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MrsSugarbabe

Gastric Sleeve Patients
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    MrsSugarbabe got a reaction from _Kate_ in Does VSG really need Bariatric vitamins vs. regular chewable?   
    Same for me, plus 4,000 D3 supplement. My surgeon never said I had to take bariatric Vitamins. Once I was back on solid foods, whatever I took prior to surgery in addition to these other supplements would be fine. Because my tummy gets full rather quickly, I do not take them all at once - spaced out over a few hours throughout the day.
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    MrsSugarbabe got a reaction from MowryRocks in Weightloss so far   
    That is great news!! Congratulations!
    Wishing having done it sooner seems to be a common thought post-VSG.
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    MrsSugarbabe reacted to mylighthouse in Post op phase 3 diet   
    When I was on my soft food phase I ate scrambled eggs, cottage cheese, yogurt, string cheese, baked salmon, chicken cooked in cream of chicken Soup (to keep it nice and soft and moist), low carb meatloaf, canned carrots, canned green Beans, mashed sweet potatoes.
    I stayed away from pork and beef, because they are too heavy and not soft or easy to chew, with the exception of meatloaf.
    I also got my Protein in first and would have only a few bites of the soft vegetables. I didn't fill up on carbs, so when I ate sweet potatoes, it would just be a few bites.


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    MrsSugarbabe reacted to smg in Post op phase 3 diet   
    Well, I would certainly suggest reaching out to your NUT and/or surgeon as they may have specific things to eat and/or not eat during that phase based on your specific progress/situation, but there is a recipe section on this forum that is separated out by phase and there are some good recipes for the soft food phase. The ricotta bake saved me during this phase....
    You should be able to find recipes for the phase you're on here --> http://www.bariatricpal.com/forum/1052-recipe-sharing/
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    MrsSugarbabe reacted to gryffen in Ten years later - GOT A DATE!!!   
    Ten long (very bloody long) years of weight management programme in Scotland and I have a date!
    18th April at 7.30am.
    *happy dance*
    liquid diet for 15 days and also my grans funeral on the 7th and pre op assessment on 11th.
    Trying to work out calories for a shot of tequila to toast her or she's getting toasted with a slimfast!
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    MrsSugarbabe reacted to OutsideMatchInside in Doc goal vs My goal   
    I honestly liked my figure the best at 220. I was super curvy with a small waist and I could wear plus and regular sizes.
    However, knowing that people gain weight as they age and still being a relatively young person, I have decided to lose as low as possible. So I have some bounce room to still stay under 200. So even though physically I am not interested in being smaller. I am shooting for the top of normal BMI so I have some wigglexperience room in the future.
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    MrsSugarbabe reacted to GrrlAnn in Doc goal vs My goal   
    I am doing the same as MowryRocks suggested. I am going to confirm my goal when I get closer to it. If I feel comfortable at a higher weight I'll stop there. But I do plan to lose about 10 lbs more than goal to account for regain.




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    MrsSugarbabe reacted to MowryRocks in Doc goal vs My goal   
    The surgery is done, what you do at this point is up to you. I agree with your first thought, get to where you want to be and then decide.
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    MrsSugarbabe reacted to Carol94303 in Weightloss so far   
    I had my appointment with my doctor today. So far I've lost 30 lbs since surgery date 2/22/17. I'm so excited, I wish I had done this sooner.
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    MrsSugarbabe reacted to Dairymary in Does VSG really need Bariatric vitamins vs. regular chewable?   
    I had my surgery over six years ago and have never taken a single bariatric Vitamin. Just regular multi, Calcium, Iron, D3 and sublingual B12. I have annual bloodwork done and my levels have been nothing but perfect.
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    MrsSugarbabe got a reaction from _Kate_ in Does VSG really need Bariatric vitamins vs. regular chewable?   
    Same for me, plus 4,000 D3 supplement. My surgeon never said I had to take bariatric Vitamins. Once I was back on solid foods, whatever I took prior to surgery in addition to these other supplements would be fine. Because my tummy gets full rather quickly, I do not take them all at once - spaced out over a few hours throughout the day.
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    MrsSugarbabe reacted to Pam_2-06-2017 in Does VSG really need Bariatric vitamins vs. regular chewable?   
    I take a regular multivitamin. I also take Biotin, calcium citrate, Omega 3 and b-12. None of them are bariatric and all ok with my surgeon.



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    MrsSugarbabe reacted to GrrlAnn in Does VSG really need Bariatric vitamins vs. regular chewable?   
    As long as the Vitamin has all of the requirements in the article, you are good to go.

    The only bariatric vitamin I take is calcium citrate. I really like the Bariatric Advantage Caramel ones and it's hard to find a Calcium citrate chewable. We aren't supposed to take regular calcium - calcium citrate only.




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    MrsSugarbabe got a reaction from HB76356 in Protein bars and carbs   
    Yes, I do like the Quest bars, some flavors better than others. Preferred flavors are Cookies & Cream, S'Mores, and chocolate Chip Cookie Dough. There are many flavors available via Amazon, and combo packs. Initially, I bought a 24 bar, 12 flavors/2 each just to try a large variety. There weren't any that I absolutely didn't like, but found I preferred the 3 aforementioned flavors the best and kept returning to them. The fruit flavors were okay, but not what my taste buds enjoyed as much. I don't mind that the bars are dense. Another BP member suggested heating in microwave just for a few seconds to soften up the bar. I did it once and decided it wasn't worth the effort.
    Aldi's has a Protein bar that I really like - Fit and Active Protein Meal Bars /Chocolate Peanut Butter. It's lower protein grams, but it's filling and sometimes I'll add a bit more Peanut Butter.
    My goal for protein each day is a minimum of 100 grams which I have trouble meeting eating just food so I do supplement with protein powders and the bars most days. For carbs, I aim to keep them between 60-75 per day; sometimes I eat up to 100 in a day, it just depends on the day. I use SparkPeople to track food and activity and to calculate nutrition of new recipes. I find it very user friendly.
    I hope this information helps!
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    MrsSugarbabe reacted to HB76356 in Protein bars and carbs   
    I guess I'm being paranoid. I am staying well under the 50g I set a day. Usually under 25, but I know it can be a slippery slope.
    Do you like the taste of the Quest bars?
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    MrsSugarbabe got a reaction from Pazza in Protein bars and carbs   
    I don't do the net carb calculation that the GNC guy was telling you about. I mainly look to see how many carbs a bar has in relation to Protein. Ex. Quest bars typically have about 20 grams of Protein with 22 grams of carbs. For me, that is an acceptable ratio. The bar I'm looking at as I write this also has 13 grams of dietary Fiber. I order the Quest bars from Amazon because I've found them to be less expensive than in any store.
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    MrsSugarbabe got a reaction from Pazza in What is your all-time favorite protein?   
    I'm a big fan of powders?utm_source=BariatricPal&utm_medium=Affiliate&utm_campaign=CommentLink" target="_ad" data-id="1" >unjury..... I also love the fact that you can call and talk with their dietitians. Order directly from Unjury.
    I mostly use the vanilla Protein powder, and recently have been incorporating a half serving of unflavored in my morning coffee. The chocolate splendor is delicious, too, especially with an added tablespoon of PB2. I also like the chicken Soup with a pinch of chicken bouillon added, but be very careful with the Water temperature - no hotter than 140 deg. or the whey will clump. Get creative with the liquids you mix the powders with. Some of my favorites are vanilla PP w/sugar free orange sunrise; vanilla PP w/skim milk; half vanilla/half chocolate w/skim milk and a little brewed coffee. There's no reason for Protein shakes to get boring.
    I also like Quest Protein Bars and use them sometimes for Breakfast or a snack. These I order from Amazon.
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    MrsSugarbabe got a reaction from Pazza in Protein bars and carbs   
    I don't do the net carb calculation that the GNC guy was telling you about. I mainly look to see how many carbs a bar has in relation to Protein. Ex. Quest bars typically have about 20 grams of Protein with 22 grams of carbs. For me, that is an acceptable ratio. The bar I'm looking at as I write this also has 13 grams of dietary Fiber. I order the Quest bars from Amazon because I've found them to be less expensive than in any store.
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    MrsSugarbabe reacted to gemigirl in Stretching the sleeve: Myth or True?!   
    You will be able to eat more and more as you progress through the first few months post-op. This isn't unusual and it's nothing to panic about. My nut says I can eat a cup of food at a time now that I'm 5 months out, and generally, she's right. I couldn't eat a cup of dense Protein like chicken, but I can eat a cup of Soup or yogurt, which pretty much go right through.
    With regard to stretching - personally (and based on what I've read/seen) I don't think it's stretching as much as it is eating around the sleeve. Imagine my surprise when I decided to have "a few" potato chips. I counted out a serving, tracked it, and was not even a little affected by the intake. I could have eaten the whole bag! You've heard of slider foods - well, believe me, they are a thing. Because sliders don't close the pyloric valve they slide right through and your capacity is much higher. Obviously this increases calorie intake and voila - weight gain ensues.
    One rule I don't break is drinking when I eat. This will also cause you to eat more than you should because it pushes food through the sleeve allowing you to accomodate more volume.
    I'm not perfect - I eat small pieces of chocolate here and there, I have popcorn and chips once in a great while, sometimes I'll have a small piece of bread with butter. 95% of the time, though, I follow my plan and I measure and track everything in My Fitness Pal (even the popcorn and chocolate!) That, to me, is the key - being aware of everything that I'm eating. Presurgery I ate with abandon, and that's never going to be the case again.
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    MrsSugarbabe reacted to sleevinpops in Stretching the sleeve: Myth or True?!   
    It is a myth. Here is the video explained by surgeon.

    http://drmatthewweiner.com/how-to-prevent-your-stomach-from-stretching-after-weight-loss-surgery/
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    MrsSugarbabe reacted to Dashofpixiedust8 in The weight loss cha-cha   
    I saw this picture and it really resonated with me. There are going to be days when you fall off plan a little bit but all you need to do is get back on that train. I wanted to share this because I think everyone can relate!
    This weekend I know I fell off a little bit, traveling is always extra hard on me but today is a new day! I'm back on plan and ready to take on some healthy meals.

    Onward and downward!


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    MrsSugarbabe got a reaction from BayougirlMrsS in Just a reminder   
    Thank you for sharing your life with us, @gowalking! You have been and are an inspiration to me and many others. This is exactly what WLS is all about - our health and improving our lives. I don't know anyone who had WLS purely for vanity reasons. Stay strong! Stay healthy!
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    MrsSugarbabe got a reaction from Candygyrl in NORTH CAROLINA SLEEVERS-- Advice needed   
    I live in Charlotte and connected with Dr. Timothy Kuwada at Carolinas Weight and Wellness Center. I liked working with him, his PA, and the entire team at the Center. There are other surgeons in the group who I believe would be equally as good, however, each has their own bedside manner "style." The team was great about scheduling the various appointments in combinations to help cut down on a patient's time away from work or the number of trips to the Center, etc. They were very conscientious about helping to manage all of my appointment times, including any tests done elsewhere away from the Center.
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    MrsSugarbabe reacted to MissKay in I am having a pity party.. bring your own drinks...   
    We all have weak moments, it's better to just pick yourself up and learn from it instead of beating yourself up for it. You've already paid the price by getting sick. I hope everything with Jasper works out. <3
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    MrsSugarbabe reacted to Newme17 in I am having a pity party.. bring your own drinks...   
    I hope your pity party is over, but like @mylighthouse said, you already paid for your chocolate indulgence. I too, hope Jasper will be better soon. And you too @_Kate_! Ya'll both get to feeling better, you hear?
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