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Weight Loss Surgery:
Finding the Thin Person Hiding Inside You.
The Voice of Obesity
We are now in the season when it is the most difficult to lose
weight. It is right after the holidays, it is cold, our outdoor
activities are restricted and we want to turn to comfort foods.
Don’t let this time of the year be your downfall. I have given you
some tips below.
The special continues on the Back on Track
Program. This is such a wonderful program with terrific people to
help support you along the way. This
current special is the first we have offered in the history of the
program. Don't miss it. Read the details that follow.
In This Issue
* The Votes Are in On Allergies
* Back on Track
* Research Article: Low Carb Diet Doesn’t Up Heart Risk
* Recipe: Beef Bourguignon
Success Story: Kathy Becker
* Spreading the Word in Allentown, New York, Park Rapids and
The Votes Are In On Allergies
In the last issue I printed a letter from
one of our reader’s asking if anyone has reported lessening of
allergy symptoms following weight loss. Well, the responses are in, and
I received some interesting replies. The overwhelming responses
were from those who have found relief. However, there were a
few who didn’t.
This informal survey does not mean that
weight loss surgery cures allergies. Just as weight loss surgery
doesn’t cure a bad back. But it does suggest that by losing
weight, and living a healthier lifestyle that your allergies
just may be better.
Click here to read the responses.
Back on Track Special
This is a good group. This program
has really helped me. Hope it
does the same for you.
I sure wish I had come here when
my eating started slipping. I
just joined last week and
already I have a ray of hope I haven't
had in quite some time.
It’s January 15th and time
to keep true to your
New Year’s resolutions. More that 2/3rds of people make
resolutions but few follow through with them.
In fact, January 15th is the day that most
resolutions fall by the wayside. We get caught up
in life and forget what we so earnestly hoped for on New Year’s
If you are more than a year post-op and
your resolution has to do with weight loss, maximize your chance
of success by getting support and instruction along the way
through the Back on Track Program.
January 2007 Special
As a special incentive, for the month
of January, anyone who enrolls will receive the first
month at at an incredible
Click here for more information and to enroll
Watch the Winter Blues
Don’t let winter get you down. Here are
some tips to keep winter from interfering with your weight loss.
- Watch depression. With shorter days,
some people are affected by seasonal affective disorder (SAD).
Be sure to get outside to get sunshine, or invest in a light
- Don’t turn to comfort foods. Those
carbs can cause you to feel hungry soon after you eat them.
You then eat even more carbs, stop losing
weight, or worse, gain weight, and end up being more depressed.
Stick to healthy proteins, vegetables and fruits.
- Exercise. Exercise raises your
endorphin levels and just naturally makes you feel good. Look
for alternative ways to exercise such as going to a roller
skating rink or trying snow shoeing or cross country skiing.
If you live in a cold climate, let this be the year that you
embrace winter by buying some well insulated clothing so that
you can get out.
- Plan something to look forward to. Plan
a weekend trip out of town. Go shopping at a place you have
never been before. Save up for a half hour massage. Or get
your nails done. Have a party that emphasizes games rather
than food. Be creative!
- Remember to take care of you!! You’re
Low Carb Diet
Doesn’t Up Heart Risk
This article from WebMD reports on a study
done by the Harvard School of Public Health, and shows that all
of the critics of low-carb diets may have been wrong. The study
was the first to examine long-term effects of low-carb diets and
found they are very healthy, especially if the major source of
fat in the diet comes from vegetable sources such as canola or
While most people abandon restrictive
diets because they are too difficult to follow, the Low
Glycemic Index load way of eating was cited as healthy and
easier to follow.
For the full article, click here.
This is a great recipe for the cold winter
months. It is warming and the meat is very tender, so there is
less of a chance of the beef getting stuck. Enjoy!!
8 slices turkey bacon
2 teaspoons canola oil
2 pounds beef tip sirloin (or similar cut), trimmed of visible fat
and cut into 1-inch cubes
1/3 plus 2 Tablespoons Wondra quick-mixing flour (divided use)
16 small white onions
1 ½ cups baby carrots (or 2 small carrots chopped)
2 Tablespoons brandy
3 garlic cloves, crushed or minced
¾ teaspoons salt
½ teaspoon thyme leaves, crushed
¼ teaspoon pepper
1 bay leaf
1 cup red Burgundy wine
1 cup low-sodium beef broth
¾ pound sliced mushrooms
1. In a large, non-stick skillet over medium
heat, cook bacon until just crisp. Break into bits.
2. Put 1/3 cup Wondra flour in a medium bowl
or large Ziplock bag. Add beef chunks and coat well with flour.
Heat oil over medium heat in a skillet. Add beef chunks, spray the
top with canola cooking spray, and cook, turning until browned on
3. Put the browned beef and the remaining
ingredients in a slow cooker. Stir and cook on low until beef is
cooked throughout and onions are tender (about 10 hours).
Yield: 8 Servings
277 calories, 30 grams of protein, 12 grams carbohydrates
If you have a recipe that you would like to share in future issues
of this newsletter, please send it to me
I want to offer a special thanks to Kathy
Becker. Here is her story:
My name is Kathy Becker and I had the Duodenal Switch (DS/BPD)
surgery on June 27, 2003, performed by Dr. Baltasar in Alcoy,
Spain. I can honestly say that I did have a lot of problems with a
leak after the surgery and had several subsequent surgeries, but it
was worth it all and more. My highest weight was 375 pounds and on
the day of surgery, I weighed 365. I now weigh 154 pounds so
obviously it has been a great success for me since I lost 211
pounds. I went from a very, very tight 26/28 to a 10/12 now. I
would like to lose just a little bit more, but have more than
reached the goal that my surgeon in the US set for me which was 170.
Before the surgery,
I had no other problems besides the weight. I could exercise and
walk and do most anything that I attempted. I kept myself in great
looking clothes, and took good care of myself at all times, but I
was sooooo very unhappy. I would lose massive amounts of weight
over and over, well over 150 pounds each time, but I always gained
it back again and, of course, added a few more pounds for good
measure. I was so depressed with my weight, but just could not stop
the constant cycle of losing and gaining.
One day, I was on
several Weight Loss Surgery sights just exploring the possibilities
and I came upon a story of a wonderful woman who had gone to Dr.
Baltasar and had lost an incredible amount of weight, probably
around the same amount that I now have lost. With the story she
included her pictures. I was so blown away that I struck up a
conversation with this wonderful woman and she patiently answered
all of my questions and directed me to Dr. Baltasar’s email group.
I learned so much from her and this board, that I knew that this
operation was for me.
My husband, who is
the dearest man in the world, agreed to accompany me to Alcoy, Spain
in order for me to have this surgery. However, my outcome did not
go well and I developed a leak. I spent a month in the hospital in
Spain and I just continued to go downhill quickly. My husband being
a man of action said, “ENOUGH, I'm taking her to Johns Hopkins
Hospital and getting her some help there.” Well, the
at Johns Hopkins, Dr. Eckhauser, performed several lifesaving
surgeries on me and I spent the next year eating through a feeding
tube and my husband was the best nurse a woman could ever have. I
cannot tell you how wonderful that man was to me. Dr. Eckhauser and
my DH saved my life.
Now, after all of
this trouble, I am feeling better than I ever have in my life. I
can do anything that I want to do and walk over 3.5 miles every
day. Soon, I am planning on starting my workouts at the gym again
also. All, in all, this is the very best thing that I have ever
done for myself. Even with all of the problems I experienced, I
would do it again in a heartbeat.
This is not to say
that Dr. Baltasar is not a wonderful surgeon, as he is, but
sometimes things happen and I do not believe that the care given in
the hospitals in Spain is as good as the care I received at Johns
Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. I am eternally grateful to them for
saving my life.
If you have a success story to share along with before
and after pictures, please send it to me at
Barbara@WLScenter.com so that I can include it in
Park Rapids and Milwaukee
I have several engagements coming up
which you will be able to attend.
Wednesday Feb. 14th, 7:00 PM
to 9:00 PM, Sacred Heart Hospital Auditorium, Allentown, PA.
Call Karen Nisky, 610-776-4928, for reservations.
Wednesday March 7th, 7
PM to 8:30
PM, New York Presbyterian Hospital, Whitney 117,
525 East 68th Street, between York Avenue and the East
River. Call Liz Goldenberg, 212-746-5294 for information.
Saturday April 14th, 10
AM to 11:15 AM, sponsored by Dakota Clinic, Park Rapids, MN.
Call Laurie Hanson, 218-732-2829 for information.
Please Note: I am asked very often about
coming to speak for various practices. If you would like me to
speak, I am sponsored to speak by either the Hospital or by a
corporation. Call me for details 877-440-1518.
If you are a nurse and would like for me to
speak on positive patient outcomes, patient satisfaction, or
obesity sensitivity for your State Nurses Association, please
have the conference planner for your State Association contact
me. I have a corporate sponsor who will pay my fee and expenses
so it is free for your Association. I also speak for many
hospitals on the same topics.
Contact me at
Barbara@WLScenter.com or 412-851-4195.
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