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Day 5 Post Op. Still Not Hungry.

Posted by Lori on September 15, 2009

The last time I ate solid foods was last Wednesday afternoon. I had my Lap Band on Thursday. Since that time, I still haven’t experienced any hunger. I’m drinking a couple bottles of protein water a day and a cup or two of diluted fruit juice. I stopped by a grocery store today and the smell of the roast chicken really got me for a couple minutes. But then I was out of the store and quickly forgot about it.

It’s interesting being this disconnected from food. I wonder how long it will last. I’m expecting that when my stomach heals, hunger will return but for the time being, I” going to take this as far as I can.

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What Can You Eat With A Lap Band III

Posted by Lori on August 2, 2009

As I said, it’s a blog night and I was catching up with Diz-Banded. She’s been in blog roll forever. Anyway, she has a series of questions and answers that are all very good, but I know a lot of readers want to know what food can be eaten with a Lap Band and what food just won’t go down. Here’s what Diz has to say:

What about never eating my favorite foods again?

Ok, in my behavior classes we talked about certain foods to stay away from, etc. But my doctor said I could try whatever I wanted and I would “know” if I could eat it or not. This was not a license to eat chips, ice cream and drink soda. As a matter of fact, I’ve had soda, but I only drink tiny amounts and only once every 3 to 4 months and usually as a mixer (i.e. diet 7-up in my margarita). I pretty much gave up soda, because I don’t need it. I love sushi, mexican food, lobster, etc. Did I have to give it up? No. But my band does tell me when and how much rice I can have. My band doesn’t like raw carrots, but will be ok with really cooked carrots. Fibrous foods have to be well cooked, or else. I’m glad I had the behavior classes, because it made me look at the times I eat and how I’m feeling when I make crappy choices. This has really helped in controlling my food portions and limiting crap food. I won’t lie, I’ve eaten crap since being banded, but I don’t eat a lot of crap. I pick and choose and cut myself some slack.

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Myths About Lap Band Surgery

Posted by Lori on July 24, 2009

I was looking through my blogroll today and found this interesting post from FiFi LaRoach at Banding Together.

Ever since I started considering the band, I’ve been pretty open about it. I’ve talked about it to friends and family, and anyone else who I thought might have a point of view.

I must say, during those conversations I’ve heard some of the same comments over and over again. I’ve noticed them as comments on blog entries, too. These ideas are  ill-informed and fairly innocent, but some of them are downright judgemental and cruel. Why do people feel the need to discourage us when we are trying to become better, more in control, healthier people?  I’m not sure of the answer, but this post tries to identify some of the things you’re bound to hear from friends and family if you’ve had or are considering the band.

What’s this? Our friends and family might attempt to discourage us from a medical procedure that will lead to me having a longer life and a happier life? Nah, not my friends.

Hmmm, well, there are lots of surgeons out there who tell their patients that they will not get through weight loss with the same group of friends that they went into it with. Now, I haven’t had my Lap Band yet, but I can tell you this – it’s the same thing in production. Make a movie and you’ll lose friends. Even actor friends. Even actors friends for whom you have a good role, that are talented, good looking and have $120k in student debt to pay for. Same thing here. Be prepared. People are irrational. Both your skinny friends and your fat friends may be unnerved by you moving forward in life.

There are a lot of myths that get rolled out to attempt to discourage you. FiFi lists several:

  • You are taking the easy way out. Not! This one really chaps me. I spent  two years getting approved, dieting, seeing doctors and getting ready for surgery. I had an operation, for Pete’s Sake! I drank liquids for a few weeks. I’m getting fills, which really don’t hurt, but they’re scary looking. Plus, I’m having to listen to crap like, “You’re taking the easy way out.” Geez. Bite me!!
  • You are going to be malnourished. Nope. Your doctor will give you information on how to get proper nutrition. You’ll also have to take supplents. But the lap band will not make you malnourished. Good grief! First, I have to hear that I’m self-indulgent. Now, I’m denying myself in a dangerous way. Make up your mind!
  • After lose the weight, you’ll probably gain it back. This is one I hear all the time, and from just about everyone I mention the band to. It has assumed the level of an urban legend. I can’t tell you how often I see comments on blogs that someone knows someone who knows someone who lost a bunch of weight and gained it all back and now they’re fatter than ever. Not sure why people love this one so much. The fact is, if you get a band you’ll still have to deal with your weight and eating issues for the rest of your life. But if you keep up with your fills you’ll lose weight. Some people gain some of their weight back, but statistically, the great percentage of banders stay much leaner than they were before banding.
  • You’re gonna lose weight too fast, and its not good for you! The same people who tell you you need to lose weight will turn around and tell you this one. In fact, you lose about 2 to 3 pounds a week.
  • You’re going to have to drink your meals for the rest of your life. Of course not. After the initial period of healing you eat three small portioned meals a day.
  • If you get the band you’ll never be able to get pregnant. Not true. Most docs want you to wait until your weight loss stabalizes. And if you need extra calories during your pregnancy, your doc can loosen the band.
  • Lap Band surgery is dangerous. You could die on the table! The lap band is placed with minimal cutting. You’ll heal quickly and be back to your life in a couple of weeks. Lots of people confuse the band with gastric bypass, which is a very serious operation. I think that’s why so many people believe this.

Last but not least, she says this:

You’ll probably hear more nutty stuff, but this is a list you’re sure to hear. If you have one to add, please comment. The main thing is, don’t let other people’s ignorance, jealousy and all around mean-spiritedness get you down. The band has changed my life for the better, and its also helping me learn that it doesn’t really matter what other people think about me. I’m doing this for myself, and for my health, and that’s really all that’s important when you think about it.

One of things I’m trying to do with this blog is give you enough info that you can deal easily with this kind of nonsense. I call it nonsense, but I shouldn’t but I shouldn’t because people who say that stuff to you are discouraging you from taking action which will lengthen your life. All of us deserve as much joy and happiness and comfort as we can reasonably have. And families love and need their members for as long as they can have them. Who wants their parents, or children or siblings to live shorter than necessary lives? Very few of us. And if you would wish a long life for someone  that you love, someone else wishes it for you. Don’t let some unnerved friend shame you into a shorter life.




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60 Minutes Clip On Lap Bands And Diabetes Resolution

Posted by Lori on July 15, 2009

I found this clip over at the Centennial Center For The Treatment of Obesity site. It’s two physicians talking about Lap Bands and diabetes. What one doctor says is that diabetes diminishes in Lap Band patients as their weight decreases. Interesting.

If you have diabetes, and have not yet read up on it, the numbers are pretty impressive. A study published in Obesity Surgery, found resolution of diabetes in Lap Band patients was 66% at one year, and 80% at two years.

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Yes, Blue Cross Blue Shield Covers Lap Bands Surgery II

Posted by Lori on July 15, 2009

I just spoke with the wonderfully informative Eloise Bray at Centennial Center For The Treatment of Obesity in Nashville, Tennessee and they have a current list of insurance companies that cover bariatric surgery available on their site.  Three pages worth. Scroll down to the bottom of the page, and they offer a PDF on each of the companies they have listed. In the next few days, I’ll do a post that links all the companies they cover for the link-a-phobics amongst my readers.

This group has a really good site with a lot of great information available. They’ve recently revamped and have been very conscientious to include a lot of the information that prospective patients are looking for. Whether you live in the Nashville area or not, I’d encourage you to spend some time looking around. They answer a tremendous number of relevant questions.

At the bottom of their home page, they have a calculator that allows you to determine your BMI. If you haven’t done so yet, that’s the first step in your journey.

Now, real life calls. I’m going to look around their site some more, but in the meantime, I’d encourage you to spend some time there as well.

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How Much Does Lap Band Cost in Portland, Oregon?

Posted by Lori on October 16, 2008

One more in my way too random series of inquiries. Today I spoke with Ann at the Oregon Health And Science University’s Surgical Weight Reduction Program in Portland, Oregon. They have a program for self-pays and they are a little pricier than most, but you do get some nice assurances with it. They charge $21,634 for surgery BUT that comes with the ability for the patient to stay in the hospital up to three nights. For those of you who are concerned that you’re very high risk, this is probably a reasonable way for you to go. It also covers all post-op care for 90 days. Fills are $250 and you should plan on five to six the first year. They have a support group that meets twice a month – once in the morning and once in the evening. If you’ve been reading my blog, or doing your own due diligence, you know that patients who attend support groups do a dramatically better job of losing weight than people who don’t. The first half hour of the group, the patients talk to each other, and in the second half an invited guest speaks on issues of concern. They encourage Lap Band patients, whether they have had their weight loss surgery through their clinic or not, to attend the support groups – that’s a good thing. 🙂 Anytime you can put yourself in the good  care of a research facility, it is to your advantage.

Since this is on the upper end of the price spectrum, I’m going to call a few more local facilities and see how much they charge. I’ll get back to you about that later.

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Medicare May Expand Lap Band Coverage

Posted by Lori on May 19, 2008

Well, this is good news. Maybe it will help knock down a few more insurance walls for Lap Bands here in the US. Maybe it’ll help reduce the cost as well.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Medicare program may expand reimbursement for bariatric surgery for the obese, in light of a study that found the treatment can help reverse diabetes, the agency said on Monday.

Recent research found the surgery can completely reverse type 2 diabetes, a metabolic condition spurred by weight gain and suffered by millions of Americans.

Medicare, the government health plan for the nation’s 44 million elderly, “will assess the nature of the scientific evidence supporting surgery for the treatment of diabetes,” the agency said on its Web site.

The agency will decide whether to set a “national coverage decision,” that would set reimbursement policy for all Medicare recipients. It could also decide to not cover the weight-loss surgery for diabetes alone.

The government already pays for the surgery in certain patients, generally those classified as “morbidly obese.”

Both my mother, and my grandfather had diabetes and died at the age of 64 from heart attacks. Neither of them were obese and both of them were quite active. My grandfather was a rodeo photograher – not a job for the unfit. He was taking down storm windows from his home when he died. My mother was digging a ditch and I’m guessing the combination of the diabetes, the smoking and the Arkansas summer heat took her. Still, 64 is awfully young. Here’s hoping that we help keep parents, grandparents and aunts and uncles around longer.

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Pictures of the Lap Band Before and After Fills

Posted by Lori on May 16, 2008

Wow, Skinny Biddy has some interesting photos of a Lap Band at various stages of being filled. I’ve never seen these photos before. Check it out.

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Lap Band Surgery in Texas For $9500!

Posted by Lori on April 25, 2008

I can see from my searches that a lot of you are looking for Lap Band surgery in the US for under $10k. Finally, Lap Band For Life has stepped up to the plate! I don’t have a lot of details on the program, but I do know that they are using hospitals rather than surgery centers for the procedure.

If you’re interested, fill out the application and someone will get back to you. I’ll be eager to hear about your experience.

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Weight Loss Surgery Radio!

Posted by Lori on April 22, 2008

Wow – this is so cool. Life coaches Cher Ewing and Jeff Cadwell have both had weight loss surgery. Cher has had a Lap Band and Jeff has a gastric bypass. Together, they have an internet radio show that provides advice and counseling for people who are thinking about or have had weight loss surgery.

Their next show is Wednesday, April 23rd and they’ll be talking to Nurse Connie Cox, a registered dietician, who works with bariatric surgery patients and has had a gastric bypass herself.

Date: 04/23/08
Time: 8:00 pm ET, 7:00 pm CT, 6:00 MT and 5:00pm PT
Where: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thewlscoaches
Call-In Line: 646-716-9413

The have a fantastic podcast available with Dr. Terry Simpson of the Arizona Bariatric Center. Dr. Simpson is late calling in so the meat of all doesn’t happen until 40 minutes in – I’d encourage you to skip the first forty minutes and just cut right to Dr. Simpson. The interview with him is about 42 minutes long and is well worth the time to listen. He’s an incredibly charming, well-spoken, funny guy who knows his subject inside and out. I learned several things from the show that I’ll be writing about later today.

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Meet Becca – Indiana Lap Band Video Blogger Extraordinaire!

Posted by Lori on April 9, 2008

Cruising around YouTube today, I found Becca’s video blog. She’s only got two videos up, but she’s very well spoken. She’s lost, I think, 50 pounds in the past few months and has gone from three chins to one. 🙂

And here is her second video where she talks a lot about the process of having a Lap Band. She only needed Tylenol to deal with the pain – nothing stronger. She had her surgery on Thursday and was back at work on Monday. At the very end, she shows you her scars and I know there are a lot of questions about that out there.

Her surgery was performed by Keith McEwan at the Indiana Obesity Center.e.com/watch?v=V1VG824lr6M&hl=en]
Anyway, enjoy.

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Lap Band in Mexico For Under $10,000. Way Under.

Posted by Lori on April 8, 2008

I know that there are a lot of people who are looking for less expensive ways to have a Lap Band procedure. I haven’t found anyone in the US who is doing the procedure for under $13.5k. But in Mexico, it’s considerably less expensive and the physicians there also have considerably MORE experience doing the procedure than American physicians do. Indeed, when the FDA finally approved the Lap Band here in the US, Inamed brought in teams of experienced surgeons from Mexico to train the doctors here in the US.

A lot of you who are self-paying have families who love you very much and who are very skeptical of the idea of you having surgery in Mexico. But there are numerous medical facilities in Mexico which are built to encourage Americans to spend their health care dollars south of the border. The facilities are brand new, brilliantly clean and incredibly well run. The doctors usually speak impeccable English as well.

Now, to facilitate the trip south, particularly for those of us who don’t live in Southern California, we have World Med Assist – a company that assists Americans seeking to go abroad for medical care they cannot afford here at home.

WMA has ties to just five hospitals around the world. Before they include a hospital in their company, they do extensive research as to their reputation in the medical community, who their physicians are and the level of esteem with which they are regarded. After they are satisfied that the hospital and the physicians comfortably meet American standards for medical care, they fly to inspect the hospital first hand and meet the principals. That way they can be confident that when you arrive at the hospital for medical treatment, you’ll be treated with the same exemplary care you would expect to receive here. In fact, if you have your Lap Band procedure in Mexico through WMA, you’ll actually spend three nights in the hospital rather than the out patient experience we have here in the US. For those of you who feel that you are extremely high risk, this is something to keep in mind.

Part of what WMA does is handle all the logistics. They’ll make sure that you have all the paperwork needed from your physician here in the US and that it’s in the hands of the surgeon in Mexico. WMA will arrange your flight to San Diego where you will be met by a driver who will drive you to the Hospital Angeles in Tijuana. You’ll have a mobile phone with you that will provide you with local numbers should you need to contact someone. At the hospital, you’ll meet Dr. Lopez Corvala who speaks perfect English and has performed over 3000 Lap Band surgeries – something that not many physicians in the US can say. If there are any problems or questions, WMA is there to act as a patient advocate. They have several physicians on their staff who can quickly cut through anything you would have concerns about. After you’ve returned home, WMA will help you arrange for fills locally and if there are any questions on your bill, they’ll help resolve those as well.

World Med Assist client Angela Jones had a Lap Band procedure in Mexico:

WorldMed Assist proposed Dr. Lopez Corvala at Hospital Angeles. “I had friends who’d gone to Mexico for Lap Band surgery – two who each lost 150 pounds – so I was very comfortable with what WorldMed Assist proposed,” said Jones. “I checked Dr. Lopez Corvala’s background and was very impressed with his volume of lap band surgeries—over 3,000—and his track record. Then I checked out the hospital, and saw that it was very new, very modern. I was completely confident in my decision to go there.”

Located just a hop across the U.S. border, Hospital Angeles draws 95% of its patients from the U.S. and Canada. Among all hospitals in Mexico, it performs the highest number of lap band surgeries.

The 95% number is important. When I talk about Mexican medical facilities gearing themselves up for American health care dollars, this is what I’m talking about. I know people think it sounds scary to have health care procedures done in Mexico, but this is why you can feel confident – the business itself demands that the facility rise to the standards that Americans expect for their healthcare dollar. These people want you to refer your friends to them for their care as well – that’s why you can be confident they’re going to take very good care of you.

Back to Angela:

Jones was away from her home in Dalton, Georgia for just two days. “I’m so glad I found WorldMed Assist. They made everything so easy, and stayed closely involved from my very first contact. Not only did they make all the arrangements for me in Mexico, they also helped me find a center to have my lap band filled that’s only an hour away from my home.”

Would she recommend a trip to Hospital Angeles for others seeking a permanent weight loss solution? “Definitely. Everyone at the hospital was super nice and my doctor was terrific. The hospital was even more impressive in person than on the internet. Even if I could have afforded the $20,000 for Lap Band surgery at home, doctors here wouldn’t do it because my Body Mass Index was just below the minimum requirement. My surgery in Mexico cost me less than $8000, everything included.”

Jones plans to shed 80 pounds by fall. “The hospital urged me not to take it too fast, and recommended I plan on 10 months so I can maintain good nutrition,” she said.

World Med Assist has a page that explains what the process is for determining if they can help you with your Lap Band procedure, what you need to provide them with and how you make your decisions. I want to highlight a couple excerpts from this page.

Step three: Initial Information. Next, we need to get to know one another better so we can tailor a medical solution to your unique situation. We’ll contact you to:

Find out more about your medical history and current medical needs
Determine whether you’re a good candidate for medical travel
Explain in more detail exactly what to expect and when
Answer all your questions
Describe how we evaluate medical providers to ensure the highest quality care for our patients
Discuss destination options for your medical condition and learn your travel preferences. Describe the “behind-the-scenes” services we provide to ensure a smooth, simple and seamless trip abroad for your treatment

These people are very good at providing succinct information over the phone – certainly their website suggests that they understand very well what people want to know. Your conversation with them will provide you with a lot of information that’s going to make you feel much more comfortable about proceding abroad.

The next part comes under the KISS paradigm. Stop fretting and let them handle logistics:

Step seven: We Arrange Logistics. Once you’ve made your decision, we take it from there, and even help you get your travel documents, such as passports and visas, in order and arrange for payment, including financing if needed. Once we’ve tied down the date for your procedure, WorldMed Assist then makes all arrangements with the doctor and hospital, and coordinates your travel itinerary. All you have to do is pack a suitcase and board the airplane.

And this is the process once you arrive:

Step eight: You Arrive. Once you arrive at your destination, you’ll be greeted at the airport and driven to the hospital. You’ll be introduced to your liaison, who on our behalf, will coordinate your admission and all details during your stay. During admission, you’ll make payment to the hospital, usually by credit card, and then you’re ready to meet your medical team. Your lead doctor will explain every aspect of your procedure in detail and the in depth pre-op tests. The tests ensure there are no changes in your medical condition since the transfer of records. Most patients are impressed with the thoroughness of these tests, and unlike in the U.S., are all at no additional charge. No matter which of the WorldMed Assist hospitals you’ve chosen, you’ll be able to communicate clearly in English, the facilities are pristine and technologically advanced, and the staff is dedicated to your medical care and your personal comfort.

If you or someone you love can’t afford to have weight loss surgery here in the US, this is an excellent way to go about saving money and receiving excellent care all at the same time. Eight thousand dollars is something that most families can come up with if necessary and extending the life and physical comfort of someone you love seems like an excellent thing to do. Maybe this surgery could be a Mother’s Day gift, or a Father’s Day gift or even a birthday gift. What do you think – would others in your family pitch in? I bet they would.

Anyway, check out World Med Assist’s website and then call them and ask your questions. 1-866-999-3848

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Study Looking For Obese Teens For Lap Band

Posted by Lori on April 8, 2008

I know I have a lot of people checking to find out whether Lap Bands are appropriate for adolescents. I’ve featured several stories about kids who have lost a tremendous amount of weight with Lap Bands and are much happier for it. The key is that you must be serious about losing weight and be capable of eating reasonably.

If you’re a teenager in Southern California, and you’re interesting in having a Lap Band procedure, UCSD may be looking for you.

Millions of adults have turned to surgery when diet and exercise don’t work. Now, with childhood obesity sharply on the rise, researchers are exploring whether surgery may be a viable option for teens. As part of a multi-center clinical trial, UCSD Medical Center will evaluate whether or not a minimally invasive procedure called gastric banding is a safe and effective weight loss treatment in obese adolescents ages 14-17.
“Gastric banding is known to be highly successful in adults. The question to answer is whether or not the procedure can help morbidly obese teens, who on average are overweight by more than 100 pounds,” said Santiago Horgan, M.D., director of the UCSD Center for the Treatment of Obesity. “Over a period of five years, we will closely monitor the patient’s weight, in addition to their overall health and well being.”

Here is the short version of what they are looking for:

The nationwide study population will consist of 150 adolescents recruited from seven weight management centers. Twenty two participants will be recruited at UCSD Medical Center. Potential participants must demonstrate a history of obesity for at least two years and have failed more conservative non-surgical weight-reduction alternatives such as a supervised diet, exercise, and behavior modification programs.

And here is their contact info along with a statement of purpose by the researching physician:

“By addressing obesity at an early age, we may be able to avoid life-threatening conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and depression,” said Horgan who has performed more than 1,000 gastric banding procedures. “In the long run this could potentially save billions of dollars now spent on obesity related healthcare.”

UCSD Medical Center has a comprehensive program dedicated to the holistic treatment of obesity. Through a compassionate team approach, patients and their families are offered leading-edge medical care combined with nutritional training, fitness counseling, and psychological support.

To learn more about the gastric banding clinical trial for adolescents, including potential risks and side effects, call UCSD Medical Center at 619-471-0447 or email misresearch@ucsd.edu.

This press release is from last summer, so the program may be full already, but it seems to me that if you’re a teenager who needs to lose over 100 pounds, it would be more than worth it to contact them and see what the story is.

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Lise Answers Basic Questions About Lap Band Life

Posted by Lori on March 29, 2008

I’ve had Lise The Loser linked in my blogroll for a couple weeks now. She did a good post the other day though, that I wanted to link quickly because I really approve of first person information. You gotta talk to your doctor, but I think that hearing from the people who have been through the process already makes a huge difference in your decision making.

I was writing to my friend Christina complaining (go figure…me…complain…unheard of!) I was afraid that I’m becoming a boring bandster now that I’m in this post-surgery/pre-fill/no restriction phase. So, the brilliant recently banded Christina wrote:

“First of all, you are not a boring bandster, you can always give updates on your pain. I know that is always a popular topic, people always to know what to expect. You can give an update so the people behind you can get an idea of how you are doing these days… are you totally pain free? do you not feel like your innards are coming out anymore? Are you pooping normally, eating normally, getting all the protein, do you have hiccups (I do) yadda yadda yadda. How it felt the first time you sneezed. (hurts!) that’s all stuff that at least I would want to know. we all know you hate exercise so i wont look for that :-)”

Isn’t she a smart cookie? I think so! So here are the answers (I feel like I’m being interviewed…how fun!):

Then she goes on to answer the questions. The first question is about pain, so I know that a lot of people are interested in that:

Are you totally pain free? Yes! I’m totally 100% pain free. I would say I became pain free at the 2.5 week mark. I can now sleep on any side I like, twist, turn, bend, and all of the other wonderfullness that comes with being pain free. I remember feeling like I would always have some pain during the 2nd week…when it hurt to even sit for long periods of time – but this is over. I forget I even have the band in me. Port pain is a thing of the past.

Good news there. I thought the questions on food were interesting, and Lise’s answers certainly echo what Lorraine Kay had to say in her videotaped interviews.

Eating normally? Totally normal. Everything except for bread, pasta, rice, crackers, etc. Basically nothing with wheat or too many carbs. But I eat steak, carrots, all fish, chicken, mushrooms, tuna fish, squash, etc. Have not had a problem yet…no vomiting…sometimes I wonder if the band is really in me or if it’s all a mental test and I’m “rat number 2128″.

Getting all the protein? Most definitely. I eat tuna everyday for lunch and have either steak, chicken or salmon for dinner each night. I am Mrs. Protein. I also drink a SlimFast-a-ccino shake every night before bed because it makes me feel like I’m having ice-cream. Yummm. It’s packed with protein, as well.

Lise is a prolific blogger and I’m sure you’ll see a lot of the questions you have answered in the course of her journal.

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Great Lap Band Blog

Posted by Lori on March 29, 2008

I just stumbled on Gwen’s WLS Journey blog this morning. She’s an RN who is studying nurse anesthesiology. She’s been banded for a year and she’s very thoughtful about the process and her relationship with food. Her entries aren’t short so if you’re looking for pithy little blurbs, she’s not your writer. Her slide show with different images of herself at different stages of weight loss is really nice.

She has a new physician who is advising her to increase her protein intake. I haven’t read anything quite like this before:

So anyway, I see Dr Pennings, at last. He didn’t seem super impressed with my weight loss at 1 year, but he saw I was within 20 lbs of goal. He liked how much I am exercising. They did a Tanita body composition thingie and determined that I had 120 lbs of lean mass, and he used that number with his personal number of 1.5 gm protein per kg lean body mass to determine that I need 90 gm of protein per day now. Um, what? How am I going to do that, without protein shakes? I think 75 gm might be more doable. My “people” at the Portland office told me 45-52gm, which I have been going by for the past year. Pennings believes that my weight loss will pick up again if I get 90 gm protein in per day. I believe he might be full of crap. But anyway, I’m trying to increase it some.

One useful tidbit he did give me was the calories-per-protein-gram rule. He told me to check labels on foods, and “gravitate” towards foods that have a ratio of 15 calories or less per 1 gm of protein. This seems reasonable and simple to do

Anyway, check it out, if you’re interested. I’ve added her to the Lap Bandee blogroll so you can always find her.

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