Posted in after gastric bypass surgery, bariatric diet, bariatric eating, bariatric recipies, benefits to bariatric surgery, gastric bypass diet, protein ice cream, Protein supplements, weight loss surgery experiences

A Different Way to Get Your Protein

Tired of protein shakes?  Try protein ice cream!  What a fantastic sweet treat to get your 75g a day.  This recipe uses Nectar Grab ‘n Go…to try all their 17 fantastic flavors, try getting a variety pack here…

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Twisted Chocolate Cherry Protein Ice Cream

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Recipe by Better Bariatric, LLCA little sweet and a little tart make this protein ice cream the perfect frozen protein treat! Makes two servings.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup 1% milk
  • 1 packet Nectar Twisted Cherry protein powder
  • 1 single serving container Dannon Fit & Light Greek vanilla yogurt
  • 1 oz extra dark chocolate, roughly chopped

Cooking Directions

  1. Using a fork or whisk, mix milk and protein powder together in a small bowl.
  2. Gradually mix in yogurt, until throughly blended.
  3. Following your ice cream makers directions, add mixture to ice cream machine.
  4. During last two minutes, add in chopped dark chocolate.
  5. Enjoy soft serve or store in airtight container in freezer for up to 3 days.

185 calories, 4g fat, 23g protein, 12g sugars (from dairy)

Posted in how to spend valentine day single, valentines for singles, what to do on valentines day when your single

Show Yourself Some Valentines Love

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Valentine’s Day is just for couples right?  Nope!  Quite frankly, it’s always been one of my least favorite holidays.  Heck, I don’t really even consider it a holiday!  It’s another excuse for stores to stock obscene amounts of candy that will derail my good eating intentions, a good way for single gals and guys to feel lonely, a good excuse for florists to mark up flowers 400%…well you get the idea.

But I started thinking it’s also a good excuse to stop and take time to pamper ourselves.  Show our own bodies and minds that we love US and we are important enough to treat like the special someone we are!  Here are a few ways to show yourself some very much deserved love and TLC!

  • Ridiculously frou-frou bath bombs…like these totally yummy chocolate ones
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  • Book yourself for a relaxing facial
  • Volunteer somewhere.  Walk dogs, sign up for a Big Brothers/Big Sisters event, sort clothes at a local thrift store…whatever your passion is, you can find someone in need who would sure love to have some of your time!
  • Turn off the phone, dim the lights, and settle in with that movie you’ve had on your watch list, or marathon watch that show you’re 10 episodes behind in.
  • Treat yourself to a gourmet tea or hot cocoa and settle in with a good book.

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  • Get a mani-pedi…and pick a color that really stands out.
  • For men, treat yourself to a traditional shave at a barber or salon.
  • Catch a flick you’ve been wanting to see.
  • Sign up for a class.  If you’ve wanted to take dance lessons, learn a new language or check out a new workout, go for it!
  • Do a paint night.  Lots of painting studios have walk in nights…its the perfect time to do something fun and meet new people.
  • Buy yourself that pair of jeans or leather handbag you’ve been eyeing up but didn’t want to splurge on.

 

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Posted in sleep help remedies, sleep help stress, Sleep problems, Uncategorized

Catching some Zzzz’s

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Everyone has sleeping trouble now and then.  If you’re stressed, worried, over exhausted, or not eating right, these can all make a good night sleep seem impossible.  I’ve struggled my whole life with insomnia, and sometimes resort to taking OTC sleep aids.  While these are helpful, I’m not one that feels like taking something forever, so I’ve been spending more and more time researching good sleep habits.

Not getting enough zzzz’s have some serious drawbacks.  In addition to not being as productive during the day, it also leads to weight gain, a weak immune system, even a higher chance of having a car accident!  Here are sleep makeovers that have helped me out so far.

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  • Keep away from the electronics at least an hour before bed.  I was guilty of playing candy crush on nights I couldn’t fall asleep, and it sure wasn’t helping the problem.
  • Keep the bedroom clean, dark and cool.  I have found having nice clean, crisp sheets on my bed is very relaxing; even if it means changing the sheets more often and extra laundry, it’s worth it!
  • Set up a relaxing bedtime ritual for yourself, whether it’s taking a warm shower, drinking a cup of tea, or reading (my way to relax before bed), make it something you find soothing.
  • Don’t eat a big meal right before bed, but don’t go to bed starving either.  Both can really interfere with falling asleep.  If you had an early dinner, have a light, healthy snack before hitting the hay.
  • Use relaxing scented oils in an oil diffuser.  I like cedarwood, citrus and lavender.
  • Keep the TV off.  Falling asleep with the TV on is a big mistake I used to make in my early 20’s, and I’d wake up off and on all night long.  Plus, once you’re in the habit, it’s a really hard habit to break.  Use a fan, white noise machine (there are some great apps out there!), or humidifier if the room seems too quiet.
  • You’ll always here go to sleep and get up at the same time, even on weekends.  We all know that advice gets a big “yeah right!”.  However, I’ve found trying to go to bed by midnight and up by 830am even on weekends does really help.  I’m an early bird anyway, so adjust to an hour or two each direction for your normal weekday schedule.

Hopefully you’ll find a tip or two to help you get some much needed shut-eye, and if you have any tips, please share!

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Posted in after gastric bypass surgery, Gastric bypass books, gifts for bariatric patient

Hot Holiday Gift Guide for the Bariatric Patient

It’s that time of year again, time to give the loved ones on your list a special gift that shows you care, and really know what they’d like.  Somethings that you maybe used to buy for your loved ones-candy, wine, food baskets-might not be suitable anymore if your loved one has gone through bariatric surgery.  Here are some gift ideas that will be sure to please any friend of family member who has undergone weight loss surgery!

  1.  Ninja Master prep…400 watt power will blend frozen foods, and two cup processor can mince, dice and chop like a boss!

 

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2.  Nature’s Approach Aromatherapy heat pad…keeps those sore belly muscles feeling better and the soothing herbal blend helps with relaxation.  Best part is just pop in the microwave for instant heat pack!

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3.  A gift card to their favorite clothing store…one thing with bariatric surgery is we all go through clothes-very quickly- at first, so getting a new outfit or two will be much appreciated!

 

4.  Bariatric portion plate…one of the easiest ways for a post-op to keep their meal portions in control, especially during the holidays when it’s very easy to over indulge.

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5.  The Social Chef conversion magnetic chart…make cooking easier with this magnetic conversion chart for converting recipe measurements.

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6.  A gym membership…BUT, and this is  a HUGE BUT, only if he/she has asked for it, or talked about it!  Better yet, get one for both of you so your loved one won’t have to go alone!

7.  For her, try Natural Relaxing Bath Salts…after a day of stress, any lady would love to have a nice relaxing soak, especially if she’s still having some muscle aches from her surgery!

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8.  A gift card for a massage…everyone needs a little TLC, and a relaxing massage will be much appreicated.

9.  A food saver….especially if the person on your list isn’t cooking for a family, they will be eating a lot less.  This food saver will make dividing up packets of meat and fish easy, and save them lots of money in wasted food.

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10.  The Zoku Quick Pop Maker...who doesn’t love frozen treats?  The best part about this popsicle maker is the pops are ready in as little as 7 minutes!  Protein pops and homemade sugar free pops are a great change of pace from the sugar free ones you can buy.

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11.  Give a class…would your friend or family member like to learn to cook?  Paint?  Pottery?  There are tons of fun classes out there, and it’s a great way to find a new hobby or    learn a new skill.

12.  Give an experience…a play, concert, museum tickets, the possibilities are almost endless!

13.  A healthy slow cooker cookbook…especially in the winter it’s great to pop dinner in the crockpot before work and come home to a healthy home cooked meal.

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Cool Workout Classes

Spin class anyone?  No thanks!  Most of us are totally sick of the typical gym workouts.  Yes, I put my time in with the CrossRamp at the gym every week, but sometimes I’m just so bored with the whole workout scene.  So I’ve been surfing the net to see what else in out there, and came across a whole bunch of new and fun looking classes to check out.  Here’s what I found…

Pole Dancing…A fun way to let lose, while working out the entire body, strengthening arms, legs and core, not to mention working on flexibility.  And hey, maybe those classes can help us all out a bit with our love lives 😉

Urban Rebounding…this is a class that works out using a mini trampoline.  It is starting to catch on at gyms around the country, but you can also buy a DVD and mini trampoline to do the workout at home if you prefer.

Indoboarding…this is like surfing inside.  It’s a plank set up on a cylinder to help your body work on balance, coordination, and work out those core muscles.

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SkyRobics…This is offered at Sky Zone trampoline parks…it combines aerobics and core strength building and can burn up to 1000 calories in a one-hour class!  Sounds worth checking out.  http://www.skyzone.com

Star Wars workout classes…yup, that’s right, and of course it uses lightsabers!  What could be more awesome that working out with the force?!

Hula Hooping...this is just what it sounds like, a class devoted to the hula hoop.  I have never gotten the hang of the hula hoop but I have read and heard it gives you killer abs.

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Kangaroo Jump…this is one I’ve been dying to try!  Those kangaroo shoes look like a blast and a half, and they can blast the calories in a fun and low impact way.  Lot’s of different kangaroo classes out there too, from dance to boot camps.

Suspension Training….This one was made popular by Jennifer Lopez, and uses gravity and body weight to build up strength, flexibility and core stability.

Happy workouts!!

 

Posted in gastric bypass hair loss advice, gastric bypass protein, weight loss surgery experiences

Hair Loss After Weight Loss Surgery

It’s been a few months since your bariatric surgery, and it happens…gobs of hair in the drain, strands all over your hairbrush, maybe even a few thin looking patches on your head.  It’s one of the most common complaints and worries about weight loss surgery.  How to keep it to a minimum is one of the most frequently asked questions.

According to the Obesity Action Coalition, major surgery and acute weight loss are two common reasons for hair loss, and according to Penn Medicine, because hair is made of protein, lack of protein can be a major cause of hair loss.

Soooo, how can you prevent it from happening?  Well, you can’t, not completely.  However, you CAN prevent it from being a big deal, and keep that shedding down to a minimum.

For heavens sake, supplement that protein!!  This is the number one reason that major hair loss happens after gastric bypass surgery.  You absolutely cannot eat enough protein in the first 6-18 months after surgery without supplementing.  I hear often that the thick shake types are hard to get down after surgery, so here is a couple fruity ones to try.  Also, if it’s just too much fluid, try protein shots.

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Lift Protein, Berry                                                                                                       Nectar, Fuzzy Navel

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 Proti Diet, Pink Lemonade

 

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BariWise, Cran-Grape                                                                          ProBalance, Strawberry Splash

 

Please, please take your vitamins!  Not Flinstones people…those are for kids!  You need to take a grown-up vitamin, preferably one for bariatric patients.  There are tons out there that keep your levels up, as well as taste good.

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Bariatric Multi                                            Bariatric Iron               Bariatric Calcium 

 

Many people have said Biotin has worked wonders for them.  I personally have not tried it, but it certainly can’t hurt to keep that hair where it belongs, on your head instead of down the drain!

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If hair loss seems overly excessive, think you can see your scalp excessive, or continues past your one year mark, please see your doc.  Also remember to go in regularly for vitamin checks, to make sure your levels are up where they should be!

 

https://www.pennmedicine.org/updates/blogs/metabolic-and-bariatric-surgery-blog/2012/june/hair-loss-after-weight-loss-surgery

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Posted in after gastric bypass surgery, life after gastric bypass, weight loss surgery experiences

When Your Partner Doesn’t Support You

*I am NOT a mental health professional and I urge you to seek appropriate counseling for any relationship problems*

For many of us who have weight loss surgery, we have had weight issues most of our lives.  I for one battled with my weight since the age of 12.  So when we hear the words “you’re approved” it’s a mix of feelings; relief, happiness, nervousness, excitement…I’m sure you can fill in many others you felt when you heard the news for yourself. We all imagine our spouse/significant other will be behind us 100% in our decision to change our life for the better and put an end to our obesity struggles.

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But what happens when you’re partner doesn’t support your decision to go under the knife?  Why would he/she react this way?  More and more I’m hearing of couples having relationship issues either during the approval process or soon after the surgery is done.  There are many reasons that your partner might not support your decision for weight loss surgery.  For many, couples met and fell in love while at their current weight.  Basically who you are (and are trying to change with your WLS) is who your partner fell in love with.  The new you will take some getting used to.

Some lack of support may be due to worry that you will now be more attractive to other people and leave him/her for someone else.  If your partners is also heavy and unhappy with their weight, good ‘ole fashioned jealousy can be at play that you are able to change for the better and they are not.

Sometimes, without realizing it, our surgery becomes our sole focus, and that can wear on the other person (and honestly our other friends and family, not just our partners).  It’s a big deal to us, and even if our loved ones are happy for us, and supportive, it doesn’t mean they want to hear about it during ever conversation…that’s when support groups come in handy, so we can talk about it to our hearts content!

If your partner is truly disrespecting you, insulting you, or hurting you in anyway, do NOT tolerate that!  But if it seems to be simply they are having a rough time with the changes your surgery brought on, try talking honestly about them, and meet him/her halfway, and see if attitudes can shift to make both of you happy again.  One of the biggest changes in your life doesn’t have to mean an end to your relationship!

 

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