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)

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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 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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Natrol Biotin                                                      HairAnew

 

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 bariatric goals, benefits to bariatric surgery, bypass operation, life after gastric bypass

25 goals I accomplished after gastric bypass

Everyone has goals in mind before their gastric bypass surgery; what big and little things they would like to accomplish and things they would like to be able to do.  I had a few, but have realized over the years that I have had more little, and big, wonderful changes in my life then I ever thought I would.  Here are 25 of the many I notice day in and day out of my new life! 

  1. Not getting out of breath going up and down the stairs.
  2. Eliminated most of my pre-surgery meds.
  3. No longer pre-diabetic. 
  4. Can get up and down off the floor with ease to play with my kids.
  5. Drastic reduction in my cholesterol and triglyceride numbers. 
  6. Feel confident in a bathing suit again.
  7. Fit comfortably on rides at amusement parks.
  8. Satisfied with normal food portions.
  9. No rude looks anymore when I’m eating.
  10. Can swing with my kids at the playground.
  11. Fit in a booth at a restaurant with plenty of room to spare!
  12. Fit comfortably in the back seat of a car.
  13. Not embarassed to have my picture taken!
  14. I don’t worry anymore people are making fun of my size.
  15. I will never have to shop in the plus section again!
  16. My second pregnancy was easier than my first without all that extra weight.  
  17. Not hungry all the time anymore.
  18. I sleep much better.
  19. I don’t worry I’m the “fat” mom and my kids will be embarrassed by that. 
  20. Wear cute, sexy dresses to special events.
  21. Dance at weddings.
  22. Cross my legs!
  23. Not have my thighs rub together when I walk.
  24. Am much smaller than my husband.
  25. Am no longer the “fat chick”.