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legs-If you want to relax, watch the clouds pass by if you're laying on the grass, or sit in front of the creek; just doing nothing and having those still moments is what really rejuvenates the body. - by Miranda Kerr Everyone is busy with his own daily schedule, working for a job to survive, study in order to achieve good academic result and homemakers busy with household chores, baby sitting. You have a lengthy to do list that you could hardly accomplish half of them throughout the day. You feel frustrated, disappointed and stress out because things are always going the wrong way. Your daily tasks and responsibilities are never ending, it never will either ! You are not alone... No matter how busy you are, it is crucial that you need to take some time out to : recharge your energy rejuvenate your body relax your mind and soul From home to office, from home to school, work is never done because your boss / teacher only demand for more sales/academic results and obligation to accomplish every tasks given. You barely had any room to breathe for a second. You are too busy with your personal schedule that you don't have any spare time for your family or even yourself. Now, it is time to replenish your needs before you burnt out your brain. Here are some useful tips how to take some time out to relax # 1 - Enjoy a Drink Order a soothing, cool drink or a cup of warm tea/coffee/cocoa . Better still, make your own drink at home. Sit down on a sofa, try to relax yourself, read your favorite book, magazine but not the newspaper. Don't fret yourself over the daily news because you had enough plate of it at work. #2- Mini vacation Plan for a mini vacation trip to nearby places or out-station. You don't have to go oversea vacation which is expensive and tiring after a long trip. You can save money on short distance trip and enjoy the relaxation of the facilities provided. Look up at budget vacation websites, book the vacation package online to save the hassle of driving and getting stuck in the traffic jam. Always compare the prices and facilities before deciding where to go for your vacation. Make sure that transportation is provided ( tour bus- so that you don't have to drive, time to sleep during the journey) #3- Listen to Music If you can't apply for a leave from your job, why not enjoy a good dance at the disco, aerobic exercise, enroll yourself for a dance lesson or simply on the Home theatre system / radio and dance to your favorite music! This is the best way to release your stress which will help you to enlighten your mood. Music in your ears is better than your boss lectures. #4- Brisk walk A morning or evening brisk walk is essential. A daily walk of 20 minutes will help you to relax your mind and body. Breathe in the fresh air. Enjoy outdoor activities such as bird watching, the view of flower beds, kids playing, people cycling, sunrise, sunset. Give your tired eyes a break from electronic gadgets. #5- Watch a short video If your internet speed is fast, no disconnection, you might as well watch a short film, movie or variety show to entertain yourself. Sit down on the couch, get some healthy snacks and drinks. Do enjoy a good show to relax yourself. A comedy video would be better to keep yourself happy. More tips: call a friend hit the gym sleep soak yourself in a bathtub go for a spa pamper yourself with a massage Any other relaxing tips to share with me? Copyright allrights reserved by peachpurple Photo belonged to peachpurple Read more articles written by peachpurple HERE Join LiteracyBase NOW and start sharing your experience with us while earning moneyput out your legs and relax-pixabay.com

You consider yourself a trustworthy friend, loyal and dependable. You try your best to be helpful and generous to the friends you make. You invest much time and effort in a friendship. You’re always around to listen. Because of this, you’re the person your friends run to during times of crisis. You eventually become the one individual who is always there to help.

But occasionally, you meet a friend who is incapable of reciprocating.

You may encounter someone who will only look for you when you’re needed. But when you’re the one in need, this friend will offer some convenient excuse not to be there. There is always something more important than you. You are never a priority. And even when you’re together, your friend constantly insists on getting his way. You’re forced to follow whatever your friend wants and you give whatever he needs. Your wishes remain secondary.

Despite this, you continue to hope that this friend will realize how well you treat him and that he should give some time and effort back. But this friend never does. In the end, you eventually feel drained. And when your usefulness to this friend has run out, you may find yourself discarded and forgotten.

Sometimes the desire to feel accepted makes a person vulnerable to abuse. This is especially the case with lonely individuals. Opportunistic people will see this weakness and may come to exploit it. If you feel you have friends who only seek you out when they need you, maybe it is time to rethink these so-called friendships. Otherwise, you may eventually end up a discarded doormat.

Ive been there before with a friend who becane my room mate only to not pay rent and wind up stealing from me.

I moved in with my sister but she charged me an absurd amount of rent.

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Learn more about Anxiety Disorders
November 27, 2017
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Anxiety is an emotion characterized by an unpleasant state of inner turmoil, often accompanied by nervous behavior, such as pacing back and forth, somatic complaints, and rumination.[1] It is the subjectively unpleasant feelings of dread over anticipated events, such as the feeling of imminent death.[2] Anxiety is not the same as fear, which is a response to a real or perceived immediate threat,[3] whereas anxiety is the expectation of future threat.[3] Anxiety is a feeling of uneasiness and worry, usually generalized and unfocused as an overreaction to a situation that is only subjectively seen as menacing.[4] It is often accompanied by muscular tension,[3] restlessness, fatigue and problems in concentration. Anxiety can be appropriate, but when experienced regularly the individual may suffer from an anxiety disorder.[3]

People facing anxiety may withdraw from situations which have provoked anxiety in the past.[5] There are various types of anxiety. Existential anxiety can occur when a person faces angst, an existential crisis, or nihilistic feelings. People can also face mathematical anxiety, somatic anxiety, stage fright, or test anxiety. Social anxiety and stranger anxiety are caused when people are apprehensive around strangers or other people in general. Furthermore, anxiety has been linked with physical symptoms such as IBS and can heighten other mental health illnesses such as OCD and panic disorder. The first step in the management of a person with anxiety symptoms is to evaluate the possible presence of an underlying medical cause, whose recognition is essential in order to decide its correct treatment.[6][7] Anxiety symptoms may be masking an organic disease, or appear associated or as a result of a medical disorder.[6][7][8][9]

Anxiety can be either a short term “state” or a long term “trait”. Whereas trait anxiety represents worrying about future events, anxiety disorders are a group of mental disorders characterized by feelings of anxiety and fear.[10] Anxiety disorders are partly genetic but may also be due to drug use, including alcohol, caffeine, and benzodiazepines (which are often prescribed to treat anxiety), as well as withdrawal from drugs of abuse. They often occur with other mental disorders, particularly bipolar disorder, eating disorders, major depressive disorder, or certain personality disorders. Common treatment options include lifestyle changes, medication, and therapy.

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My Gastric Bypass Journey- A personal weight loss story – Water, Water, Water
April 25, 2017
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Yes water is boring. Many of us don’t drink enough. Ever. Personally I was brought up to drink orange juice, milk and Tab (diet soda) I don’t ever remember drinking water. I am not blaming my parents, in the fifties and sixties it was what you did.

Don’t get me started on diet sodas. They have been one of the causes of obesity since their invention and are now being touted as contributive to Alzheimer’s and Dementia.

You hear during your nutrition visits how important it is to hydrate after surgery. Listen to your nutritionist. It is more important than you know. Think of it as how to flush the years of fat you have accumulated. Your liver and kidneys take up the work here to flush those nasty fat cells out of your body, give them some assistance and do not trip them up the alcohol or fruit juices- water is the gas to fuel your fat burning engine.

The side effects of not enough water intake can be ugly.

  • Leg cramps
  • Blood clots
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Kidney Stones
  • Gout
  • Nausea

Tips to take in more water:

  • Flavor
    • Essential oils- Lemon or Wild Orange are my favorites
    • Fruit infusion- add some lemon, lime, cucumber/mint
    • Crystal Light flavor packets
    • Decaf tea
  • Use a straw (wait til month 4 to try this)
  • Temperature (tastes change sometimes hot or luke warm works best early on)
  • Fun bottles and cups
  • Popsicles (sugar free)
  • High water content foods
    • Cucumbers
    • Lettuce
    • Watermelon (caution of the sugar content here so only one slice at a time)

Without water your body cannot function, your weight loss will stall and you will end up with nasty complications. All of which will send you to the Emergency Room. Again, Kidney Stones, Gall Stones, Gout, Dehydration (requiring IV fluids) are ugly side effects that you can control.

filling a glass of water from tap

filling a glass of water from tap

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My Gastric Bypass Journey- A personal weight loss story -Aches and Pains
April 24, 2017
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I thought my aches and pains would go away when I lost weight. I was wrong. Well not wrong necessarily- the original aches and pains of knees and feet and hips went away and new ones appeared as my body changes.

Mechanically your body has compensated for your weight. Your gait changes when you walk, you may lean forward or waddle, and as the weight falls off after gastric bypass you find you change the way you move, and you hurt.

For me, making use of my insurance and my primary physician  directions led me to physical therapy for “gait therapy”, learning to walk again.  Pool therapy is wonderful. Walking a treadmill underwater takes the pressure off the joints and teaches you to walk consciously. Yes, that is thinking while you are walking “left…right..left…hips first”.  Did you know you should enter a room hips first? Marilyn Monroe did. You do not have to swing your hips like her but I guarantee if you think “left…right..left…hips first”.  You will notice a difference in how your hips and lower back feel. (you might also get a date if you are so inclined, ha-ha)

I have also noticed that since I have lost 10 inches off my hips that my “sit upon” hurts.  Not my tail bone but that area between your… well suffice to say my “sit upon”.  I have adjusted my chairs, added cushions and stand often. It has gotten better over the last month, perhaps I am getting used to it, but I am thankful.  Don’t be surprised when you get those new pains. Check with your surgeon- your friend for life- and confirm it is not anything other than readjusting your mechanics.

What else can you do for those aches and pains when you don’t or can’t take any pill form medications? I have found that doTERRA essential oils are a big help. For everything from insomnia to hair loss.  Watch for my next blog for details on how I use them…

They say “nothing feels as good as being slim” They are not wrong- but it is not pain free. But it is worth it. It is pain I can live with. Where being fat is something I cannot live with.

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My Gastric Bypass Journey- A personal weight loss story – Water, Water, Water
April 23, 2017
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Water. Hydration. Drink. You will hear this alot during your pre and post op meeting with your nutritionist. 64 ounces a day minimum. Pay heed. Do the deed. Drink the potion.

Yes water is boring. Many of us don’t drink enough. Ever. Personally I was brought up to drink orange juice, milk and Tab (diet soda) I don’t ever remember drinking water. I am not blaming my parents, in the fifties and sixties it was what you did.

Don’t get me started on diet sodas. They have been one of the causes of obesity since their invention and are now being touted as contributive to Alzheimer’s and Dementia.

You hear during your nutrition visits how important it is to hydrate after surgery. Listen to your nut. It is more important than you know. Think of it as how to flush the years of fat you have accumulated. Your liver and kidneys take up the work here to flush those nasty fat cells out of your body, give them some assistance and do not trip them up the alcohol or fruit juices- water is the gas to fuel your fat burning engine.

Tips to take in more water:

  • Flavor
    • Fruit infusion- ass some lemon, lime, cucumber/mint
    • Crystal Light flavor packets
    • Decaf tea
  • Use a straw (wait til month 4 to try this)
  • Temperature (tastes change sometimes hot or luke warm works best early on)
  • Fun bottles and cups
  • Popsicles (sugar free)
  • High water content foods
    • Cucumbers
    • Lettuce
    • Watermelon (caution of the sugar content here so only one slice at a time)

Without water your body cannot function, your weight loss will stall and you will end up with nasty complications. All of which will send you to the Emergency Room. Kidney Stones, Gall Stones, Gout, Dehydration (requiring IV fluids)

filling a glass of water from tap

filling a glass of water from tap

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My Gastric Bypass Journey- A personal weight loss story –Friendships
April 21, 2017
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People are funny. Not funny ha-ha but funny in the way they will interact with you, before and after your weight loss. During your life, as you yo-yo dieted like I did you would hear “you look good” when you lost weight and nothing as you gained it. Well that was the way it was for me.

I think the best response to my “drastic” weight loss was stated yesterday by a woman at work who stated “honestly, I am trying not to hate you right now, I know how hard you’ve worked and that you have had the surgery to change your life but damn girl you look fantastic! And I am jealous. “

Honesty. You won’t get that often. You will be lucky if you actually can keep your friends. You will notice a definite change in the relationship when you are no longer the “fat friend.”

How do you balance? I will tell you how I do. I haven’t actually lost any friends, but have noticed a change in their demeanor.

  • Remember, even though you are changing your eating habits they are not required to. I notice what they eat and it was in a way that I was eating, which is why I was fat, but it is not my job to change them. When asked “what can you eat” I simply state “what I want that is on my plan” Period. No further discussion.
  • It is not all about you. After the initial “what have you lost you look great” comments I move on to “how are you? What’s going on with you?”
  • Tell your story to your journal not your best friend, especially if they have weight issues. Did you know that your thin friend has body issues? They do.
  • Don’t change your Facebook picture every time you get a new picture that shows your weight loss.
  • Don’t post meals everyday unless you did it before. Once in awhile is fine but if all of a sudden you start something new on social media it appears to be showing off and self important. And yes isn’t that how the Kardashian got famous? You are not a Kardashian.
  • Don’t feel bad when the compliments stop. It doesn’t mean you look bad that day or that they didn’t notice.
  • Be an example.

Be gracious. Be kind. Be a good friend.

 

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My Gastric Bypass Journey- A personal weight loss story- What can I eat?
April 20, 2017
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Following the first 6 months to a year after your gastric bypass surgery you are in the part of your life that will determine how well you will succeed.  Food. Eating. What to eat.

Staying on a plan can be a drag. We typically have dieted all our lives and it did not work for us, or we would not have required the surgery.  Know what you can eat can help you make healthy choices from any menu. Failing to plan though is planning to fail. Seriously.

I know I cannot eat what made me fat in the first place. I also know my “trigger foods” and you should too. If you say you do not have trigger foods… check yourself, you do, or you wouldn’t have required surgery. For me they are crackers, pizza, fast foods. For some it is soda or sweets. If you know what it is- don’t go there. Don’t start.

Keep your calorie count in lower than your calorie count burnt. If you want a piece of pizza that bad are you willing to run a few miles to eat it?

Here are a few ideas of what is known to work:

  • Choose foods that are nutrient dense. Bread is not nutrient dense. An apple, banana, fish, etc. are nutrient dense foods.
  • Do not drink your calories. It won’t fill you up and most caloric drinks are filled with sugar.
  • Expect an emotional roller-coaster. Don’t let food be your comfort. Create a plan.
  • Chew your food thoroughly and take your time eating.
  • Plan what you will eat if you’re going out. Ask for half the portion size at restaurants. You may get a discount and you won’t be tempted to overeat.
  • Make water your new best friend. Drink it regularly throughout the day. Buy a reusable 64 oz bottle that you can carry to work with you. Make sure you finish the entire bottle each day. But remember not to drink with meals (this helps prevent stretching your pouch).

 

Seems easy right? Wrong. I need to remind myself every day that I need to choose to feed my body and not my “fat brain”. I do find that I have become a food snob. My first week out of the hospital I was watching food network shows looking for recipes for real food. All while I was sipping an ounce of water.

 

Start a Pinterest board for low carb foods. Join free support groups that offer cooking tips. Carb Maven, Bariatric eating, KETO groups are all ones that I follow.

 

Stay the course and be the new you that you deserve to be.

 

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My Gastric Bypass Journey- A personal weight loss story- Wardrobe
April 19, 2017
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As you lose the fat, post gastric bypass, it falls off FAST in the first few months and you need to be able to keep up in the closet department, especially if you work outside the home.  Also, it is important for your self -esteem to look good. Now that you are feeling better and your body is important to you. It is time to clean out those fat clothes and prepare for you new self.

This doesn’t just mean replace what you have, it means find the new you! And do it on a budget.

Your size changes approximately every 20 pounds. Measure yourself. Bust, Under bust, Waist and Hips for women. You can watch your sizes change as you look at catalog sizing charts. Fat is fluffy so remember to measure and not always believe the scale.

My reduction in size meant a new couple of outfits once a month in the first few months. Nothing shows off the weight loss than clothes that fit.  For years I wore loose fitting clothes in black with accessories to give color. Now I want color!!

I keep one outfit from my largest size to show me how far I have come but I have donated (tax deductible) or sold everything else.  It took me awhile to go through my sizes, as like everyone with weight problems I had clothes I had never worn because I bought them small with the hope I would get into them someday. Of course many were in the wrong season as I blew past that size. When you go from a 24/26 to a 12/14 in 7 months that will happen to you.

Don’t make the mistake of giving your old clothes to your friends who are the size you once were. They take it as an insult and it is hard enough to manage friendships as you succeed and they struggle, that is future blog discussion…

Here is how I changed up my wardrobe spending as little as possible:

  • Throw away damaged or well-worn items
  • Separate the designer/well-made clothes from the day to day clothes
  • Donate to charity
  • Donate to theater groups (especially if you have costumes like I did) There are always plus size actors that need costuming- for years I supplied my own
  • Consign – I have two shops near me that I like that have nice things and are “hip and trendy.” I take a bag in once a month and trade down. That’s trade down in size.
  • Find your new style- I use a service called Stitch Fix that is online and you fill in a profile and they send you a box of outfits, typically 5 pieces. You do not pay unless you keep them. This way you can try on new things and either love and keep and pay or send back or send back and go find alike styles at your local Walmart/target/Marshalls (oh and can I say how much I love Marshall’s/TJMAxx)
  • Shoe sizes change too so be prepared to shoe shop

Happy shopping!!

 

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My Gastric Bypass Journey- A personal weight loss story- Post op Meal Plan
April 18, 2017
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Congratulations! You’ve had your surgery and are getting ready to go home. Here’s a brief overview of the diet progression for the next 6 weeks: -If you have difficulty advancing the diet, go back to the previous week’s diet consistency -Call your surgeon’s office if you experience difficulty swallowing, pain, fever, vomiting -Do not use a straw with liquids (you can add straws around 4 months) -Avoid sweetened, carbonated and caffeinated beverages -When you start to add solid food, chew slowly and thoroughly (remember that lesson we had early on as to conscious eating? Yeah here is where is comes in handy) -When you start to eat solid food at week 6, do not consume liquids with food–separate by 30 minutes to 1 hour prior to and after meals -Avoid fried food, sweets, candy, etc. -Consume protein at each meal -Take your chewable multivitamins and calcium supplements daily -Call your Dietitian the first week home from the hospital to set your 3-week follow-up .

Week 1 Post Op Bypass

Full Liquids Nonfat.  Remember to sip liquids throughout the day. It may take 1 hour to consume 8 oz. Do not use a straw.

Breakfast: Protein shake

Lunch: Protein shake

Supper: Protein shake

Approximate protein: 45-60 grams/day Additional Fluids: Water, Herbal Tea, Decaf coffee, 1 cup regular coffee, Crystal Light, Fruit 2O, Diet Jell-O, chicken broth, beef broth, sugar free popsicles (not more than 2)

Week 2 Post Op Bypass

Full Liquid-Puree Consistency **Sip on 2 Protein shakes throughout the day

Breakfast: ½ cup yogurt, ½ cup scrambled egg, ½ cup cottage cheese, ½ cup yogurt

Lunch: ½ cup cottage cheese, ½ cup yogurt, 1 cup pureed soup,

Supper: 1 cup pureed soup, ½ cup no added sugar pudding, ½ cup yogurt,½ cup scrambled egg

Note: Pureed soup- pureed bean soup or strained cream soup Scramble egg in milk- soft consistency Approximate protein: 60 grams/day (Includes 2 Protein shakes) Additional Liquids: Water, Herbal Tea, Decaf coffee, 1 cup regular coffee, Crystal Light. Fruit 2 O, Diet Jell-O, Sugar free popsicles, Chicken broth, Beef broth

Week 3 Post Op Bypass

Puree Consistency **2 Protein Shakes daily- Sip throughout the day**

Breakfast: ½ cup cream of wheat, ½ cup scrambled egg, ½ cup cream of rice with protein, ½ cup cottage cheese, ½ cup pureed fruit

Lunch: ¼ cup pureed meat, ¼ cup mashed potato, 1 cup pureed soup, ¼ cup cottage cheese, ¼ cup pureed fruit, ½ cup mashed tuna, ¼ cup No added sugar pudding, ½ cup yogurt

Supper: 1 cup pureed soup, ¼ cup pureed meat, ¼ cup pureed vegetables, ¼ cup scrambled egg, No added sugar pudding

Note: Make Cream of Wheat with milk- Suggest Cream of Wheat with added Protein, Greek Yogurt is higher in protein Do not use instant mashed potatoes Pureed soup- puree bean soup or strained cream soup Homemade pureed meat- blend with fat-free gravy, marinara sauce or broth Approximate protein: 60 grams/day (Includes 2 Protein shakes) Additional Liquids: Same as previous week

Week 4-5 Post Op Bypass

Soft, Ground, Moist Meal

Breakfast: ½ cup scrambled egg, 1 slice toast, ½ cup Dry Cereal 4 oz milk, ½ cup oatmeal,

Lunch: ½ cup tuna salad 1 slice toast, ½ cup bean soup 6 crackers, Banana, ½ cup ham salad 1 slice toast, ½ cup cottage cheese, ½ cup lite canned fruit, ½ cup chicken soup, ½ cup egg salad, No added sugar pudding

Supper: 3 oz fish ½ cup carrots, 3 oz ground beef ¼ cup mashed potato fat free gravy, garden burger ¼ cup zucchini, 3 oz ground chicken fat free gravy ¼ cup green beans, 3 oz salmon ¼ cup mashed potatoes, 2 egg omelet 1 slice toast, 3 oz ground turkey fat free gravy ¼ cup butternut squash.

Note: Use low fat mayonnaise for meat salads Cereals with added protein: Quaker Weight Control Oatmeal with protein, Special K with protein, Kashi Go Lean, Cream of wheat with protein Use fat free butter spray or No Added Sugar Jelly for toast Add protein drink if not getting 60 grams of protein Approximate protein: 60 grams/day Additional Liquids: same as previous week *Total amount of food should not exceed 1 cup at each meal

Week 6 Post Op Bypass and forever going forward!!

Solid Low-Fat – low carb

Breakfast: ½ cup scrambled egg 1 slice toast ½ cup Dry Cereal 4 oz milk ½ cup oatmeal ½ cup Dry Cereal 4 oz milk ½ cup scrambled egg 1 slice toast ½ cup Dry Cereal 4 oz milk poached egg 1 slice toast

Lunch: ½ cup tuna salad 1 slice toast Lettuce, 3 oz turkey 1 slice toast Tomato ½ cup ham salad 1 slice toast ,Lettuce ½ cup cottage cheese ½ cup lite canned fruit, 3 oz meatloaf ¼ c vegetables, ½ cup hummus 6 crispy crackers, 3 oz turkey 1 slice toast Lettuce

Supper: 3 oz chicken ¼ cup Beans 1/3 cup red sauce, 3 oz fish ¼ cup mashed potato ¼ cup Green Beans, 3 oz hamburger ¼ cup mashed potato ¼ cup broccoli, garden burger ¼ cup mixed vegetables, 3 oz turkey fat free gravy ¼ cup mashed potato ¼ cup carrots, 3 oz baked salmon ¼ cup peas, 3 oz loose hamburger in 1/3 cup red sauce ¼ cup whole wheat pasta

Note: Use low fat margarine, low fat mayonnaise, low fat salad dressing Total amount of food should not exceed 1 cup at each meal Salad at the end of the meal as tolerated Foods that may be difficult to digest: tough meat, fresh bread, stringy vegetables, membrane on orange and grapefruit, skin on fruits and vegetables Remember: Protein first Approximate Protein: 60 grams/day

Personally, I have not added pasta or rice and eggs are an issue for me still at 7 months but this menu plan is a goal not a given.

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My Gastric Bypass Journey- A personal weight loss story- Pre-requisites
April 17, 2017
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When you begin your journey you will find that you have multiple things to do both for your physician and your insurance. These “hoops to jump through” seem excessive when you have been overweight for your whole life and you finally get to the point that you are considering this life changing drastic measure. In hindsight I believe that if I hadn’t had these prerequisites I would not be as successful as I have been. Remember, 20 years ago when there was no research or experience on what works there were many more side effects and failures overall and or long term. The information here is from MY surgeon and MY insurance.

First, call your insurance company and confirm you have coverage for Bariatric Surgery. Ask what their prerequisites are and confirm you meet the criteria. Research a surgeon in your insurance network. Confirm with your primary physician that you meet the criteria for the surgery, is your BMI over 40 or do you have co-morbidities. Then attend an informational seminar at your surgeons. (Not necessarily in order)

  • Informational Seminar- Roger Williams Hospital in Providence RI has online seminars as well as in person, I preferred to meet my Surgeon
  • Meet with your chosen surgeon
  • Upper Endoscopy (EGD) – your primary can order this
  • Psychiatry consultation Tell them you need an evaluation for weight loss surgery
  • Dietary Consultation- my insurance required 6 months of nutritional counseling, they took 3 in a row and the previous years of work with my Primary.
  • Note from your Medical Doctor Medical clearance letter from your Primary Care Doctor- probably the first thing you should do
  • Sleep apnea study (depending on your history)
  • Support group 2 visits
  • Blood testing/ Labs- surgeon will give you the paperwork

Preop diet

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Following the rules for your surgery and following the meal plans, staying in contact with your support groups and taking your vitamins will help you to be successful.

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