Monday, September 29, 2014

Introducing LAWLS Quick Read eBooks!

LivingAfterWLS Quick Reads: Powerful Knowledge 
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LivingAfterWLS is pleased to introduce the first two volumes in our new eight volume series of eBook "Shorts" - Quick portable reads full of knowledge, inspiration, recipes, and tools to support your successful weight loss, and long-term weight maintenance with weight loss surgery. Our "Shorts" are available exclusively through Amazon Kindle at guaranteed low prices. The Free Kindle reader app is available for Apple, Android, Windows, and Blackberry through Amazon or your App store. Digital products in your Kindle library are yours for life: enjoy on any computer or device.
This quick study provides the basics of the 5 Day Pouch Test plan to get you back on track with your weight loss or weight maintenance goals with weight loss surgery. The Express Study Guide includes the plan summary broken down by day; 32 Frequently Asked Questions and Answers about the plan; and 10 sample recipes to get you started.
Approx. 45 pages
$3.95 Instant Download
This complete collection of 5 Day Pouch Test approved recipes is a handy companion for getting back to the basics of weight loss surgery using the 5DPT as a tool.What's in it: A summary review of the 5 Day Pouch Test and review of the basic tenets of weight loss surgery, 60 tried and tested 5DPT approved recipes, and numerous informational tips to promote your successful weight loss and weight management with bariatric surgery.
Approx. 85 pages
$5.95 Instant digital download
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LivingAfterWLS Shorts
Exclusively Available on Amazon Kindle


Don't have a Kindle? No problem. The Kindle eReader app is available in your APP store or the Kindle Store for free. Benefit: manage your entire digital library in one place, your library transfers when you upgrade your device and may also be viewed on tablet, laptop or computer. Brilliant!
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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

5 Day Pouch Test Express Study Guide

New LAWLS 5 Day Pouch Test eBook - Just Published!! Low introductory price of just $3.95


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5 Day Pouch Test Express Study Guide eBook, available exclusively through Amazon Kindle. This quick study provides the basics of the 5 Day Pouch Test plan to get you back on track with your weight loss or weight maintenance goals with weight loss surgery.

What’s in it: The Express Study Guide includes the plan summary broken down by day; 32 Frequently Asked Questions and Answers about the plan; and 10 sample recipes to get you started.

Who it’s for: The 5 Day Pouch Test Express Study Guide is for those who want to learn a little more about the plan without investing in the manual; for people anxious to do the 5DPT and want a quick overview; for those who know the plan and have used it successfully who want a quick reference at their fingertips; people who want to succeed long term with their weight loss surgery tool.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00NUSWH32

Don't have a Kindle? No problem. The Kindle eReader app is available in your APP store or the Kindle Store for free. Benefit: manage your entire digital library in one place, your library transfers when you upgrade device and may also be viewed on tablet, laptop or computer. Brilliant!

Get your 5DPT Express Study Guide Now!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Stop the Competition! This is a matter of your health.

Hot Off the Press!
5 Day Pouch Test Fall Special Edition

5 Day Pouch Test Fall Special Edition newsletter now live and available for you in our archive. Link below. Learn if too much competition is preventing you from reaching your WLS goals.

"Maybe it's the fall sports season that has so many of us in the competitive mood lately. Seems like things have really heated up on the weight loss surgery scrimmage lines where it is more popular than ever to compare and compete with one another in our weight loss. And while some healthy competition can be a great motivator the comparison of weight loss can lead to utter discouragement. I see it even with the 5 Day Pouch Test that people are making comparisons in how much weight is lost in the 5 days and if they do not meet that superficial standard they consider their 5DPT effort a failure.  It is not."   Continue Reading

What is the 5 Day Pouch Test? Learn more here: 5DPT Website

Friday, September 19, 2014

5DPT: Soups for Liquids - Refresher Course

We get a lot of questions about the soups for the 5 Day Pouch Test. Here is an explanation directly from our forthcoming book: The 5 Day Pouch Test Owner's Manual. Many who have done the 5DPT and used the soups swear by them. Another question that I get frequently is, "Can I have the soups when I'm not doing the 5DPT?" The answer is a big resounding YES!

Link to the Soup Recipes

Soup Alternatives to Protein Shakes
The 5 Day Pouch Test calls for two days of protein rich liquids. Normally we think of ready-to-drink protein beverages or homemade concoctions using fruit, yogurt and protein powders. This is quite typical of the early post-op diet prescribed by many surgical weight loss centers. The 5DPT begins with two days of protein liquids in order to baby the pouch, much as we did immediately post-op. In addition, the liquids are useful in breaking a processed carbohydrate snacking habit or slider food addiction.

Ideally one would spend Days 1 and 2 drinking only protein drinks, clear broth, tea and water. However, depending on your food habits leading into the 5DPT this can be quite drastic causing hunger, dizziness and frustration. As I developed this plan I learned that more substantial soups made of animal protein, legumes, beans and low-glycemic vegetables work well to alleviate the discomfort of a liquid diet.

5 Day Pouch Test Website

These satisfying soup recipes are made of foods low on the Glycemic Index: a measure of how your blood glucose levels are affected by food. That means they will stick with you without causing a rapid rise (and then drop) in blood glucose. These great comfort soups will help keep you feeling full longer, help you achieve and maintain a healthy weight, and provide you with more consistent energy throughout the day.

It is easy to confuse soup with slider foods since both are liquids that flow more rapidly through the stoma than solid protein. But the thing to remember is the soup recipes we recommend are nutrient dense. Slider foods such as crackers or pretzels washed down with liquids have no nutritional value.

A final note, the soup recipes we offer are less expensive than processed protein beverages and they are family friendly making the 5 Day Pouch Test more practical to incorporate into our busy schedules.


For best results with the 5DPT read the full plan: 5 Day Pouch Test Owner's Manual.

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Learn more about the new second edition:
An Interview with Kaye Bailey

Cinnamon and Ginger: Healing Herbs

It is not uncommon, after surgical weight loss, to experience frequent bouts of indigestion or mild stomach discomfort. We simply do not have enough digestive enzymes. Foods that may cause indigestion tend to be processed simple carbohydrates or high in fat. Often we turn to over-the-counter digestive aids that may or may not help. Some actually do more harm because they are time released made for people with a full intestinal tract and our short-circuit systems cannot handle them either.

But what I've learned over years of tending my tiny stomach pouch is that food mindfully prepared with limited fat and processed ingredients, and rich in protein seasoned and flavored with herbs and spices seldom results in stomach upset.

Cinnamon and Ginger are carminative herbs that contain compounds that can soothe the stomach and prevent gas. They are ideal for preventing and treating indigestion. They may give our tiny pouches a boost when it comes to digestion and prevent stomach upset that might otherwise occur.

In reviewing the culinary history of the world we learn that ginger has been the herb of choice for seasoning fish and seafood. Recipes date back thousands of years in China's history, to when fish and seafood weren't always fresh and often caused indigestion or worse. James A. Duke in "The Green Pharmacy" tells us, "Ancient Chinese cooks discovered that if they flavored their fish with ginger, it was less likely to cause stomach upset. Ginger has been the spice of choice for fish ever since." (Rodale Copyright 2001 - Page 103).

I think as people recovering from morbid obesity we owe it to ourselves to take advantage of the best natural remedies whenever possible. I believe this with all my heart. Research and experience has taught me it is possible to achieve nutritional balance, in most cases, with the inclusion of the best ingredients in mindfully prepared meals. Don't you agree?

In addition to cinnamon and ginger the following carminative herbs can be included in the diet to avoid and/or relieve stomach distress:
anise, cardamom, chamomile, cilantro, coriander, lavender, lemon balm, licorice, peppermint, red pepper, and spearmint.
Peppermint may very well be the best digestive herb available. It is antibacterial and will fight-off food borne bugs. It promotes gastric secretions so you digest food more efficiently. It is antispasmodic, helping to prevent and relieve abdominal cramps and it is carminative to settle the stomach and prevent gas. Try a nice cup of peppermint tea one hour before meals and see how it works for you.

For great recipes with health promoting ingredients check out Cooking with Kaye.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

5DPT: Carbohydrate Withdrawal and Nausea

It is not that uncommon, when making any kind of dietary change, that our bodies go through a rebellious phase. In the case of withdrawing simple carbs from the diet, when using the 5 Day Pouch Test or quitting cold turkey, many people experience nausea, sweating, or disorientation. A reasonable remedy is eating a piece of low glycemic fruit which will relieve the symptoms and provide beneficial vitamins and  nutrients.

From the 5 Day Pouch Test Owner's Manual:

If you notice symptoms of carbohydrate withdrawal you can eat a small piece of melon, some berries, an apple or orange. Any low-glycemic fruit or vegetable will reduce the symptoms of carbohydrate withdrawal.


You may also try a dose of Emergen-C, which should reduce headache, dizziness or cramping from carbohydrate withdrawal.


Feeling nauseated? Try sipping some freshly brewed warm green tea. You can add fresh ginger juice to further ease the symptoms of stomach distress and nausea. The nausea may be the result of a switch from carbohydrate slider foods to richer proteins and the ingredients in the protein shakes.


Include: Low-Glycemic Fresh Fruit: apple, avocado, banana, blueberries cantaloupe, grapefruit, kiwi fruit, lemon, lime, mango, orange, peach, pear, plum, raspberries, and strawberries.


Avoid these fruits: fresh apricots, cherries, papaya, pineapple, rhubarb, and watermelon.


Include Low-Glycemic Dried Fruit: apple, apricots, dates, and prunes.


Include: Low-Glycemic Fresh Vegetables: alfalfa sprouts, artichokes, arugula, asparagus, bean sprouts, bok choy, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chili peppers, chives, corn, cucumber, eggplant, endive, fennel, garlic, ginger, green beans, herbs, leeks, lettuce, mushrooms, okra, peppers, radishes, scallions, shallots, snow pea sprouts, spinach, squash, Swiss chard, tomato, turnip, watercress, and zucchini.


Avoid these vegetables: Beets, fava beans, parsnips, peas, potatoes, sweet potatoes, and yams.



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High Protein Energy Breakfast!

I just found this great recipe from the American Egg Board: Mini Breakfast Pizzas. What a great way to start your day and what a healthy way to send the kids off to school.

Ingredients:
4 EGGS, beaten
1/3 cup pizza sauce
2 English muffins, split, toasted
1/2cup shredded Italian cheese blend (2 oz.) Dried oregano leaves

Directions:
HEAT oven to 450°F. COAT large nonstick skillet with cooking spray; heat over medium heat until hot.

POUR IN eggs. As eggs begin to set, GENTLY PULL the eggs across the pan with an inverted turner, forming large soft curds. CONTINUE cooking - pulling, lifting and folding eggs - until thickened and no visible liquid egg remains. Do not stir constantly. REMOVE from heat.

SPREAD pizza sauce evenly on muffin halves; place on baking sheet. TOP with eggs and cheese, dividing evenly.

BAKE in 450°F oven until cheese is melted, about 5 minutes. SPRINKLE with oregano.

For more great recipes visit the LivingAfterWLS Kitchen

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Weekly Digest: The ABC's of WLS


 
Don't you just love Back to School time, a mid-year start-over so to speak? This is my favorite time of year and as luck would have it, my ultimate start-over -- gastric bypass -- was on September 13, 1999. Talk about going Back to School in a big way! Last Saturday marked 15 years since my surgery. Where did the time go? While visiting with my husband about this milestone I said to him, "After 15 years you would think I'd have this down to a science. But I still have to work at using my tool and weight management every day, it is so hard!"

Because he is a wise person he replied, "It's hard work because it IS hard."
So today, in the spirit of Back to School I present our newly published Infographic: The ABC's of WLS. You can view it in full down below or click on the image to open a PDF file for download and printing. I hope you find the alphabetic snippets inspiring and useful.

Download the PDF File here: ABC's of WLS

One thing I have learned with absolute certainty is weight management can only be achieved when we have a plan. Leaving our menu to chance didn't work before surgery and it doesn't work after surgery. The plan need not be elaborate. Some days I scribble on my planner: B-eggs; L-tuna; D-chicken. There's my protein. I'll manage the details when I get there. On better organized weeks I plan the weekly menu and post on the refrigerator. This produces stellar results. Regardless of the level of detail, a plan is essential. Read more in this article: I Love DIET. And if you are looking at a truly fun way to get motivated to move check out Wiggle Therapy.
Welcome Back to WLS School of Living!  I hope you find this digest useful in your ongoing efforts for improved health with weight loss surgery. You have the power to make this your healthiest Back to School ever! Let's do it together!
CHEERS!
Kaye

Read the newsletter in our Archive: Back to School: The ABC's of WLS