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Is the 5 Day Pouch Test Dangerous?

Hello everyone! 

I've had a couple emails today asking "Is the 5 Day Pouch Test dangerous?" We addressed this question in the 5DPT Bulletin in January. Here is that article and a link to the bulletin for your reference:

Is the 5DPT Dangerous?

Recently someone wrote to say they were afraid to do the 5DPT because they read in a forum that the plan is dangerous. Dangerous how? I asked. Because it is a liquid diet, came the response. Apparently there was some confusion about the plan as a whole. A liquid diet should only be followed under the care and supervision of a qualified health care professional. The 5 Day Pouch Test plan includes two days of eating liquid meals but the definition of liquids includes things beyond protein shakes and clear broth. Our Day 1 & 2 liquids include delicious soups made of wholesome vegetables and meat protein. It is not necessary to puree the soups as the chewing of braised meats and vegetables is a critical step in initiating the digestive process that leads to digestion and satiation. These soups are so wholesome and delicious that many people continue to enjoy the recipes beyond the 5DPT.

Link below to continue reading the discussion: 5DPT Bulletin January 2013

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Thursday, May 16, 2013

Post Surgery Weight Gain

Are you disappointed and frustrated with your weight loss results after bariatric surgery? Maybe you didn't get the best information from your surgeon. Link to the article below to learn one of the most common reasons weight loss stalls and weight regain happens. 

What Your Bariatric Surgeon Forgot to Tell You That Will Cause Weight Gain.
A significant number of people who undergo bariatric surgery for weight loss will at some point regain some of the weight they lost initially with surgery. Patients who stray from the high protein diet prescribed by weight loss surgery nutritionists to eat simple processed carbohydrates, called slurry foods, are likely to gain weight. Learn why.

Link to Article

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

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Recipe: Cheddar and Zucchini Frittata

Delicious breakfast recipe from DiabeticLivingOnline. Ideal for the weight loss surgery high protein diet.

Cheddar and Zucchini Frittata Recipe

MAKES: 4 servings
SERVING SIZE: 1/4 of the frittata
Cheddar and Zucchini Frittata
  • 1 cup  refrigerated or frozen egg product, thawed or 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup  finely shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese
  • 2 tablespoons  snipped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon  ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon  salt
  • 2 teaspoons  olive oil
  • 12 ounces  zucchini, halved lengthwise and sliced
  • 4 green onions, sliced
1. Position a rack in the upper third of the oven and preheat to 450 degrees F. In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, cheese, half of the parsley, the pepper, and, salt. Set aside.
2. In a 9- to 10-inch ovenproof skillet, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add zucchini and green onions; cook 5 to 8 minutes or just until tender, stirring frequently.
3. Carefully pour the egg mixture over the vegetables. Reduce heat to medium. As mixture sets, run a spatula around the edge of the skillet, lifting egg mixture so uncooked portion flows underneath. Continue cooking and lifting edges about 5 minutes or until egg mixture is almost set (surface will be moist). Reduce heat as necessary to prevent overbrowning.
4. Place the skillet in the oven. Bake about 5 minutes or until the frittata is firm and the top is golden. Sprinkle with remaining 2 tablespoons parsley. Serve warm. Cut into wedges. Makes 4 (1/4 of the frittata) servings.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving:

  • Servings Per Recipe: 4
  • cal.(kcal): 115
  • Fat, total(g): 5
  • chol.(mg): 10
  • sat. fat(g): 2
  • carb.(g): 6
  • fiber(g): 1
  • pro.(g): 14
  • sodium(mg): 321
  • Diabetic Exchanges

  • Vegetables(d.e): 1
  • Lean Meat(d.e): 2
  • Fat(d.e): 1

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Recipe: Fish Tacos with Chipotle Sauce

What a great recipe find this is!  It comes from the packaging on Sea Cuisine(TM) Wild Caught Cod Loins and I share it for your delightful enjoyment of a high protein meal with nutrient rich vegetables and dairy protein. Figure about 1 cod loin per person and prepare a generous amount of tortillas and condiments for a make your own taco bar. If you are lucky enough to have some leftovers you can look forward to a terrific lunch the next day!

Fish Tacos with Chipotle Sauce

Ingredients - Chipotle Sour Cream
1 pint sour cream *note
3 tablespoons canned chipotle peppers in adobe sauce, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice

Directions: Mix all ingredients in a bowl until well blended and refrigerate until use.  Mixing earlier in the day allows the flavors to develop fully; be sure to whisk again just before serving. *Note - use full fat or reduced fat sour cream, not non-fat. Remember, fat plays a key role in appetite satiation.

Ingredients - Fish Tacos
10 cod loins, frozen
10 flour or corn tortillas
5 cups shredded lettuce
3 medium ripe tomatoes, chopped
2-3 ripe avocados, sliced
2 mild chili peppers, sliced

Preheat oven to 400F. Remove frozen fish from individual packages and place in a single layer on a lightly greased baking dish. Brush lightly with butter and season with salt, pepper, Old Bay Seasoning to taste. Bake for 22-25 minutes until the fish flakes easily with a fork. Remove from oven and allow to stand about 5 minutes before serving. Warm tortillas as package directs while fish rests. To make tacos layer tortilla with fish, lettuce, tomatoes, avocados and chili peppers. Top with 1 tablespoon Chipotle Sour Cream and enjoy the coolness of the vegetables with the warmth of the freshly baked fish and heat of the sauce. Delicious!

One 3-ounce serving of cod loin provides 70 calories, 15 grams protein, 1 gram of fat and no carbohydrates.

Author cracks the body-image issues

Interesting article on one woman's year of not looking in mirrors. The author, btw, is a Ph.D. Candidate in sociology at UCLA and a self-proclaimed "body-image expert with a body-image problem." Great interview on USA today, follow link:

Body-image alert: mirrors aren't all they're cracked up to be

Product link to Amazon:

Amazon reviewer: "“Gruys is an engaging, empathetic, and insightful storyteller, and her story needs to be heard. In a world full of conflicting messages about women's beauty and worth, it can be difficult to trust our own feelings about our bodies. Her year-long experiment illustrates how unchecked self-scrutiny can aggravate existing body-image issues, and how mirrors often play multiple roles in a woman's interior life. The media machine instructs women to control and monitor appearance at all costs, but Gruys shows us that there is freedom in letting go.”
—Sally McGraw, author of Already Pretty: Learning to Love Your Body By Learning to Dress it Well"

Thursday, May 02, 2013

"Skinny People Just Don't Get It"

From Dr. Colella and the HuffPost Healthy Living website

Outstanding article by one of the best bariatric surgeons in the US. My favorite sentence: "In my practice, I've operated on more than 3,000 patients, many of whom would fall into the category of extremely obese (those with a BMI greater than 60), and I can tell you this: They don't wake up saying they want to be fat." Link below to read the full article - it's terrific.
Joseph J. Colella, M.D.: Skinny People Just Don't Get It
America's appetite is out of control. Yes, we have an obesity epidemic. But far more disconcerting is the rampant lack of understanding and compassion for the daily, minute-to-minute struggle that the vast majority contend with being overweight or obese.

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May 5 Day Pouch Test Bulletin

The May 5 Day Pouch Test Bulletin is live in our archive for your reference and enjoyment. Great WLS inspiration & tips -- plus a delicious high protein supper you can fix tonight! Check it out by following the link below!

5DPT Bulletin: The Magic of Day 4

If you started the 5 Day Pouch Test on Monday then today is your Day 4! I like to think of Day 4 as the magical breakthrough day when the difficulties of busting the carb cycle or getting back to the liquid restrictions are over. Many report feeling a new sense of empowerment on Day 4. This is your New Normal.  I hope that is how you are feeling today! To help you along our bulletin this month is loaded with Day 4 inspiration and helpful hints. Even if you aren't doing the 5DPT this week you are sure to find a little hint or nugget of information that could make your day a little healthier and your commitment to the WLS a little stronger.   And be sure to check out the Day 4 approved recipe: Baked Mahi-mahi with Macadamia Nut Crust. I think you will love it!

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