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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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 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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Posted in bariatric diet, bariatric eating, gastric bypass protein, gastric bypass protein bars, Protein supplements

15 Best Ready-to-Eat Gastric Bypass Snacks

If you’re anything like me, you need food to be on had all the time.  I stash food around like a squirrel storing up for winter.  This keeps my blood sugar even all day, and keeps me from making any kind of convince store stops, or running through the nearest drive through.  I’ve already posted about great snacks that you can make/keep at home (read it here) but they aren’t all very portable.  So I scoured around, and found 15 of the top rated snacks that meet our protein needs, are low in sugars, and are portable!

#1:  Kay’s Naturals Gluten Free Protein Pretzels in Jalapeño Honey Mustard

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#2:  Pure Protein Crunch Chocolate

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#3:  Ostrim Snack Stick, Teriyaki

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#4:  Lenny & Larry’s The Complete Cookie, Chocolate Chip

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#5:  New Whey Nutrition Protein Shots, Fruit Punch

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#6:  Caveman Chicken Bites, Applewood Smoked BBQ

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#7: Tanka Bar, Natural Buffalo Cranberry Bar

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#8: Crucha Ma-Me Edamame Veggie Snack, Lightly Seasoned 

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#9:  Power Crunch Bar

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#10:  Think Thin Protein Nut Bar, Dark Chocolate Salted Caramel 

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#11: Fit Joy, Frosted Cinnamon Roll

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#12: Quest Protein Chips, BBQ

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#13: Optimum Nutrition Protein Water, Icy Blue Raspberry

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#14: RAP Protein Gummies, Strawberry Flavor 

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#15:  Smash Pack, Fruit & Protein-Tropical Fruit

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So here’s my current fav 15…please comment below and let me know what you keep on hand for portable protein!

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Posted in Bariatric books, Gastric bypass books

Weight Loss Surgery: by Teresa Wainwright

I was recently sent a book by author Teresa Wainwright; Weight Loss Surgery: All the Essential Information Your Doctor Doesn’t Have Time to Tell You!    I wanted to write up a review about it because I found it so well written and such a fun read!

Ms. Wainwright starts out her book with many reasons we find ourself in need of WLS.  The next couple of chapters touch on what types of surgeries there are, what to expect from each one, as well as some considerations such as family planning, and smoking, etc.

Next, she talks about what to expect on the day of, as well as the first few weeks post-op.  “Okay, I’ve read all this before” you might be thinking.  But, one of the things that sucked me right in was the way her book read like I was chatting with a friend.  Not only that, the next chapters are hilarious and filled with stories from other patients.  I especially loved chapter 7 “The Gross Stuff” where I LOL’d plenty as people talked about loose skin, horrible dragon breath, gas woes, even some “oops” bathroom accidents.

If you’ve got a sense of humor, as well as want to learn a few things about weight loss surgery, and hear stories from many other patients, I can’t recommend this book enough!  It was so much fun to read, had me cracking up, and was full of great information!

You can pick up your copy on Amazon, available in paperback or on Kindle.

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Posted in Top workout

15 Great Workout Accessories and Equipment

Working out is a chore to a lot of people (yes, I’m including myself in that statement), but some fun gadgets and cool equipment can make it much more enjoyable, or at least a bit more interesting.  Here are 15 top rated accessories and exercise equipment that I love.

#1:  A really fun shaker cup

Bring your protein drink, water, etc in a super fun super hero shaker cup.

Listen to music, use fitness apps, etc, with a cell armband holder.
#3:  Way 2 Cool Microfiber Cooling Towel
I love this towel because it helps keep overheating in check.  Just soak it and wring it out, and it stays cool while feeling dry to the touch!  Great for outside workouts.
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Okay, so this one might not be “fun” but chafing sure isn’t fun either!  Keep those thighs and other sensitive areas feeling comfy.
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 This is not your old school fanny pack from the 80’s!  Fantastic for runners, walkers, hikers…hold all your stuff while working out!
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After working out, treat your sore feet to this relaxing foot massage ball.
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This wobble board isn’t just for physical therapy…it’s great for working out the core muscles, improving balance and flexibility!  Use it while hanging out watching TV, talking on the phone, etc.
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If you’re like me and like doing fun activities for exercise, this might be your favorite new ride!
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Work on your core while watching TV or sitting at your desk.  This backless version also helps with posture, and spine strength.
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These leggins keep you warm in the winter, and cool in the summer, are made from moisture wicking material, and support hamstrings and quads.
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For all you swimmers out there, these cool gloves from Speedo help tone arm muscles by adding resistance in the water.
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Up your water workout with these foam dumbbells.
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My biggest complaint with using my exercise bike is that it leaves me with a sore rear.  This gel cushion adds extra padding for a much more comfortable ride.
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Trampolines that you wear on your feet!  Takes some getting used to, but a fun workout!
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Listen to music without worrying about tangled cords or wires!
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