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1/24/12 1:04 P

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One of the things that sold me on RNY is the fact that it is much harder to build up cholesterol in the arteries. Whenever I have it checked now, 12 years later, my results are excellent.

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1/24/12 12:42 A

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1/23/12 10:30 P

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I can relate to the protein powder dilemma. I do not like protein drinks either. I have tried more than 50+ brands and flavors over three months or more. I found 3 that I do not mind drinking today. By 4-6 months out with the encouragement of my surgeon I started to transisiton from protein drinks to normal food for my nutrients. Now I sometimes have a protein drink before exercise or if I am low on protein for the day but I can easily get sufficient protein from normal food. I also do not use protein bars (except for emergency stash in the car in case I am out and need to eat something).

As to finding a protein powder you like. Invest in samples. From speaking with my friends and members of my support group I learned that most of us tend to like the protein flavors that are most similar to the beverages we drank before surgery. Also your tastebuds do change after any abdominal surgery and do not return for 6 months to a year.

Here was the results from my friends:

Coffee drinkers - Nectar Cappuccino (it is decaf) is a favorite. When you are cleared for caffeine we all like Click Espresso Mocha flavor (some like the vanilla flavor espresso). For ready to drink we are split between Bariatric Advantage Projoe (mocha, chai, or vanilla latte).
Adding Vanilla protein powder to soy slender cappuccino flavored soy milk is a good substitute too.

Tea Drinker - Like Nectar Lemon Iced Tea is the favorite. I do not know of anyone who tried adding a protein powder to their favorite herbal, decaf, or caffeinated tea but might be worth a try.

Soda Pop drinkers - There was a split but most either went to coffee flavors or fruit flavors. I never like pop as I get hiccups from carbonated beverages so I can not weigh in on this one.

Chocolate drinkers - Champion Chocolate protein powder was the overall favorite of most. I found I could not drink chocolate even though I used to love a bite of dark chocolate.

Fruit Juice drinkers - Love all fruit flavor protein powder drinks. Most liked Nectar but all agreed they drink a variety of brands and flavors.

For me I found a vanilla that was not too bad and added that things like jello, pumkin puree, pudding, and other sweet flavored things. I tried probably 10 brands before I found one I liked.

A number of people said they like Isoflex Peanutbutter Chocolate powder and add it various forms of milk or in puddings.

I also found a plain powder that was not too bad tasting. Most of my friends said they did not have a brand preference for plain powder. All agreed that in the early months the only way to get in the protein was to add plain or vanilla protein to every food they ate. Just be careful not to try to add too much powder or it will ruin the texture of the food and make is dry and caky. Add some moisture if you are adding powder to a thick food. I added plain powder to my soups and broths and drank those instead of flavored drinks. I used the packages of lowfat broth warmed and added a scoop of protein powder to it. I also still like adding a little protein powder (instead of masa flour) to my homemade chili! I also liked to add a couple of teaspoons of plain protein to my Wendy's chili! If you make a hamburger then add a little protein powder (instead of the breadcrumbs you used to add) to help it stick together. After a couple of months you are able to eat more and getting in your protein is less of a problem.

I called and purchased samples from healthfood stores, super supplements, online from a number of sources. One local protein powder distributor let me come and taste 15 different protein powders from her business. Ask member of your local support group if they can each bring you a sample of their favorite protein powder. Most are more than happy to do it.

I remember I got desparate at one point early on and bought a few protein shots and drank them because it was only one or two oz and because I hated the protein drinks so much that I just wanted to get it down fast so I could move to a drink I could enjoy.

I did not let my dislike of protein drinks deter me from surgery. I do still use protein powder just not very often. I also do not like being forced to buy huge containers of the stuff so I have found brands I like that have smaller containers.

So get out there and search long and hard for a protein powder that you do not mind. Some suggest waiting until after surgery when you will quickly find which ones you do not like but it can be agonizing to be searching then for one you like.

Before surgery I was able to drink banana flavored Oh Yeah. But after surgery I hated it and gave it away. Before surgery I thought Nectar Fuzzy Navel was not bad but now, yuk!
But I loved my favorite beverage coffee flavored proteins before and after. I worked hard before surgery with my dietician to stragegize ways to drink protein drinks.

So do not be afraid to make an appointement with a dietician to discuss strategies for protein drinks.

cindy

Edited by: CINDY-K at: 1/24/2012 (01:06)
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1/23/12 8:40 P

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I already have a follow up appt with the surgeon in Feb. Since I was told to do little activity until the pleurisy cleared up I wasn't really allowed to do much. I go to the Dr next week and am hoping to get clearance to start exercising again. I don't mean that I sat in bed all day, but you know what I mean. I believe because I couldn't exercise is why I became depressed and stopped logging my food. I have realized that this is a must in my life and have added the apps to every mobile device we own so that no matter what or where we are I can log it now. I have two concerns if he decides to do surgery (at which point I will discuss them with him and my cardiologist) which are a) I can't stand the protein supplements. I gag everytime I try them, even the unflavored ones and b) my pleurisy seems to be recurring so I want to make sure that the chair dance and other things are okay when it flares up. I have lost the 50lbs on my own and kept it off, with the exception of the last 6 months, for 2 1/2 to 3 years. I guess I have to a) wait until next week to see what I can do besides lifting cans and stretching and b) see what the surgeon says in February.

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1/23/12 4:31 P

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Welcome to the team!

The surgery will help reduce the stress on your heart! Exercise is something that is a must both before and after surgery it is just that as you loose weight you will be able to do it better. If I do not exercise I do not lose weight and I could even gain. For now as exercise is difficult check out chair exercise (I like www.chairdancing.com dvds). They have both toning and stretching dvds and cardio dvds. Ask your doctor about them to make sure they are safe for you.
The reason I chose surgery was that I had tried to do it myself over and over but I would lose, regain, plus a few more pounds over and over again. My problem was that I could not keep it off. It was a repeating pattern. I had all kinds of excuses for why I gained it back each time. For me I needed the surgery to help me with the weight loss. Remember the surgery is just another tool to help you lose the weight. Exercise is another tool. Smaller food portions and changes in what I eat and how I eat is yet another tool. Together they have helped me leave obesity behind.

Ask yourself how many diets have you been on with good intentions but after loosing some weight or lots of weight you regained it all back and then some? You seemed to indicate in your post that even in the last 6 months when you were working hard to lose weight that you lost, gained 10lbs and lost again. So with that repeating pattern of gaining and losing weight and serious medical co-morbidities you need help to lose the weight. I would make the appointment to see the surgeon again and speak with him about the surgery and your co-morbidities. He may be willing to do the surgery even though you did not loose the weight, as you have tried to loose without it and are struggling. Just make sure that you are willing to make the life changes. You will need to use the wieght loss tools, exercise at least 5 days a week, change what and how you eat for the rest of your life as that is what it will take.

I am 16 months out and now am working on some stubborn food issues that I must deal with or I will not be successful long term. I know this and am willing to work on it. I exercise most days of the week with a mix of cardio and strength/resistance exercises. I eat much smaller portions and better quality foods. I am so happy that I chose to have gastric bypass and as my doctors now say I am thriving!

cindy



Edited by: CINDY-K at: 1/23/2012 (16:31)
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1/23/12 2:35 P

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My name is Shauna. I'm a heart patient and have been going through the process of WLS approval for about a year and a half. I had an appointment in August with the surgeon and because I am 50lbs from my goal he wants to hold off on surgery. The goal was to have lost 40-50 lbs by February. I'm not making excuses but arthritis diagnoses and pleurisy have basically knocked me on my tushy. I'm pretty much right where I was after gaining 10-15lbs back and losing them. I'm back on track but have not started back to exercising yet. After I make sure I have my current goals under my belt that is what I'm going to add. I just want some advice on surgery. I think I can do this on my own. It'll be slow, but I CAN do it. Do you think 50lbs is worth the surgery? I just want the opinions of those that have been there. Thanks in advance.

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