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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Struggling with WLS? Try this at your next meal and see results fast.

Check your inbox or link here to our newly published LivingAfterWLS Inspired Reminders Newsletter. Published February 22, 2017 this hot issue is all about digestion and how making one small change in your eating habits will change the way you lose weight now! Don't miss it. Link here for the archive:

Digestion Starts Here!
Why making good chyme fuels weight loss 


Thank you for your time as you join me in this weekly digest from LivingAfterWLS. Recently I've found myself busy-eating or multi-tasking through meals. The result is poorly chewed food, pouch discomfort and unsatisfied hunger. I know better. We all know better, right? From our earliest school years we were taught to slow down to eat, chew our food completely, and don't talk with our mouth full. Such sensible advice that is so easy to forget.

In today's newsletter I share a section from my Protein First book that discusses the essential importance of chewing our food well and how doing so leads to improved weight loss: The disgusting reality of digestion.  I needed this refresher and I hope you find it timely as well. You will also find a terrific weeknight recipe for Skillet Parmesan Chicken and a link-summary of popular posts from the LivingAfterWLS Blog.

Thank you for your time and I wish you a distraction free, unhurried meal where you can chew your food well and enjoy the benefits of a well-digested nutritional meal."

Kaye Bailey

Check out the newsletter in our Archive: Inspired Reminders February 22, 2017

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Thursday, February 09, 2017

National Wear Red Day: American Heart Associaton

Greetings Good Readers!

This month on Fridays I invite you to wear your favorite red outfit and join me to #GoRed in support of the American Heart Association Go Red for Women heart disease awareness program! Will you join me? As part of your new healthy life after WLS take advantage of the tools offered by the American Heart Association to evaluate your health and risk factors. Start here: AHA: Know Your Numbers

This is important to us after WLS (as well as before) but even more so after undergoing major bariatric surgery on an otherwise healthy organ (stomach and intestine) to help manage obesity and the comorbidities and chronic conditions associated with it including heart disease.

Be proud of yourself! From the press release below here are a few bullet points of things that I know you have already done to improve your health! Way to go! No put on some red and celebrate your good health and ongoing pursuit of wellness!

Looks at how far we've come my WLS neighbors:
  • Nearly 90% of women have made at least one healthy behavior change.
  • More than one-third of women has lost weight.
  • More than 50% of women have increased their exercise.
  • 6 out of 10 women have changed their diets.

The following is a press release from American Heart Association: Go Red for Women

"Ask any stylist, job coach or dating expert and they’ll tell you that red stands out. Eyes are immediately drawn to it. Some even say that the color red is a confidence booster and makes you feel powerful. Maybe that’s why we chose the color red to signify our fight against the No. 1 killer in women. Maybe it’s just a coincidence that it’s also the color of our hearts.

In 2003, the American Heart Association and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute took action against a disease that was claiming the lives of nearly 500,000 American women each year – a disease that women weren’t paying attention to. A disease they truly believed, and many still believe to this day, affects more men than women.

Link to Know Your Numbers with AHA

Stemming from that action, National Wear Red Day was born. It’s held on the first Friday in February every year to raise awareness about heart disease being the No. 1 killer of women.

This coming National Wear Red Day, Feb. 3, 2017, will mark 14 years since the initial National Wear Red Day, which was first observed to bring national attention to the fact that heart disease is the #1 killer of women, and to raise awareness of women’s heart health.  And looking back on all we’ve accomplished, we’ve really made tremendous strides. They include:

    Nearly 90% of women have made at least one healthy behavior change.
    More than one-third of women has lost weight.
    More than 50% of women have increased their exercise.
    6 out of 10 women have changed their diets.
    More than 40% of women have checked their cholesterol levels.
    One third of women has talked with their doctors about developing heart health plans.
    Today, nearly 300 fewer women die from heart disease and stroke each day.
    Death in women has decreased by more than 30 percent over the past 10 years.

But despite our progress, more work is crucial. 1 in 3 women die of heart disease and stroke each year. But what’s more powerful? Millions of mothers, sisters, daughters and friends making a change.

Support the cause:
Donations make a difference no matter how small or large. Go Here

More than ever, your financial contributions help save women’s lives. Funds raised by Go Red support educational programs to increase women’s awareness about their risk for heart disease and stroke as well as critical research to discover scientific knowledge about cardiovascular health.

We deeply appreciate all of your support. We wouldn’t be where we are without you. But we have more to accomplish." Learn More: American Heart Association: Go Red for Women

Throw-Back-Thursday: Motivation and Kindness

TBT! Hello good readers and happy Throw Back Thursday to you! Perhaps I should call it "TRUE CONFESSIONS THURSDAY" because today I reveal to you the most difficult thing about being a bariatric researcher-writer/online personality/patient: Staying Motivated and Treating Myself Kindly.

There it is.  I know! I nag you all the time to be kind to yourself and to use motivation as your most powerful tool in the management of this most disrespected disease we call obesity. Being brave and confident in the face of constant struggle coupled with years of blaming and belittling ourselves for a metabolic disorder is exhausting. More often than not at the end of the day the last thing I want to worry about is the Four Rules or the bathroom scale or fighting the zipper on mysteriously shrinking blue jeans (it's the dryer, right?).  You too?

Blog Post 06/21/2016:
Obesity Reclassified: Obesity is a medical condition, not a moral failure

But I've committed to you to keep researching, keep writing, and hopefully, consistently provide your with the inspiration you crave that soothes your soul at times when you feel you cannot take another moment of this crazy harder-than-hell LivingAfterWLS way of life.

Now the good news for me is that there is a rainbow in the storm! Since 2005 I've written thousands and thousands of articles, a few books, and created year's worth of recipes that serve as my safety-net when I cannot muster the resolve to pull inspiration and kindness from thin air. Today I've pulled from our archives a Weekly Digest newsletter from 2014 that is all about Self-Compassion as we travel this difficult road. It turns out this "road" is more a bumpy meandering primitive trail rather than the faster easier super highway. Darn it! If only WLS were as easy those on the outside think it is!  I've shared here my opening greeting from that newsletter and provided links to the longer articles. 

I needed to read this, perhaps you do as well. After all, we are in this together!

Resources for You: We have thousands of articles, blog posts, and newsletters available to you free - your safety net. Use the "SEARCH" box in this blog or the topic cloud (both in the right hand column) to find articles and links to topics that matter to you. Please note we cannot honor expired promotions shown in our archived resources.


Improve Health and Weight Loss
Self-Compassion is the first step
October 2014
Link to the Newsletter: Weekly Digest October 2014

"Thank you for joining me in this week's LivingAfterWLS Digest, I know your time is valuable and appreciate you spending some of it with me. Today I address the issue of self-compassion and kindness and the role it plays in our health and weight management after surgery. As a group we are generous with our kindness and caring for others, but oh-so-hard on ourselves. Not a day goes by where I don't receive an email full of self-loathing and disappointment when WLS has not gone text book perfect as planned. Words like "failure" "disappointed" "angry" "depressed" and "hopeless" are used to describe setbacks that are perceived as personal weakness. Yet if we were to listen to a friend talk this way about herself we wouldn't allow it - we would build on her strengths and abilities and buoy her spirits with encouragement and praise.

It is time we turn the table and exercise self-compassion and self-kindness. Doing so is the first step in taking positive action to manage our weight and health using the surgical tool we so desperately needed. Our featured article, "Encouraging self-compassion for a positive body image" is a good starting place to launch your campaign for self-kindness. Follow that with some "me time" spent on the LivingAfterWLS Personal Self Assessment, your quarterly review of your goals, progress, and plans.
Download the worksheet for free: Self-Assessment Worksheet.

Other features in today's Digest include some fact-filled links on the big health headline: Ebola Virus Disease; updates from the new and improved LivingAfterWLS Blog; a great recipe for Beef with Soba Noodles; and a quick study on the health benefits of walking.

I hope you find this digest useful in your ongoing efforts for improved health with weight loss surgery. You have the power to make this your healthiest season ever! Let's do it together!"

Link to the Newsletter: Weekly Digest October 2014

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Cover Feature Recipe: Beef, Bacon & Mushroom Cheeseburger

Good Morning Dear Readers!

I am so tickled about the recent release of Volume 4 in our LivingAfterWLS Shorts books - this one is Protein First: Understanding and Living The First Rule of Weight Loss Surgery (Second Edition 2017). The first edition was published exclusively in digital format in 2015. Due to the popularity of the first edition we are so pleased to offer the 2017 update in paperback for people who like to touch the book and turn pages. The new cover features two savory, flavor-balanced Protein First recipes. You will find the recipe for Grilled Salmon with Citrus-Pomegranate Sauce on page 78 and the recipe for the Beef, Bacon and Mushroom Cheeseburger on page 79.

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Or how about right here so you can make this easy and wonderfully satisfying meaty meal for dinner tonight! I hope you love the burger. It is just one of 36 "Mouth Watering" recipes you will find in the pages of this book that is full of key information that will make an undeniable difference in your weight management efforts. Get this title on Amazon here:

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Beef, Bacon and Mushroom Cheeseburger

Learn More! Protein First: Understanding and Living the First Rule of Weight Loss Surgery

Page 79 - Shared with copyright permission, LivingAfterWLS LLC and Kaye Bailey.

"This no-bun burger is sure to satisfy anyone's diner food craving. Weight loss surgery patients will not be sad about left-overs for a half-burger makes a stunning effort-free lunch later in the week.

4 slices thick-cut smoked bacon, sliced half-wise
1 (8-ounce) package sliced mushrooms
1/2 teaspoon salt
pinch black pepper
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 pound lean ground beef, bison or game
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon all-purpose burger seasoning with garlic
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
4 (1-ounce) slices Swiss Cheese

Directions: Set a large skillet over medium high heat and fry bacon, turning once, 8 to 12 minutes until crisp. Remove bacon to drain on paper toweling and drain most of the rendered bacon fat from skillet. Return to heat, add sliced mushrooms and season with salt and pepper. Cook and stir until mushrooms are tender and caramelized. While mushrooms cook form ground meat into four equal (4-ounce) burgers and set aside. When mushrooms are cooked add cider vinegar to pan to deglaze and flavor mushrooms, cooking and stirring 1-2 minutes until vinegar is absorbed.  Remove mushrooms to a small serving bowl, set aside and keep warm. Return skillet to heat, add olive oil and place burgers in pan. Season with burger seasoning and pepper. Cook burgers over high heat about 5 minutes per side. Check for doneness (ground meat should be cooked to an internal temperature of 165°F). Leave burgers in pan but remove from heat. Top each burger with 1 slice Swiss cheese, 2 half-slices cooked bacon and 1/4 of the sautéed mushrooms. Cover and allow to rest for 5 minutes: serve warm. Serve with sliced fresh tomatoes and dill pickle spears to round-out the meal.

Nutrition: Serves 4. Per serving: 523 Calories; 45g Protein, 28g Fat (8g saturated) 9g Carbohydrate."

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Popular Best Seller "Protein First" Updated, New in Paperback
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Protein First: Understanding and Living the First Rule of Weight Loss Surgery
(LivingAfterWLS Shorts) (Volume 3) Paperback – January 10, 2017

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"The Rule, Protein First, is not temporary during the initial period of weight loss after bariatric surgery. Rather, this rule must be followed for the life of the postoperative bariatric patient who desires life-long healthy weight management by employing surgery, diet, and lifestyle modification in this cause. Understanding “Protein First” is the most exciting knowledge you can hold in support of your lasting weight management goals after weight loss surgery. What’s in it: In this LivingAfterWLS publication, we take an in-depth look at the Protein First rule, why it matters, and how to live by the rule. Protein First is defined, followed by current recommendations for calculating daily protein intake for weight loss and weight maintenance. To help you succeed in living the Protein First rule we offer a well-versed selection of protein sources and scrumptious recipes so you can enjoy your diet and reach your goals. Who it’s for: Protein First is a go-to guide for patients of all current and past bariatric weight loss procedures who want to achieve optimal weight loss and maintain a healthy weight for life."

Protein First: Understanding and Living the First Rule of WLS
(LivingAfterWLS Shorts) (Volume 3) Paperback
Second Edition: January 10, 2017
Available in Print and eBook
Updated Research, new recipes, new helpful tips in compliance with post-Weight Loss Surgery current protocol.
Series: LivingAfterWLS Shorts

    Paperback: 104 pages
    Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 2 edition (January 10, 2017)
    Language: English
    ISBN-10: 151921605X
    ISBN-13: 978-1519216052
    Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.2 x 8 inches.

Back Cover:
When you understand and live "protein first" after bariatric surgery you will achieve optimal weight loss and maintain a healthy weight for the remainder of your well-lived days.

What is protein? How much do I need?
What are the best protein sources? How do I avoid getting bored with protein?
Do I have to eat loads of protein shakes and protein bars?
How can I make protein easier on my WLS pouch?
How do I incorporate "Protein First" in my busy life?

Cover recipes: Grilled Salmon with Citrus-Pomegranate Sauce (front cover image) and Beef, Bacon & Mushroom Cheeseburger (back cover image).

You Can Do This!

Amazon Verified Purchase Customer Reviews of Protein First (First Edition 2015)Five Stars "Five Stars. Kaye Bailey always has the best information to keep weight loss patients in line." May 8, 2015

Five Stars "Awesome book. Very informative. This book totally changed my knowledge of how to rethink protein first in a post gastric bypass diet. I have hope to restart my weight koss after 16 years." October 16, 2016

Five Stars "Educational. It is a good read. Lots of information that I didn't know." September 12, 2015

Four Stars "Helpful and Hopeful. This book was easy to read and understand. Provided lots of helpful information. I had my WLS 3 years ago but have had limited success. I know the reason for that has been poor food/beverage choices but doing things "the right way" seemed an impossible lifestyle for me. I am getting "back on the wagon" and found the info and suggestions contained in this book to be very helpful." May 9, 2015

Five Stars "Fantistic Information and Delicious Recipes!!  Well worth the minimal price. A key component to get back on track and continue successful weight loss maintenance for life!" March 14, 2015

Four Stars "A good reminder book. Very informative. An easy , comprehensive read that is helpful to keep post weight loss surgery weight off. Highly recommend." June 28, 2015.

Five Stars "Great Refresher. This book helped me refocus my eating habits. I needed the reminder of protein first. The recipes all sounded delicious." January 23, 2016 

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