hours in the kitchen cooking and cleaning. Today's recipes take one pan, few ingredients and less than 20 minutes to prepare. And they deliver a flavor-bang using ready-made jarred sauces availalble at most supermarkets! Consider each recipe a template for you to personalize with the ingredients you love and have on hand.

The Asian inspired sauces I use are from Lee Kum Kee available at most supermarkets. Just a tablespoon or so takes the ordinary to the ultra-delicious we all crave when following a controlled eating plan. Keep a variety of them on hand to give that same 'ole same 'ole a brand new kick! Have fun!!!


Chili Garlic Shrimp and Vegetables

Serves 4
Start to finish: 20 minutes

Ingredients:
1 pound shrimp, large, tail on, shells removed
12 each asparagus spears
6 ounces canned baby corn, drained
1 large red bell pepper, sliced 1/3" thick
2 Tablespoons Lee Kum Kee Chili Garlic Sauce
1 Tablespoon oyster sauce
2 Tablespoons peanut oil
1/4 cup cashews, dry-roasted, coarsely chopped

Directions:
Prepare vegetables: clean and trim asparagus; drain and measure baby corn; clean and slice red bell pepper. Set aside.

In a small bowl combine chili garlic sauce and oyster sauce. Set aside.

Heat oil in a large skillet or wok on high heat. Add vegetables and cook 1-2 minutes until crisp-tender. Add shrimp and sauce mixture and continue to cook over high heat until shrimp are cooked through.

Divide among 4 serving plates and garnish with chopped roasted cashews.

Serves 4. Per serving: 256 calories, 26 grams protein, 13 grams fat (2 saturated), 9 grams carbohydrate and 5 grams dietary fiber. 213mg sodium. Rich in Vitamins C, A and B.

Serving Ideas: If desired serve with soy noodles (found in the produce section). After removing shrimp and vegetables from skillet or wok add 1 Tablespoon of peanut oil and cook noodles 1-2 minutes until heated through. Additional chili garlic sauce and oyster sauce may be added to noodles as they cook.


Stir-Fried Chicken
with Black Bean Garlic Sauce

Serves 4
Start to finish: 20 minutes

Ingredients:
2 cups broccoli florets
3 Tablespoons water
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 teaspoon cornstarch
1 Tablespoon oyster sauce
1 teaspoon sugar
1 pound chicken breast without skin, cut into pieces
2 Tablespoons black bean garlic sauce
2 Tablespoons peanut oil

Directions:
In a microwave safe boil place broccoli florets and 3 Tablespoons of water. Cook on high 3-4 minutes until crisp tender. Set aside.

In a large bowl mix marinade: sesame oil, cornstarch, oyster sauce and sugar. Blend well. Add chicken and toss to coat. Set aside.

Over high heat in a large skillet or wok cook the black bean garlic sauce and peanut oil. When heated add chicken pieces and marinade and stir fry until cooked. Add broccoli and cooking water and stir well until heated well.

Serves 4. Per serving: 200 calories, 23 grams protein, 10 grams fat (2 saturated), 8 grams carbohydrate, 1 gram dietary fiber. Rich in Vitamin C and Niacin.

Notes: This recipe calls for 1 teaspoon of sugar which will help the chicken to brown nicely. It is a very small amount and sugar substitutes are not recommended.

Serving Ideas: If broccoli does not set well with you substitute snow peas, green onions, carrots or anything fresh and appealing. You may also use dark meat chicken if you prefer or other protein including shellfish, pork, beef or tofu. Use this recipe as a template for your culinary creativity.




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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

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10 Health Tips You Can Stick With in the New Year



By Val Silver

Do you make New Year's Resolutions with the best of intentions only to fizzle out or not even start to deliver on them? Here are ten health tips that are easy to implement and make part of your every day life.

Choose one or two tips to start and when that becomes habit, add another tip. Better to be consistent with one, then try too much to begin with and end up giving up on all of them. Regularly practicing even one of these tips will have a cumulative effect and help you be healthier in the long-term.

1- Include 25-35 grams of fiber in your diet daily. Fiber helps you feel full longer, aids elimination and actually removes about 10 calories per gram consumed. Good sources of fiber are whole grains, fruits, vegetables and food bars or beverages with added fiber.

2- Drink plenty of fresh water. Refillable water bottles with a built in filter can be filled at any faucet and have the added benefit of reducing the expense and waste generated by pre-filled water bottles. Aim for several glasses a day, especially if you are increasing fiber.

3- Move your body every day. If you aren't into exercise equipment or regimens, build opportunities to lift, bend and walk often throughout the day.

4- Take a few deep belly breaths. Do this outside or by an open window if you can. Your mind and body will appreciate the oxygen boost and instant stress reduction.

5- Air out your house or apartment at least once a week. Indoor pollution can be several times greater than outdoor pollution, especially when your home has been closed up.

6- Practice micro-meditations throughout the day. Snatching a few moments to focus on your breath or an inspirational quote can help you center and feel renewed.

7- Practice gratitude. Give thanks every day for the big and little things in your life even if you might not classify some of them as "good". Offering thanks for the mundane, and even some annoying things that happen can instantly shift your perspective and relieve stress.

8- Build face-to-face relationships. Social interaction and a sense of community provide a support system that benefits our health on all levels. Turn off the computer and TV and spend "live time" with friends and family.

9- Learn something new. Learning something of interest keeps your brain sharp and lifts your mood. So does playing games like Soduko or Scrabble.

10- Combine some of the above tips for even more health benefits. For example, if you take dance lessons, you are moving your body, building relationships and learning something new!

And now I'd like to invite you to get your Free Instant Access to the Member Learning Center where you will find articles, videos and information on holistic health and energy healing when you visit http://www.tapinfinity.com.

Article Source: Ezine Articles Expert Val Silver

Monday, December 26, 2011

5 Day Pouch Test - Start 2012 on the Right Track!

You survived the holidays and now you are ready to get focused and get on track with your health and weight management with weight loss surgery. The 5 Day Pouch Test is a quick proven method to help break bad habits we may have picked up during the feasting season. Reset your metabolism, end a cycle of snacking on processed carbs and get focused on the Four Rules that make weight loss surgery work. Learn more about the 5 Day Pouch Test and join the thousands who are back to basics with WLS!


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LivingAfterWLS Neighborhood Outage



We have begun the actions in our scheduled Neighborhood refurbishing. During construction we will have the Neighborhood offline periodically throughout the day beginning December 26. Every attempt will be made to return the Neighborhood online as soon as possible. Please check in often and we look forward to serving you in 2012 with our new and improved community features.

Thank you,
Kaye, Scoop, Tech Team and IPB Support

Monday, December 26, 2011
Time now: 3pm EST


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Monday, December 19, 2011

Citrus Guidelines from USDA - Good to Know

Good to Know - a few things about citrus to keep us healthy this giving season. From the United States Department of Agriculture:

Giving Citrus this Holiday Season? Four Things You Need to Know

If you are looking to give a thoughtful, healthy gift this holiday season, citrus is the way to go. But beware of infected citrus fruit and plants, especially if you plan to buy citrus online.
Before you give citrus, here are four things you should know:
  1. Be Aware of Quarantines. If you are thinking about giving citrus fruit, plants, or items made with citrus (such as floral arrangements, wreaths, potpourri or seasonings like kaffir lime leaves), be sure not to move them from quarantined states or territories. Not only are you risking spreading citrus diseases by transporting citrus outside of these areas, but it’s also against the law. Review the quarantine map.
  2. Check the Citrus Supplier. Be a savvy buyer. Gift citrus fruit sold in a regulated state must be packed in a certified packinghouse and accompanied by a USDA certificate. Commercial fruit packers, Internet shippers and roadside vendors within regulated states should be able to prove they are in compliance with the federal quarantine. Before you buy, ask the vendor if their product is in compliance. Review the quarantine map.
  3. Keep Homegrown Citrus at Home. Help reduce the spread of citrus diseases by not moving your homegrown citrus fruit or plants across state lines. Enjoy your fruit with friends and neighbors, but be sure to obtain a federal certificate if you’re thinking of transporting your citrus outside of your state. To inquire about transporting your citrus out of state, contact your USDA State Plant Health Director’s office.
  4. Avoid Fines and Penalties. Because citrus diseases have destroyed millions of acres of citrus around the world, they present an immediate and urgent threat to America. If you knowingly purchase citrus in violation of quarantine regulations and requirements, the penalties you could incur range from $1,100 to $60,000 per violation. If you suspect citrus is being moved improperly, report your concerns to USDA’s Smuggling Interdiction and Trade Compliance toll-free hotline at (800) 877-3835.
To learn more, follow the 12 Days of Citrus on facebook.com/saveourcitrus and twitter.com/saveourcitrus, or visit our website.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

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Neighborhood Refurbishing Scheduled Dec. 27-30

The LivingAfterWLS Neighborhood will be off-line beginning December 27 through December 30 while we refurbish our community in anticipation of exciting new changes coming in 2012. Beginning in 2012 you will enjoy enhanced features in our safe haven community including:
  • Member created Social Groups
  • Member created awards & titles celebrating one another
  • Increased privacy and security protecting your rights as a community member
  • Downloads manager to organize your WLS articles and recipes with integrated sharing options
  • Faster navigation and load times
  • User-managed social network integration (Link your Neighborhood account to Facebook, Twitter and others with settings you control.)
The following Neighborhood features will be retired:
  • Seldom used forums including: the Alumni Forums, The Global Neighborhood Forums will be retired. In addition, forums that generate excessively long threads will be retired including the Accountability forum. In addition we will retire the ambassador titles, Fun Friday, Neighborhood Swaps, Weekend Wanderings and all threads exceeding 80 posts each. The new Social Groups and Awards system will replace and improve the community in a membership-driven inclusive manner; in other words the membership will build the content in a manner that is useful and meaningful to them. Fewer forums will keep the conversation focused on the weight loss surgery experience and empowering one another to do our best in the pursuit of healthy weight management.
Please watch your inbox for updates and tutorials. We look forward to seeing you in the Neighborhood in 2012.

LivingAfterWLS Neighborhood

Monday, December 12, 2011

Now in our Archive: Best of 2011 Newsletters

Greetings! 

Hello and Welcome!

It's that time of year again when we prepare to close the cover on another calendar and reflect upon the year just finished before setting our sights on the new one. With pleasure we present you the best of our email newsletters from 2011. Not only do the newsletters give us a look back at what we learned, they can provide a source of inspiration and excitement for the year to come. Perhaps you'll find one of your favorites from our list here, or maybe come across one you missed. But most of all we hope these newsletters serve you well in your continued pursuit of health with weight loss surgery. We look forward to providing more meaningful content and useful recipes and ideas in 2012.

CHEERS!
Kaye 



Sunday, December 11, 2011

Best WLS Party Tips - Must Read

Keep in mind as you are preparing for the party that the goal is to arrive at the party in the very best state of biochemical balance possible so you can enjoy the people, the setting, the entertainment, and the total party experience. You can best do this by following the Four Rules and Liquid Restrictions in the days and hours leading up to the party. It is a privilege to attend a party in a state of balance and good health, a privilege worth the effort, a privilege you deserve to enjoy!

Read the full article in the 5 Day Pouch Test Bulletin - Link Here

What really causes Holiday weight gain?

From the 5 Day Pouch Test Bulletin

It is not the big meals that cause weight gain...
It's the BLTs!



This time of year it is very typical to read the calorie count of traditional holiday meals. The Thanksgiving Day Turkey Feast easily comes in at 1,400 calories and the Christmas Day Prime Rib Extravaganza packs in a whopping 1,800 calories. Experts warn us that weight gain from holiday eating is inevitable. But I dare say that, especially for those of us who have undergone gastric surgery for weight management, it is not the big meals that do us in: it is the BLT's: Bites, Licks, and Tastes. I wish I knew which diet program or person coined the BLT's so I could give them credit, it has been in my diet-talk for as long as I can remember. You have probably heard it it too.

The Bites, Licks, and Tastes
will do us more harm than any big meal because even with our little tummy pouches there is always room for another Bite, Lick or Taste. When we sit down to a big meal our pouch fills quickly and when we are full discomfort occurs and further eating adds to that discomfort, so we stop eating. That is how the pouch is supposed to work. But standing in the kitchen stirring a sauce or baking cookies it seems we always have room for little Bites, Licks and Tastes. I've talked to many people who are in the BLT boat with me, maybe you are there too. So here are a few tricks I've learned to help me avoid caloric uptick and weight gain that comes from unchecked BLTs:

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Sunday, December 04, 2011

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Saturday, December 03, 2011

Are you a Flattery-Floozie or a Yeah-But-Betty?

LivingAfterWLS Weekly Digest: December 1, 2011

After attending several WLS events recently I started noticing a trend among our weight loss surgery sisters that may seem at first superficial but once examined reveals much about the emotional journey from obesity to healthy weight. Unlike other diseases, obesity can be observed and diagnosed by the lay person: men, women, and children alike. Who among us doesn't cringe at the memory of an innocent child drawing attention to the "Fat Lady"? While this lay-diagnosis is most often uncomfortable and probably unwanted, wearing our disease in our plus-size britches also provides opportunity for positive feedback when we are losing weight and becoming healthier. Feedback can be complimentary, "You look wonderful" or incredible, "You have lost a TON of weight" or nosey, "Did you get the surgery?" or underhanded "Too bad you lost all that weight only to lose your hair and find all those wrinkles!" It's no wonder we evolve coping personalities to emotionally manage this feedback. As obese people we had coping strategies as well. Think of the forever funny fat lady who is really crying on the inside while laughing on the outside. She makes herself the target of her own fat jokes just to beat others to the punch and avoid the hurt.

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With the ladies I find that two typical personalities emerge, see if you recognize them. 

Link to Article

You do not have to gain Holiday Weight

We started December with the You Have Arrived Weekly Digest that focused on holiday tips to avoid the weight gain so many people believe is inevitible between Thanksgiving and New Years. It really isn't that difficult to maintain weight or even lose a few pounds if we make good use of our weight loss surgery tool and work the rules. From the newsletter:



Stay on Track Tips
Enjoy the Holidays
without the Guilt!

I am pleased to tell you that the mainstream media is wrong when they say every one of us will gain five to seven pounds between Thanksgiving and Christmas. It simply doesn't have to be that way. Over the years I've learned a few things about working the WLS tool in harmony with the act and pleasure of celebrating the season with food, family and friends. Take a look and see if you can work these tips into your holidays and prove the weight gain wardens wrong.

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