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  1. IveGotThePower

    Reactive hypoglycemia

    Just had my 3 year sleeve follow up and now, I am finding the same thing. My sugar goes from fastin 99 first thing to dropping to 70 after a few hours after having broccoli, eggs and sunflower seeds for breakfast. Thought protein was supposed to NOT cause a reaction. Having to rethink my meal plans now. Monintoring this morning and it started dropping within 15 mins after I ate. What the heck! Thought carbs were the enemy.
  2. I'm over 2.5 years out from gastric sleeve surgery. And for at least a year when I'm sleeping often my stomach has these spasms or shakiness. It never hurts, but can sometimes wake me up. Can't seem to connect it to anything specific like food or heartburn. Just wondering if anyone else has this. It doesn't last too long, maybe 10 mins roughly and sometimes I just roll over and it seems to settle down. I know the stomach sort of vibrates to move food along, but this happens on an empty stomach also. Any info would be greatly appreciated.
  3. IveGotThePower

    Vets- at 2+ years post op HOW do you eat?

    I am 2.5 years post sleeve. I did the high protein recommended diet for 2 years. My weight crept up 14 lbs around year 1.5 to year 2 from my lowest. And I am not convinced that a diet high in animal protein is healthy long term. So, I experimented and am currently doing a whole foods plant based diet. My weight has stabilized, but still trying to get it to go back down. Greens are helpful for me and too many nuts have been an issue that I have had to address. Using Forks Over Knives, Chef AJ, Engine 2 recipes and watching lots of videos on wfpb. Dr. Michael Gregor is a favorite of mine. I also have been reading about studies done by Dr. Ornish, Dr. McDoughall, Dr. Colin Campbell, Dr. Esselstyn, Dr. Garth Davis (Proteinaholic) is a good read also. Still learning, but I think I'm at a good point now.
  4. IveGotThePower

    Paranoid as hell!

    I can attest to the stall. There is a thing called the 3 week stall. But it is different for everyone. I would not have believed this if it had not happened to me. I went 21/22 days eating about 600 - 800 calories a day and did not loose one single pound. Not one. So, don't worry too much about the speed that you loose. We are all different and as long as you are following the rules. It will happen.
  5. IveGotThePower

    Intermittent Fasting

    My understanding is that you can have water, coffee, tea (no sweeteners) and bone broth on a fast. Not even Stevia or no calorie sweeteners because even though they have 0 calories, they still raise insulin levels and we want to keep the insulin levels low and in fat burning mode. Our body can't burn and store fat at the same time, so it's either or.
  6. IveGotThePower

    Overheard Staff Joking About My Body

    Glad you reported it. Consider this a thoughtful gesture on your part in that you are facilitating an excellent learning opportunity for the idiots. You are doing a kindness to others who come after you who also do not have stripper boobs.
  7. Yes I am serious, and I'll let you know for sure. Just need to find them. Probably doing ground crickets and will try to add it to something or make crackers out of those tasty little buggers
  8. OMG!!! Totally laughed out loud! Made my week
  9. I hear you. He're's my 2 cents. We are all different. Your body is unique. It may take several tools to get where you want to be. The sleeve is one tool. You will need more tools, but the sleeve will help. I've been doing intermittent fasting maybe 2 or 3 days a week on the 8:16. I start eating at 8:00 and stop at 4:00. I think it is helpful. Also I have recently decided to (per my Nuts advice) cut out the fruit and lower the amount of cheese and nuts. Another tool I have just started using is tracking. So far, I'm using it more to learn where most of my calories are coming from (cheese and nuts). It's informative to say the least and we can use all the information we can get. You need to stop, and spend some time reflecting. Be honest with yourself about what is perpetuating the gain and devise a plan to make changes you want to make to get the results you want. Things I have started to do and am seeing small, but encouraging results. You can do this.
  10. IveGotThePower

    I Said I Wouldn't Do It....

    I do pack my breakfast, lunch and snacks for work 90% of the time, so that helps. Been trying to do individual freezer meals. I do them sometimes, but need to do the macros so I can grab and track. I need to work on portioning and entering recipes in MFP.
  11. IveGotThePower

    I Said I Wouldn't Do It....

    Thank you. Surely we can do this. Lots of people do it without loosing their marbles....right? I saw someone post that they had everything logged first thing in the morning for the entire day. That sounds good. Sure I can scan an item and log it. Guess my biggest problem is when I cook. So many ingredients and portioning it properly is a pain. And converting from grams to oz or cups...the conversions are a pain sometimes. I mean how much is a cup of raw spinach? Do I squish it down? Maybe if we keep it super simple. Like 2 ingredient dishes that we use repeatedly. Gotta figure this out.
  12. 27 Months out and 13 lbs up from my lowest weight! Not a happy camper. At my last NUT appointment she said isn't it crazy that you can eat a very healthy diet, and still gain? Yep, it sure is. Over the past 27 months I have pretty much refused to track my foods. Tried it before and it made me crazy. However, weight gain makes me even more crazy, so.... going to give it another try. I think I'm going to try to log the night before and maybe even do the same menu a few days per week for simplicity. I am using the free version of My Fitness Pal at the moment. Any tips/tricks advice from the expert trackers out there. Also doing a little intermittent fasting but need to increase that I suppose. Thank you for chiming in
  13. I am so ready to try crickets. Just need to order it. To me it's less gross than eating a cow, pig or chicken.
  14. IveGotThePower

    Intermittent Fasting

    I read Jason Fung's book The Obesity Code a few months ago and LOVED it! I've watched many of his youtube videos as well as his videos on Diet Doctor. I've tried intermittent fasting a few times. Sometimes 1 or 2 days. Sometimes 4 days. I do the 8:16 where I eat for 8 hours and fast for 16 hours. Tried switching up the times I started to see what worked better for me (8:00AM to 4:00 PM works better for now). I do think it helps. It is another tool we can use. There are so many benefits. But it isn't easy. I am still trying to do IF consistently, but seem to only be able to do it for a day or sometimes two a week. Hoping that as I continue to practice, it becomes easier.