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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Are you prepared?

LivingAfterWLS Project 2014
Spring Season Unit 3
As much as we would like to believe our world is safe the fact is emergencies and disasters happen every day. Are you prepared to manage your weight loss surgery special needs in the event of an emergency? Current polling shows that nearly half of all American families do not have an emergency plan or an emergency supply kit in the home. When disaster strikes it is too late to make a plan and emergency preparations. This Unit 3 of our Spring Season addresses the unique needs of the weight loss surgery patient in the event of a crisis. We also provide useful first aid information for a gastric bypass dumping event.

Download this unit - go to: LivingAfterWLS Project 2014

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Project 2014: Spring Season Unit 2

Today in Unit 2 of the Spring Season we look at the definition of obesity, designated in 2013 by the American Medical Association as a disease rather than a condition. For many years obesity was considered a condition that contributed to other diseases, not a stand-alone disease. The change in designation makes way for improved comprehensive treatment that is ongoing in the prevention and intervention of disease relapse. This matters to us as weight loss surgery patients because we know that a comprehensive approach to weight management is the one sure way to keep our health and weight in check. Take a look at this week's PDF download to learn more. We also explore a new designation in the medical field, the Obesity Medicine Physician: an agent for the comprehensive treatment and management of obesity.

Spring Season Unit 2: Obesity is a disease


Monday, April 21, 2014

5 Day Pouch Test Manual - 5 Stars & Going to 2nd Printing

Thanks everyone for the terrific reviews of the 2nd Edition 5 Day Pouch Test Owner's Manual. We have a 5-Star rating on Amazon - just in time for the book to go into the second printing. I am honored so many have read this book and made the 5DPT one of their supporting tools in the ongoing quest for healthy weight management with weight loss surgery. Thank you so much.

As a side note - Amazon Kindle has put this eBook on sale for $8.76 - great price for digital download. If you don't have a Kindle get the Free Kindle Reading App for your computer, laptop, tablet or phone (Android and iOS). Thanks again everyone for the reviews and the spirit of community we enjoy at LivingAfterWLS!

5 Day Pouch Test Owner's Manual - Amazon 

Book Description

July 11, 2012
Weight Loss Surgery can profoundly facilitate weight loss in morbidly obese patients, but it is not a one-time fix. As patients soon learn vigilance is required to lose weight and sustain a healthy weight after surgery. Thousands of people around the world use the 5 Day Pouch Test to stop weight gain after WLS and return to the basics prescribed by their bariatric center. This proven 5 day program breaks habits that contribute to weight gain and restore one’s feeling of fullness after a small high-protein meal. If you think your pouch is broken or desire to get back on track with the WLS basics this five-day solution is for you. New 2nd edition features over 50 delicious recipes, current FDA, USDA, and ASMBS guidelines, extensive FAQ section all in Kaye Bailey's inspiring and empowering voice. It is time to get back on track and manage your WLS: start with the 5 Day Pouch Test. The 5 Day Pouch Test is suitable for all bariatric procedures including gastric bypass, adjustable gastric banding, gastric sleeve and others.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Project 2014 - Spring Season Unit 1 Now Available

Oh What a Week!

Okay, so you know our tech issues with the email list. The guys are still working on the repair and rebuild and it doesn't look like we can get the email sent today, although they are hopeful we will have the email function back for Sunday's publications.
While we are working through these issues please get your download file directly from our website: Project 2014 Spring Unit 1

Join our Facebook group and get involved in the Project 2014 discussion. Uniting like-minded people through education, support, and community, while promoting health sustainability and weight management with weight loss surgery.

Join Now! Facebook Group: LAWLS Project 2014

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Baked Tangerine Salmon & Asparagus

Freshly baked Tangerine Salmon & Asparagus
Plate me up!

Can you think of a better or more delicious spring weeknight meal than Baked Salmon and Asparagus? The health benefits of salmon are well-known: health-wise antioxidants and omega 3 fatty acids delivered in a succulent meaty high protein serving. Salmon is available year round fresh or frozen, sold whole or cut into steaks or fillets. Salmon is also available flash frozen: look for packages with each portion individually wrapped making it easy to thaw and prepare the precise number of servings. On the side serve asparagus, rich in folate, vitamin C, and dietary fiber. Garnish the plate with a delicious slice or two of tangerine. If you find asparagus difficult-to-digest use a potato peeler to remove the tough stringy outer layer and cook only the tender inside of the stalk.

This truly is a weeknight meal. It cooks in the oven on a rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Prep is a breeze and clean-up is quick: just toss the parchment and give the baking sheet a quick wash and dry. For the family add quick cooked rice or couscous (steamed semolina). Yummy and healthy for everyone.

Baked Tangerine Salmon and Asparagus

4 tangerines
4 (4-6 ounce salmon fillets)
3 tablespoons brown sugar* (see footnote)
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 tablespoon chili powder

1 pound spring asparagus
1 tablespoon olive oil
salt and pepper

Tangerines & Seasonings
Directions: Remove the fragrant outer zest from one or two of the tangerines to measure 2 tablespoons.  (I use a microplane grater, but a vegetable peeler or traditional grater will also work well. Remove only the fragrant outer layer leaving the bitter white layer with the fruit). Toss zest with brown sugar, salt, pepper, and chili powder in a small bowl or on a small piece of parchment, for easy clean-up. Set aside.

Sqeeze zested tangerines to obtain 1/4 to 1/2-cup of juice. Place salmon fillets in a shallow pie plate and cover with tangerine juice. Marinate 10 to 15-minutes. (Alternatively, marinate salmon in a zip-top bag 10 to 15-minutes, discard juice and bag after use).  Slice remaining tangerines 1/4-inch thick to use for garnish.

Preheat oven to 425F; place rack in center of oven.

Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper (do not use foil, the seasoning will burn and the dish will lose moisture). Place the salmon fillets in the middle of the baking sheet, discard marinating juice. Wash and trim the asparagus, peeling outer layer if necessary. Divide and place on baking sheet to the right and left of the salmon, like bookends. Distribute olive oil over asparagus stalks and toss to coat: season with salt and pepper. Divide the tangerine zest seasoning mixture evenly among salmon fillets and pat gently to adhere to fish. Bake for 16 to 24 minutes checking after 16 minutes to avoid overcooking. The salmon is done when the flesh appears opaque and the fish flakes easily with a fork. When done remove from oven and allow to rest 3 to 5 minutes. Place asparagus on plate, top with salmon fillet. Garnish with tangerine slices and enjoy!

Nutrition: A 4-ounce serving of salmon provides 210 calories, 25 grams protein, 12 grams mono-unsaturated fat and zero carbs.. The carbs added from the asparagus and tangerine slices are complex carbs and support nutritional wellness.

*Brown Sugar - Don't be afraid of the brown sugar in this recipe. When used as an ingredient in a savory recipe will not affect your blood sugar the same as sugar in sweets or a simple carbohydrate recipe. "A sweetener such as sugar, brown sugar, honey, jam, jelly, or preserves is called for when it is needed to affect a chemical reaction that will enhance the flavors and textures of other ingredients." Cooking with Kaye page 15.

Photos by Kaye Bailey and (C) LivingAfterWLS - All Rights Reserved - 2014.
Do more Cooking with Kaye - Get the wildly popular cookbook here: Cooking with Kaye Methods to Meals: Protein First Recipes You Will Love

Try: Pecan-Crusted Baked Salmon, page 106. Learn the method, Crispy Crunchy Coated Fish, page 101, Cooking with Kaye.

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Saturday, April 05, 2014

Diet Drugs & WLS - What you MUST know!

Let's talk a little bit more about prescription appetite suppressants! 

This topic has come up a few times in the Project 2014 Facebook Group during Season 1 . To recap the question:

"What is the role of prescription appetite suppressants in the patient's long term weight management with bariatric surgery?"

In the Group Files I shared a white paper from 2013 that reads,
"Appetite suppressants can play a significant role when patients experience a slow down of weight loss or begin to regain lost weight. Sympathomimetic medications act to both decrease appetite and increase basal metabolic rate (BMR). The use of appetite suppressants, such as sympathomimetic medications, can offset the effects of the neuropeptides that tend to favor weight gain. Because there is no time at which the risk of regain resolves, long-term use of medications may be required. Long-term use of appetite suppressants is becoming more widely accepted among obesity medicine specialists."

You can read more of this paper under the Files tab or link to our website below for the PDF file:

MOST IMPORTANT: The reason I feel knowing the current professional thinking is so critical to each of us personally is that at some point a doctor may tell us, "How about we prescribe XYZ medicine to help control your appetite and obesity?" For many of us personal experience and highly publicized controversy over the years has cultivated passionate feelings about prescription diet drugs. If we are not informed on what the current professional thinking is, we will respond emotionally, not intellectually, to the doctor who suggests this treatment. This is not to say I'm in favor or against prescription dietary support - I am absolutely certain this is a case-by-case situation and I am not qualified to tell anyone what they should do. But I can point you to the current information to support your intellectual response should the need arise.
Qualified information rather than passionate emotions or internet hearsay is a critical tool in thoughtfully and intelligently managing our health.

Friday, April 04, 2014

Project 2014 - Spring Season Starts Sunday 4/6/2014

Hello Group and who else is thinking "TGIF"?
Link: LivingAfterWLS Project 2014 Facebook Group

Project 2014 Update

Be prepared and watch for our all new Spring Season of Project 2014 - your Unit 1 will be delivered via email Sunday and we are on schedule for a full 13-week season of lessons, learning, and LIVING! We will also post Season 2 Unit 1 here and on the LivingAfterWLS website.

Season 1 Review:

In the meantime how about pulling out your Project 2014 binder and reviewing the Season 1 Units 1-7.

In review of your Quarterly Self-Assessment (Unit 2) how are you doing? You know we have the new quarter self-assessment to do this month, have you given thought to this exercise?

One reason I encourage all of us to do our journal exercises and self-assessments is that when it comes down to the hard cold truth - each of us is personally the guardian of our own health and progress. We can get all kinds of advice from professionals, family and friends, support group peers, and even the random stranger or late night infomercial host. But when it comes down to it, only we are 100% invested in our personal health and well being. Keeping records and marking progress is a priceless tool in our quest for improved health management, weight management, and better living.

Okay - got my nagging done! Get those binders out today and tomorrow and make sure you've completed the exercise best you can. Our Spring schedule is rigorous, be ready for it! You are going to enjoy it.

All of the Season 1 - Winter files are located under the FILES tab located just below the group logo on this page (Facebook group). You can also find them on the LivingAfterWLS website on this page: Project 2014  

We have many silent participants who prefer not use Facebook - no problem. Sign-up for the emails & get the downloads on our website page: Project 2014

Download Tech Support: Also - we get many emails asking us to help individuals learn how to download files. We do not offer tech support for the end users' computer or device. Our job is to provide great content in free files presented in the most commonly accepted format. If you do not know how to access and print these please talk to your device manufacturer or the smarty-pants-computer-genius you know. We simply do not have the resources to offer computer and device tech support.

Review these units from Season 1 - Winter:
Unit 1 - Program Structure
Unit 2 - Self-Assessment
Unit 3 - Today Inspired
Unit 4 - The Four Rules
Unit 5 - Vitamins & Supplements & WLS
Unit 6 - Recipes - the Sensational Power of Soups
Unit 7 - Slider Foods

We will build on the ideas and concepts from Season 1 and we boogie our way through Season 2. Are you ready?