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4/4/14 4:57 P

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What I have done for many years (even before RNY) was to have a naturopath help me with the vitamins and supplements. I have one big blood draw every january to check all those pesky nutrients and then if we see a problem I may have more as we work to get all back to normal level. It really helps. I remain normal in all things except ferriton (storage of iron for exercise and other non-daily needs). I have normal levels of the daily iron. Just recently (well we have been discussing it for 6 to 9 months) I finally had the money to pay for the Adrenal Stress Test (checking my cortisol levels) and we discovered that was out of whack. Now I am taking more supplements but I feel more able to handle my stress, my energy level is up and I am sleeping really well. Bonus blood glucose has also come down. So we hope that as my metabolism recovers I will be able to get off some of my regain.
Now the reason I am telling you this is to show how a naturopath can work with your primary care doctor. They do not replace the MD but rather they work together. I discussed with both my naturopath and my primary that I wanted an integrative approach to my health. They both agreed and we have all worked together for 6 years.

Remember you primary care doctor probably knows very little about vitamins. That is where your naturopath is the expert. I can track my nutrients and everything but it is only the bloodwork that shows how successful I am and where my problems lie.

good luck.

cindy

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4/3/14 12:10 P

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Hello friends and hope you are each enjoying this gift of life today.
I have found there has been so little support after the surgery and no one to turn to when problems do occur. Since joining SP and tracking my macro-nutrients I realized my health has been suffering because of my lack of knowledge about nutrition. I am currently tracking 10 nutrients just to see how I do with my ranges and most days I only can get within three or four of the recommended ranges of food, calories, fat and carbs which all are potential problems when they go over the recommends. Things like calcium and vitamins and calcium are always half of the recommended amounts for me. Suffering from chronic night time leg cramps for years when all I needed was to add more dried apricots or bananas to my morning breakfast could have taken care of that problem from the start but no one told me. I really feel the medical personnel involved in by-pass surgery should be sending their patient to a dietitian for a one day nutrition class after each surgical procedure before releasing them from the hospital. Hope we can create a trust in one another here where we feel relaxed enough to open up to some things that have been troubling us and share with one another so no one else feels ever alone again in this.

To me HEALTH means Energy. Stamina. Flexibilty. A relatively pain free body. Enjoying healthy food. You are your body, and your weight loss efforts will succeed exactly to the extent that you mange to do the work on behalf of your embodied self. You’ll do much better when you focus on making positive changes to improve your health and well-being, rather than on fighting your bad habits.


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4/2/14 4:37 P

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Congrats on your successful weight loss journey! Thanks for also sharing not just your story but your struggles and successes too. This is a journey after all not just a surgerical "cure!" with no effort.

cindy

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I had by-pass surgery in 1993. I had to travel a long distance to a major city to have the procedure done. Saw my surgeon only one time after that. Then I felt pretty much left on my own to muddle through the problems that came up as best as i could. Sometimes I throw up for no reason. Drink a glass of water too fast or swallow too large a chunk perhaps. For years I stopped eating spaghetti till I learned to chop it up into small pieces, and rice needs to be mixed with a cream sauce to digest comfortably for me. Right away I dropped down to 164 and thought that was great but then I gradually during the next six months started gaining backup to 190. I got depressed and did a lot of crying back then. The first time I discovered SP back in 2004 I was able to start understanding my eating problems and what it would take to change them but I wasn't able to motivate myself to putting in the daily effort of meal tracking and exercising. Last October I was rock bottom with my non-life and decided to make some needed changes in my sleeping environment as well as a few diet changes. I cut out any caffeine products and sweetened drinks to begin with. I noticed weight loss the first week. So I tried on my own and brought my weight down from 185 - 169, but I knew I still needed more support and tools so I rejoined SP in January. Since joining SP I have once again lost 26 lbs. and can finally feel like a goal is reachable for me during this summer. By-pass surgery can initially shrink how much you can eat but you still have to learn about calories and exercise if you want to reach the goals you set for yourself and if you continue eating the same as before the surgery you will eventually regain what the initial loss at the time of surgery was.

To me HEALTH means Energy. Stamina. Flexibilty. A relatively pain free body. Enjoying healthy food. You are your body, and your weight loss efforts will succeed exactly to the extent that you mange to do the work on behalf of your embodied self. You’ll do much better when you focus on making positive changes to improve your health and well-being, rather than on fighting your bad habits.


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3/16/14 2:34 A

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Welcome to the Team! there is plenty of info on this site and where to go for more info-like Cindy's Blogs. Plus, your medical Team should be giving you plenty of information as well.
Congratulations!

Carol

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3/14/14 1:19 A

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Welcome to the team! I also had my RNY in 2010 and I have regained about 30 pounds which is very distressing. I first sought counseling which is helping me tremendously. I also have been working with my naturopathic and acupuncture doctors to reduce stress and get my body back on track. I discovered today that I have an adrenal problem and now we are going to begin to address it with supplements which should help my metabolism. Now it is time for me to get on board and do a better job of meal planning.

I wish you success on getting you slight regain back off.

cindy

Cindy - A Co-Leader on Gastric Bypass Sparklers
Proximal Laproscopic RNY 9-10-10
Start Wt: 228 5-21-10
Surgery Wt: 205 9-10-10
Goal Wt: 135


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3/13/14 11:51 A

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And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. Galatians 6:9


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3/12/14 5:34 P

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I am having gastric bypass surgury next Tuesday, and I am excited! I appreciate hearing from people who have been successful with their surguries. I appreciate any advice you may want to offer.

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