Andrea shares with you her favourite protein shake, a Jaffa Frappe, perfect for a hot summer day. This is a low sugar, healthy, creamy breakfast or lunch alternative, and also combines some/all of your vitamins and Calcium in the one drink!
Dreaded December. This time of year life can become frantic, stressful and filled with various social events, along with all the other responsibilities such as work, kids, organising Christmas day etc. This can become even more daunting after bariatric surgery, whether it’s your first Christmas with your new stomach pouch, or the 10th!
I have just spent four days at the Foundations of Healthy Living Retreat and I want to share some of what I learnt.
I thought the retreat would be about my gastric bypass, nutrition, vitamins and drinking well, however it was more than that. It was a group therapy, reflection on why I self sabotage, thinking about what caused me to get obese, binge and purge and why I had depression and anxiety.
Last month at Obesity Week in Washington, we had the opportunity to attend a presentation outlining the updated Nutrition in Bariatric Surgery Guidelines which resulted from a number of years of micronutrient research following the different weight loss surgery procedures performed world-wide.
Whilst it is the responsibility of the WLS Program to determine individual variations as they relate to patient nutritional care, we have introduced some changes to our guidelines.
Most of you would have already cut down or stopped the obvious sugary offenders such as fizzy drinks, biscuits, chocolate and cakes (well done!). However, what you might not have considered is all the other sugars that sneak into our body, and gosh, it can add up fast!
My journey began what seems a whole lifetime ago. I have struggled with my weight and self perception my whole life. Disaster struck once and for all when my first husband was killed when I was 28. Depression, post traumatic stress and raising two toddlers (one autistic) meant I comfort ate and my weight spiralled out of control. Medical issues also contributed.