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Friday, February 22, 2013

New! 5 Day Pouch Test Support


If you already have the 5 Day Pouch Test Owner's Manual but need some additional encouragement and dietary support this bundle is for you. Improve your odds for success with this bundle of 27 servings of proven dietary support products. Our dietary supplements are carefully selected to fuel your 5DPT, promote weight loss, and help you get back on track with WLS.

5 Day Pouch Test Support Bundle!

Enjoy the benefits of 27 carefully selected delicious servings to support your weight loss goals.

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Friday, February 08, 2013

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Protein First: It's a Really Big Deal!

5 Day Pouch Test Bulletin - Read in our Archive
February Theme:
Long-term weight management with WLS requires a life-long commitment to a high protein diet. Rule #1 Protein First: It works.

"After any bariatric surgery our nutritional focus must be following Rule #1: Protein First. That is how we can lose weight after a surgical gastric procedure and that is how we can maintain a healthy weight. Most of us need 100 grams or more of protein a day. By the time we eat that before anything else there is little pouch real estate to surrender to simple carbs and empty calories. Protein First: it works immediately after surgery and it sustains us for life." ~ Kaye Bailey

A protein-rich diet can lead to increased satiety, enhanced weight loss, and improved body composition.

Greetings from Kaye:
Happy heart health month to you! I hope this newsletter finds you well and Living after WLS!  This February bulletin addresses dietary protein as it fits in our "Protein First" post-WLS diet.  An abundance of proof exists that shows when our protein intake drops weight loss stalls and weight gain may occur. The "Protein First" rule must be followed with some rigor well beyond the so-called honeymoon period of weight loss. In order to sustain a healthy weight we must eat a high protein diet. I don't know of anyone with WLS who has not, at some point, struggled to follow a high protein diet. I've gone through spells where animal protein was repulsive to me so I had to supplement my nutritional intake with protein bars and shakes. If you struggle now and again with the high protein diet take a look at the articles in this newsletter to learn why protein is so important and how to increase your intake of protein.

Read in our Archive

Protein First! But are you getting enough?

From the February 2013 5 Day Pouch Test Bulletin
Read the Bulletin in our Archive

How much protein have you had today?
Protein shortfall puts our health at risk   Kettle-Grilled Chicken

"As a group, we are not eating enough protein and this shortfall is putting our health at risk."
We know that after weight loss surgery we should follow a high protein diet. We call this "Protein First" - the first of the Four Rules of WLS. Mainstream studies of people managing their weight without bariatric surgery continue to indicate a diet high in protein supports weight loss and weight management in addition to promoting health.

WebMD recently reported, "Diets higher in protein and moderate in carbs, along with a lifestyle of regular exercise are often purported by experts to reduce blood fats and maintain lean tissue while burning fat for fuel without constant hunger sidetracking dieters." Researchers don't understand exactly how protein works to turn down appetite. They surmise that it may be because a high-protein diet causes the brain to receive lower levels of appetite-stimulating hormones. It may be due to eating fewer carbs and/or the specific protein effect on hunger hormones and brain chemistry.

How Much Protein Do You Need?

Continue reading newsletter in our Archive: February Bulletin

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

"Bring them a plate anyway....."

Hello Everyone! I'm about to lay-out a rant here, but I want to preface it by saying I mindfully practice acceptance and give a good benefit of the doubt when personal philosophies differ from my own. I get it, that we all have a different bent on life and living. That said, this little nugget of "advice" really irks the carbs right out of me. From Feb/March issue of "Taste of Home" food magazine page 78 in big bold letters: Mom's Best Advice: If you offer people food and they say "No, thank you," what they really mean is "Yes, please!" Bring a heaping plate anyway.

Shame on you Taste of Home!

To me this is wrong on so many levels! "NO" means no be it NO food, NO drink, No fries, NO dessert, etc. NO is NO. Presuming someone means the opposite when they have mustered the courage to decline a food offering for whatever reason is extremely disrespectful. When an alcoholic says no to a drink does that mean yes? When a type I diabetic says no to candy does that mean yes? NO is NO!

As recovering obese people don't we struggle enough? We know who the food pushers in our lives are and we collaborate with other WLSers to evolve strategies that support our weight management goals in the face of those who may knowingly or unknowingly sabotage our efforts. It is hard work and the battle never ends. Do we really need, in 2013, a mainstream magazine encouraging people to push food upon those who have declined?

Yes, I know Taste of Home is not written for people minding their weight, but as a food magazine of any sort this ADVICE is highly irresponsible and offensive. They could have just as easily said mom's best advice is to disrespect all who sit at your table. I hope their readers spot this bad advice and toss it on the compost heap.

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