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Don’t believe everything that you read

Ever notice whenever you’re going through a life change-having a baby, buying a new house, losing weight-everyone and their brother want to give you advice?  WLS is a big life change, and there are plenty of people offering advice to us.   Here’s my two cents worth of advice:  Use your common sense, and never veer from what a professional tells you!

Having bariatric surgery is a very big life change.  Basically you are having your insides rearranged.  That is a big deal!  But all too often I see people offering really shady advise, like “never eat carbs again”, or “only X brand of vitamins is okay for bariatric people” or one of my favorites “there’s really no need to exercise after having the surgery”.  Personally, I take every piece of advise with a grain of salt.  If advice  feels off to you, don’t take it.  Anyone that tells you you have to use a particular brand of vitamin, or protein, is just trying to sell you something.  Anyone who advises you to cut out a whole food group for weight loss purposes needs to go take a nutrition class.   Anyone who advises you not to exercise needs to be deleted from your contact list (okay, okay, I’m just teasing…no need to be that harsh, just clue them in that exercise is a must for everyone!)

The best way to handle bad advise is to ignore it, or politely say “I am sticking to what my surgeon suggests, thanks”.   Remember, this is your health.  Listen to your gut before believing what you read or hear!

And on another topic, here are a couple of new protein drinks to get your day rockin!


011Peanut Butter Cup Protein Drink

5-6 ice cubes

1 cup skim milk

1 tablespoon creamy peanut butter

1 scoop About Time Chocolate (sub any brand you like)

Squirt of Hershey’s Sugar Free chocolate syrup

1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Blend all together until smooth.  Enjoy ice cold!

*Approximate Nutrition Information:  289, 8g fat, 37g protein, 2g sugar


Banana Split Banana Split Protein Drink

5-6 ice cubes

1 cup skim milk

1 scoop About Time Strawberry (sub any brand you like)

1 small ripe banana, peeled

1 tablespoon Hershey’s Sugar Free chocolate syrup

1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Blend all together until smooth.  Enjoy!

*Approximate Nutrition Information:  252 calories, 0g fat, 35g protein, 12g sugar (from milk and fruit)



Hello, I'm Kate, and I'm a 10 year gastric bypass post-op. I started this blog, as well as my nutritional website, to help other bariatric surgery post-op's on their journey as well as pre-op's with their decision if bariatric surgery is right for them or not.

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