Monday, April 18, 2016

Spring Eggs with Salmon & Asparagus

Young thin asparagus is a luxurious spring delicacy. Look for it at the market beginning in February. Bunches should be bundled tightly enough to prevent breakage, but loose enough to avoid collaring the tender vegetable spears. Store refrigerated, the cut ends of the stalks in water, until use. When properly stored young asparagus will stay fresh four to five days.

Larger asparagus may be slightly woody with tough outer fibers. Remove the tough fibers with a vegetable or carrot peeler. This reveals the tender insides while removing the tough outer fibers that some people with gastric conditions find difficult to digest.

Suitable for Day 6 & Beyond the 5 Day Pouch Test

Serving Ideas:  Serve warm with fresh buttermilk cheddar biscuits or warm buttered toast. Provide additional shredded Asiago Cheese and chopped parsley for garnish. In the summer vine ripened sliced tomatoes compliment this meal and provided heart health nutrients and sunshine sweet flavor.

8 large whole eggs
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons milk, 2% low-fat
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 tablespoon butter, chilled and quartered
8 ounces asparagus spears, peeled and sliced
2 ounces Asiago Cheese, shredded
4 ounces smoked salmon, flaked
2 ounces parsley sprigs, coarsely chopped

Start to finish: 30 minutes
Spring Eggs Serves 4. Each serving provides 257 Calories; 21 grams protein; 17 grams fat (7 saturated); 4 grams carbohydrate; 1 gram dietary fiber. A good source of vitamin C, vitamin A, B-Vitamins including folacin (folate).

Directions: Place the oven rack in the lower third of the oven: heat oven to 325F.  Liberally coat a 2-quart oven safe casserole dish with unflavored cooking spray. (Alternatively, coat four 6-ounce custard cups with cooking spray and place on baking sheet lined with parchment paper for easy clean-up.)

In a medium bowl whisk eggs, salt, pepper, whole milk, and baking powder until slightly frothy and well blended. Pour mixture into prepared casserole or custard cups and bake 6 minutes. Remove from oven, stir with a fork, return to oven and bake 4 minutes, removing and stirring again. If eggs are curdled and near done to desired consistency evenly top them with the butter pieces, asparagus spears, shredded Asiago Cheese, and flaked smoked salmon. Return to oven a bake 2-4 minutes keeping a close watch. Remove them immediately when they reach your desired consistency. Garnish with chopped parsley.

Alternative Method: Cooks that are confident in their stove top skills may prepare these eggs in a skillet following the usual best practice and method for skillet scrambled eggs.

Store leftovers in single-serve microwave safe containers. Gently reheat 30 to 60 seconds and enjoy another high protein meal.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Today Inspired: Rise After the Fall

I know that we've heard the cliche since childhood, pick yourself up when you fall. But how many of us live the philosophy? This is one I need to work on and this one applies to the 5 Day Pouch Test. As you know I've written the 5DPT is not about perfection, but more about persistence and learning. Nobody has ever done the plan perfectly, but many have done the plan well enough to use it effectively as a vehicle for change in their weight management with WLS. So here is the Today Inspired for all of you today!

Today Inspired are original images by me, Kaye Bailey, with inspired quotes to elevate our mood and motivate positive personal growth. I hope you enjoy them.  Thanks for visiting the LivingAfterWLS Blog.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Irish Flavor: Cock-A-Leekie Soup

The 5 Day Pouch Test: Express Study Guide

This week, in celebration of St. Patrick's Day, consider a refreshing and hearty soup that brings an Irish flair to your table while supporting your weight management goals after weight loss surgery. A well-made soup is a terrific remedy for carb cravings without taking us off-track in our post-WLS Protein First diet. (Protein First: Understanding and Living the First Rule of Weight Loss Surgery). The complex carbohydrates found in vegetables and fruit (celery, carrots, leeks, and prunes) and grains (barley) support our nutrition goals without adding empty calories from simple carbohydrates to our meals.

This cleverly named soup features chicken, celery, leeks, barley, and the surprise ingredient prunes for a delightful marriage of flavor and texture in one satisfying bowl.  Each 1-cup serving provides about 400 calories with 18 grams protein, 6 grams fat, 20 grams carbohydrate, and 4 grams dietary fiber.  Leeks are a beneficial digestive aid and can soothe an irritated WLS pouch. The prunes add sweetness and chewy texture to the soup for a refreshing flavor burst, don't leave them out. Preparation and cooking takes about an hour, a good option for a hearty weeknight supper. 

Cock-A-Leekie Soup 

Serves 6-8; 70 minutes to prepare and cook.
1 (32-ounce) container chicken broth, fat free (about 4 cups)
4 cups water
2 pounds bone-in, skinless chicken thighs (about 3 cups cooked)
3 ribs celery, sliced
2 carrots, peeled and sliced
2 bay leaves
2 large leeks
1/2 cup uncooked pearl barley
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground allspice
12 pitted prunes, chopped

In a large pot or Dutch oven combine broth, water, chicken, celery, carrots, and bay leaves; bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer 30 minutes or until chicken is tender. Remove chicken to cutting board to cool.

While the chicken cooks prepare leeks by trimming and removing roots and damaged leaves and tough tops. Cut in half lengthwise, then crosswise into 3/4-inch pieces. Wash well to remove sand and debris from the growing fields that is trapped between the leaves. Add prepared leeks to the soup after you've removed the chicken. Add barley, 1 teaspoon salt, and allspice to pot; cover and cook at a low simmer for 30 minutes or until leeks and barley are tender.

Meanwhile remove the meat from the bones and cut or shred into bite-size pieces. When the leeks and barley are tender add the chicken and prunes to the soup. Simmer 5 minutes. Remove and discard bay leaves and serve warm in soup bowls or mugs.

In place of raw chicken thighs use roasted or rotisserie chicken removed from the bone (about 3 cups). Place all ingredients except prunes in large pot or Dutch Oven and cook at low simmer 30-40 minutes until leeks are tender. Add prunes and simmer 5 minutes. Remove and discard bay leaves and serve warm in soup bowls or mugs.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

5 Day Pouch Test Recipes

The 5 Day Pouch Test is a back to basics program to help weight loss surgery patients return to the basics of the high protein diet following bariatric surgery. Today's blog post is about the recipes developed for success inclusion in the 5 Day Pouch Test.

The 5 Day Pouch Test: Express Study Guide

Today I'm catching up on emails and answering lots of questions. One question that keeps coming up:

Can I just use any prepared soup or soup recipe or do I have to use the specific 5DPT recipes?

The answer can be complicated and I often see others answering, "I don't know why you couldn't use this or that" or "Sure, that sounds fine to me."

Well, not so fast. I'm not a recipe snob and I certainly don't insist people follow my recipes exactly. But, the 5DPT recipes --- exactly as they are written-- have been tested by at least 8 individuals as part of a complete 5DPT plan development test. When a recipe did not yield the desired results of satiation, nutritional profile, and weight loss it was eliminated. When a recipe consistently produced desired results -- including weight loss -- we kept it in the plan. We know these recipes are successful for a variety of people with different lifestyles, cooking abilities, and back-on-track goals. That is why I always point people to our recipes first -- they get results.

5 Day Pouch Test Complete Recipe Collection: Find your weight loss surgery tool in five focused days. (LivingAfterWLS Shorts Book 2)

Will other similar recipes work? Maybe. Maybe not. If you need to make a recipe change or substitution try to do it with something that matches the nutritional data of the recipes provided. Additionally, if you are making recipe or menu changes then up your commitment to the behavioral basics of our post-WLS diet such as the liquid restrictions, the protein first rule, avoid simple carbohydrates and slider foods, etc.

Helpful Link: 5 Day Pouch Test FAQ's

More than anything in the world I want you to succeed with this plan! Do your best to follow it as we developed it. We did the testing over and over and over so you don't have to.
This is not intended as a scolding, just an explanation for why the best results come from staying true to the plan and focusing on YOUR weight management goals with WLS! I want you to succeed!
Here is a link to the website for your reference! 5 Day Pouch Test


Thursday, May 07, 2015

Hot Off the Press: 5 Day Pouch Test Bulletin May 2015

Have you read it yet? The May 5 Day Pouch Test Bulletin? This is a don't miss issue full of so much information that you need to know to maintain a healthy weight and avoid regain after weight loss surgery. Subscribers check your Inbox folders. To read it online just link below to our online archive, free for your benefit and enjoyment!
 5DPT May Bulletin Online

Introduction: "Thank you for joining me today in this information packed 5 Day Pouch Test Bulletin. I have been following various conversations in social media groups about weight regain after bariatric surgery and share with you today articles that I hope will promote a calm understanding of how weight regain happens. Featured topics include slider foods, ways to relieve nausea, and protein supplements. I hope you find something useful as you pursue a long lasting healthy weight with surgery. Thanks for taking time from your busy life to join me here today."

Featured Articles:
The Slider Food Trap: Why do we turn to these foods when we know better?
We know that they contribute to obesity because they were likely a part of our diet prior to surgery. Common sense tells us that if food contributed to our obesity before surgery it will surely cause weight gain after surgery. We promised our surgeon to follow the dietary rules after surgery, yet somehow that grit determination wanes and little by little we find our old comfort food snacks back in hand. Continue Reading

Effective ways to relieve feelings of nausea
  • I don't know about you, but I'm a frequent flier in the nausea club since having WLS. My surgery was in 1999 and I have yet to break the code of understanding why sometimes I just feel sick and queasy: sometimes after I eat, sometimes when I've had nothing to eat. Smells and odors will bring on tummy turbulence for me quite quickly and eqNot the Queen's Teaually unexpectedly. Continue Reading

Protein Supplementation after WLS
  • It is common to see the question, "What protein powder should I use?" asked in online groups. What is surprising, to me, is the inconsistency in answers and the passion with which people believe there is only one true and correct answer to the question. Continue Reading
Check out the full newsletter in our public archive:  5DPT May Bulletin Online

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

What's for Breakfast?

Breakfast Basics of WLS:
Why you must eat a high protein breakfast every day and easy, scrumptious ways to accomplish it.

Hot of the Press!
LivingAfterWLS eBook Short Volume 4 by Kaye Bailey
In this LivingAfterWLS eBook, we take a highly focused look at breakfast, the most important meal of the day. Why is it important? What are the high protein options? What about hectic mornings? We provide options for picky eaters; suggest out-of-the-box meals featuring the flavors of your favorite foods; find a superb use for last night's left-overs; place emphasis on fresh clean ingredients; reveal fail-proof preparation methods for cooks of all skill levels; and give you warm and cold breakfast meals to savor.

You will find something exciting to start your day no matter your schedule, kitchen skills, or budget!  This all new breakfast companion focuses on variety, quality ingredients, protein options: All hot topics in this Volume 4 of the popular LivingAfterWLS eBook Shorts series. The recipes are supported with 12 informative articles featuring the current scientific beliefs in health, weight management, and bariatric nutrition. Learn more than a formula: learn why certain ingredients and meals work to support your weight management goals!

Don't start another day without this knowledge in your toolbox for successful weight management after bariatric surgery. Link Here

More than 60 all-new breakfast recipes for all weight loss surgery procedures.
Tested and Approved from Kaye's Kitchen!
What's in it: Specific recipes and methods to start the day -even on the run- with a healthy high protein meal that supports your goals of weight management and balanced health following all bariatric procedures. From breakfast beverages to quick-fix microwave eggs this guide is sure to please even picky eaters and take away the guesswork out of the most important meal of the day. Over 60 all-new recipes developed with the same attention to nutrition, flavor, and ease of preparation that you have come to expect from LivingAfterWLS.

Who it's for: Patients of all bariatric surgical procedures will benefit from an improved repertoire of morning recipes to support their high protein diet prescribed for weight loss and lasting weight management after surgical intervention for the treatment of obesity.
Over 60 never-before published recipes. Put something new on your breakfast plate today! Recipes are triple tested and approved by Kaye Bailey and the LivingAfterWLS extended family including bariatric patients and people with their original organic stomach. We shared these recipes with our family: you can share them with yours. Let's get cooking!

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Tempting Recipes:
Just a few of the tempting breakfast recipes that can be prepared in under 15 minutes!
  • Mocha Morning Coffee Smoothie
  • Cappuccino Cooler
  • Strawberry Cheesecake Smoothie
  • Kiwifruit-Lime Yogurt Parfait
  • Cinnamon Peach Swirl
  • Chilled Plate: Caprese Layers
  • Melon and Swiss Continental
  • Creamy Dreamy Green Eggs
  • Fiesta Quesadilla
  • Salsa in the Morning Mug Scramble
  • Mama Mia Egg Lasagna

Go ahead! What are you waiting for?
Instant download now: Breakfast Basics of WLS

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Emotional Eating Solved

LivingAfterWLS Weekly Digest: Emotional Eating Solved
Check out the newest edition of our LivingAfterWLS Weekly Digest in our Archive:
"Thank you for joining me in this week's LivingAfterWLS Digest, I know your time is valuable and appreciate you spending some of it with me. Today  we discuss the reality of emotional eating - have you declared yourself an emotional eater? Being an emotional eater is not a character flaw, it is part of the human code that has evolved over many generations. From the beginning of mankind our species has sought food in response to physical and emotional needs. This is universal to every culture on the planet. The emotional need for food is so embedded in our behavior it is unlikely we can ever change it and trying to modify this inherent behavior leads to frustration and feelings of failure. Rather than change the behavior why not acknowledge it and manage it in a healthy and rational way? Today's featured article addresses just that topic: Emotional eating got you down?

We also take a look at Rule #2 - Lots of Water as a reminder how important daily water intake is to our weight loss efforts and our overall wellness.  And don't miss our Quick Tips and a delicious make ahead meal of chicken and potato skins
I hope you find this digest useful in your ongoing efforts for improved health with weight loss surgery. You have the power and knowledge to make this your healthiest season ever! Let's do it together!"

Link to Digest