You, Your Mood, and the Scale

October 16, 2012
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Quick Notes
Don't Overreact to the Scale
Health Improvements Linger After WLS
Recipe: Chicken & White Bean Soup
Quick Notes
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"Measuring food portions is as important in our weight management as measuring body weight. They are intrinsically related."
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Today's featured article looks at the emotions we invest when monitoring our WLS progress exclusively by bathroom scale. Our news article looks at a new study that indicates WLS supports long-term improved health (hopefully most of us knew that already from our own experience). And don't miss today's Featured Recipe: Chicken and White Bean Soup! It is easy and Delicious and will most certainly tame any carb monster!  Thank you again for joining me, remember, We are ALL in this together.



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Featured Article:
Don't Overreact to the Scale
by Kaye Bailey 
How many times do you invest your emotions for the day in one data point - the number on the bathroom scale?  I know it is very easy for me to be disappointed and self critical when the bathroom scale reports a bad number and equally happy when it tells me I've been "good." A rational mind knows better than to surrender emotions to the scale.  But when you have battled obesity your entire life emotions are intrinsically interwoven with every measure of our body size including weight, BMI, and dress size. It seems few of us ever escape the emotional attachment, no matter how much we understand it doesn't make sense.

But Mayo Clinic health and wellness specialist Paula Ricke says, "Weighting yourself regularly can help in weight loss, but don't let daily variations in your weight upset you. They may be just fluid changes. You have better control over what you eat and what you do than over numbers on the scale, so make it your goal to concentrate on those activities."

One area where I can improve is measuring food portions and taking better control over what I eat. In talking with others I know that many of us find measuring portions, and keeping a food journal, is a low priority. But how can we expect different results on the bathroom scale if we cannot be bothered to monitor and make changes in other measurable areas that impact our weight and health management? I address this very topic in my forthcoming book, Cooking with Kaye, and present an excerpt here: 
"Small Measured Quantities:  This is key. I know it is annoying to measure portions. It is for me and I've heard from enough people in our WLS Neighborhood to know we all find it a hassle. The best way I can state this is that  if we cannot be bothered to measure our food serving tonight, then tomorrow morning when we step on the bathroom scale we should not be bothered when the results are not what we hoped for.  Measuring food portions is as important in our weight management as measuring body weight. They are intrinsically related.

"We tend to be polarized by one measurement (body weight) and ambivalent to the other measurement (food portions) when in fact one directly affects the other. Weight loss surgery patients are pro-active people by nature. We took pro-active measures to alter the course of our illness, morbid obesity, by having gastric surgery. We can achieve the best results - the results that motivated us to pursue a surgical option - when we routinely measure and monitor our food intake. A hyper-awareness of what and how much we eat will certainly give us the results we desire on that other revered symbol of measurement: the bathroom scale." 
From Cooking with Kaye: Methods to Meals, page 164, scheduled release date: November 13, 2012. 

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In the News
Health Improvements Linger for Years After WLS 

Good news for patients of weight loss surgery who see an initial remission and lower incidence of diabetes, hypertension, and other health ailments - such remission is lasting and sustainable, a new study finds. 
"Severely obese patients who had Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery had significant weight loss that was sustained for an average of 6 years after the surgery and also experienced frequent remission and lower incidence of diabetes, hypertension, and abnormal cholesterol levels, compared to participants who did not have the surgery," the Journal of American Medical Association reported in September.

The study of 1,156 people examined the association of RYGB surgery with weight loss, diabetes, and other health risks 6 years after surgery.  Measured against control groups the gastric bypass patients showed weight loss was maintained with only slight gains for 92-percent of participants. In addition, diabetes remission rates were significantly higher for the RYGB patients as well as lowered risk of metabolic and cardiovascular disorders. 
The study, conducted by Ted D. Adams, Ph.D., University of Utah, was favorably received in the medical community. "The prevalence of extreme obesity in the United States is increasing at a rate greater than moderate obesity. Unfortunately, lifestyle therapy is generally insufficient as a weight management intervention for patients who are extremely obese. To date, effective long-term weight loss through pharmacological therapy has been marginal, leaving bariatric surgery as the only medical intervention providing substantial, long-term weight loss for most patients who are severely obese. For this high-risk population, however, the number of studies reporting long-term weight loss following bariatric surgery are limited and generally have incomplete follow-up," according to background information in the article.

In other news, gastric bypass is again implicated in alcohol and substance abuse.
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Featured Recipe:
Chicken & White Bean Soup

From EatingWell:  February/March 2005, The EatingWell Healthy in a Hurry Cookbook (2006), The EatingWell Diabetes Cookbook (2005)

Once again, rotisserie chickens can really relieve the dinner-rush pressure, especially in this Italian-inspired soup that  pairs rotisserie chicken with convenient canned pantry ingredients.

2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 leeks, white and light green parts only, cut into 1/4-inch rounds
1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage, or 1/4 teaspoon dried
2 (14-ounce) cans reduced-sodium chicken broth
2 cups water
1 (15-ounce) can cannellini beans, rinsed
1 (2-pound) roasted chicken, skin discarded, meat removed from bones and shredded (4 cups)

Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add leeks and cook, stirring often, until soft, about 3 minutes. Stir in sage and continue cooking until aromatic, about 30 seconds. Stir in broth and water, increase heat to high, cover and bring to a boil. Add beans and chicken and cook, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until heated through, about 3 minutes. Serve hot.

Nutrition: Each 1 1/2-cup serving provides: 172 Calories; 4 g Fat; 1 g Sat; 2 g Mono; 54 mg Cholesterol; 10 g Carbohydrates; 24 g Protein; 3 g Fiber; 350 mg Sodium; 389 mg Potassium

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