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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Ripe Tomatoes Served with Pasta & Goat Cheese

Please enjoy this recipe from the LivingAfterWLS Newsletter Archives:

I think we are all familiar with classic macaroni, pasta or potato salads that are heavy on starch and light on vegetables or complex carbohydrates. While no doubt these are enjoyable to eat they leave us feeling heavy, sleepy, and bloated. In many cases they lead to discomfort and possibly dumping in gastric surgery patients. I have learned that in changing the ratio of starch and complex carbohydrates we can enjoy the mouth-feel of pasta or potatoes without the heaviness of a traditional classic side-dish salad. This recipe for Pasta with Tomatoes & Goat Cheese is adapted from a long-since-lost issue of Gourmet magazine. I enjoy mixing it up with whatever fresh produce and cheese is available and I think you will too. Use this recipe as your template and mix-it-up to suit your palate. Just remember to keep the ratio at 2 parts complex carbs (veggies) to 1 part starch. Use a whole grain pasta to sneak a few grams of vegetable protein in your diet as well! CHEERS!

1 pound pasta of choice
2 3/4 pounds fresh cherry tomatoes, assorted colors and flavors, cleaned and rinsed
4 ounces soft mild goat cheese, crumbled
1/2 cup freshly torn basil leaves
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1-2 teaspoons seasoning salt

Cook pasta according to directions in boiling salted water just until done, then drain. Do not rinse.

In a large bowl toss warm pasta with tomatoes, crumbled goat cheese, basil leaves and olive oil and allow warm pasta to melt cheese. Taste for flavor and season with You Have Arrived Finishing Salt as needed. Serve warm or cold.

Try this: Mix 2 parts veggies with 1 part pasta and toss with homemade vinaigrette for a great side dish salad that will keep you on track!

Recipe Link: Vinaigrettes for Variety, Nutrition and Flavor

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Stop Competing - This WLS is about our Health, not a Contest!

Recently I was reminded of how much effort we invest in competing to lose weight, even with WLS. So I pulled this bulleting from our 5 Day Pouch Test archives and wanted to share it again, even though many of you have seen it. Be sure to download the free poster as well - it is so pretty and a real reminder that weight loss is a personal endeavor, not a competition. I work with this topic every day and I still need a reminder that it is a journey, not a race. Link for the Full Newsletter

Greetings Neighbors!No Contest

Maybe it's the fall sports season that has so many of us in the competitive mood lately. Seems like things have really heated up on the weight loss surgery scrimmage lines where it is more popular than ever to compare and compete with one another in our weight loss. And while some healthy competition can be a great motivator the comparison of weight loss can lead to utter discouragement. I see it even with the 5 Day Pouch Test that people are making comparisons in how much weight is lost in the 5 days and if they do not meet that superficial standard they consider their 5DPT effort a failure.  It is not.

Unless you pound-for-pound and fork-for-fork competitively gained weight with another person you have no business competing to lose weight. Contrary to popular culture, weight loss is not a contest. Weight loss is a life saving initiative owned by the one taking action.

By all means we should compare our experiences. Let's share recipes and exercise tips. Let's give reminders to drink our water and take our supplements. But let's leave the competition to the amateurs. As weight loss surgery patients we understand that our lives were in danger from obesity and we took medical action to change the course. We are much wiser for it. Few people who join their positive energy forces in a united effort for better health ever feel burdened by not living up to an artificial contest.

If you are feeling beaten by the competition I invite you to download and print the copyrighted poster above. You can get it here. Please let it serve as a reminder the grand purpose of this weight loss surgery experience. You deserve to be healthy and pursue many prizes that far exceed the dot-marks on a weight loss ticker.

Remember, we are all in this together and we are here for you.  Please be sure to take a look at some of the free download worksheets LivingAfterWLS has available for you. These free tools are designed to support your best efforts for improved long-term health with weight loss surgery. Download Tools

For more informative and inspiring reading please visit
our 5 Day Pouch Test Articles Collection.

You Can Do This!

5 Day Pouch Test in the Neighborhood

Link to the Newsletter in our Archive

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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Weekly Digest: Tips & Hints for WLS Success

Success Secrets Shared
Strategies for lasting weight loss & weight maintenance
July 17,  2012
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I hope you this message finds you well as we reach the mid-point of summer. Recently I was asked to share my best diet and weight loss tips. I think like any of us in pursuit of better health and life-long weight management we can never satisfy an appetite for healthy tips and sound advice. Long before WLS I was collecting tips, and occasionally including them in dietary and health management.  It seems to me that the best tips are tried-and-true wisdom recycled over and over, while poor advise simply fades away to forgotten. So in this week's digest I've gathered some of tips and wisdom that works for me and for many of my LivingAfterWLS Neighbors as well. I hope you find a new gem to treasure and spot an old favorite among the lot. Drop by the LivingAfterWLS Neighborhood and share your wisdom for better health and weight management. After all, we are all in this together!
Best Wishes & Good Health! 

10 Healthy Habits for Weight Loss
Food Diary: Study shows helps dieters lose weight
Eating Out: Can-do Strategies
Buffet Table Tips for People with Diabetes
Recipe: California Omelet with Tomato & Avocado



Thursday, July 12, 2012

Friday the 13th Free Shipping Sale!!! 24 Hours Only!

Crazy things happen on Friday the 13th!!!! 

What's the craziest thing of all? How about FREE SHIPPING on all orders placed in the LivingAfterWLS General Store for the next 24 hours? You get the goods, we cover the shipping!! That's just crazy! And we are happy to share the insanity with our loyal customers. Enjoy quality products that support your healthy LivingAfterWLS!

--No Coupon Needed
--No Minimum Order
--$4.95 Value!

Shop today and call it your Crazy-Good Lucky Friday the 13th!  Enjoy!


*Regretfully, we can not extend this offer to our International Customers. Please see our International shipping policy here.

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Sale begins 12:01 a.m. eastern time 07/13/2012 and ends 12:01 a.m. eastern time 07/14/2012. Orders ship via USPS mail and most packages ship Priority Mail for quick delivery from our door to yours! Order your quality WLS products today and enjoy them in two shakes of a lucky black cat's tail!  Let's go Shopping! 

Friday 13th Free Shipping Sale

Thank you for shopping our Crazy Friday the 13th Free Shipping sale! We appreciate your business and look forward to serving you and supporting your healthy weight loss surgery way of life.
Kaye Bailey
LivingAfterWLS, LLC

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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Just Released: All New 5DPT Owner's Manual

All New: 5DPT Owner's Manual
2nd Edition!
Hot off the Press!

5DPT Manual: All New 2nd Edition
July 1, 2012:  
LivingAfterWLS and Kaye Bailey are pleased to announce the publication of the All New 5 Day Pouch Test Owner's Manual.

Same Great plan: 70 more pages of new information, FAQ's, Recipes, and Inspiration to get you back on track with WLS! 180 pages total.

(Same low price as 1st edition - 70 more pages!)

"Find your weight loss surgery tool in five focused days."

"Thank you for joining me in the 5 Day Pouch Test program and making it a valued tool in your weight loss surgery toolbox. In your hands is the second edition of the 5 Day Pouch Test Owner's Manual. The original manual, first published in 2008 and reprinted several times since, has been updated with new FDA nutrition guidelines, updated policy from the bariatric field, and new studies relating to the treatment of obesity.  You will also discover 16 new, tested and approved recipes included for your enjoyment during the 5 Day Pouch Test. In response to helpful feedback from readers of the first edition the format has been changed slightly making it easier to find quick answers while also providing complete discussions about the what, how, and why of working our weight loss surgery tool."
(Page 7: 2nd Edition).

July 5 Day Pouch Test Bulletin: Mid-Year FAQ's & Answers

Link to Bulletin in our Archive: July 2012

Greetings Neighbors and Happy Summer 2012!

Summer is upon us with record breaking heat and strange weather events across the country. And many of you, after enjoying the July 4th Holiday, are getting back on track using the 5 Day Pouch Test. This makes it a good time to review the basics of the 5 Day Pouch Test and answer some of the questions we are asked by people, just like you, who want to do their best with weight loss surgery using the 5DPT as one of their tools. As we recover from obesity many of us report enjoying the activities of summer as one of the great thrills that come with weight loss. I hope you have found this to be true for you.
One way to get the most enjoyment out of the summer season, and any season, is to take a few moments to review the basics that keep us on track with weight loss surgery. Nothing will bring the good times to a halt faster than feeling discouraged or disappointed with our surgery and our health. If we take a few moments to review the basics and make a few adjustments we can stay on track while enjoying the good life we dreamed of before surgery. And now is also a great time for a reset if we find ourselves so far off track that we need the 5 Day Pouch Test . Wherever you may find yourself at this moment I hope this Bulletin has something to offer as LivingAfterWLS continues to support your best efforts with weight loss surgery.

For those suffering record heat, please take a moment to look at last week's digest: Summer Heat & WLS: What you must know to survive record-breaking temps. Link Here

Remember, we are all in this together and we are here for you.  Please be sure to take a look at some of the free download worksheets LivingAfterWLS has available for you. These free tools are designed to support your best efforts for improved long-term health with weight loss surgery.
Download Tools

You are more powerful than you think and
You Can Do This!


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Friday, July 06, 2012

Deadline Extended: 2012 Neighborhood Postcard Swap

Welcome to the 2012 Neighborhood Postcard Swap
A Neighborhood Tradition since 2008!

Full Post: 2012 Postcard Swap
This is the least expensive most fun *Vacation* you will enjoy all year. Please take a minute to learn how it works and then join us! The Postcard Swaps -- as you can see below with KeepHerKitty in 2008 -- Have been tremendously successful. So let the fun begin!

Check out the 2011 Neighborhood Postcard Swap Here

What it is: Neighbors mail 6 unaddressed, but stamped postcards to one central location in a regular mailing envelope. Include in that envelope a note with your Neighborhood Display Name, Your Name and Postal Address. (All information is kept private and used for the single purpose of this Swap.) The postcards are collected here at LivingAfterWLS and everyone who sends in 6 postcards will receive 6 postcards mailed randomly throughout July & August. Just when you need a little pick-me-up you will find a cheerful and fun postcard in the mail -- real live touchable mail - :nature-smiley-001:- from one of your Neighbors! A chance to see the world and enjoy the beauty and diversity of our close-knit global Neighborhood! Follow the detailed instructions below and get ready to vacation right from your very own spot in this Safe Haven Circle of Friends!

Postcard Swap: Opens June 8, 2012 and Closes July 8, 2012  
New Deadline: July 22, 2012.

Link to Learn More

Monday, July 02, 2012

Summer Heat Poses Danger to WLS Patients

 Summer Heat & WLS What you must know to survive record-breaking temps!

From the LivingAfterWLS Weekly Digest July 2, 2012
It's hot out there! Across the nation, as we look forward to celebrating Independence Day on Wednesday, many are suffering from record-breaking hot temperatures. Add to that power outages that have shut-down air conditioning and refrigeration and this is one sweaty country. Aside from being uncomfortable and inconvenient, high temperatures pose serious health threats including dehydration, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke.

Those of us with weight loss surgery may be at increased risk of heat related illness if we struggle with the all-important Rule #2 of the Four Rules: Drink Lots of Water. As bariatric patients we are instructed to sip-sip-sip water during waking hours to keep our body hydrated and facilitate weight loss. In situations of extreme heat even a slight case of dehydration can become serious and may include symptoms very similar to dumping syndrome such as dizziness and disorientation.

Please take a moment to review the articles in this week's Digest and take appropriate action to protect your body from heat related illness with proper hydration and other temperature-lowering actions. And be mindful of those around you for symptoms that suggest a heat related illness, sometimes we do not recognize the symptoms in ourselves. Let's take care and avoid being one of the statistics during this week of celebrating in scorching high heat. You deserve to take extra-steps to be healthy and enjoy your new life of LivingAfterWLS!

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