5DPT Bulletin
7 Tactics for the Holidays
5DPT tools to keep the joy in the season,
and weight gain away... We Can Do This!

Bonus Bulletin: November 2013
Featured In This Issue
5DPT Tactics to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain
Hot Stove: Avoid the Burn
Delicious Turkey Salad with Orange

November Theme:
Compassion & Communication in Weight Management

"Always practice kindness. Be kind to yourself, our ongoing theme. Express gratitude for your weight loss tool and for your personal empowerment. Celebrate doing the best you could to find a middle ground to respect yourself and your traditions and your new WLS body. This you deserve.
~ Kaye Bailey

Glorified Gorging:
"Through human history there have been many stringent taboos on watching other people eat, or on eating in the presence of others. Yet today eating and overeating "is glorified to the point it is a spectator sport. Pre-eating contests at county fairs have given way to televised championships where the best gorgers become minor celebrities. And yes, there is the International Federation of Competitive Eating (IFOCE). This group seeks to achieve objectives consistent with the public interest - namely, creating an environment in which fans may enjoy the display of competitive eating skill."

-Dr. Kelly D. Brownell & Dr. Katherine Battle Horgen

Food Fight, page 41

Look beyond the scale:
"Learn to measure your worth by means other than the bathroom scale. Focus on your whole self: your intelligence, social grace, spiritual connections, and professional and scholastic achievements."

You deserve good health:
"You deserve to enjoy the nutritional wellness that can only be achieved by the choices you make with your fork.

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thanksgiving-dinner.jpg On this eve of Thanksgiving I appreciate you taking time to spend with me in this special edition of the 5 Day Pouch Test Bulletin. I know your Inbox is buzzing with incoming messages and your task list is long and time is short. So thank you for your time.

The feasting season is a challenging time of year to do the 5 Day Pouch Test - I know this as well as you. But over the years I've found that a few reminders of what we learn (and re-learn) during the 5 days go a long way in helping us stay on track in the midst of countless obstacles. I've gathered 7 of my go-to tactics from the 5DPT and invite you to implement them this season. None of us wants to wake up to the harsh reality of holiday weight gain come New Year's Day. But we don't want to miss out on the spectacle we call life either. I think we can each find our own happy middle and this year let's truly enjoy LivingAfterWLS during the holidays. Also featured today is  the short article "Hot Stove: Avoid the Burn" and be sure to put our Delicious Turkey Salad on your leftovers menu this week, you will love this fresh light salad with loads of flavor and health promoting nutrients.

In case you missed it, earlier this week we issued our Thanksgiving issue of Cooking with Kaye featuring old classics and new favorites. Link Here: Cooking With Kaye Thanksgiving 2013.

I am grateful for all of you in the LivingAfterWLS community who work very hard every day to live healthier and manage your weight with the surgical tool. May your Thanksgiving be bountiful and celebrated with heartfelt gratitude. I wish you the best this holiday season and always.  Thanks for LivingAfterWLS with me!




5DPT tactics to make the season bright
Have fun, enjoy living, and stay on track with these helpful hints 
by Kaye Bailey

Holiday Barbie Party
When I hear from someone doing the 5 Day Pouch Test during the holiday season I admire their courage and true grit. It seems that doing the 5DPT during the feasting season is about as easy and going upstream without a paddle. Yet over the years I've heard from many WLS Neighbors use this time to get cozy with their pouch and fixed on following the WLS rules in hopes of avoiding the dreaded holiday weight gain. While this time of year isn't particularly conducive to the 5DPT there are many opportunities to polish our skills using strategies we learn from doing the 5 Day Pouch Test.  I've pulled some of my favorite nuggets of empowerment from the 5DPT Owner's Manual - 2nd Edition to share with you here.  Use these tactics in a manner suited to your lifestyle and traditions: work that surgical tool like nobody's business.  Find yourself on January first having done the holidays right without forfeiting joyous fun or forsaking your healthy weight management goals.


Surgery is Only a Tool
A tool is simply a device used to accomplish a task. Consider a carpenter at the workbench with his tools:  he does not stand by idol yearning for his tools to work on their own. The carpenter selects the best tool for the task and skillfully works with it to reach a goal. So it goes with our WLS tool. Yearning and hope will not cause the tool to accomplish the task of weight loss. Surgery does not give us an innate knowledge of how to work the tool. As owners of this powerful weight loss surgery tool we become stewards to work for it, to pursue our greatest potential through knowledge, practice, and personal responsibility.  


Pause to remember: Stand to be grateful.
It is a funny thing, the way the mind works. The healthier we become the less we remember how truly sick we were before surgery and before weight loss. This suggests that when we fall off the wagon of dietary compliance it is not so much about a moral breakdown or weakness. Perhaps we simply don't remember how bad obesity felt.  If we pause to reflect and be grateful for our new-found health we are moved to make wise choices that support our new manner of living. Use our LivingAfterWLS Personal Self-Assessment worksheet to remember where you came from and plan where you are going.
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Retro Icon Oval Kindness from within

Now is the time we begin to treat ourselves kindly. Practice kindness on yourself in the same nurturing way you treat your loved ones with kindness. We didn't ask for obesity and we didn't ask for the fight of a lifetime to keep it under control. Treat yourself kindly. Find your personal hell-bent determination. You already know how courageous and powerful you are: you learned that when you underwent bariatric surgery.  Pull out your strength and reserves: you are worthy of your own kindness.

Grazing and Liquids
Holiday parties feature an array of tasty treats upon which to graze and delightful beverages in which to partake. This is an epic collision between our No Snacking rule and the Liquid Restrictions. We can avoid the wreck and still enjoy the festivities quite easily by following a pattern of nibbling or sipping, one or the other, but not at the same time. Enjoy a few tasty treats from that buffet, pause-mingle-converse, and then raise a glass of cheer. Alternate allowing 30 minutes for nibbles and 30 minutes for sips. We eat less and drink less following this pattern. More importantly, we are part of the celebration and can still respect ourselves in the morning.

Perfection is never the goal
We do not have to manage our plate with an all or nothing strategy: this has never worked for keeping our obesity under control. We must find the happy place between perfection and imperfection. Life is no time to insist upon perfection. Life is a time of growth, learning, improving, and accomplishing. And with that come mistakes big and small and successes grand and petite. In a given week during the holidays we will have 21 meals. That is 21 opportunities to make healthy or unhealthy choices. Some choices will be stellar; some will be hasty, some will be wonky-wrong. Each choice stands alone: we cannot drop-out of our WLS after one bad meal. I see as dieters one of the biggest dietary mistakes we make is thinking we must be totally perfect or totally imperfect.  Do your best in the moment, deal with each meal opportunity as an independent event, make good choices most of the time, and celebrate your beautiful and unique imperfection.

Stop Short: Discomfort is a Signal
The tool works by causing discomfort when we have consumed enough food. The point is not to see how close we can come to nausea. Instead we must eat until satisfied and then stop to avoid getting sick. The discomfort in the pouch is the signal to stop eating. Practice pouch awareness and put the fork down at the first sign of fullness. For me, before WLS, holidays were socially acceptable opportunities to gorge myself. It is an impossible exploit to accomplish after WLS. Exercise restraint and stop short of the discomfort. This is how the weight loss surgery tool is meant to work. This is how we can optimize the performance of the tool.

Protein First - Even on Holidays
The Big Feast: Get greedy with the protein; be stingy with the side dishes.   WLS Rule #1 is Protein First at every meal. Learn more.  I'm a sucker for the ubiquitous green bean casserole so I'll indulge with a bite or two on a special holiday. Treat yourself to a favorite dish and then let it go. It is just food. And don't forget, some of the best meat, poultry, seafood, and fish is served during the holiday season. What's not to like about that?  Remember your liquid restrictions, but celebrate too. It is acceptable to take small sips of your beverage at a big meal. A moist mouth facilitates conversation and surgical weight loss does not exempt us from sharing a conversation and a toast with our loved ones. Give yourself permission to be a participant in this great human experience we call living.


Hot! Don't Touch!
Remembering the pain before we get burned 
Is it too late for me?
5 Day Pouch Test Owner's Manual pages 17-18

"Toddlers are taught very quickly not to touch a hot stove. It only takes three little sharply spoken words, "Hot! Don't touch!" and one breach of the command and even the dimmest child learns not to touch the hot stove because doing so causes immediate pain. Behavior modification therapy works in a similar manner for adults. Some are taught to wear a rubber band on the wrist and when temptation for relapse occurs the band is snapped in a "Hot! Don't touch!" alert that danger looms.

The problem we encounter in the recovery from morbid obesity is that the environmental factors that feed our metabolic disorder don't burn when we touch them. Chocolate cake tastes good and macaroni and cheese feels comforting when we eat it. There is no sting from the snap of a rubber band, no burn from the heat of the stove.  A 1972 love anthem recorded by Luther Ingram gave us those memorable cheating words, "If loving you is wrong, then I don't want to be right." Remember that classic? How easily it could be the theme song in our forever battle of the bulge.

I dare say the best "Hot! Don't touch!" snap for us comes when we understand the risk for split personality behavior following a bariatric surgery for weight loss. While it doesn't seem desirable to dwell upon the pain we suffered from our obesity it would serve us well not to forget it. Photos are a good reminder. I suggest not just the usual "before" picture, but how about a photo of your prescription medications or the CPAP breathing" machine you had to wear at night, or the cane or walker you needed because your mobility was impaired? Those photo reminders will feel very much like a snap on the wrist and catapult your personality to being hell-bent on sustained recovery. When we had surgery most of us vowed we would never go back to the state of morbid obesity and illness that lead us to the operating room in the first place."



WLS-Split Personality Syndrome 

by Kaye Bailey - Weekly Digest January 4, 2011

"If you have undergone a bariatric surgical procedure to control the metabolic disorder causing you to suffer from morbid obesity then you understand what it means to jump through hoops. Unlike any other life threatening illness people suffering from morbid obesity have to prove they are sick enough to undergo surgical intervention and mentally healthy enough to adapt to that treatment and its consequences."  Continue reading 


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Turkey Salad with Oranges and Honey-Dijon Dressing
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Shared with permission from Cooking with Kaye: page 44.
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image from eating well The fresh orange sections featured in this full-meal salad brighten the turkey and enhance overall feelings of satiation. Consider this for your day-after lunch following a feasting holiday like Thanksgiving. You'll welcome the lightened change of plate.

8 cups baby salad greens, ready-to-eat
12 ounces cooked turkey, chopped
1 medium sweet red pepper, cut into strips
4 oranges, peeled and sectioned
1/2 cup commercial honey-Dijon dressing, reduced calorie
1/4 cup slivered almonds

Directions: In a large bowl toss together the salad greens, turkey, and red pepper. Divide salad mixture among four chilled salad plates. Top each salad with orange sections, 2 tablespoons of dressing and 1 tablespoon of slivered almonds.

Nutrition: Serves 4. Each serving provides 281 calories, 28 grams protein, 8 grams fat, 25 grams carbohydrate and 5 grams dietary fiber.

Try This: Turkey is such a versatile protein; it lends itself to many flavors. Try including fresh berries, chopped apples or stone fruit such as peaches or nectarines in this salad. ~ For an added boost of dairy protein and calcium add one ounce of shredded or cubed cheese per serving. ~ No oranges? In a pinch 1 (11-ounce) can of mandarin oranges, drained, may be used in place of fresh oranges.

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