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Sunday, January 29, 2017

In Review: Did you do the 5 Day Pouch Test in January?

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Did you take five days in this first month of 2017 to reset your dietary and lifestyle habits to align with our weight loss surgery guidelines? You are not alone. January is the most popular month of the year to do the 5 Day Pouch Test. We all want a fresh start that shows promise for self-improvement. As the month closes let's take a moment to reflect on what we accomplished in our five days and how we can keep the momentum in favor of forward progress.

5DPT is about Learning, Not Perfection

If we complete the 5 Day Pouch Test having learned a few things about our self, our weight loss surgery and our capability in managing life and weight loss surgery in relationship to one another we have succeeded: we can deem the 5 Day Pouch Test a success. Here are some things to consider while treating the 5DPT as a learning experience:

What can I eat that gives my pouch a feeling of fullness? What do I eat that fails to give my pouch a feeling of fullness?

Have the liquid restrictions become automatic to me? Do I have heightened awareness of how I consume liquids with my meals and snacks?
Refresher: Lots of Water & Liquid Restrictions

Am I eating protein in a ratio of 2 bites protein to 1 bite complex carbohydrate? (2B/1B Rhythm)
Article: Why 'Protein First' helps us lose weight

Have I found time to include physical activity in my daily routine?
Inspired Encouragement: No energy? Walk Toward the Light

Am I allowing myself to feel empowered when I make choices that nourish my body and respect my weight loss surgery? Read this: New Year's Resolved: Five Strategies for Success

Am I forgiving lapses in compliance with my guidelines and moving forward to make better choices the next time?

Download Free 5 Day Pouch Test Journal

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