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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

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B Vitamins Refresher Course

Refresher Course: The B Vitamins. Here is a detailed article about the B Vitamins and why we need them, especially after WLS.  Consider taking a high potency B Complex vitamin for best delivery of nutrients to the body.

B Vitamins - What Are They and Why Weight Loss Surgery Patients Need Supplements
By Kaye Bailey

Weight loss surgery patients are advised to compliment their diet with a vitamin B supplement often taken in sublingual tablet form or by monthly injections. Some surgical procedures for weight loss inhibit absorption of the B vitamins which may result in deficiency. In addition, the low calorie high protein diet following bariatric surgery does not provide adequate dietary intake of B vitamins. Patients should follow the specific directions of their bariatric center when taking B vitamin supplements. Annual blood tests are needed to ensure deficiencies are quickly identified and treated.

The B vitamins are eight water-soluble vitamins that play important roles in cell metabolism. B vitamins are found in all whole, unprocessed foods. B vitamins play a key role in supporting and increasing the rate of metabolism; maintaining healthy skin and muscle tone; enhancing the immune and nervous system; promote cell growth and division; including that of the red blood cells that help prevent anemia; and may reduce the risk of pancreatic cancer.

Vitamin B1: Thiamine
Thiamine is highly concentrated in yeast so cereal grains are an important source of this vitamin that is essential in helping the body transform food into energy and contributes to brain, nerve cell, and heart function. Pork, fish, sunflower seeds, rice, and pasta also supply good amounts of thiamine. Many processed foods are enriched with thiamine. The Reference Daily Intake (RDA) of thiamine is 1.4mg, however some studies suggest intake of 50mg increases mental alertness. Thiamine absorption occurs in the jejunum and ileum, therefore gastric bypass and gastric sleeve patients have decreased opportunity for vitamin B1 absorption from food.

Vitamin B2: Riboflavin
Riboflavin is found in dairy products, lean meats, eggs, nuts, legumes, leafy greens, and enriched breads and cereals. It plays an essential roll in the production of red blood cells, energy production, and growth. Riboflavin is an easily absorbed micronutrient that is best known visually as the vitamin which imparts the orange color to solid B-vitamin supplements. People who take a high-dose B-complex will notice an unusual fluorescent yellow color in their urine as they slough off excess vitamin B2. Riboflavin is continuously excreted in the urine of healthy individuals, making deficiency relatively common when dietary intake is insufficient. Visible symptoms of riboflavin deficiency included cracked and red lips, inflammation of the lining of mouth and tongue, mouth ulcers, cracks in the corner of the mouth, and a sore throat. The RDA for vitamin B2 is 1.3mg/day for men and 1.1mg/day for women. Most vitamin B complex supplements provide a much higher dose of riboflavin.

Vitamin B3: Niacin
Like thiamine, niacin is important in the conversion of food to energy. It is also required for normal growth and the synthesis of DNA and helps keep the skin, nerves, and digestive system healthy. Niacin occurs naturally in lean meat, poultry, and seafood. Milk, cereals, and some dietary meal replacement bars and drinks are fortified with niacin. The RDA of niacin for men is 16mg and women 14mg. Extreme dosages (1.5-6 grams/day) of niacin may cause flushing and itching and may also elevate blood sugar. Standard supplementation should not result in this toxic reaction.

Vitamin B5: Pantothenic Acid
Pantothenic acid also helps the body convert food into energy and plays a role in synthesizing hormones and other body chemicals. Deficiencies of pantothenic acid are virtually unknown. The name pantothen is Greek meaning "from everywhere" and small amounts of pantothenic acid are found plant and animal food sources including grains, legumes, eggs, meat, and poultry. The RDA for both men and women is 5mg/day.

Vitamin B6: Pyridoxine
Pyridoxine is important in the utilization of protein and in the production of red blood cells. It works with other B vitamins to boost the immune system and produce antibodies. Good sources of B6 are chicken, beef, fish, beans, bananas, and enriched cereals. Pyridoxine is not commonly found in plants.

Vitamin B7: Biotin
We frequently hear about the role biotin plays in hair and skin growth but this powerful vitamin also plays a key role in the metabolism of proteins and carbohydrates into energy. Studies indicate biotin may also be helpful in maintaining a steady blood sugar level. Biotin is found in eggs, dairy products, legumes, whole grains and cruciferous vegetables. People in the phase of rapid weight loss following weight loss surgery often experience hair loss, which may be the result of biotin deficiency. Increased biotin supplementation immediately following surgery may lower the risk of hair loss due to biotin deficiency.

Vitamin B9: Folic Acid
This B vitamin - also called folate or folacin, is vital to tissue growth and plays a role in the prevention of certain birth defects. It is important for women of childbearing age to get enough of this nutrient. It is believed folate may also help prevent certain cancers and help prevent heart disease. Good sources of folate include artichokes, asparagus, avocado, blackberries, broccoli, brussels spouts, chickpeas, green peas, lentils, orange juice, raw peanuts, pinto beans, romaine lettuce, spinach, wheat germ and wild rice. Many cereals and refined grain products are fortified with folate.

Vitamin B12: Various Cobalamins
Vitamin B12 plays a role in the formation of red blood cells and in the functioning of the nervous system and it enables the body to utilize folate. Called cobalamin, vitamin B12 is plentiful in meat, poultry, fish, eggs, and dairy products.

Kaye Bailey (c) 2010 - All Rights Reserved

UNJURY® Recipes: Pumpkin Spice Latte

You guys know how I love my UNJURY ® Protein. Well, today received this recipe in an email from them. Looks delicious - I'm going to give it a try! Thought you might enjoy it as well. Let me know what you think.

UNJURY® Recipes: Pumpkin Spice Latte
UNJURY Pumpkin Spice Latte is a tasty way to enjoy the flavors of the season. With 24 grams of protein, the Pumpkin Spice Latte lets you indulge in the fantastic flavors of fall while staying on track.

Pumpkin Spice Latte


    1 scoop or 1 packet Vanilla UNJURY
    1 tablespoon Canned Pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)
    ¼ teaspoon Apple Pie Spice (cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice)
    ½ cup Skim Milk2, Lactose Free Milk, Soy Milk3, Rice Milk4
    2 teaspoons Splenda or Equal (add more or less to adjust sweetness)
    ½ cup Water
    1 teaspoon Instant Coffee (regular or decaf)


-Heat water in microwave (below 130 degrees) then mix in instant coffee


-Coffee (as prepared above), milk, canned pumpkin, Vanilla UNJURY, apple pie spice and sweetener in blender

-Blend until combined (about 30 seconds)

-Heat in microwave until warm or serve over ice

Fun Extras

-Serve with a cinnamon stick

-Top with 1 tablespoon of cool-whip (sugar free or regular) and sprinkle with Apple Pie Spice

Nutrition Facts per Serving: 150 calories, 24 grams protein, 11 grams carbohydrate and 9.5 grams sugar

If you need new ways to use UNJURY, give us a call. We are always happy to talk with customers.

We are here Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM, Eastern Time. Or just email

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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

12 Years Ago Today - I Arrived

12 Arrivalversary - Celebrating In the Neighborhood

Today marks the 12th Anniversary of my gastric bypass surgery on September 13, 1999. As we do each year on this date Jim took my "AFTER" picture. This morning out in the yard with the beautiful sunshine KeepHerKitty decided to join me for a picture. Isn't she gorgeous? Like all of here at LivingAfterWLS she struggles with her weight, as you can see. And sadly I am a treat giving enabler to her. So here is the picture, my latest "After" in this ongoing journey of LivingAfterWLS.

Watch your inbox for the LivingAfterWLS Weekly Digest this week, I have collected and shared many of the lessons I have learned in these 12 years. You can subscribe to the free emails here: LivingAfterWLS Newsletters. I have been fortunate to learn so much from all of you wonderful Neighbors and it is an honor to able to share our collective experience.

So CHEERS to another 12 Years!

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Friday, September 09, 2011

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Coming to grips with Carbs & WLS

What's the deal with carbs after WLS? This is one of the most commonly asked questions we see here at LivingAfterWLS. In fact, we dedicated an entire Cooking with Kaye email newsletter to the topic of carbohydrates. You can see the entire newsletter here:

Cooking with Kaye: Never Count Carbs Again

Here is the opening article from the newsletter. Be sure and follow the link though, you will find tons of great information and recipes in the free newsletter. And there is a link to download the file so you can print it and save in your WLS notebook.

"A major area of concern and sometimes confusion for us after weight loss surgery is how many grams of carbohydrates should we eat in a day. Have you been perplexed over the carbohydrate question? Today in Cooking with Kaye we take a look at carbs and the role they play our diet after weight loss surgery.

"It is popular in the health and nutrition fields to describe carbs as "good carbs" or "bad carbs". I prefer not to use those words because they assign a moral trait to food and food does not have moral traits. Food is food. When we remove moral assignment from the food we eat we can be smart, thoughtful, and rational with our choices. But if we assign morals to food and eat "bad carbs" then we must be bad. You know the self-blame cycle I'm talking about.

Instead of good carbs and bad carbs I prefer to use more accurate terms:

  •     Fruit and Vegetable Carbs or Complex Carbs
  •     Grain and Starch Carbs or Complex Carbs
  •     Processed Manufactured Carbs or Simple Carbs

I have them arranged in nutritional importance to us after undergoing weight loss surgery. Like other nutrients carbohydrates are measured in grams. A 2008 broad-canvas study of bariatric centers revealed that few bariatric surgeons or nutritionists give a specific daily quota for carbohydrate intake. Most default to the 113g RDA recommended by the National Academies' Institute of Medicine for people following a 1200 calorie a day diet. It takes roughly 8 to 10 cups of fruit and vegetables to equal 113g complex carbohydrates and I do not know any weight loss surgery patient who can consume that much volume.

That is good news. While it is unlikely we can ever reach that daily intake by eating fruits and vegetables it is also unlikely we will ever over eat our carbohydrate allowance when we select high moisture, high fiber fruits and vegetables. A variety of fruits and vegetables promotes good health because they contain disease fighting vitamins and nutrients. Fruits and vegetables enjoyed with lean protein improve the overall eating experience for weight loss surgery patients because they are high in moisture. This is a relief when we are following the liquid restrictions and not drinking a beverage with meals.

Today we look at Protein & Fruit WLS Perfect Mealcomplex carbohydrates from fruits and vegetables. We have some great tips and recipes to include them in your diet for life-long weight management. Pictured here is a typical breakfast plate for me that included 2 ounces white meat roasted turkey, 1 hard-cooked egg, 6 blackberries and 1/2 large kiwifruit. After enjoying this meal I will not feel hungry or crave sweets for several hours. (Nutritional Count: 182 Calories 

(44% Protein, 32% Fat, 24% Carbohydrate); 20g Protein; 6g Fat; 11g Carbohydrate; 3g Dietary Fiber. 75% RDI Vitamin C, 25% RDI Niacin, 5% RDI Calcium.) I consider this plate a perfect breakfast and while I don't get it right every morning it is a goal I aim for because on days when I get this right I am powerful and in control."

Cooking with Kaye - Never Count Carbs Again

Garden Surplus? Try Mini Zucchini Pizzas

 We published this recipe earlier this year in the April 5 Cooking with Kaye newsletter. Thanks to some generous neighbors I have lots of zucchini on hand. Now is a great time to give this recipe another try! I hope you enjoy it.

Mini Zucchini Pizzas
This recipe comes together quickly and each muffin-half pizza is a perfect portion for the weight loss surgery patient. Left-over servings may be gently reheated in the microwave or toaster oven and enjoyed as a light lunch the following day. Add additional vegetables to suit the season and your taste.

1 cup chopped scallions
1 small zucchini, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 14-ounce jar RagĂș Pizza Quick Sauce
3 English muffins (whole wheat or white), split and toasted
1 cup shredded Muenster cheese
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  In a large skillet, sautĂ© scallions and zucchini in vegetable oil until tender. Spoon 1 1/2 tablespoons pizza sauce on each toasted muffin half. Evenly top with Muenster cheese, zucchini and scallions; sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Place on baking sheet and bake 15-20 minutes or until cheese melts.

6 Servings. Per Serving: 284 Calories, 10g Protein, 11g Fat, 16g Carbohydrate, 4g Dietary Fiber.

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Southwestern Chicken Soup - 5 Ingredients; Tons of flavor

Kimmie Gee posted this recipe in the LivingAfterWLS Community Kitchen and it is a goody! Only five ingredients but tons of flavor. And the easy method is quick and perfect for a weeknight supper. I have leftover chicken we roasted in the Weber kettle grill that will be very happy to swim in this soup! Now I'm getting very hungry! Please add your favorite WLS friendly recipe to our growing collection in the LivingAfterWLS Neighborhood.

A friend shared this soup with me and I think it's a great warm up for this time of year, and very friendly for wls folks!! If you try it, drop me a line and let me know how it turned out.

Five Simple Ingredients:
Chicken, cooked & shredded or chunked (I used 12.5oz Trader Joe's canned chunk chicken breast, but rotisserie would be fabulous)
Salsa Verde (I used 16oz jar Herdez)
White Cannellini Beans, drained & rinsed (I used 15.5oz Bush's)
Chicken Broth (I used 16oz Kitchen's Best Chicken Stock)
Couple dashes of Southwest Seasoning (optional, but I do use it)

Combine all ingredients in a saucepan, warm through and enjoy. That's it!
As written, this recipe yields (about) six-1cup servings at (approximately) 164 calories & 18 grams of protein per serving.

I add a dollop of sour cream, which (obviously) affects these totals, but I like the creaminess it provides!!

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Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Farmer's Market Tomatoes

Oh My Goodness!  Look at the goodness in these vine-ripe tomatoes from the Farmer's Market. For me nothing screams late summer better or louder than a warm freshly picked tomato. And they are so delicious and so good for us! I have heard tomatoes called the culinary equivalent of the Little Black Dress because they are perfect just as they are yet so willing to get all dressed up and fancy!

Some of you have noticed the frequency with which tomatoes show up in my recipes. Not forsaking my shear love of tomatoes they are very good for us and many weight loss surgery patients report a high tolerance for tomatoes in all their forms --fresh, canned, dried, and as a juice or sauce -- and include them in their diets accordingly. One cup of raw tomato provides 38 calories (it is mostly water), 2g dietary fiber, 2g protein, and 57% of your daily value of Vitamin C. Several studies suggest that the lycopene found in tomatoes is beneficial in helping prevent some forms of cancer.

Are you a tomato head like me? Then you will love this perfect recipe. I found it in The Oprah Magazine Cookbook:

on page 79. It was created by Celia Barbour and clearly she is my soulmate. I think with this recipe I'd even splurge on the bread and where I normally make open faced sandwiches I'd put my tomatoes worth between two slices and enjoy!

Tomato Sandwich
by Celia Barbour

"A perfectly ripe tomato is the most important ingredient here. It should be summer-time juicy and grown close by; otherwise there's not much point to the sandwich!

1 ripe tomato
2 slices bread, preferably white farm or peasant
1 tablespoon mayonnaise
salt and pepper (optional)

Slice the tomato thickly -- about as thick as a slice of bread. Spread the bread with mayonnaise. Place the tomato on one slice. Sprinkle wiht salt and a little pepper, if you like. Top with the other slice of bread. Cut the sandwich in half. Go outside.

Makes 1 sandwich.
Another favorite tomato recipe:

Mozzarella Tomato Boats

This is a little recipe I "invented" last summer, although I’m confident it’s been done before. It’s simple: stuff cored plum tomatoes with mozzarella, olive oil & basil and grill until the cheese melts. Delicious! Plan two tomatoes per person.

Link to Recipe

Friday, September 02, 2011

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Date Change: Rhode Island Walk from Obesity

This is a direct message from Julie Nolan at CharterCARE regarding the Walk From Obesity event in Rhode Island - Important date change.  Please share:

*** *URGENT* *** *URGENT* *** *URGENT* ***
Our September 10, 2011 Event Date has changed!!!!
New Date is: SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2011

Same location and times ... just a different day!

Due to Hurricane Irene's extensive damages and power outages along the East Coast, the printing and shipping of our WFO Banner and T-Shirts has been delayed!

We will not have enough time to print OUR Local sponsors on the back of the T-shirts in time for the planned Walk from Obesity date.

Because of site non-availability, we had to hold off the rescheduled date to October 8, 2011.

We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused our Participants and Vendors who have committed to the September event. We are hoping that you will STILL be able to attend the October 8, 2011 event.

For those who have already registered online, your registration information and donations have not been altered. You will receive an email directly from the Walk from Obesity team to reflect the date change.

On the bright side....we have more time to collect donations, get pledges and raffle items!

Our Walk from Obesity Event Volunteers will continue meeting each Sunday, Sept 11th, 18th, 25th and Oct 2nd at my home, 2:00pm - 4:00pm. Please join us (kids are welcome).

Please contact me with ANY questions you have.

For more information about or if you would like to donate to the 2nd Annual Rhode Island Walk from Obesity Event please visit

GET INVOLVED! Become captain of your own team or join our Roger Williams Medical Center Living Life Support Groups' team!

Thank you for your continued support!

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Blog Roll - Have you got something to say?

So here I am, Sleepless at LivingAfterWLS, and I was clicking through the blog roll on this very blog. Not a current link on the list!  So, I'm revamping the blog roll. Are you a weight loss surgery #WLS blogger? Do you keep your postings current? Drop me a note and I'll blogroll you!  Send me a quick message to KayeBailey@LivingAfterWLS or Tweet me your link @LivingAfterWLS or FB me I'll get you listed here and keep up with you. As I say time and again -- We are all in this together!

Did you know that #WLS Bloggers are extremely predictable? I have been studying this for nearly 10 years now. We blog hot & heavy before weight loss surgery and keep it up the first year after surgery as we go through the phase some call "rapid weight loss" or "honeymoon" period. Postings taper off in the second year and by the third year most #WLS bloggers are AWOL.  Have you noticed this? If you followed this pattern what is the reason for the wax & wane of your #WLS blog?

Do tell!

I know that on Sept. 13 I'll be 12 years post-op. And I've said pretty much all I have to say about my personal #WLS experience and life as I know it after being gut-whacked. But now this (talking about WLS) is my job -- my calling if you will -- so I need to keep posting. It seems my posts are a lot less personal these days. Does this mean I am "back to normal"?

I hope we get some interesting discussion here...... What is your take on the blog cycle of a WLS Neighbor?