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Hi Lily,

Your point is well taken. The term "nutritionist" and registered dietician are often lumped together. Those who are RDs have gone through an accredited course of study and sat for a licensing exam. As with any healthcare professional or paraprofessional, it's important to investigate their educational background and knowledge of the weight loss surgeries being done.

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Yes, Lily, I agree with you that most dieticians and NUTs are clueless as to the dietary needs of the DS. Out of the 2 NUTs in my surgeons' practice, one was very good, the other was downright dangerous. When I was lactose intolerant immediately post op, the bad one almost killed me with bad advice. The good one, however, called me back and gave me correct information and then went the extra mile of reading the labels on all of the in-office products she had sold me to consume.

Wouldn't it be refreshing, though, to run into all "good" dieticians? It's a hard concept to grasp, though, that FAT is our friend now. Eating low fat causes us to GAIN weight. Eating high fat allows us to eat more calories and feel more satisfied. It's very hard for people to wrap their brains around.

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It was hard for me to wrap my brain around at first... But it works. Even though I find myself craving carbs and sugary foods it is comforting that I CAN eat some of my favorite "fatty" foods and know they are actually doing me good.

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Elizabeth,

I am new to this board and still poking around but if you had DS surgery can you please fill out your stats? I think as a host it is important for posters/members to know where you are coming from and that your experiences are real.

Respectfully meant.

Whit

I'M 17 Months out and have lost 301 lbs. I know, really good! However, I've had severe complications. Bowel obstruction 1 month in and then I had c-diff for 7 1/2 months after that and was almost impossible to get rid of. I almost had to have a stool transplant. I eat Protein first, fruit or veggies next. Never hungry for carbs. I have loose stool all the time. My blood work is great! Little low on Vitamin A which I take extra of. My doc says I'm a poster child on how to do it right. Several small meals, very small! 80 to 100 grams Protein and a lot of Water. Don't skip or forget your vitamins! They're crucial! And people ask me, "would you do it again, considering?!?" And I say "ABSOLUTELY!" In a heart beat! I hope this helps anyone out there going thru a rough time, it does get better! But it's not easy by any means, but soooo worth it! Monica

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Hi Whit,

If you look at page 1 of this thread you'll see my stats as requested.

Elizabeth,

I am new to this board and still poking around but if you had DS surgery can you please fill out your stats? I think as a host it is important for posters/members to know where you are coming from and that your experiences are real.

Respectfully meant.

Whit

I'M 17 Months out and have lost 301 lbs. I know, really good! However, I've had severe complications. Bowel obstruction 1 month in and then I had c-diff for 7 1/2 months after that and was almost impossible to get rid of. I almost had to have a stool transplant. I eat Protein first, fruit or veggies next. Never hungry for carbs. I have loose stool all the time. My blood work is great! Little low on Vitamin A which I take extra of. My doc says I'm a poster child on how to do it right. Several small meals, very small! 80 to 100 grams Protein and a lot of Water. Don't skip or forget your vitamins! They're crucial! And people ask me, "would you do it again, considering?!?" And I say "ABSOLUTELY!" In a heart beat! I hope this helps anyone out there going thru a rough time, it does get better! But it's not easy by any means, but soooo worth it! Monica

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Does anyone eat Beans (black, red, etc.) as a source of Protein? I know they have carbs but tossing them in a salad might be a good way to up the protein intake.

Most of the carbs in beans are not highly available to the body. It would probably be even less with the malabsorption after DS. Beans are extremely low on the glycemic index.

Edited by mistysj

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No Beans for me, either. Too many carbs along with the Protein for my tastes. Ditto on stuff like oatmeal as well. I prefer cheese, bacon, eggs and heavier Proteins.

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Hello I am new to this website and I am considering weight loss surgery just not sure what direction to go I am in between the Duodenal and the GVS I would really appreciate any input thank you.

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Hi Will,

Can you tell us more? What is your current weight? Do you have other health problems associated with obesity?

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I eat Beans when I am having the "hungries" and nothing elce will make me feel full and satisfied. I do not worry about the carbs because the carbs in beans do not break down and absorb in the body the same as other carbs do.

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Thanks, Lily.

I'm going to try some when I'm looking for a change or to fill me up.

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I eat every couple of hours as well. Pretty much Protein, but I do "go" 3-5 times a day. This has been how it is since I had the DS. The DSers I know vary with how much they "go". Some once in the morning. Some twice a day & others more like me.

I guess I'm lucky. My DS nutrit. really knows her stuff. She guided me in the beginning & I guide her now. She's always willing to learn & not lump us in with RNYers or sleevies.

Edited by Postop

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Better to ask for forgiveness than permission! Follow what you are told if you can, but if you know that is not the way for you, and others have experienced the same, then you have to decide the next right move...

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Well I just have the most overwhelming fear of not being able to maintain this weight loss. For now I am fine but I am hungry all the time and I have mini binges of carbs at least once a week. I can feel full and hungry at the same time. I think I have it all figured out and have a set routine and then something comes along to upset the apple cart.

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