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Friday, May 28, 2010

Flavor Your High Protein Diet With Condiments

By Kaye Bailey

Are you one of those people asking "what can I do to add variety to my same 'ole same 'ole chicken and fish?" If so you are not alone! Patients of weight loss surgery following a high protein diet quickly become bored with routine protein dishes but fear taking too many culinary liberties will take them off track from weight loss and weight maintenance. As a general rule people who undergo gastric bypass, gastric lap-band, and gastric sleeve procedures are told the first rule of weight loss surgery is to eat "Protein First". But nothing in the rule says it has to be boring.

I remember spending my first three years following gastric bypass eating chicken breast, canned tuna, shrimp and hard-cooked eggs day in and day out. Blah! A good friend put me on to her secret weapon that kept her palate pleased and honored her nutritional needs. Her weapon? Condiments! And I'm not talking your everyday ketchup, mustard, mayo. I'm talking salsa and balsamic vinegar and relish and fruit compote. Its all good. Great ready-made condiments are easy to find these day and they are a winner in the budget lottery, too. At first it may seem expensive to pay $5 for a jar of Bruschetta sauce, but considering that jar stretches to 20 servings you have quite a bang for your buck at just about one quarter per serving.

Here are a few of the best hints for putting some pop in your protein:

Salsa: use on eggs, cooked chicken, fish and beans. Stir into soups and stews for added flavor without the cost of expensive out-of-season tomatoes and peppers. Mix with plain yogurt for a delicious vegetable dip (not chips).

Balsamic Vinegar: Sprinkle on pan-seared chicken or fish as it cooks to add a deep acidity to the protein. Remove protein from pan, add a bit more balsamic vinegar to drippings, scrape and serve atop chicken for an easy and elegant sauce. Lightly douse fresh strawberries with balsamic vinegar and let macerate 30 minutes. Serve at room temperature for a delicious treat. Whisk together balsamic vinegar and olive oil for a quick and healthy salad or vegetable dressing.

Vinaigrettes for Variety, Nutrition and Flavor

Relish: Don't save this just for hot dogs. Use regular or sweet pickle relish to flavor tuna salad, chicken salad or egg salad. Stir a tablespoon of relish with yogurt or light mayonnaise for a quick and inexpensive tarter sauce for fish.

Fruit Compote: Fruit compotes are generally a blend of sweet and sour ingredients that enhance the flavor of protein while adding moisture to the dish. They are sometimes called fruit salsa. Look for specialty blends at the farmers market or whole food stores. Serve compote with grilled or broiled protein simply by spooning a small amount when serving. Or glaze meat with the compote in the final five minutes of grilling.

Kaye Bailey 2010 - All Rights Reserved

Article Source: Flavor Your High Protein Diet With Condiments

Thursday, May 27, 2010

A New Kind of Dog

As a child I never much cared for hot dogs. Perhaps they were too salty or to messy or a burger tasted so much better. I'm still not a fan of processed hot dogs, although I do cook them regularly to use as training bait for my now not-so-little puppy. He loves them. But recently I've been thinking - What if I could improve upon the classic dog and make my own version? So I've been experimenting and share the results with you today. So use your imagination and join me on this doggy experiment! I'd love to hear what you do to make a better dog.

My recipe calls for using a seasoned ground meat mixture shaped in the form of a hot dog and cooked over high direct heat on the gas grill. I use ground moose meat because we have a lot of it and the texture is lean and tender. Ground chicken, turkey or beef work just as well. In my first effort I shaped the dogs and went directly to the grill, but they fell apart. For my next try I shaped the burgers in the morning and kept them refrigerated placing them on the grill cold: they held their shape much better this time. For particularly tender ground meat such as poultry the dog could be shaped around a skewer for support - just remember to remove the skewer before serving.

Kaye's You Have Arrived Dogs
1/2 small sweet onion
1 cup button mushrooms, cleaned & quartered
2 pounds ground meat of your choice
1 teaspoon You Have Arrived Grilling Blend
1 recipe You Have Arrived Que-Sauce (recipe below)

Place the onion and mushrooms in the bowl of a food processor and pulse until finely minced. In a large bowl place the ground meat, minced onion and mushrooms, Grilling Blend and 1/2 cup of the YHA Que-Sauce. Working gently with your hand combine mixture. Divide into 8 equal portions (about 5 ounces each) and shape into dogs. Cover and chill for at least 1 hour. Prepare grill to direct high heat and cook dogs, turning only once very gently. In the final minutes of cooking baste dogs with remaining YHA Que-Sauce. Serve with your favorite toppings with or without a bun.

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Per serving using ground game or poultry not including condiments or bun: 279 calories, 11g fat (3 saturated) 36g protein, 8g carbohydrate and 1g dietary fiber. 107mg cholesterol, 359mg sodium, 400mg potassium.

Per serving using ground pork not including condiments or bun: 329 calories, 25g fat (9 saturated) 20g protein, 6g carbohydrate and 1g dietary fiber. 82mg cholesterol, 319mg sodium, 434mg potassium.

Per serving using extra-lean ground beef not including condiments or bun: 296 calories, 20g fat (8 saturated) 22g protein, 6g carbohydrate and 1g dietary fiber. 78mg cholesterol, 330mg sodium, 431mg potassium.

Kaye's You Have Arrived Que-Sauce
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 small sweet onion, minced
1 teaspoon You Have Arrived Grilling Blend
1 (8oz) can tomato sauce
1 teaspoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
dash cayenne pepper
Finishing Salt & ground pepper

Melt butter in a small saucepan. Add onion and cook until tender. Add remaining ingredients and cook at a low simmer for 20-30 minutes until sauce thickens and flavors develop. Taste and season with the You Have Arrived Finishing Salt and ground pepper. Use as an ingredient in the dogs and also to baste grilled protein.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Stiff From Sitting? Try These Standing Leg Stretches

For people fighting obesity or morbid obesity the sedentary nature of our jobs works against us as we spend the majority of our working day seated allowing our basal metabolic rate to slow down. Not only that but our joints become stiff and muscles weaken from lack of use. It is hard to determine which came first: the obesity or the sedentary work environment. Experts in applied physiology report many of us do not stretch the large muscles in our legs often enough to counteract the daily stresses of prolonged sitting or standing. I happen to be one of those people.

Taking time to stretch our major muscle groups during the day is one thing we can consciously do to fight back against the deterioration caused from sitting. Doing the following four stretches once or twice during the day will help us become more flexible, will introduce more oxygen into the blood stream making us more alert, and will relieve the discomfort of stiff muscles and joints that results from prolonged sitting.

These common leg stretches are referenced in Joan Pagano's book "Strength Training for Women". She instructs us to push each stretch until feeling a gentle pull, but not pain, in the muscle. Hold the stretch for 20-30 seconds without bouncing which allows the muscle to lengthen. Breathe into the stretch, using the exhale to move deeper into the position.

Calf StretchStand with feet together and place left hand on a chair back for support. Take a giant step back with the right leg and press the heel into the floor. Bend your left knee over your ankle. Feel the stretch in the back of the calf.

Hip-Flexor StretchFrom the previous position, come up on the toes of your back foot, bend the back knee toward the floor and press the bottom of the pelvis forward. Keep the left knee directly over the ankle. Feel the stretch in the front of the right hip.

Quad StretchStand on your left leg with the knee soft. Bend the right leg and, holding the foot or ankle, bring the heel toward the buttocks. Feel the stretch along the front of the thigh. To intensify the stretch, press the bottom of the pelvis forward.

Hamstring StretchStand on your left leg, with the knee bent. Extend your right leg to the front, and rest your heel on the floor; with the toe pointing to the ceiling. Bend forward from the hip, keeping your upper body in proper alignment. Feel the stretch in your hamstrings. Turn around to perform the sequence of stretches on the left leg.

If you engage in a lunchtime walking program these stretches are a good warm-up to your mid-day walk. Warm-up exercises prepare you body for more active exercise and help to prevent injury. You can also follow your walk with these stretches as a cool-down to allow your body to return to a pre-exercise state. Both warm-up and cool-down exercises are important to a good exercise program.

Article Source: Stiff From Sitting? Try These Standing Leg Stretches

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Slider Foods Spell Weight Regain For Weight Loss Surgery Patients

Slider Foods Spell Weight Regain For Weight Loss Surgery Patients
By Kaye Bailey

For most people eating sliders is a good thing. Popularized by the American food chain, White Castle, a slider (originally slyder) is a miniature grilled hamburger or cheeseburger on a steamed bun often served with onions and dill pickle and other condiments. They originally sold for a nickel a piece in the 1940s making it affordable to add a side of fries for just pennies. By all accounts this is a good kind of "slider" food.

To the weight loss surgery patient slider foods are the bane of good intentions and ignorance often causing dumping syndrome, weight loss plateaus, and eventually weight gain. Slider foods, to weight loss surgery patients, are soft simple processed carbohydrates of little or no nutritional value that slide right through the surgical stomach pouch without providing nutrition or satiation. The most innocent of slider foods are saltine crackers, often eaten with warm tea or other beverages, to soothe the stomach in illness or while recovering from surgery.

The most commonly consumed slider foods include pretzels, crackers (saltines, graham, Ritz, etc.) filled cracker snacks such as Ritz Bits, popcorn, cheese snacks (Cheetos) or cheese crackers, tortilla chips with salsa, potato chips, sugar-free cookies, cakes, and candy. You will notice these slider foods are often salty and cause dry mouth so they must be ingested with liquid to be palatable. This is how they become slider foods. They are also, most often, void of nutritional value.
5 Day Pouch Test - Stop the Carb Addiction

For weight loss surgery patients the process of digestion is different than those who have not undergone gastric surgery. When slider foods are consumed they go into the stomach pouch and exit directly into the jejunum where the simple carbohydrate slurry is quickly absorbed and stored by the body. There is little thermic effect in the digestion of simple carbohydrates like there is in the digestion of protein so little metabolic energy is expended. In most cases patients in the phase of weight loss who eat slider foods will experience a weight loss plateau and possibly the setback of weight gain. And sadly, they will begin to believe their surgical stomach pouch is not functioning properly because they never feel fullness or restriction like they experience when eating protein.

The very nature of the surgical gastric pouch is to cause feelings of tightness or restriction when one has eaten enough food. However, when soft simple carbohydrates are eaten this tightness or restriction does not result and one can continue to eat, unmeasured, copious amounts of non-nutritional food without ever feeling uncomfortable.

Use 5 Day Pouch Test to Overcome Slider Food Addiction

Many patients turn to slider foods for this very reason. They do not like the discomfort that results when the pouch is full from eating a measured portion of lean animal or dairy protein without liquids. Yet it is this very restriction that is the desired result of the surgery. The discomfort is intended to signal the cessation of eating. Remembering the "Protein First" rule is crucial to weight management with bariatric surgery.

Gastric bypass, gastric banding (lap-band) and gastric sleeve patients are instructed to follow a high protein diet to facilitate healing and promote weight loss. Bariatric centers advise what is commonly known among weight loss surgery patients as the "Four Rules" the most important of which is "Protein First." That means of all nutrients (protein, carbohydrates, fat and alcohol) the patient is required to eat protein first.

Protein is not always the most comfortable food choice for weight loss surgery patients who feel restriction after eating a very small amount of food. However, for the surgical tool to work correctly a diet rich in protein and low in simple carbohydrate slider foods must be observed. The high protein diet must be followed even after healthy body weight has been achieved in order to maintain a healthy weight and avoid weight regain.

Kaye Bailey 2010 - All Rights Reserved

Article Source: Slider Foods Spell Weight Regain For Weight Loss Surgery Patients

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Medical Tourism - What to Know Before Traveling For Weight Loss Surgery

By Kaye Bailey

It is estimated that a quarter-million people will undergo bariatric surgical procedures in the United States this year for the treatment of obesity and morbid obesity. Roux-n-Y gastric bypass surgery, considered the gold standard of weight loss surgery, will be performed most frequently at a cost of $40,000 or more per surgery. The less invasive gastric banding "lap-band" and gastric sleeve procedures will be performed for about $20,000 a surgery. More people are electing to travel outside the United States to have these procedures at accredited facilities where quality and safety are assured by international governing bodies and costs are less than half.

Medical Tourism: the process of "leaving home" for treatments and care abroad or elsewhere domestically - is an emerging phenomenon in the health care industry. A 2008 study suggests that Americans are leaving their homes more than ever to receive medical care outside of the nationals borders in an effort to seek quality less costly medical care. Note these points reported by the Deloitte 2008 Survey of Health Care Consumers:

  • Health care costs are increasing at eight percent per year - well above the Consumer Price Index (CPI), thus eating into corporate profits and household disposable income.
  • The safety and quality of care available in many offshore settings is no longer an issue: Organizations including the Joint Commission International (JCI) and others are accrediting these facilities.


Receiving safe and quality care is the primary issue for consumers considering outbound medical tourism as a treatment option. Consumers seeking treatment outside United States borders should look for centers that have been reviewed y the Joint Commission International (JCI) which was launched in 1999 after a growing demand for a resource to effectively evaluate quality and safety. There are over 120 hospitals worldwide that are accredited through the JCI. Patients should also seek programs touting these attributes:

  • U.S.-trained physicians and care teams
  • English language services
  • Use of clinical information technologies
  • Use of evidence-based clinical guidelines
  • Affiliations with reputable, top-tier U.S. provider organizations
  • Coordination of pre- and post-discharge care
  • Provision for adverse events requiring services unavailable in the facility


Safety questions are answered in frequent reviews by the JCI and other governing bodies to protect the safety and rights of the medical tourist. Safety questions in the accreditation process include:

  • Are the accreditation certificates regularly renewed?
  • Is the hospital following all the standard safety norms? Are the disposables being taken care of properly?
  • Are the food and inpatient facilities hygienic?
  • Is staff fluent in English or is interpreter competent to prevent any miscommunication?
  • How safe and secure is the environment at the provider site?
  • What are the precautions to be taken for the post-procedural care?

Packages and Financing:

Packages will frequently include, but are not limited to, hospital stay, hotel stay, ground transportation, blood test and X-rays, surgery, anesthesiologist's fees, surgeon's assistant's fee, surgeon's fees, nurses fees, discharge medications, medical devices and miscellany. Transportation to and from the destination and the cost of a traveling companion is not included in most packages. Many centers facilitate financing for the medical procedures they offer through a third party financing company not associated with the medical facility.

Kaye Bailey 2010 - All Rights Reserved

Article Source: Medical Tourism - What to Know Before Traveling For Weight Loss Surgery

Friday, May 14, 2010

Neighborhood News & Fun Friday

Good things are happening in the LivingAfterWLS Neighborhood - Our weight loss surgery safe haven circle of friends. Check out some of the great conversations we are enjoying today and join us!

Fun Friday
Gwenda is Back! Get ready for another round of fun at our weekly Neighborhood game where we get to know our Neighbors and have the chance to win fabulous prizes! Today's Fun Friday has us revealing our superstitions! Play Now

Weekend Wanderings
by Denisemarr
"As your ambassador of weekend living, I want to welcome you to Weekend Wanderings. So tell us, where will you be wandering to this weekend??? Where ever your weekend takes you, whether it is around the world or around the block, have a great one. And Remember: Not all who wander, are lost."

Spring Fitness Training Group
Lots of run and walk events coming up in May! Join our Neighborhood team training group and share your hints, tips & enthusiasm as we all get ready to participate in fun physical activities in the warm months ahead!

Day 6 Recipes, Pictures & Reports from the Day 6 Book
We're sharing our Day 6 Recipes! Pictures & Reviews. What's on your plate?

Reduce Offensive Flatulence After Weight Loss Surgery
Discussing that embarrassing topic of offensive gas after weight loss surgery. Learn what causes it and share your experience in a safe place where others understand.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Reduce Offensive Flatulence After Weight Loss Surgery

By Kaye Bailey

It is quite common for patients of gastric bypass, gastric banding and gastric sleeve weight loss surgery to report an increase in uncomfortable intestinal bloating and the frequent release of foul and offensive gas. Some patients report the problem of gas to be so offensive they suffer chronic embarrassment leading them to isolation. By its nature gastric surgery changes the human digestive process and increases the occurrence of gas. In addition, weight loss surgery patients follow a high protein, low carbohydrate diet which is also known to cause gas. Understanding what causes excessive flatulence is the first step to implementing therapies to reduce the occurrence and offensiveness of this natural body function.

High Protein Diet:
Weight loss surgery patients who follow a strict high protein diet frequently report excessive flatulence beyond the 14 releases per day experienced by adults with a healthy digestive tract. In digestion proteins are broken down with the secretion of hydrocholoric acid which allows the activation of pepsin, a protein digesting enzyme. Weight loss surgery patients become deficient in hydrocholoric acid or pancreatin when their intestines are shortened or bypassed with surgery. Therefore the gastric enzymes and acids to facilitate complete digestion are deficient and excessive gas can be produced. A high protein diet, by nature, is a diet low in fiber intake. The absence of adequate fibrous carbohydrates leads to waste material moving too slowly through the large bowel and constipation and flatulence results.

To reduce the occurrence of flatulence associated with a high protein diet stay hydrated by drinking at least 64 ounces of water daily. The water will help to move food along the digestive and intestinal tract preventing the build-up of gas. Eliminate processed meat, cured meat, beans, tofu and soy products from the diet for several days until symptoms of chronic flatulence are reduced.

Sugar Replacers: Weight loss surgery patients are strongly encouraged to eliminate sugar and sweets from their diet. Many people include products labeled "sugar-free" in their diet to satisfy sweet cravings. Sugar-free products use sugar replacers, a term to describe the sugar alcohols such as mannitol, sorbitol, xylitol, maltitol, isomalt, and lactitol, that provide bulk and sweetness to cookies, hard candies, sugarless gums, jams, and jellies. Sugar alcohols evoke a low glycemic response because the body absorbs them slowly making them slow to enter the bloodstream. However, side effects such as gas, abdominal discomfort, and diarrhea, are so extreme that regulations require food labels to state that "excess consumption may have a laxative effect."

To decrease the gas associated with sugar alcohols eliminate or reduce the intake of food containing sugar alcohol. Do not exceed package serving size of sweets made from sugar alcohol.

Therapies to Reduce Offensive Flatulence: The following therapies may be effective in reducing embarrassing and uncomfortable gas and bloating associated with the diet after gastric weight loss surgery

Beano: A few drops help prevent gas formation. Not effective in preventing bloating and gas pain, however will prevent gas-passing or flatulence.

Chamomile, ginger and papaya teas: good digestive aides, nerve tonics, and cramp and pain relievers.

Peppermint oil: relieves flatulence and related pain.

Kaye Bailey 2010 - All Rights Reserved

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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Kaye Bailey Article Syndication

Kaye Bailey EzineArticles
Kaye Bailey, Expert AuthorRecently syndicated articles by internationally recognized weight loss surgery expert Kaye Bailey:

Four Truths About Weight Regain After Weight Loss Surgery
Nobody undergoes weight loss surgery thinking weight regain will happen to them. But statistics indicate that 80 percent of those who undergo gastric bypass, gastric banding, or gastric sleeve weight loss surgery will at some point regain some of the weight they lost initially with the surgery. Learn four truths about weight gain after weight loss surgery.
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Emergency Preparedness For Weight Loss Surgery Patients
Weight loss surgery patients should take some extra steps in preparing an emergency readiness kit for use in the event of a natural or national disaster. Here are some good suggestions for preparing a special needs kit for the bariatric patient.
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Gastric Bypass Dumping Syndrome - Three Foods That Cause It
As pre-op weight loss surgery patients we are taught to fear the mysterious dumping syndrome and in most cases we are told that avoiding sugar will prevent the occurrence of dumping syndrome. So it comes as a surprise when after having a malabsorptive gastric surgery we experience symptoms that we think are dumping syndrome, yet sugar has not crossed our lips. In this article we take a look at dumping syndrome so that we can understand the full picture - beyond the sugar - and avoid the foods that may cause it.
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Budget Tips For Eating Healthy After Weight Loss Surgery
After gastric bypass, gastric banding or gastric sleeve weight loss surgery we know we must follow a healthy high protein diet in order to lose weight and maintain weight loss. In these economic times it is natural to be concerned about the cost of a specialized diet. Follow these helpful tips to sustain your weight loss surgery diet without breaking the bank.
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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Budget Tips For Eating Healthy After Weight Loss Surgery

By Kaye Bailey

After gastric bypass, gastric banding or gastric sleeve weight loss surgery we know we must follow a healthy high protein diet in order to lose weight and maintain weight loss. In these difficult economic times it is natural to be concerned about the cost of a specialized diet. Follow these helpful tips to sustain your weight loss surgery diet without breaking the bank. By making a special effort when planning, shopping and preparing meals it is painless to save money and follow a nutritional program to benefit our health today and in the future.
  • Make a weekly menu of dinner meals. Focus on protein dishes that can be repurposed as lunches. Side dishes should be fresh seasonal vegetables and fruits or frozen vegetables requiring minimal preparation.
  • Plan two or three "routine" breakfast selections. Most WLS patients have a lower tolerance for food upon waking and eventually find a few things that consistently settle well on their stomach pouch first thing in the morning. Have these routine selections on hand at all times to avoid starting the day off with a grumpy pouch.
  • Follow the weekly grocery sale adds and take advantage of specials and coupons. Use grocery store loyalty cards for added savings. Avoid sales for processed simple carbohydrates (junk food) because these foods are referred to as "slider foods" and they often cause weight gain in WLS patients. Remember, a slider food on sale is still a slider food.
  • Purchase items that can be used in multiple recipes and for different meals such as canned beans, eggs and flash frozen poultry and fish pieces. Stock up on sale items and repackage bulk purchases for single meals or single serving sizes and freeze to avoid waste.
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  • When shopping, follow the "Protein First" rule and make protein selections first. Look for fresh lean meat, pork and lamb in the meat department. Add poultry and fish from the meat department or frozen meat section. Shop for low-fat dairy protein and select low-fat cottage cheese and yogurt as well as eggs. Add vegetable based protein to your diet with canned beans, dried beans and legumes, and tofu products.
  • Take advantage of locally grown produce available seasonally at roadside stands and farmers markets. For an exercise bonus gather your produce at "pick-your-own" farms and orchards to save money and burn calories.
  • Eliminate pricey beverages from your diet in favor of filtered tap water. It is less expensive and better for the environment. Flavor water with a squeeze of fresh lemon or fresh ginger. Add frozen berries for a refreshing treat. Make sun tea with tea bags instead of buying manufactured tea beverages. You will get a purer beverage and save money too.
  • Prepare your meals at home rather than eating out. You can control the ingredients and avoid things that interfere with your healthy dietary goals following weight loss surgery.
Build on your experience each week to become a health savvy and budget wise shopper so that you can enjoy your healthy life following surgical weight loss.

Kaye Bailey - 2010 - All Rights Reserved

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Monday, May 10, 2010

Emergency Preparedness For Weight Loss Surgery Patients

By Kaye Bailey

Following weight loss surgery patients make a multitude of adjustments in their lives to accommodate the dietary and nutritional needs of an altered gastric digestive system. Even if weight loss has long been accomplished patients who have undergone gastric bypass, gastric banding or gastric sleeve surgical procedures must, for the rest of their life, maintain rigorous nutritional and dietary habits in order to be healthy. After time these adjustments feel like second nature to the patient and even those around them. But in preparing an emergency kit for use in the wake of a natural or national disaster it is essential that weight loss surgery patients treat themselves as "special needs" and ensure their nutritional and dietary needs are provided for in the event the emergency kit is put into service.

Flood, fire, national disaster, or the loss of power from high winds, snow, or ice frequently jeopardize the health and safety of thousands of Americans each year. This year weather events and natural disasters have been particularly harsh throughout the world and many thousands have found themselves without food, shelter or warmth. While we cannot prevent natural or national disasters we can assemble emergency supply kits to improve our survivability when disaster strikes.

A well-prepared basic emergency supply kit will contain items to provide for the basics of survival: fresh water, food, clean air and warmth. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recommends the following items be included in a basic emergency supply kit:
  • Water, one gallon of water per person per day for a least three days, for drinking and sanitation
  • Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Dust mask, to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Can opener for food (if kit contains canned food)
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers
Emergency readiness kits should provide water, food, clean air and warmth for 72 hours. Keeping that in mind a "special needs" weight loss surgery patient should consider including the following items in their personal readiness kit:

  • Vitamins and supplements for three days. Additional dosages of vitamins B and C may be included to relieve stress and boost immunity.
  • Non-NSAID over-the-counter pain relief medicine. Most surgical weight loss patients are discouraged from using NSAID medication for pain relief. Make sure acceptable OTC pain relief is included in the First aid kit.
  • Vitamin fortified or protein fortified powder drink mixes in individual packages. These are useful in adding minerals and nutrients to the diet while stretching the water supply because when mixed with the water rations they provide hydration and vitamin and mineral nutrition.
  • Ready-to-Drink (RTD) and Ready-to-Eat (RTE) protein drinks and protein bars. A weight loss surgery patient must have a minimum of 60 grams protein per day for best health. Provide at least 60 grams of dietary protein per day for three days of emergency use.
  • Sugar free hard candy to supplement food intake and keep the mouth moist.
  • Additional bedding or clothing for warmth. Body temperature regulation is difficult for those having lost body weight or body mass. Provide extra items for warmth in the event of a disaster that subjects the weight loss surgery patient to extreme cold or elements.
  • Emergency response information for the treatment of a bariatric patient including contact numbers. Make this information readily available to first responders.
Gather items for the emergency preparedness kit in one location. Stow the items in a portable duffel bag or plastic bin that is accessible and labeled for easy access in the event of an emergency. Ideally each household member will have a kit tailored for their needs. Periodically check the kit and replenish items that have expired. Make certain all contact information is current. It is not easy to think about facing a disaster, but should the day come when the emergency kit is needed a little preparation will go a long way in making a bad situation better.

Kaye Bailey (c) 2010 - All Rights Reserved

Kaye Bailey is an internationally recognized writer, speaker and weight loss surgery advocate. She is the author of the highly successful weight loss surgery back to basics plan: 5 Day Pouch Test and the 5 Day Pouch Test Owner's Manual. Her follow-up book, Day 6: Beyond the 5 Day Pouch Test, was published in December 2009. It provides guidance for long-term weight and health management with all bariatric surgical procedures. Ms. Bailey is known for her powerful "you can do this" manner and her belief in the power of personal responsibility. She is the founder of LivingAfterWLS, LLC parent company to the and websites. Supporting both websites is the LivingAfterWLS Neighborhood, an online compassion-driven community for weight loss surgery, gastric bypass and gastric banding patients.

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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
A Collection of Neighborhood 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

Sunday, May 09, 2010

Happy Mother's Day

As we honor Mothers and Motherhood today please accept my heartfelt wishes for a day of joy and memory making as you celebrate the special relationships in your life. Thank you for being a treasured part of my life through our LivingAfterWLS connection.

"Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom."-Marcel Proust

Saturday, May 08, 2010

Coupon Savings & Free Recipe with Seasoning

Happy Mother's Day from all of us at LivingAfterWLS General Store!
Because we understand that just like being a mother, living with surgical weight loss is a 24/7 occupation, we are offering a store-wide coupon of savings of 5% off all purchases on quality weight loss surgery products! In addition all orders placed now through May 10 will be shipped with a free recipe and seasoning blend sample as our way of saying "Thanks Mom" for all the nurturing you do - Moms, Dads, Daughters & Sons alike!

Shop Now and enter Coupon Code MAYBLOOMS - We look forward to thoughtfully packaging your order and sending it out quickly so you may have great tools for your best LivingAfterWLS experience!


Books & Publications:
We are pleased to offer exclusively books published by LivingAfterWLS, LLC with the intent of enhancing the lives who courageously chose to battle obesity with a surgical weight loss option. All Books & Publications come with our fun FREE Goody Bag full of clever tools & samples to support your WLS way of life!!! Fun Stuff!

5 Day Pouch Test Owner's Manual

by Kaye Bailey
The complete 5 Day Pouch Test plan including inspiration, instructions, and recipes in Kaye Bailey's classic empowering style. 100-page easy to read paperback with hints, tips and encouragement that enables you to take charge of your weight loss surgery tool. If you have ever asked "Is my pouch broken?" then this book is for you. Available exclusively at the LivingAfterWLS General Store.

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Day 6: Beyond the 5 Day Pouch Test
by Kaye Bailey
You've succeeded with the 5 Day Pouch Test. Keep the momentum by learning the secrets of Day 6 - Beyond the 5 Day Pouch Test. Facts, Inspiration, Recipes all in Kaye's empowering style. Reserve your copy today! Save $4.00 off list price!

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A Collection of Neighborhood Recipes
Edited by Kaye Bailey
300 Recipes for weight loss surgery patients BY weight loss surgery patients. Now in its 3rd printing. Quality spiral bound cookbook features Appetizers & Beverages, Protein Breakfasts, On the Go Protein, Healthy Snacks, Condiments & Sauces, Soups & Salads, Vegetables & Side Dishes, Main Dishes, Sensible Desserts and Healthy Grains. Nutritional data included on most recipes. Limited Quantities!!!
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Friday, May 07, 2010

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Headaches - Three Effective Herbal Remedies

By Kaye Bailey

While it may seem quick and easy to grab over the counter treatments for headaches there are actually time proven herbal remedies that may be even more effective in headache treatment without the harsh chemical side effects. Unlike allopathic medicine (drugs) that focus on chemistry and treatment, herbal medicine concentrates on prevention. Consider these three herbal medicines in your treatment of headaches. And of course, always seek the advice of qualified health care professionals when seeking treatment for illness.

Feverfew: this herb, a member of the daisy family, is a common garden plant and has long been used by the British for self-medication. Research has shown that the active ingredient in feverfew is parthenolide. The Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology suggests that feverfew inhibits serotonin release and the amount released from platelets is controlled by the parthenolide content in the dose of feverfew. Parthenolide is the main active ingredient in feverfew. Several studies indicate feverfew may reduce headache suffering. Feverfew products should indicate the proper amounts of parthenolide per dose at 165 milligrams as determined in a 1992 study published by J Pharm and Pharmacol.

Ginger: As more research indicates the prevalence of headaches to blood flow abnormalities we are learning that ginger reduces clotting time of blood cells and also blocks the production of prostaglandins, which are linked to the inflammation associated with headaches. Ginger has long been known for its therapeutic properties to relieve headaches, nausea, and vomiting. Modern science suggests that headache sufferers who take 1.5 to 2 grams of powdered ginger daily report fewer headaches and less severe headaches. Ginger is widely available in the vitamin and supplement section of major stores and can be purchased in the correct dosage in encapsulated form.

Chamomile: The use of chamomile to relieve headaches dates back to the ancient Egyptians who used chamomile for its therapeutic and relaxing qualities. Chamomile tea, commonly available, is a light and flavorful tea and is employed to ease pain, headaches, and insomnia. High levels of flavonoids are present in chamomile which help the body fight allergens, viruses, and carcinogens. These are the active properties that make chamomile effective as an anti-inflamatory nerve tonic, and mild sedative. Those with chronic headaches report fewer sleep disturbances when having a cup of chamomile tea before bedtime.

Feverfew, ginger, and chamomile may all be used to prepare a warm compress to use for immediate relief of headaches. Soak a cloth in a warm brew of herbal tea and apply to forehead. Relax and enjoy the warm compress as it helps relieve headach pain.

All of these herbal treatments provide effective relief for people who suffer headaches as a result of a high protein diet.

Kaye Bailey (C) 2010 - All Rights Reserved

Kaye Bailey is an internationally recognized writer, speaker and weight loss surgery advocate. She is the author of the highly successful weight loss surgery back to basics plan: 5 Day Pouch Test and the 5 Day Pouch Test Owner's Manual. Her follow-up book, Day 6: Beyond the 5 Day Pouch Test, was published in December 2009. It provides guidance for long-term weight and health management with all bariatric surgical procedures. Ms. Bailey is known for her powerful "you can do this" manner and her belief in the power of personal responsibility. She is the founder of LivingAfterWLS, LLC parent company to the and websites. Supporting both websites is the LivingAfterWLS Neighborhood, an online compassion-driven community for weight loss surgery, gastric bypass and gastric banding patients.

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Avoid Fried Foods - Prevent Gastric Bypass Dumping Syndrome

By Kaye Bailey

Anyone who is awake knows that fried food is not a healthy dietary choice. A high fat diet is believed to be a contributing cause of diabetes, heart disease, overweight and obesity. But Americans continue to load their plates with fried food because we have developed a taste for it and because food producers make products that taste good and are affordable.

Overweight people who have undergone bariatric weight loss surgery to control their weight are encouraged to follow a diet high in protein and low in fat and carbohydrate. This has been shown to effectively work with the weight loss surgery to reduce weight and control weight over long periods of time. Living in a world where high fat food is ever present, the surgical weight loss patient is often tempted to indulge in fried food often thinking that small amounts of fried food will not negatively affect their diet or health. However, eating fried food, even in small amounts, can have catastrophic consequences for gastric surgery patients.

In general fried food is bad for us simply by the nature of its nutritional composition. Consider this: A 6-piece serving of fried chicken tenders contains 401 Calories; 16 grams Protein; 8 grams Fat; 57 grams Carbohydrate. The FDA calculates this at 3 1/2 starch/bread servings and 1 lean meat serving. Its easy to figure out how we have become "obese nation" when you consider many children are weaned from the bottle right to the fast food fried chicken pieces.

This nutritional data indicates the fried chicken tenders are a high fat carbohydrate. When a person who has undergone a malabsorptive gastric surgery such as gastric bypass eats high fat carbohydrates they are at imminent risk of dumping syndrome. Gastric Dumping Syndrome, or rapid gastric emptying, is a condition where ingested foods bypass the stomach too rapidly and enter the small intestine largely undigested. The syndrome is most often associated with malabsorptive gastric surgery, specifically gastric bypass surgery. Symptoms of dumping syndrome may manifest immediately after eating or within three hours of eating. Symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, bloating, cramping, diarrhea, dizziness and fatigue. Symptoms do subside as insulin levels return to normal. Many patients experiencing dumping find comfort in lying down or sipping on fortified water or energy drinks served at room temperature.

Not only is dumping syndrome physically uncomfortable it can be unpredictable and embarrassing. Many patients experience profuse sweating which can be embarrassing and difficult to explain to those unaware of the condition. At other times a patient may suffer from confusion and become disoriented which may appear to be intoxication or diabetic distress to someone unacquainted with the signs and symptoms of dumping syndrome.

So the consequences of eating fried food after a gastric weight reduction surgery are twofold: immediate risk of dumping syndrome and long term risk of weight gain and the diseases associated with a high-fat diet.

Gastric surgery patients, specifically gastric bypass patients, may successfully avoid dumping syndrome by eating a diet of carefully chosen lean protein combined with low glycemic fresh fruits and vegetables. Patients are instructed to avoid simple sugars, simple carbohydrates and high-fat carbohydrates and to avoid drinking liquids with meals. At the onset weight loss surgery patients are instructed to eat a high protein diet following surgery.

Kaye Bailey - 2010 - All Rights Reserved

Kaye Bailey is an internationally recognized writer, speaker and weight loss surgery advocate. She is the author of the highly successful weight loss surgery back to basics plan: 5 Day Pouch Test and the 5 Day Pouch Test Owner's Manual. Her follow-up book, Day 6: Beyond the 5 Day Pouch Test, was published in December 2009. It provides guidance for long-term weight and health management with all bariatric surgical procedures. Ms. Bailey is known for her powerful "you can do this" manner and her belief in the power of personal responsibility. She is the founder of LivingAfterWLS, LLC parent company to the and websites. Supporting both websites is the LivingAfterWLS Neighborhood, an online compassion-driven community for weight loss surgery, gastric bypass and gastric banding patients.

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