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Cape Crooner

Gastric Sleeve Patients
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  1. Sleeve 2 years ago today. 281 HW 197 CW. Pretty much no more hunger suppression. 90-100,000 steps a week.
  2. Cape Crooner

    Ready to get back on track

    This has been a topic of misunderstanding in other posts. When I say "burn 2500 calories a day", I'm talking about what my fitness tracker reports. I think I burn 1800 by just being alive. I do cycle 5-6 days a week for and hour to an hour and a half. I average 90,000 steps a week.
  3. Cape Crooner

    Diet coke

    Pouches and sleeves are different. The pouch is created from the soft tissue esophagus. The sleeve is what remains of the stomach after the stretchy section is removed. I don't anything more about pouches, but I know sleeves aren't stretched by bubbles. All that said, I believe diet soda is a "consume in moderation" food. The same as Chrystal Light.
  4. Cape Crooner

    Diet coke

    Thanks Sara and good luck, but I was asking@arringtonc49
  5. Cape Crooner

    Diet coke

    How long ago were you sleeved? I tried it after about 9 months. I can't drink much, but other than that, it's just another drink with artificial sweetener. If you think it's bad - don't drink it!
  6. Cape Crooner

    Diet coke

    Not true
  7. Cape Crooner

    Food Funeral

    I agree. I big part of this process is "forgetting" all our old bad habits and building new ones as we emerge from a successful weight loss. Time is the only way to do this. Truth be told, the post op through goal attainment point diet is much easier than maintenance. The more time that passes between your old eating habits and your new eating habits,?the better!
  8. Cape Crooner

    Diet coke

    I don't buy that processed and fast foods are poison. No evidence (other than cheap movies) suggests that to be true. My mother and mother-in-law are both well into their 90's and both drink diet soda daily. That said, we are what we eat. I try to make most of my meals out of Whole Foods. I don't waste money on so-called organic foods. I do enjoy 1-2 In N Out burgers a year and 12 ounces of diet soda a week. We do not know that Type 2 diabetes is generally linked to obesity - not processed food unless that's all you eat. No own knows what causes cancer, but most of the women I knew who had breast cancer, were on birth control; lung cancer and smoking, liver cancer and alcoholism. Remember that the worst poisons on earth occur naturally; plan your diet, count your calories, and major in Whole Foods. You'll be fine!
  9. Cape Crooner

    Food Funeral

    I was sleeved a year and a half ago. There is nothing I can't eat that I ate before. Oh yeah, I cannot eat more than 8 ounces of anything! You'll never be deprived of a "taste", so there's no reason for a food funeral. Now, if you're wanting a pig out overeatingathon - what good will that do?
  10. Cape Crooner

    Alcohol

    I don't dispute that most programs say no soda during the weight loss period. It contains acid which is to be avoided during healing. It also leaves you bloated for the first 6 months. That is not the myth. The myth is that it somehow stretches your sleeve, it does not. Go spend an hour or two on google and look for any research that disputes this fact, you won't find it because it does not exist. That said, I don't I'll ever drink more than 6/8 ounces at one sitting. It simply doesn't go down as fast as flat liquids.
  11. Cape Crooner

    Ready to get back on track

    I agree with smg. I'd also suggest a fitness tracker and a food logging app. Between the two of them, you'll be able enjoy the efforts of your hard work before it shows up on the scale. Burn 2500 calories a day and eat 1200 low carb/high protein and those 70 pounds will melt away!
  12. Cape Crooner

    Why no caffeine?

    I asked my surgeon and she said it had a lot of acid in it. Bad early on before your stitches heal. Potentially bad if you have or develop acid reflux. I took 6 months off and drink 2 cups in the morning and an ice coffee every day.
  13. Don't let it get you down. I was forced to attend two as well. The pre surgery folks said almost nothing. The meeting was dominated by post surgery folks who had no life before WLS and have been reborn thru the process. I'm guessing that they had become insignificant obese "faces in a crowd" before and now they're filled with confidence - which is great, but now they're persona as a "WLS success story" defines who they are. I'm not saying we don't have to eat healthy post sleeve, I'm just saying it's much easier to do when you can barely eat 8 ounces of solid food at one sitting and you can exercise without lugging the weight of a small person on your back. WLS has its own social world. If you want it or need it, it'll be there for you. If you don't, it'll be in your life's rear view mirror before you know it! #zeroregrets
  14. Cape Crooner

    Diet coke

    Interesting, I have researched this extensively and it's simply no true. The sleeve procedure removed the stretchy part of your stomach. There is absolutely no medical research that suggests a post vsg stomach can be stretched by a few bubbles. In fact, if you overeat (which is how our original stomach got stretched in the first place), it still won't stretch, you'll just throw up!
  15. You must be pretty tall, you don't look like you weigh 176!
  16. Cape Crooner

    Not Tracking your food is a big mistake!

    I was sleeved in 2015 and I no longer track. I did track for close to a year and developed an arsenal of healthy 100-200 calorie meals and snacks. I strive to eat from this arsenal 85% of the time. My issue comes during vacations and heavy party times (like the holidays). I had almost a month of "no scale" eating and drinking. I ended up about 5 lbs over, but 4 days back on track, I'm almost back to where I want to be. I still use a fitness tracker and exceed my goal of 70,000 steps/week. If I ever start to go out of control again, I'll start logging again. I use Loseit. It's very good and it makes it easy to create your own recipes. The biggest advantage of both is that you can't fool yourself!
  17. I had a bad experience with this. I told a handful of people and my 94 old mother. Everyone respected my privacy, but my mother didn't really understand how private it was. She told friends who I never would have told. I have told no one else, but my wife is afraid the word got out (6 degrees of separation). My advice would be to tell no one, or pretty much anyone you consider a friend. In 6-12 months, you'll be down 100 lbs and everyone you know will want to know "how'd you do it". And that's all anyone will want to talk about for 18 months. Prepare NOW for how you want to answer that question!
  18. Cape Crooner

    Alcohol

    I wrote about this in 2015 when I was sleeved. It's a hot topic and I got a lot of grief from others. 1. The big issue is babying your WLS post surgery. Not all surgeries are equal. Sleeves are the most minimally invasive and based on reviewing guidelines worldwide, I found them ranging from no wait (in England) to 1 year in most major US programs. I went with two months, but eased in very delicately. Speaking to doctors, I learned that the sleeve is pretty much healed after 6 weeks. I have also heard that a Gastric Bypass is less tolerant since you're no longer using the tough stomach tissue to process the food you eat. 2. The next big issue is your liver. When you are losing a lot of weight in a hurry (like most WLS patients), your liver is working overtime. I waited until I was close to reaching my goal and drank extra Water before and after my very weak drinks. 3. Beyond those two major health considerations, the biggest is your weight loss success. Alcohol is empty calories and when we drink, we make bad food choices. I always counted the calories in my drinks, which kept me on distilled alcohol and water. I also always planned what I was going to eat BEFORE drinking and stuck to it. 4. Although not a risk for everyone, transfer addiction is a real risk for people who may have been addicted to overeating or anything else. I have read many stories from people who never drank before WLS, but were addicted to eating or soda and became alcoholics after. 5. The carbonation myth has no basis in medical research. I researched it extensively and found zero long term issue from any doctors. I also observed that many obese people drank sugary soda all day long, which is why most programs tell us not to drink it. It should be avoided until tolerated following your surgery. I tried it after 6 months and it upset my stomach. Today, I can drink a little, but not much (12 ounces over a few hour timespan). Of course if you were addicted to soda or beer before WLS, be very careful. These are the biggies, let me know if you have any further questions...
  19. Cape Crooner

    Why no iceberg lettuce?

    I have migrated to different meat and vegetable combinations. I think a hot meal is emotionally more filling, so I've created a bunch of dishes that are dietetically more like hot salads without lettuce. Kung Poa - I found this Panda Express Kung Poa sauce that's only about 25 calories per tablespoon. If you cut it with soy sauce and rice wine vinegar, you can create a very tasty Chinese dish. I stir fry celery, carrots, and peppers. Add some peanuts and beef, chicken, or shrimp and I have a great 250 calorie, protein rich dinner. Broccoli "Pasta" - Create Classic protein oriented pasta dishes using broccoli instead of pasta. Chicken with garlic, capers, tomatoes in evoo tossed with a little Parmesan. Again, a great protein rich 250 hot dinner. Chicken Sausage, Pepper, and Onions - Grill them like a street sub, but leave out the roll. Melt a little provolone on top and voila. I still eat salads, but only as a garnish with my hot meal...
  20. Cape Crooner

    Diet coke

    Diet Coke is no different than any food group that's less than healthy. A little now and then wouldn't hurt, but anything approaching addictive consumption should be taken as a red flag and be quickly curtailed. As mentioned, I probably had one 20 ounce Diet Coke a day pre WLS. I was not addicted, just preferred it over ice water with lunch. I was fairly addicted to nuts (after decades of low carb dieting). I have zero concern about drinking 8-16 ounces of Diet Coke a week, but I am very cautious when it comes to nuts. After WLS each of us happily discover things that once caused us to overeat are no longer a threat. We also discover new risks that never concerned us in the past. I do agree that carbonation is a mild form of acid, but I think labeling it as toxic is not backed up by any real science. I know plenty of very old people (over 90) who drink it many times a day and have not had cancer or any stomach problems - but these people were never obese. I do question the whole science behind zero calorie anything - and I know that post WLS, we can still drink thousands of calories a day. That's what concerns me...
  21. Cape Crooner

    Why no iceberg lettuce?

    I think you'll change your mind once you find out how little your stomach holds. If you're only eating 6 ounces, why not just eat meat and eggs? Major roughage like chopped lettuce takes up all your stomach capacity in a few bites. As obese people "trying to eat right", we loved salads because people told us they were healthy and they filled us up. Post vsg, healthy means something different and getting full is no longer an issue. A month ago, I went to Rubios and ordered a chopped chicken salad with salsa dressing. Tastes great and low in calories. Lotsa chopped romaine. I was able to eat 8 bites - the salad bowl still looked full after I finished eating!
  22. Cape Crooner

    Diet coke

    Occasionally, I'll order a Diet Coke with lunch. When I leave the table 3/4's of it is still left!
  23. Cape Crooner

    Why no iceberg lettuce?

    I'm 19 months out and I eat 8 ounces of dense food. I can eat 2 cups of skinny pop if I'm drinking! I just don't find iceberg lettuce to be worth my stomach space. I do eat a lot of arugula on my low cal pastrami sandwiches.
  24. Cape Crooner

    Why no iceberg lettuce?

    I do low cal dressings or make my own, but what's the point if you're only eating 2 ounces and getting no Protein?
  25. Cape Crooner

    Why no iceberg lettuce?

    I eat salad mostly as a garnish these days - maybe 2 ounces. The reason is simple. I need protein and watch calories. With few exceptions, salad dressings are high in calories and virtually nothing in a salad has protein. I'm 19 months out and can eat about 8 ounces of food. That means 6 ounces of protein and 2 ounces of veggies. Do you know that roasted fingerling potatoes are only about 25 calories each? When your side dish only weighs 2 ounces, you eat most anything. That said, I do offend many home chefs when I go to a dinner party and barely touch the 12 ounce gourmet salad they carefully prepared for me!
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