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Monday, December 29, 2008

A few more words about Oprah

On December 18 I wrote about Oprah and her very public battle with weight maintenance. Since then I’ve had the benefit of reading January 2009 O Magazine to glean more of the story than was captured by TV Guide. On page 190 in her regular column, “what I know for sure” Oprah reveals herself to be not so different from the rest of us. She writes,

“My personal philosophy and the philosophy of this magazine is all about living well, filling your own cup so you always have bounty to share with others. And the price I’ve paid for losing sight of that is more weight. No balance. Less joy. Everything I know for sure about maintaining a sense of balance and well being, I allowed to be pushed aside to make room for whatever was masquerading as a priority. I took myself off my to-do list; whatever time was left over is what I gave myself.”

If you are nodding your head yes saying to yourself, “I understand” you are not alone. If someone like Oprah with gobs of money and a highly devoted team engaged in working for her purpose can, as she says “fall off the wagon” by way of self-neglect, then how can we ordinary folks expect to walk the fine path of balanced living at all times?

With typical Oprah resiliency she has faced the public and shared her pain of weight gain, thyroid imbalance and simple self-neglect. As public as my life is in the WLS community I still don’t know if I have the same courage as Oprah to live life in full view. I applaud her.

Her plan for 2009 is basic. She says, “My focus this year will be on how to achieve optimum health, deepen my spiritual connection – and have some fun.” I think that about says it all.

Be sure and visit us in the Neighborhood for an insightful look at this fascinating topic. Oprah’s Ups and Downs

LivingAfterWLS New Office

The opportunity presented itself at 4:15 pm Friday December 26 and as of a few moments ago the dirty work is done!

I've moved out!!!

No, silly Neighbors, not moved out from my beloved Jim, I've moved LivingAfterWLS to a bona fide office!!! Hip Hip Hurray!!! Since the beginning of LivingAfterWLS I have worked from our home. As things have grown LAWLS took on a parasitic life of it's own invading and commandeering four rooms of our home and a major section of garage where the book inventory is stored. Those of you who work from home know how this can happen (I hope I'm not the only one that has been over run by a home business!) For me, I started resenting LAWLS. It was everywhere. In addition, a separation of work and home ceased to exist. There were no boundaries. I have been really frustrated the last few months, to say the least. And when a person starts to resent the very thing love doing it is time for a change.

So we learned of a vacancy in a very nice office building, just 9 miles from home (that's a very short commute in Wyoming -- action-smiley-065.gif Vivian). We wrote the check immediately and yesterday Jim, Barker "Big Stud" and me made three trips moving equipment, my research library and all the accoutrements of a working office! Today I finished organizing and tidying up and I'm set to put in a full day tomorrow. I still need to get a couple of comfy chairs and a filing cabinet - then I'm all set.

Now don't worry, I'll still lug a laptop home and keep an eye on things from home - which will soon look like a home again! My greatest desire with this change is that I will be better organized, implement some stricter time management strategies and continue to improve the business of LivingAfterWLS!


Sunday, December 28, 2008

The Advantages of Losing Weight

I picked up a magazine "Diet 2009" published by Better Homes and Gardens a few days ago to read-up and ready myself for the New Year, New Resolve, New Hope. On page 56 there is a short article and checklist to identify good reasons for weight loss (or -my addition- healthy weight management.) The list is the work of one of my favorite experts, Judith Beck.She is the director of the Beck Institute for Cognitive Therapy and Research. According to this article the "Advantages List" provides powerful motivation for a dieter to stay on track and avoid temptation." Her sample Advantages List appears below. Check the items that are most important to you or add your own, then write them on a note card to review often.


I want to lose weight because:
__ I'll look better
__ I'll be more attractive to others
__ I'll be able to wear a smaller size
__ I'll be able to wear more stylish clothes
__ I'll be happier when I look in the mirror
__ I'll get joy out of shopping for clothes
__ I won't feel so self-conscious
__ I'll get more compliments
__ I'll be in better health
__ I'll be able to exercise without discomfort or embarrassment
__ I'll live longer
__ I'll feel better physically
__ I'll have more energy
__ I'll be more physically fit
__ I'll enjoy sexual intimacy more
__ I'll like myself more
__ I'll feel more in control
__ I'll feel as if I've accomplished something important
__ I'll have more confidence
__ I'll increase my self-esteem
__ I'll be less self-critical
__ I'll feel more outgoing
__ I won't have to listen to comments about what I eat
__ I won't mind eating in front of others
__ I won't have anyone bugging me about my weight

I think this is a great list and together we can add more to create a collective Neighborhood Advantages List. So please add your Advantage here.... I am ready to be inspired. Go to the LivingAfterWLS Neighborhood

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

The Red Dress: Melinda's Christmas Story

Our own Melinda "Melsreturn" who lends inspiration and support to the Neighborhood and the greater weight loss surgery community is the featured author in the December 2008 issue of Obesity Help's WLS Lifestyle magazine!!!! Her story, "The Dress of Christmas YET TO COME" is a poignant journey through obesity recovery to the picture you see above. It is inspiring and truthful and beautiful.

MEL! I am so proud of you I'm just bursting!!!
Your contribution to the WLS community is profound.
I'm sure this is not the last we will see of your words.


Mel shared her story with us here:
The Red Dress: A Christmas Reflection

Visit her website here:
Recovering Fatty

Read her blog here:
Recovering Fatty Blog

And let her know how proud of you are here on this thread.

Way to go Melinda!!!!

Happy Holidays from LivingAfterWLS

Dear Neighbors:
As we find ourselves in the heart of another holiday season I wish you joy, health and wellness as you are LivingAfterWLS. Thank you for your dedication to making this your best life after surgical weight loss. Words may never be enough to say how much I am inspired by each of you, each and every day. Your inspiration propels me forward with the LivingAfterWLS project because I understand I am not alone. Thank you for being part of this safe haven circle of friends.

I look forward to sharing the journey with you in 2009 and offering the best of LivingAfterWLS to you as, together, we thrive in this very curious weight loss surgery way of life. May your holidays sparkle and shine with the joy of the season.

All the best to you and your family,
Kaye Bailey

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Oprah’s Ups and Downs

Over the last few days in the Neighborhood I've read several posts about self-loathing, shame, disappointment, disgrace and simple sadness from our Neighbors. All this related to weight gain, weight loss, weight gain, and Heaven forbid: opting to help control our weight with surgical intervention. How in the world is it possible we invest so much of our personal worth in the size of our bodies? The TV Guide (Dec. 22-Jan.4) came in the mail today and I normally don't even look at it. But a headline caught my eye: "Oprah Confesses: I Weigh 200 Pounds!" My first thought, "Why is this a confession? I've seen her recent shows and I see that she is on the upswing of the scale. So what? She's Oprah." My next thought, "SHE's OPRAH! The most successful woman EVER." What in the world does the size of her skirt or the number on the scale matter to anyone? She's Oprah.

On Page 16 of the TV Guide there is a pictorial, beginning with her 1987 Emmy win, that details not her humanitarian, professional, personal, or public accomplishments. Nope. It chronicles her ups and downs with body weight. This is Oprah: the most powerful woman in the worldwide media. The most generous humanitarian who herself rose from the adverse odds of poverty to the generosity of unprecedented compassion. And we care if she is in her 1987 size 10 Calvin Klein jeans or pushing 200 pounds today? This is Oprah.

Her magazine "O", headlines her recent weight gain in the January 2009 issue. The headline reads, "How did I let this happen again?" It features twin Oprah's: one athletic and thin, one voluptuous and curvy.

It sickens me that Oprah has to go public and explain her struggle with weight control. It sickens me that this overshadows her more important work. It sickens me that I'm curious enough about this that I want to know, "Please Oprah, why did you let this happen again?"

Could it be, dear Oprah, that you are human?

You, my Neighbors, are not so unlike Oprah. The TV Guide reports that when she accepted her 5th and 6th Emmy's in 1992 weighing her heaviest she said, "Everyone was cheering. I wanted to cry. I felt so much like a loser. I was the fattest woman in the room." This is Oprah, winning Emmy's, feeling like a loser.

I am very proud of the 5 Day Pouch Test and how it has helped literally thousands of people reconnect with their pouch. I am proud of those who are doing their very best with weight loss surgery and weight control. But I am highly sympathetic to those, like myself, who will struggle today, tomorrow, and every day of our lives with weight control.

If there were one gift I would give to others, or to Oprah, or to myself, it would be the disassociation of weight and worth.

Bless Oprah for being so honest about her struggle with weight control. Bless Oprah for making her life about more than fat or thin: so much more.

And my dear Neighbors: Bless you too. None of us live our size in the public eye like Oprah does, but we are all equals when it comes to feeling vulnerable, shame, self-loathing, disappointment and perhaps disgust. I suspect that for you, for me, and for Oprah, at the end of the day what truly matters is how we treat our fellow person, about the truth we feel in our heart, about doing our best to keep on doing when, really, nothing in this life and in this living is ever easy.

Oprah is going to talk about her weight battle on her January 5th, 2009 talk show. I'll be tuned in and giving a big bunch of love back to someone who has been so publicly brave in sharing her own personal and lifelong struggle. Because I understand there is a little "Oprah" in all of us.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Is There Chocolate After Weight Loss Surgery?

by Kaye Bailey

If there is one food people are emotional about it’s chocolate. We love it, want it, crave it, fear it. Thoughts of chocolate evoke tender feelings of comfort and self-pampering. We associate chocolate with happy times and consider it a must-have tonic in times of stress and anxiety. With Valentine’s Day next week the store shelves are loaded with the “guilty pleasure.” Let’s take a look at the latest scientific beliefs and establish the facts before we let chocolate be part of our LivingAfterWLS diet.

Chocolate comes from roasted cacao beans, which are mashed into a thick paste, heated to liquid state and then tempered before being shaped into bars. Sugar and vanilla are added during the mashing phase. The result of this process is cocoa butter, chocolate liquor or cocoa.

The cocoa butter in chocolate is a saturated fat. According to recent studies the body is able to turn the cocoa butter fat into monounsaturated fat in a process similar to pressing olive oil. According to Dr. Andrew Weil chocolate appears to be neutral in regard to cardiovascular health and may actually lower serum cholesterol. In addition it contains strong antioxidant activity, equivalent to that of red wine and green tea.

Dr. David Katz, a nutrition expert with the Yale School of Medicine agrees with Dr. Weil. "There are some unique health benefits in chocolate," said Katz. “These include an array of antioxidants that have been shown to give some protection against cancer. In fact, cocoa has more flavanoids — an important antioxidant — than green tea. It's probably the richest source of flavanoids in our diet," he said.

Is this carte blanche to indulge in chocolate? Probably not. Dr. Katz warned “chocolate will never help you lose weight. While chocolate may be high in nutrients, it is also high in calories. Even a new sugar-free chocolate introduced by Godiva doesn't give people a free pass to go overboard.”

What is the best chocolate in respect for the WLS?

From a health standpoint for LivingAfterWLS the best choice is high-quality, plain, dark chocolate. Dr. Weil suggests, “Cheaper brands contain less actual chocolate, often replacing expensive cocoa butter with unhealthful hydrogenated vegetable oils. The first ingredient on a bar of high-quality chocolate should be chocolate (also called chocolate liquor, cacao or cocoa. It should never be sugar.”

Quality chocolate will bear a “percent” of cocoa. Bitter baking chocolate is 100% cocoa. Most people enjoy and are satisfied by 70 percent cocoa and 80 percent is too bitter than most people enjoy. Remarkably, most people who enjoy an occasional treat of quality chocolate report being satisfied with a very small one-once serving.

Many health oriented stores carry quality organic chocolate. A commonly available organic chocolate, Dagoba New Moon contains 74% dark chocolate. A one-ounce serving contains 159 calories, 7 grams fat, 13 grams carbohydrate, 3 grams protein, 8 grams sugar and 4 grams fiber.

In comparison, a 1-ounce serving of Hershey’s Dark chocolate contains 152 calories, 8.6 grams fat (4.6 grams saturated) 2 grams protein, 17 g grams carbohydrate, 15 grams sugar. And the Hershey’s Dark Chocolate is only 35% cocoa, which means the flavanoids, and antioxidants are not dense.

Either choice is a gamble. Considering the fat and sugar content of both examples even one ounce of chocolate is a potential dumping disaster for the gastric bypass patient. For the lap-band patient who doesn’t fear dumping the potential to eat more than a one ounce serving is a potential weight-gain disaster.

Dr. Katz said dark chocolate is the best choice because it is rich in fiber, magnesium and antioxidants. Moderation is the key. "It's an indulgence," said Katz. "But if you choose wisely, you can get some health benefits."

Holiday Pies: What Every WLS Patient Should Know

We all know we shouldn’t reach for the holiday pie after Weight Loss Surgery (WLS) – it’s against the rules and the potential to make us sick is very high. If that’s not enough to motivate restraint how about considering the nutrient analysis of some favorite American pies. Take a look and see if it is really worth it to taste that full-fat, full-sugar dessert:

(Based on a 1/8 slice of the pie)

Pumpkin Pie: 461 calories, 21 grams fat, 9 grams protein and 60 grams carbs

Pecan Pie: 436 calories, 17.2 grams fat, 3 grams protein and 67 grams carbs.

Apple, Blueberry or Cherry: 340 Calories, 16 grams fat, 3 grams protein, 46 grams carbs.

Coconut Cream Pie: 485 Calories, 25 grams fat, 6 grams protein, 48 grams carbs.

Chocolate Cream Pie: 401 calories, 21 grams fat, 6 grams protein, 50 grams carbs.

Top that slice o’pie with real whipped cream – add another 104 calories, 11 grams fat, 41 grams cholesterol and a gram each of protein and carbs.

I’m laying down my pie fork right now! It’s just not worth a taste of pie to risk being sick, uncomfortable or worse weight gain. (I know – you can’t gain weight with one taste of pie – but I have never been able to restrain myself to one taste. What about you?)

Still don’t want to go without pie this holiday season? Here are two sugarless and relatively safe dessert recipes for celebrating LivingAfterWLS style. Indulge with caution – though they do not contain sugar they are sweetened with artificial sweetener and contain high amounts of fat, calories and carbs.

Pumpkin Pie
Pastry for single-crust 9-inch pie
1 can (16 ounces) pumpkin
1 can (12 ounces) evaporated skim milk
3 eggs
5-1/2 teaspoons Equal® for Recipes or 18 packets Equal® sweetener or 3/4 cup Equal® Spoonful™
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves

Roll pastry on floured surface into circle 1 inch larger than inverted 9-inch pie pan. Ease into pan; trim and flute edge.

Beat pumpkin, evaporated milk and eggs in medium bowl; beat in remaining ingredients. Pour into pastry shell. Bake in preheated 425°F oven 15 minutes; reduce heat to 350°F and bake until knife inserted near center comes out clean, about 40 minutes. Cool on wire rack.

Nutrition (1/8 slice of pie): 175 calories; 8 grams protein; 22 grams carbs; 7 grams fat

Chocolate Cream Pie
Pastry for single-crust 9-inch pie
1/3 cup cornstarch
1/4 to 1/3 cup European or Dutch-process cocoa
10-3/4 teaspoons Equal® for Recipes or 36 packets Equal® sweetener or 1-1/2 cups Equal® Spoonful™
1/8 teaspoon salt
3 cups skim milk
2 eggs
2 egg whites
1 teaspoon vanilla
8 tablespoons thawed frozen light whipped topping

Equal® sweetener can be substituted with other sweetener products. Nutrition contents might be different from those listed below.

Roll pastry on lightly floured surface into circle 1 inch larger than inverted 9-inch pie pan. Ease pastry into pan; trim and flute edge. Pierce bottom and side of pastry with fork. Bake in preheated 425oF oven until crust is browned, 10 to 15 minutes. Cool on wire rack.

Combine cornstarch, cocoa, Equal® and salt in medium saucepan; stir in milk. Heat to boiling over medium-high heat, whisking constantly. Boil until thickened, about 1 minute.

Beat eggs and egg whites in small bowl; whisk about 1 cup chocolate mixture into eggs. Whisk egg mixture into chocolate mixture in saucepan. Cook over very low heat, whisking constantly, 30 to 60 seconds. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla.

Spread hot filling in baked crust; refrigerate until chilled and set, about 6 hours. Cut into wedges and place on serving plates; garnish each serving with dollop of whipped topping, if desired.

Nutrition (1/8 slice of pie): 188 calories; 7 grams protein; 25 grams carbs; 7 grams fat.

5 Day Pouch Test Manual: The Reviews

OMG'SH WHAT A GREAT BOOK. I love the part about getting back the rediscovering the storm of enthusiasm. I got the book yesterday and was already prepared and ready to start today. After reading the book and it being 2:00 here and I don't feel to bad. I do know that the thought about it only being 5 days is making it easier. I made up a sign with the 4 rules on it and like a contract signed and dated it and its going on my refrigerator at home so my family can help keep me in line. I'm grateful I found this neighborhood and that Kaye wrote the book. I'm a book and in print kinda gal'.

Order Here

Congratulations Kaye!
I just received my book and read it cover to cover.
It is so friendly and so well written.
It is inspiring too. Your encouragement has opened my eyes to go back to the bare bones basics.
-- N A

Lovely. I have my book in hand and it is lovely. I am sure that many will be greatly inspired by this additional "tool". Kaye, thank you for including me in the acknowledgments, I'm touched. If Oprah calls and wants the Sarge to make an appearance, please be sure to let her know that I'm available.

For Newbies. Got mine today also! I've only just opened it, but even though I'm just getting started it looks like there information in there that I can use. Thanks and congratulations Kaye!
--Papa John

Oh my goodness you guys I've only thumbed through it and it's WONDERFUL!! WOW Wouldjya just look at all the new recipes?? How cool. Kaye, this is fantastic. It's something that has been a long time comin' and it's a really WONDERFUL thing!! You've done such a marvelous job and I'm proud to be one'a your "subjects". Very proud!
-- ~Jane~

I got my book, I got my book, I got my book. I feel like I now have a plan to get myself back under control. I have just about read it all. So professional looking and so full of great information. I am going to get my list ready. Thank you to everyone that worked on it. I feel so much hope versus the shame I have felt about gaining.
-- Diamond Girl

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Winter Wonderland Awareness Challenge

Has Winter hit your neck of the woods yet? I know our Southern-Hemi Neighbors are enjoying a sweet summer but baby, up North it's cold outside. But that doesn't mean we should forsake our healthy LivingAfterWLS way of life. Over in the Neighborhood Kristy photonut2727 is leading the Winter Wonderland Awareness Challenge so that we can be accountable to one another and stay on track. Here's what she says:

"Winter can be so hard on some of us: the lack of sunlight, the cold and lack of energy keeps us in doors or at least away from our fitness/nutrition goals. So, I wanted to do a cross post from the Autumn Awareness Challenge since there were more than 2400 views to check us out and see what was going on there!! Since Autumn is now a fond memory, I wanted to stay focused and on task through the winter months so that I am not wandering around not getting anything accomplished instead I want a wonderful winter full of amazing moments. What will your amazing moments be?

Check in every day to say a little bit about some one thing you've done to make today a stepping stone toward that amazing moment.We'll be reading intently and following along, offering our support and asking your support for our efforts as well. Will you journal your weight? your nutrition?

Will you journal your exercise even on days you don't get to it

Will you commit to checking in to just let us know how you're feeling? I sure hope many of us will do some of these things
in this thread as well as just stopping by to cheer others on!

Are you ready??

I am looking forward to an Amazing Winter! Here we Go--------->"

Join us! Don't navigate the dark winter alone.

Winter Wonderland Awareness Challenge

Friday, December 12, 2008

Fun Friday! Celebrating Kindness

Friday, December 12, 2008

Happy Fun Friday Neighbors!

Today our weekly Fun Friday game celebrates one of the great joys of the season: kindness. Our soon-to-arrive Neighbor Papa John asks you to share your experiences as you have received kindness from others, particularly strangers. There is so much dark and dismal news in our world these days. What a blessing to take respite from the gloom and celebrate goodness, hope, and the goodwill of mankind. Please join us and put a little FUN in your Friday! Go here: Fun Friday December 12. And for more inspiration be sure and read Papa John's Blog: Musing & Meanderings. Special thanks goes to our vivacious Fun Friday Hostess SongBirdDiane. She tirelessly gathers questions, posts the topics and ensures winners get fabulous prizes provided by our Neighbors. Thanks Diane!

There Christmas Treeare some other great topics in the Neighborhood during this busy time of year. Whether you are struggling or thriving or just hanging in there you have a friend you understand in the Neighborhood. Take a look at some of these hot topics:

Protein Drinks & the 30-Minute Rule

Poll: Christmas Music - Love it or Hate it?

Struggling with evening munchies? Visit Kitchen is Closed

Body Image issues? Go here: Mirror, Mirror On The Wall....., Who the heck is that woman looking back at me????

Holiday Ornament Swap - Have you sent your swap yet?

Share the journey: LivingAfterWLS Neighborhood Blogs

Holiday Traditions: The Christmas Tree

Struggling with Protein intake? You are not alone.

Ladies & Iron Infusions

5 Day Pouch Test: Approved Recipes

5 Day Pouch Test Owner's Manual - Have you received yours yet?

Please join us in the Neighborhood today and every day. Remember, you are never alone in this journey and the Neighborhood is your safe haven circle of friends.

Happy Holiday Cheers!


Tuesday, December 09, 2008

5 Day Pouch Test: Approved Recipes

Hey Neighbors! Many of you have included our Collection of Neighborhood Recipes in your weight loss surgery tool box. We have finished testing and now offer you the official list of approved 5 Day Pouch Test Recipes from this wonderful community cookbook. Here you go:

5 Day Pouch Test: Approved Recipes

Days 1 & 2: Liquids
P.3 – Fortified Milk, P.6 – Mocha Smoothie, P.21 - Sunrise Morning Protein Shake, P.47 – Unjury Hi-Protein Pudding, P.66 – Diane's Head Hunger Soup.

Day 3: Soft Protein
P.13 – Bed & Breakfast Baked Eggs, P.17 – Newbie Coddled Egg for One, P.26 – Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Bars, P.29 – Parmesan Tuna Patties, P.113 – Deviled Egg Salad.

Day 4: Firm Protein
P. 98 – Baked Halibut with Herbs, P.102 – Broiled Peppered Salmon, P.15 – Family Meat Loaf, P.117 – Grilled Rosemary Garlic Shrimp, P.120 – Herbed Scallops.

Day 5: Solid Protein
P.96 – Apricot Chicken, P. 116 – Florentine Steak, P. 121 – Jerk Chicken Thighs, P.131 – Pork Au Poivre with Mustard & Sage, P.132 – Roast Beef with Horseradish Sauce

If you don't have the cookbook yet you can order it HERE

Let me know if any of these are your favorites. Happy Living!

Friday, December 05, 2008

Cheesy Shrimp-Stuffed Mushrooms

I love a savory stuffed mushroom! This is where I go first when I hit the holiday buffet. The other day at the deli in my supermarket I came across a freebie recipe card for these Cheesy Shrimp-Stuffed Mushrooms. They have bacon, shrimp, and cheese in them. I'm in love! You get 5 grams of protein to 1 gram of carbohydrate and only 3 grams fat. Here is the recipe. Send me your pictures if you make these and happy munching! I think the filling would make a great meal when stuffed in a portobello mushroom.

Cheesy Shrimp-Stuffed Mushrooms

6 slices bacon (try turkey bacon to lower the fat)
12 large fresh button mushrooms
1/4 pound peeled and deveined cooked shrimp
1/2 cup finely shredded Cheddar cheese
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/8 teaspoon ground thyme leaves

In a large skillet cook bacon on medium-high heat 4 minutes; turn and cook 4 minutes more. Bacon should be cooked but not crisp. Remove bacon from skillet and drain on paper towels. Pour off excess fat from skillet, set aside.

Cut 4 of the bacon slices into 3 equal pieces for garnish. Chop the remaining 2 slices of bacon; set aside. Clean mushrooms; remove stems. Reserve mushroom caps. Chop stems; set aside. Chop shrimp; set aside.

Combine chopped bacon, chopped mushroom stems and chopped shrimp with cheese, garlic, cayenne pepper and thyme in large bowl. Fill each mushroom cap with bacon-shrimp mixture.

Reheat skillet over medium-high heat. Top each filled mushroom cap with 1 bacon piece; place stuffed mushrooms in hot skillet. Cover; reduce heat to medium-low. Cook unitl mushrooms are tender, about 15 minutes. (You could also bake these in a preheated 350F oven for 20-25 minutes).

Serve warm.

1 stuffed mushroom is 51 calories, 5g protein, 3g fat, 1g carbohydrate.

More Great Recipes

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

5 Day Pouch Test Manual: Tickled Pink

I am tickled pink to say we received the full print run of the 5 Day Pouch Test Owner's Manual on Tuesday (November 25). We immediately began shipping the pre-ordered books to you! If you ordered your book between October 8-31st your shipment is on the way to you! I hope you enjoy it. For those who ordered your books between November 1 and the present: these orders will be processed and in the US Mail today and tomorrow. Starting on Monday we will provide same day shipping on all orders. (US First Class Mail takes 2-5 days for delivery depending upon location.)

In celebration of this happy moment I am pleased to give you free shipping on all First Class Mail Orders.

Yesterday was the feasting day here in the United States. How did you do? Did you follow the Four Rules and Liquid Restrictions and avoid the Slider Foods? Or did you get a bit of track. I wasn't stellar but I know that today is a new day and I can, using the ideals of the 5 Day Pouch Test, get back on track before I go too far off track. Remember, you are never alone. When you receive your 5 Day Pouch Test Owner's Manual be sure to read these chapters:
  • Fixing Broken Windows After Weight Loss Surgery (page 13)
  • The Plan to Work the 5 Day Pouch Test Plan (page 18)
  • Key Learning Points (page 26)
  • Understanding Hunger (page 55)
  • After The Pouch Test: Day 6 and Beyond (page 95)
And be sure to go over the recipe selection carefully and make your menu plan in advance. I think you will enjoy how good eating and living well makes you feel.



As part of your successful 5 Day Pouch Test please take advantage of information and friendship here: 5 Day Pouch Test in the Neighborhood. You are never alone. Never.