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  1. Teachamy

    5 years and it is never too late

    Type I diabetes and Type II diabetes are virtually different diseases. Type II means insulin resistance, therefore a Type II's body makes insulin, but can't process it. Type I is an auto-immune disease. Our pancreases don't produce insulin (or enough insulin) to survive. So Type I's can't take oral meds. We have to take insulin to produce what our bodies stopped producing. Ultimately, we gain weight the same way as everyone else, too many carbs+ too much insulin=fat. So low-carb snacks are what I recommend. Low carb/no carb is the best diet for diabetics. Your endocrinologist can prescribe something newer than Metformin. You shouldn't have to suffer through bouts of hypoglycemia. If you do, try 4-8 oz. of skim milk or juice to correct it. I'm sure you are worried about the extra calories you have to consume too.
  2. Teachamy

    How do I break this habit?

    Ok--sounds like you need another veteran to respond. (Not sure why non-veterans are answering these posts...) Empathy? You got it! Try salads, veggies, water, water, water, and 10 minutes on the treadmill or climbing stairs, your choice. I also recommend eating at the table instead of in front of the tube and actively considering what goes into your mouth. It is NOT easy, but I believe in you!!!
  3. Teachamy

    Gastric sleeve revision?

    I wondered about this, but I see the results of going back to basics. Getting rid of breads and crackers and popcorn completely, and some restriction is back. Getting rid of seltzer has helped too. It's not perfect, but once I cut it out cold turkey, I craved carbs less with every passing day. If I drink enough, 2 oz. of chicken and a cup of broccoli is enough for lunch. Some days, it's just cottage cheese. Maybe you could visit your bariatric center and get some dietician support and see if it helps. Seeing some positive results and having someone to talk to may be enough. If not, s/he could support you through revision. Good luck!
  4. Teachamy

    4.5 years, water still an issue!

    I drink Powerade zero almost exclusively. And a still water with a hint of fruit flavor (unsweetened) called "Hint", go figure. Anyway, if I try to drink seltzer, I can't get through a can, but I can get through 16 oz. of Hint and 32 of Powerade. That's 48. Then I try to drink 8oz. of warm water before bed, because I can't stomach cold water (That's 56 total) I was once told if 50 is the best I can do, it's good enough. It worked when I was initially losing, so losing some of these excess pounds should happen again with 56. (One hopes!)
  5. Teachamy

    5 years almost

    Be careful! I have gained more than nine due to every excuse in the book. (medical issues, medicine, depression, etc.) and 9 pounds becomes 19 really fast! So I'm in month 2 of recovery and watching a pound a week going in the right direction feels pretty good.
  6. Teachamy

    Liquid and soft food diet for veterans

    I try to remember that starches are the enemy. The more starches I eat, the more I want to eat, and the less room I have for foods that are actually nutritious! I have been eating healthy, complex carbs like fruit, but nothing refined. I never ate much fruit immediately after surgery, but I keep count of the calories, and It helps. Bananas, smoothies, even a lo-carb tomato soup might be helpful. But remember the protein and try to track. You got this!
  7. I weighed in about once every 3 weeks when I was losing. Otherwise I agree, hyper focus on the scale is counter productive. Focus on how you feel, how your clothes fit, as you go down sizes, etc. The scale is just one measurement tool, and it often fluctuates during the day and from day to day. 3 weeks was good for me because I inevitably saw a loss of more than a pound.
  8. Teachamy

    5 years and it is never too late

    As a Type I diabetic who is on an insulin pump, I can attest to the fact that insulin makes you hungry. The more carbs an insulin-dependent diabetic eats, the more insulin we need to inject. I am leery of the Keto diet. Carbohydrates are not eaten, so the body doesn't need to produce as much insulin, but doesn't skipping breakfast keep the metabolism in sleep mode? (burning less fat) Anohter issue I have, the amount of saturated fat in this diet is obscene. Definitely not lean or heart healthy. All that being said, it often causes people to lose weight, the problem arises when carbs are reintroduced and saturated fats remain in the diet. Sorry to sound so critical. I just know a lot of people on this diet, and I sometimes worry that some of the science is junk science.
  9. Teachamy

    Chest pain, ER

    I should add, I had normal BP and normal cardiac labs in the ER.
  10. Teachamy

    Chest pain, ER

    I have heart disease, found when I massively failed a cardiac stress test last year. Young women can have heart issues too, I am 44. I would ask for a referral to a cardiologist, just to rule out any cardiac issues. (That often feel like GERD or the flu, nausea, neck pain, etc.) It may take a load off your mind. Be prepared to advocate for yourself, doctors tend to overlook heart disease in women. A cardiologist is the place to go. By the way, Nitro doesn't knock you out, but does stop angina, which is what it sounds to me like what you were feeling in your chest. It drops your BP though, so it's best to be sitting or lying down when you take it. Good luck! Keep us updated!
  11. Teachamy

    2 years out - what is your daily menu like?

    breakfast: Weekends I eat 2 scrambled eggs and occasionally 1-2 Hilary's sausage patties (veggie sausage). On weekdays I eat an Rx bar or a siggi's yogurt occasionally with fruit. I also have coffee daily, with half and half or milk. (Half and half accounts for my sat. fat) morning snack: If I have 1, it is fruit, a Siggi's nonfat yogurt, or a 100 calorie pack of almonds lunch: salad with red wine vinegar and a dash of oil or veggie soup(with lentils, chick peas, sunflower seeds, chicken etc. in salad or soup) afternoon snack: usually an apple Dinner: I have a health food store 5 minutes from my house that makes a variety of soups daily, gluten free and delicious! In my fridge currently, I have curry chicken with veggies, sweet potato 3-bean chile, and white bean and escarole. So I eat a cup or 2 of these most days. On non-soup days I eat a veggie burger or tofu salad, I am avoiding starches at all costs, with the exception of the occasional potato in soup. Bread is the enemy! I have also found if I eat a corn chip or piece of chocolate, I can't stop there, so I don't tempt it. It opens a flood gate! LOL! I should add that if I go much beyond 1300 calories a day, I gain. I am a WLS slug.
  12. Teachamy

    I do not understand 'no restriction left"

    I read on this site once the statement, "I used to eat a whole pizza in one sitting. Now it takes me 12 hours to eat a whole pizza." The point is, calorie consumption is calorie consumption. Grazing is certainly an issue for a lot of us. Also, I was told after the sleeve, no straws, no carbonation. I use straws daily, and drink a few seltzers a week with no issues. After 5 years, I've become used to my sleeve, so I don't really notice the restriction, unless I overdo it.
  13. Teachamy

    5 years and it is never too late

    Hi Proud Grammy! I am never on here anymore, but happy to see a familiar face! Hope all is well!
  14. I stopped weighing everyday or every week. I went to my doctor's office once every 3 or so weeks, and I was guaranteed to lose weight when I went in. It helped my mindset a lot. Try to focus on lifestyle. Your clothes will fit better and better (and then your size will go down). Take your measurements too. The scale is just one tool to measure progress. Don't let it frustrate you--it's too early in the game.
  15. Neither broth nor jello have any protein. Do you mean that you want to add extra low calorie foods? Once you are out of surgery, 1000 calories will seem like a lot, but eventually your swelling will go down and you'll be able to eat more. Your doctor wants to be sure you have the commitment and ability to do this. What are you eating now?