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A Surprising Supplement Rescource

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Could you use another source for your protein-rich dietary supplements? You might want to consider bariatric product suppliers. They have become my surprising source for protein-rich supplements to aid in my quest to be leaner and more muscular.

Bariatric patients (who have had either gastric by-pass or lap-band surgery) have stomachs that have been surgically altered to hold very little food. One of their primary concerns is getting enough protein. They have to pack as much of it as possible into a very small stomach space. Bariatric foods accomplish this. So it follows that these protein-rich foods can also be very handy for weight lifters and people looking to raise their dietary protein levels.

Now don't get me wrong: These supplements aren't cheap. But most of us who buy protein bars and powders have come to accept the expense.

There is a protein powder sold by our local bariatric doctor called Nectar. It's made by the Syntrax company. Per scoop Nectar is 100 calories, all of them from protein. No carbs. No fat. Just protein. And it comes in a dizzying array of flavors! (I love the peach.)

Bariatric places also tend to stock protein bars that are less garbage and more good for you, because they are interested in keeping their patients as healthy as possible. Generally these bars will have not only about equal amounts of carbs as protein, but also some fiber in them, which really helps with feeling full. For bariatric patients these are meal replacements. (Remember- their stomachs hold next to nothing!) For the rest of us, they are between-meal snacks. But they taste good (you aren't going to get an obese person who ate exactly what they liked getting that way to eat food that tastes like crap), and give a good balance of nutrients.

Don't be afraid to walk into your local bariatric doctor and ask if they sell powders and bars. They won't mind having you for a client! This is one avenue of revenue for them and they are happy to sell their products to the general public.

Another thing I like about purchasing from our local bariatric doctor's office is that they have samples of the protein flavors. So I can try out a single serving for $2, instead of spending $32 on an entire tub of powder I may not like the flavor of.

If you don't have a bariatric doctor nearby who sells supplements you can also order online. Here is a site that I use:
. Not only do I like the bars in the link (I've mentioned these a couple of times in my blogs), but they also sell the Nectar Protein powder. And a lot of other stuff, too! They offer a surprising amount of vitamins and various tablet supplements, as well. Take a poke around to see! (Although I would NOT recommend their entree mixes- Not only are they highly processed, but I don't think they taste all that great.) If you order more than $49 you get free shipping, and check out the "discounts and coupons" tags on the left bar, under "Wonderslim", to see if you qualify for any discounts or special offers.

I know this isn't a practical resource for everyone, but thought it might be something some of my wonderful readers might like to know about.

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FITNESSMONSTER8 1/23/2012 3:18PM

    Thanks for the website link I just ordered a catalog from them. emoticon

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MAJORMOM68 1/23/2012 12:44PM

    What's nice about the Bariatric office is that they have already done, or should have already done, all the foot work in finding decent protein supplements. It's easier than going through the internet or the local health food store. If you don't know what you're looking for this is nice.

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ROCKINROBIN15 1/22/2012 12:02AM

    Great info I'm tempted to try them

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ROCKMAN6797 1/21/2012 10:21PM

    So true, and thank you for the link!

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BOBINVA 1/21/2012 7:23PM

    I never would have thought of that. Thanks.

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_RAMONA 1/21/2012 7:08PM


The issue with soy is actually estrogen.

I'm glad to hear that the bars don't give you any trrouble, though. I am closer to menopause than not (I've had a couple of times in the last two years where I thought I'd actually made it... I can't wait, frankly), but for now I have more issues than ever... it's the hormonal fluctuations... mine seem to be extreme. I'll see what the specialist says about soy before I do anything.

...and I see you've already anticip[ated my next question.. do you use a soy or whey protein supplement? I'll watch the vlog! Again, thanks!

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NANCYANNE55 1/21/2012 6:41PM

    Hi Ramona!

I am not very concerned about soy, but I will say that I am menopausal and have found that when I drink soy milk I have a very weird side effect: My breasts hurt. Odd, huh? I figure it's the progesterone. But I can eat these bars and not have an issue.

However, I limit them to one a day. But I may not be as soy sensitive as you.

So I'd say proceed with caution.

And I don't know if all bariatric doctors carry the products. I'm guessing many do, though. You could call them to see.

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_RAMONA 1/21/2012 6:05PM

    Nancy, I just looked at the bar ingredients, and I noticed all of the soy. Do you have concerns about a lot of soy in your diet? I ask because I do. I have hormonal issues, and I worry about soy compounding the problems. I'm going to be seeing a bioidentical hormone specialist at the beginning of February, and I'll be able to ask my questions then, but I'm wondering about your expereince with soy.

Perimenopause... my whole reproductive life, actually... has kicked everything out of me... like I've gone 13 rounds with a prize fighter. I can't afford to risk more problems.

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_RAMONA 1/21/2012 5:58PM

    Interesting idea, Nancy! How does one go about finding a bariatric doctor in one's community? Do they all sell food supplements?

I may have to wait awhile... they may try to sign me up as surgery cliet, LOL!

R>P.S. I also really liked/appreciated your resouces vlog!

Comment edited on: 1/21/2012 7:00:46 PM

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BERRY4 1/21/2012 5:58PM

    Thanks so much for the info! -- I've been finding (from a variety of sources) that I'm definitely low in getting enough protein and the physical trainer said that is why I'm not able to build much muscle. (I'm older and have only done ST for 18 months. But it seems that I don't have much to show for it.)

Anyway, I will check out this resource!

Enjoy your weekend! emoticon

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Video Blog: The Publications I Refer To the Most

Monday, January 16, 2012

Here's a link to a video blog I did this morning where I talk about the published print items I refer to the most:

I hope it works this time. :-) Let me know what you think!

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ROCKMAN6797 1/18/2012 7:51AM

    Great vblog, thank you for sharing.


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BOBINVA 1/16/2012 3:30PM

    Great job. I was view #6

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Video Blog: What I Wish I Could Say to The Discouraged!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

This is a little rough, but I was afraid that if I did a retake I'd lose some of my sincerity.

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TERRIMMIX 5/17/2012 7:38AM

    Anytime things seem impossible, I will revisit this vb. Thanks NancyAnn.

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ONE*BUSY*MOM 3/29/2012 1:16AM

    Nancy Anne, I was feeling really down about my progress tonight and then I found this video. It was exactly what I needed to get myself out of the dumps. Thanks for this!


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BERRY4 1/21/2012 6:05PM

    It worked when I clicked on it! -- Thanks for taking the time to share from your heart.

Yes, I have a body and I'm breathing. Yes this must be possible. Yes I will "get there" if I don't quit.

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TERRRI 1/18/2012 1:35PM

    I just discovered your blog. Your sincerity and honesty are inspiring! Thanks for taking the time to do this!

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HEALTHDUDE 1/12/2012 9:50PM

    Nancy, YOU are a nice, caring person.

I liked the vblog.

I've found that the biggest road block is low self-esteem. It's a hard one to overcome because it's deep rooted. Hopefully your message will break through and reach those folks.


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HDHAWK 1/12/2012 8:02PM

    emoticon I needed the pep talk!

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RASCALRACCOON 1/12/2012 3:54PM

    emoticon you are awesome! everyone needs to see that! :) everyone with a body who is breathing :)

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EXCUSELESS 1/12/2012 3:51PM

    Great Blog! Thanks for sharing. I often feel defeated but refuse to give up hope.

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TERRYT55 1/12/2012 1:13PM

    Excellent blog..........No excuses. Just do up. Nothing is standing in your way except YOU!

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_RAMONA 1/12/2012 1:07PM

    This was great!

Anyone CAN do this... each person simply has to define what 'this' is for themselves, and start moving toward it.

I think the mistake people make at times is to look at someone (you, for instance) and then allow the specifics to frighten them off (specifically what you've accomplished, specifically how you did it) because they think they must do 'it' exactly the same way. The truth is, no matter how much you admire someone else and their accomplishment, you have to find your own way 'there'.

I can learn from you, take advice from you, be inspired by you, but I still have to figure out my own process and journey.

Thanks, Nancy, for another nugget to keep going!

{{{{{{{{{ HUGS }}}}}}}}}}

P.S. Is the link for sharing?

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DANDRAS 1/12/2012 12:44PM

    Great Blog. Thanks

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_RAMONA 1/12/2012 10:08AM

    Sorry, Nancy... I get an error message, too.

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TERRYT55 1/12/2012 12:44AM

    I wish I could see our blog but I get an error message even if I cut and paste. Would you re-post please? Thanks, Terry

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ROCKMAN6797 1/12/2012 12:07AM

    I love it!
Just do!
That is the comment I left on another SparkFriend's blog this morning. Just do!
Don't let anybody or anything stand in your way of just doing.
Great message!


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Video Blog Link on the Tools I Use to Stay Organized.

Sunday, January 08, 2012

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LUCINDARW 4/12/2012 11:08AM

    How efficient! great blog and lots of good ideas. Lucinda emoticon

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GODZDESIGN95 1/11/2012 10:17AM

    Very informative..neat ideas too.

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TOBESIZE4 1/9/2012 11:44PM

    Thanks. I will use you idea for the accordian folder. I have years of back issues of oxygen and m&f hers!


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HEALTHDUDE 1/9/2012 3:14PM

    This was informative, thanks for sharing.


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HELENAWF 1/9/2012 12:52PM

    Thanks for sharing! Have a wonderful week! Hugs, Wendy

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ROCKMAN6797 1/9/2012 7:53AM

    Great video!
Love the organizational tips, very helpful.
Thank you for sharing!

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Binge Recovery

Friday, January 06, 2012

Okay, so you've done it- You ate way too much of the wrong stuff. And in the middle of kicking yourself and wishing you could go back in time, you are wondering "Is there anything I can do to help reduce the negative effects of this?' I have an answer for you, and that answer is "YES"! (And no, it does not involve the porcelain god and sticking a finger down your throat!)

This isn't going to be easy, no magic pill, but it will get most, if not all, of the garbage you just ate out of your system. There are basically three steps you will employ for the next 3 days:

1. Drink water like it's going out of style! This is NOT the time to shy away from water because you are afraid it will make you weigh even more in the morning. It's time to guzzle. It will give your cleansing organs a vehicle to carry all of that bad stuff (carbs, sodium, fat, chemicals) out of your body as fast as possible. The sooner they leave the body, the harder it is for your body to store them as fat. I'm not talking water toxicity levels, here, but make a concerted effort to drink more water than you normally would. And water- not diet soda or any other kind of beverage you would rather drink. Water. Water doesn't give your body one MORE factor to process and deal with.

2. Cardio like a mad person! If you have any extra time for additional cardio over the next 72 hours, just do it, no questions asked. I had a trainer friend of mine say that it takes the body 72 hours to turn unaccounted for carbs into fat. You are trying to get 'em accounted for with cardio! I have no idea if what he said was right or not, but putting as much time into cardio as possible for three days after a binge has helped me to keep the damage at bay. Cardio uses glycogen, which is what the body turns carbs into, for fuel. If glycogen doesn't get used for fuel, the body stores it as fat (future fuel). You want to try to stop that from happening

As an aside- Don't abandon your weight lifting routine, though! Lifting also uses glycogen, although not as much. Keep up the lifting routine the same, but raise your cardio level. Two or three 30 or 40-minute cardio sessions a day is not too much right now, if you can squeeze that much in!

Oh! And expect the next day to have kick-butt cardio and lifting sessions. With all of that glycogen now stored in your muscles you will be able to push harder than normal in your workouts. (Proving that every cloud truly does have a silver lining!)

3. Focus your diet for the next day on protein, with only veggies for carbs. It's Okay to have nonfat milk products. My guess is that after the binge you aren't going to be wanting too many carbs, anyhow. The next two days after that, go for small servings of things like oatmeal with breakfast and whole grains like 100% whole wheat or Ezekial breads and brown rice with lunch and dinner.

Why am I focusing on carbs? Because I am almost certain you didn't binge on turkey breast. You either binged on sweet carbs (cookies, ice cream, brownies), salty carbs (potato chips, crackers), or a combo (peanut butter, kettle corn). None of these combinations is scale-friendly when done in excess, and the only way to get rid of the weight gain is to get rid of the carbs floatin' around in your body.

And the next time, if you can think about it before you immerse your head into that vat of peanut butter again, remind yourself that a binge is 3 days of hard work to (hopefully) undo the damage. I've done this enough times that the thought of both the un-do process and the intestinal distress that is certain to arrive shortly after the binge has ended is almost always enough to stop me in my tracks. It's taken a couple of years to learn my lesson, but now I can almost always say to myself "Ugh! It's just not worth it!" and step away from the temptation.

Depending on your personality, when you get on the scale is up to you. I make myself get on the scale the next morning because I can't stay in denial if I'm looking at the (temporary) damage I've caused. Seeing a big jump motivates me to get right back on track! I also like watching the numbers come down over the next couple of days- It's interesting to me. But if you are the type it is just going to discouraged and want to dive into a bag of BBQ chips when the number is up, I'd advise waiting until after your 3-day recovery process is over.

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MSILVER94 4/6/2012 5:12PM

    Very helpful :) thanks for posting!

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GODZDESIGN95 1/11/2012 10:00AM

    printing this off just for times like this....

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FITNESSMONSTER8 1/9/2012 11:46AM

    Thanks for the great advice!

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THEHONESTME 1/8/2012 2:38PM

    emoticon As always, that was very informative :)

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ROXIESHANE 1/7/2012 8:46PM

  Great post with lots of good information. Thanks! emoticon

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TSANC01 1/7/2012 5:29PM

  Thanks for your tips and advice, it's exactly what I needed to hear today.

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CICI510 1/7/2012 1:55PM

    Awesome post!!! emoticon

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IXCHEL23 1/7/2012 12:07PM

    Thanks for the tips and advice! I don't know if I will ever recovering from binging but will keep trying.


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DENNYBUGS 1/7/2012 8:44AM

    Thanks, this will also help folks get back on track instead of having back to back days of over doing it!

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TOBESIZE4 1/6/2012 10:19PM

    I'm a newbie and have just read all your blogs. Great advice!! Thanks for inspiring so many to pick up the weights and just keep on keeping on.

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BOBINVA 1/6/2012 9:44PM

    Great advice. That is the way to do it.

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KMAYRES 1/6/2012 8:10PM

    great post. Thank you.

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ROCKMAN6797 1/6/2012 7:09PM

    Excellent advise, I especially like the part where you remind yourself of what you have to do if you do happen to binge, three days of H-E-Double Hockey Sticks! That alone would stop me!

Thank for sharing!


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MRS.CARLY 1/6/2012 7:03PM

    Great post!

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BERRY4 1/6/2012 6:56PM

    Great, helpful info...just a couple of weeks too late for what I messed up with in Dec.
(Too many magic cookie bars in a row + other candy, chocolate, ETC.) And now the scale is UP and now I know that giving in to daily "treats" is NOT ever going to work for me...EVER.

So I will consider the lesson(s) learned and do the WORK to drop the 10 lbs that came back. emoticon (a Fall mess up-- Sept. to Dec.)

Thanks for taking the time to provide perspective! emoticon

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TECAVINESS 1/6/2012 6:53PM

    Excellent advise. Why is it we always binge on things that are not good for us. Going to follow this the next time I fall off the wagon.

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