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Weight Loss Surgery:
Finding the Thin Person Hiding Inside You.
The Voice of Obesity
Emotional eating is a huge issue for many of us. Although it
doesn’t necessarily show as a problem in the first year following
surgery, for many it starts to roar back soon after. It is always
comforting to know that something that plagues us isn’t caused
because we are just weak-willed as the article on emotional eating
I am very excited about starting to plan retreats for next
year. This has gone from a single idea, to a retreat in Pittsburgh
that was so wonderful that it is hard to describe. The group of
women who attended found it so enlightening and have stayed very
close, supporting each other ever since. The process has now
progressed to my planning retreats in other cities. I am getting
hotels booked and communicating with support groups. I am working
on corporate sponsorship and investigating retreat leaders to help
me. It is exciting and I hope to see you at one of these retreats.
In This Issue
* Emotional Eating is
Like a Drug Craving
* Lactose Intolerance
* Recipe: Creamy Pumpkin Soup
I am starting to plan retreats
in the following cities:
Kansas City, KS
Watch future editions of this newsletter
for signup announcements.
If you are excited about my retreats, would like for me to have a
retreat in your city and feel comfortable that 30 people would
attend, contact me at
I am 4 years post-op and have become completely lactose
intolerant. Why? I cannot find the answer to this problem or
real solid medical information to explain this phenomenon. Thank
you. Your books and website are a Godsend to so many of us.
Lactose intolerance results when the body is unable to
digest lactose which is the sugar found in cow’s milk and other
dairy products. Lactose is broken down by the enzyme lactase
which is produced in the small intestines. The lactose is broken
down into glucose and galactose.
When the body does not produce
enough of the enzyme, then the lactose cannot be broken down
which results in lactose intolerance. Symptoms of lactose
intolerance include cramping, nausea, gas and diarrhea after
consuming dairy products.
A common cause of lactose
intolerance is injury to the small intestines. What we
experience as gastric bypass surgery patients having our
intestines rerouted can be interpreted by our bodies
as an injury.
This may also be why lactose intolerance disappears for most of
us after a period of time. Our bodies heal from the “injury.”
Diary products such as cow’s milk
are obvious sources of lactose. But lactose is also found in
whey, protein drinks that are whey-based, buttermilk, sour
cream, margarine, yogurt, cottage cheese, hard cheese as well as
some dry products like breads, cereals, etc.
Substitutes for cow’s milk that
will not cause discomfort include soy milk and Lactaid.
If you find that you are lactose
intolerance after surgery, be extra sure that you are getting
enough calcium and vitamin D.
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Creamy Pumpkin Soup
Creamy Pumpkin Soup
1 Tbsp. butter
2 cup chopped onion
1 cup chopped celery
1 1/2 tsp. garlic, chopped
1 cup peeled, cubed fresh pumpkin
1 cup peeled, chopped McIntosh apple
1 qt. vegetable stock
1/4 tsp. salt
1 Tbsp. apple brandy (optional)
1/4 tsp. ginger
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 cup evaporated skim milk
1. Melt butter in a
large stockpot over medium heat. Add onion, celery and garlic, and
sauté 3 minutes. Add the pumpkin, apple, stock and salt. Simmer
until the vegetables are tender.
2. Cover, reduce heat,
and simmer 25 minutes or until pumpkin is tender, stirring
occasionally. Remove from heat; cool slightly.
3. Puree with a hand
blender or food processor until smooth. Return mixture to the
stockpot; add milk. Cook until thoroughly heated. Add the apple
brandy and spices. Mix thoroughly.
Makes 6 servings. Each
serving (including the brandy):
73 calories, 3 grams of protein, 10 grams of carbohydrate
Each serving without the brandy:
67.5 calories, 3 grams of protein, 10 grams of carbohydrates
If you have a recipe that you would like to share in future issues
of this newsletter, please send it to me
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I would like to say a very special thank you to Ann Meyer for
sharing her story.
I feel like it is time to share my success story.
was one of those overweight people who felt like those that went the
“surgery route,” chose it as a copout for not trying to lose weight
on their own and that they were taking the easy way out. Boy, was I
wrong! This takes work...every day! But, would I change any of
it? No way!!!
sisters and I were known as the chubby girls in school. We were not
obese then, but we were chubby. I was always about 20 pounds
overweight right up until I had my first son. I didn’t lose all of
the extra weight after I had him and then put on about 20 pounds
From there the battle of the bulge began and only got worse after
the birth of my second son. I'd lose but then I'd gain it back plus
more. You name the diet plan and I have probably tried it or at
least thought of trying it.
Then in 2003 my sister announced that she was having gastric bypass
surgery and if we could not be positive about it she did not want to
hear about. She needed only positive people on her side. So, I
didn't say anything. I just observed. She did so well that I began
to think that this might also be for me. I sure wasn't getting any
thinner using my own methods.
the Spring of 2004 I began checking on doctors and insurance
coverage. I made an appointment with a surgeon for a first visit.
Then, knowing I would need the support of my PCP, I mentioned it to
him during my yearly physical. He was so positive and immediately
started scheduling test for me that he knew I would need. The scary
part was when I mentioned this particular surgeon to him he said he
did not know anything about him. The person who scheduled my
appointment told me they took referrals from my PCP all the time. I
cancelled this appointment immediately. Things just didn't feel
PCP had given me the name of the surgeon he referred to but that
particular surgeon and the hospital he practiced
out-of-network so that put things a little out of my reach. But, I
was still not completely dismayed. I was continuing to look for a
fit for me with the right surgeon.
of the blue, someone at my husband's place of work mention 2 girls
she knew who had weight loss surgery and the surgeon who had done
their surgery. This woman had no clue that I was considering
surgery - talk about a door opening!! I started to check out Duke
Weight Loss Center in Durham, NC and they sounded just like who I
was looking for.
June 2004 I attended their seminar and took all the paperwork home.
After making my husband check his insurance not less than 3
to 5 times,
I sent off my paperwork the first part of July and began my journey
in August. Things moved right along and on October 27th, 2004
weighing 264 pounds I headed into surgery.
Today, almost 2 years later, I fluctuate between 142
and 145 pounds and
have maintained this for the past 10 months. I have gone from a
tight size 24 to a skinny size 6. Who would have ever thought I
could fit into clothes that size? My high blood pressure is gone,
and my sleep apnea is gone. I have very few problems with my back
and knees.. I have so much more stamina to do the things I like to
do. I am a Boy Scout volunteer and love to camp and hike. I'm
looking forward to taking my Venture Crew to Yosemite next summer on
a week-long backpacking trip.
looks of surprise and then admiration for what I have done on the
faces of my friends and family makes me know that this has all been
worth it and will continue to be so. I am one of the fortunate
ones. I have had few problems and can eat pretty much anything -
just in much smaller quantities but that is A-OK by me. I am told I
have more confidence than I had before and I had considered myself a
pretty confident person before. I am loving ever minute of the new
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
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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