A fun giveaway from Bonafide Bride

Bonafide Bride is doing a great giveaway! My personal favorite is the Jane Austen collected novels. Here’s the link:
http://bonafidebride.blogspot.com/2010/11/bonafidebrides-favorite-things-giveaway.html

The High Protein Diet Slowdown- Sexy? No, but it’s necessary.

Weight Loss Surgery (WLS) or not, high protein diets will slow you down. I know I’ve touched on this subject before: The Poop Heard ‘Round the World. However, that post was more about the experience than the warning and how to, but this post is more about the how to. Is talking about poop sexy? No, but for those of us on high protein diets, it can become a necessary topic of discussion.

When perusing through many WLS boards, Atkins and South Beach Diet boards, and just about any high protein diet website community you will find entire threads and sometimes entire forums dedicated to poop. Why are high protein diet followers so hyper obsessed with what’s going on post digestion? High protein diets can cause an extreme slow down of one’s post digestion cycle and the results can be painful.

How does one avoid this crappy (pun intended) situation? The first line of defense is making sure you are getting enough fiber, fluids, and fat. Increasing fiber only will not help you. It will only add more bulk and could make things worse. Aim for cereals that have 10 grams of fiber or more per 100 grams of cereal. Eat whole grains instead of white refined flours. Get your five servings of fruit and vegetables per day and be sure to exercise. The combination of increased fiber, exercise and fluids can keep things moving. How much fluid do you need to take in? More than the typical 8 glasses per day…increase it to 12 and that should help. Fat? I thought I was supposed to eliminate fat? Your body needs a certain amount of fat for both your brain and your digestive system to work properly. For the non WLS patient, here is a calculator to determine your recommended daily fat intake: Fat Calculator. For WLS patients, I highly recommend an appointment or phone call to your dietitian.

For some of us, the first line of defense doesn’t always work. This is typical for WLS patients. Many of us take a stool softener (not a laxative) every night. You do not want to rely on laxatives because your body will become dependent on them. Stool softeners help keep things from becoming too hard and impacted. This works for the vast majority of us that have chronic constipation as a result of a high protein diet.

For the few that STILL need more help, there are laxatives. BE CAREFUL with laxatives! Your body could become dependent on them. If you are taking laxatives every week or for some every day or so, GO TO THE DOCTOR! You need to work with your doctor in a case like this. They may refer you to a dietitian to help you increase your fiber and fat intake as well as tweak your diet to ensure things start moving on a regular basis.

So, there ya have it. I really wish I would have had this information prior to surgery from my surgeon’s folder that he provides to his patients. Unfortunately, most don’t provide this info ahead of time and for you non-surgery folk, most high protein diet plans don’t cover this. It ain’t sexy, but it’s necessary.

Well, I’m back due to reader demand

I want to thank those that have sent me messages asking how I’ve been and for those who have asked I continue this. You are right, we need to have a variety of perspectives and experiences with Weight Loss Surgery (WLS) available to those considering WLS. So, since some of you have asked that I continue this blog…I have brought it back. I will try to update at least once a week. I would love to update more, but with schooling my child at home and building up my home business, my time is somewhat limited.

So, how was your Thanksgiving? Mine was great! I celebrated with my boyfriend, kiddo, Baby Daddy and Baby Daddy’s fiance (yes, we are all friends and get along) as well as a couple of guests that made for a wonderful feast and great company. We ate our healthified (yep, I made that up) dinner and it was delicious. It was probably the best turkey I have ever made and instead of my family’s usual basting recipe of slathering the turkey in a stick of butter and a ton of mayo, I brined it overnight. That turkey was not only beautifully and perfectly browned, but the juiciest turkey we’ve ever had. Baby Daddy did the side dishes and the dressing was great even without all of that butter. The only recipe that didn’t work was the crustless pumpkin pie recipe I got off of Obesity Help. It had the weirdest texture and there just wasn’t enough spice in it for us. It sort of tasted like a quiche without the cheese. So, I will be working on developing a really good healthy pumpkin pie recipe that isn’t bland and doesn’t have such an eggy texture.

On a side note, I weighed myself and still no scale movement. I am glad to not be gaining, but to see no loss is seriously frustrating given my hard work as of late. My medical insurance approval can’t come soon enough. Hopefully my surgeon and doc can help figure out why my weight is so stagnant.

Anyhoo, I’m back and if my journey can help just one person, it’s totally worth it.