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Weight Loss Surgery:
Finding the Thin Person Hiding Inside You.
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In This Issue
* Goal Setting Video
* Pausing for Menopause
* Dallas Conference Heats Up!!
* Does Sensa Make Sense??
* Ready for Summer? Get Back on Track
* Recipe: Chicken and Black Bean Chili * Success
Story: Kim Pillman
There are many things about growing older
that are wonderful. As we age, often we have a greater wisdom and sense
of security because we have been in situations before and have survived
them and have even thrived. Many of us have more disposable income than
we did when we were struggling kids, right out of school in minimum wage
or very low paying jobs. We have a better sense of who we are and what
life holds for us. Yes, being older has a lot going for it.
What it doesnít have going for it is
menopause. The average age for a woman going through menopause is 51.
It is marked by the end of the menstrual cycle as well as the onset of
hot flashes, wrinkles, a change in hair texture, bone loss and sagging
breasts. It also often brings with it weight gain, sometimes referred to
as middle age spread; about 2/3rds of women experience this. The weight
settles around the stomach area instead of being evenly distributed
between the hips and thighs. And trying to lose these pounds seems next
to impossible. The change in our hormones affects our appetite, our
metabolism and how we store fat. For example, if you ate 1,000 calories
before menopause, you would burn 700 of them and store around 300. After
menopause, your body will store 700 and burn only 300!
The weight gain is caused by several
factors. Hormones are stored in fat cells, and as your body stops
producing estrogen, the body perceives these empty fat cells as a sign
of famine and clings to those fat cells for preservation. Fat cells in
your body can produce estrogen, so your body works harder to convert
calories into fat in an attempt to increase estrogen levels. Women also
start to develop insulin resistance which makes our bodies cling to
those fat cells even more.
If you donít want to accept that weight
gain is inevitable, there are two things that you can do to combat this:
To combat insulin resistance, eat a diet that is very high in protein, especially lean protein.
After our surgery, we were told to do this so that we would heal from
our surgery, maintain muscle mass, and avoid excessive hair loss. Now we
have yet another reason. A diet that does not include simple
carbohydrates will help you to reverse insulin resistance and keep you
from craving sweets.
Weight bearing exercise
Exercise is important to not only burn calories but also to build muscle
mass. The more muscle that you have, the higher your metabolism will be
and the more calories you will burn. Besides doing such exercise as
walking or exercising on an elliptical machine, lift some hand weights.
Lifting weights will definitely help you to build up those muscles.
It seems like the solution to all of our
problems is protein and exercise. Itís a lesson that gets preached to us
over and over. Sometimes we hear and sometimes we donít. But each time
the message gets a little louder. Letís not settle for that middle age
spread. Let's work to keep that weight we attained right after surgery.
Does Sensa Make Sense??
My local news always seems to feature the latest
diet craze. Recently they ran a report on Sensa, the ďSprinkle Diet.Ē
Sensa was developed by Dr. Alan Hirsh, the Director of the Smell and
Taste Treatment Foundation in Chicago. Dr. Hirsh found through
his research that people who lose their sense of smell and taste, gain
weight. Those two senses are tied to satiety, or the feeling of
fullness that stops us from eating because we feel full and satisfied;
so he developed strong tasting powders to sprinkle over food to
stimulate the sense of taste and smell.
In his research Dr. Hirsh asked 1,436 overweight
or obese men to sprinkle their food for six months, but not to change
their diet or exercise in any other way. After six months, those who
stuck with the program lost an average of 30.5 pounds or about 15% of
their body weight. The control group who used sprinkles without
strong taste or smell lost an average of two pounds over the six month
period. Some complain that the sprinkles smell like fish.
The cost of Sensa is approximately $53 per month
and is available on the internet. I definitely donít recommend Sensa,
but at least Sensa doesnít appear to be harmful. It is not a crazy
and unhealthy way of eating or stimulant medication. I would be
interested in hearing from anyone who might have used it. Email me at
Ready for Summer? Get Back on Track
Back on Track with Barbara
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Suffering from emotional eating and canít stop?
Grazing on carbohydrates and canít control it?
Lacking inspiration to lose the weight you have
Feel you donít know what to do now that you have
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Here is a quick and easy meal. It may be a little
hearty for summer, but I love chili and wanted to share this with you.
This recipe seems high in carbohydrates, but remember, these are good
carbs that come from the beans.
Chicken and Black Bean Chili
1 lb chicken tenderloins, cut in 1/2"
1 cup chopped onion
1 can beans - pinto, white, or small red, drained (15 ounces)
1 can black beans, drained (15 ounces)
1 can stewed tomatoes, Mexican style, (15 ounces)
2 tablespoons chili powder or seasoning mix
In a large skillet sprayed with nonstick cooking
spray, brown chicken and onion over medium heat. Stir in remaining
ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low; simmer for about 20
Nutritional Information per serving:
250 calories, 4 grams fat, 30 grams carbs, 23 grams protein
If you have a recipe that you would like to share in future issues of
thisnewsletter, please send it to me at
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French Toast Batter
Sauces and Marinades
Omelets & Egg Dishes
Dry Ingredients (cinnamon or colored sugar, etc.)
Food Storage (nuts, syrup, etc.)
I am completely
out of success stories. Please send in yours along with before
and after pictures. It is your way of giving back for this free
newsletter. Thank you so much!
I want to offer Kim Pillman a special thanks
for sharing her success with us. Here is her story.
As long as I can remember, I have been big. As
a teenager I was popular and into everything and was even a cheerleader
but I was the Ďbiggestí cheerleader. To this day there are things I
remember vividly that people have said about me or even to me in my
cheerleading uniform that haunt me.
One time in particular, some guys were sitting
in the bleachers and started making fun of me. It kept on during the
whole game. I mention this because there are so many instances like
this that are so vivid in my memory and sadly they still have the
same affect on me now, that they did then, when I think about them.
I gained a bit more weight after this, as well
as while I was pregnant with my first son. The stress on my life at that time was overwhelming. I was a single mom with no help, I
was still dealing with growing up in an abusive home, still having
those voices in my head of people, mostly guys, calling me names, and
I just continued to gain weight.
In 2000 I weighed about 250 lbs. Something
wonderful happened that year; I met my future husband on the
internet. He loved me for ME! I was afraid to show him a picture of
myself, but when I did, he told me he still thought I was beautiful.
I ended up moving with my son, 1,000 miles from home, to where he
was living. That would add to the stress in my life and in my sonís
life. I didnít know how to deal with all the stress that was
building up, so I ate. I felt like giving up. By this time I weighed
326 lbs, and wore a size 26 pants.
I started researching gastric bypass surgery on
the internet and found a support group in my area. I got in touch
with a few members, went to a couple meetings, then chose to have the
procedure. I knew that I needed not only to fix my outside, but my
inside as well. I needed to find a way to deal with stress. I worked
on that daily. I chose my surgeon, went through all the processes,
and October 27, 2003 I had my surgery, a Roux-en Y procedure.
My surgeon and his staff were so wonderful. Dr
Keith Gersin from the University of California Surgery Group was
wonderful. The medical staff educated me about what to expect from
the surgery in the near future. They also educated me about
pregnancy and the need to wait 18 to 24 months before getting
pregnant. We didnít try, but found out we were expecting when I was
just three months post-op. It was a very tough pregnancy for both me
and my baby. But today my 4 yr old son is a healthy, wonderful kid.
Because of the stress of the pregnancy and the
changes I was going through, I do not absorb many vitamins and iron.
I have some issues with hypoglycemia. On the upside, I have
maintained my size 12. I am more active than I have ever been in my
life. The excess weight put so much strain on my back and joints so
I have days when I am in pain. But I enjoy life now, more than I
ever have before. God has truly put so many people in my life when I
I use my tool as it should be used. I had this
surgery for a reason and I am going to abide by the rules of my
pouch. You know why? Because I enjoy the new me so much and NEVER
want to go back to how it was before. That is so worth staying on
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