To Win, We Have to Lose
First of all, I want to acknowledge that it is Mother's Day! Happy Mother's Day, Mom!! (my mother reads my newsletter!) Although I always want to take time to acknowledge all the Mom's on Mother's Day (after all where would we be without the Mom's!!), this year I also wanted to discuss a special which will be running on HBO tomorrow and Tuesday that I think you will find interesting and informative….
HBO special May 14 2012
Tomorrow and Tuesday HBO is running a special about the obesity epidemic. It is called : "The Weight of the Nation" and the tagline is "To Win, we have to Lose"
Since I do bariatric surgery my office got a copy of the DVD in the office and I had a chance to watch it.
I sometimes will joke that my goal is to put myself out of business! Probably sounds strange but what I mean is that my ultimate goal is to eliminate obesity. I understand that is a pretty bold goal to have but if it going to be reached we will need solutions that go beyond just surgery. Surgery is fine for an individual but probably not realistic for all of society.
This special examines obesity from many different angles: How we got into this epidemic, What are the best things for individuals to do, How it is affecting children and what kind of things we can do as a society.
If you have HBO I recommend you watch this special it is quite good. It will be airing in two parts, Monday, May 14th at 8p.m. and Tuesday May 15th at 8 p.m.
It discusses many of the things we discuss in this newsletter and in the office like avoiding sugar sweetened beverages (like juice, remember no fruit juice..EVER!!). Points out how exercise is crucial to keeping weight off long term and that diabetes follows obesity like night follows day.
The whole third part of the special is about the epidemic of obesity affecting children..and believe me it is absolutely tragic (77% of obese children become obese as adults) and how heart disease starts in childhood in many of these obese kids.
There is a great (and non technical) explanation of how stress can cause the body to store fat which then causes weight gain and more importantly how exercise is one of the best ways to relieve stress, thus helping you keep weight off. Not only because the exercise helps burn calories but also relieves the stress which then prevents the extra fat storage.
There are examples of "mindful eating" exercises which force you to eat slowly and consciously as a way to control portion size and bring attention to the amount of food you are eating (my wife has told me I need to do this because I eat too fast!)
Bariatric Surgery is discussed, although not as much as I would like! They of course mention that it is the most effective method of weight loss for morbidly obese people. Interestingly the bariatric patient who is profiled has several different complications which require more surgery and after all of that he says he doesn't regret a thing and would do it all over again, even despite all he went through!
There are many profiles throughout the special of individuals and their struggles and what it has been like for them living with obesity. The discussion is not only about the medical issues that obesity brings but also the social stigma and emotional toll that it takes. One interview that really resonated with me was with a young woman named Vivia. She is 25 years old and weighs over 300 lbs and she shares how for her food can be her best friend, a new boyfriend or a vacation to the beach that she can't afford. It was compelling and brought home the real human cost of being obese. There are other individual profiles, of course but this gives you a sense.
If you are around I would highly recommend it and if you aren't set the DVR! Again it is on HBO tomorrow May 14th at 8 pm and Tuesday May 15th at 8 pm
From the Gut... by Glynn Fluitt
Mr. Fluitt is a patient that has graciously offered to contribute to the newsletter – his column is a welcomed addition to the GSBWC newsletter and its readers!
Before my RNY gastric bypass, a woman in my office — who'd had the surgery 2 years before — commented that I would be "surprised at how much free time" I would have. I wouldn't be thinking about my next meal. I wouldn't be shopping, cooking or cleaning up.
I snickered at the comment … but found it to be absolutely true!!!
My new energy level had me running out the door to run errands, walking the dog, cleaning up the garage, going to the gym. I NEVER had the time to do all that before having WLS.
But beware the muscle memory!!
One of my early mantras has always been "if you don't get a grip on the triggers that helped you become obese, then the triggers will not disappear simply because you had Weight Loss Surgery." This has proven to be a self-fulfilling prophecy for me.
I've been nursing a pinched nerve since September 2011. The pain escalated through rounds of physical therapy and chiropractor visits. Finally it kicked my butt! My last day of work before short-term disability was January 20, 2012. I had a discectomy on February 1st, and returned to work on February 21st. The doctor has forbidden any strenuous activity until the 3-month mark — May 1st.
In January and through February I've put on 4 pounds. Some of it due to comfort grazing — some of it from reduced burning of the fuel in my body.
I can overcome 4 pounds. The bigger issue is coming to grips with the return of my old muscle memory — "bored? Eat!".
I sent out a @BariatricDude tweet, "I haven't got a grip on less output = reduced intake". This is another new habit I have to create. I didn't fall back into eating an entire bag of tortilla chips. But I also didn't think to myself, "I'm not exercising as much, so I don't need to eat as much".
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See you in 4 pounds!
MARISOL'S NUTRITIONAL CORNER
Serves 1-2 people
Not getting enough veggies in your diet? Here is a great way to sneak in a serving of vegetables and jazz up your egg white omelet.
Red Pepper and Spinach Omelet
2 tsp olive oil
1/4 cup of red pepper diced
1/4 cup of onion diced
handful of baby spinach
1 whole egg (Try Egglands best. It has 25% less saturated fat than a regular egg)
3 egg whites
salt & pepper to taste (light hand on the Salt please!)
In a medium sized non stick skillet, heat oil over medium heat.
Add pepper and onions and bring flame to low and saute, stir occasionally until vegetables are soft, about 8 minutes.
In a bowl beat eggs. Season lightly with salt and pepper, set aside.
Add spinach and cook until wilted about 2 minutes.
Pour egg mixture over the vegetables and cook until slightly set, about 2 minutes.
Once set, flip eggs over, cook for 1 minute. Flip one more time, add a small amount of your favorite low fat cheese, fold eggs over.
Enjoy with a serving of your favorite fruit!
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The next Free Informational seminar is a Special event at the JCC Metrowest 760 Northfield Avenue West Orange, NJ at 7:30pm this Thursday May 17th 2012. Dr. Yurcisin leads the discussion "Is Bariatric Surgery for Me?" To Find out more, simply click here for Dates and Locations of Seminars! We welcome your guests and anyone that wants to know more about the benefits of bariatric surgery.
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