#SleeveLife: I Walked Into My Nutritionist’s Office With Coffee – You Won’t Believe What Happened Next!

47522679 - hot coffee cup woman hand pop art retro styleThere are a lot of things that are off limits after bariatric surgery, and booze, sugar and deep-fried foods are right up there at the top of the list.

But what about coffee?

The answer, it seems, depends on who you ask. And to make matters more confusing, there’s plenty of conflicting information out there. read the rest of this post …

#SleeveLife: Eating Out After Bariatric Surgery

For the first six weeks or so after bariatric surgery, the pace of your life slows down while you recover. You’ve got some time: time to read, time to write, and time to think about exactly what you’ve gotten yourself into.

IMG_4721Gradually, though, it starts to ramp back up and before you even know what’s happening, things are right back to the way they were before the surgery. You’re back at work. You’re jolting awake at 2am most nights, heart pounding with a nameless fear. And you’re getting up too goddamn early in the morning to do the whole thing all over again.

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New Bariatric Surgery Pix: One Month Post-Op, 42 Pounds Down

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Aug. 6, 2017. Four weeks after gastric sleeve surgery. Side view.

So, I’ve uploaded new pix to the Pix page. These shots are from Aug. 6, one month after surgery. They show a weight loss of 42 pounds.

The pace of the weight loss has slowed since then; I’m no longer losing 42 pounds a month. These days it’s more like 20-25, but I’ll take it.

After all, I’m playing the long game here.

Anyway, check out the pix. More soon.

Bariatric Product Reviews

ConsumerismSomething I’ve discovered about the whole bariatric thing is that there’s literally a metric shit-ton of manufacturers all trying to get into my wallet, post-surgery.

Bariatric protein shakes. Bariatric food. Bariatric vitamins. Bariatric scales. Bariatric food storage containers. Bariatric plates. Bariatric bowls. Bariatric water bottles.

Fitness devices. Tracking apps for food. Tracking apps for exercise. Tracking apps for water.

You get the picture.

Some of the these products are great. Some of them suck. In the coming weeks and months, we’ll let you know what we think of some of them.

And if we ever get into a position where we’re lucky enough to be getting free stuff or even, heaven forfend, receiving compensation for a review, we will let you know, up front and unambiguously.

#SleeveLife: Dealing With Stress After Bariatric Surgery

35689896 - portrait of a man taking food from refrigeratorTime was, if I’d had a rough day at the office, I’d come home, crack a few skonskis and eat something. Didn’t really matter what it was. Pasta. Leftover chicken. Cheese. Peanut butter. Whatever. As long as it was easily scarfed with relatively little preparation, preferably standing in in the kitchen, reading something.

Those days are over. Bariatric surgery leaves no room for stress eating. Or skonskis. The stress itself itself, however, remains.

Which means I’ve had to find some other way of dealing with it.

One of the things you hear about in Bariatric Surgery class is something called cross-addiction, or addiction transfer. What that means is, when someone who’s addicted to carbs and sugar no longer has access to those substances, the odds are good that another addiction will emerge. Booze. Drugs. Gambling. You get the picture.

So far, I’ve been able to stay away from all that. Instead, I’ve been using exercise — specifically, bicycling and walking.

For me, bicycling works the best. It tends to clear my mind. A good climb followed by the rush of a 35-mph downhill doesn’t leave much room in the head for the tedium of the daily bullshit.

Walking, on the other hand, gives me way too much time to dwell on the crap I’m trying to get away from. But sometimes it’s all there is, so I take what I can get. A half-hour walk on my lunch hour is better than nothing when you need … something.

But I’m not gonna lie. I really miss beer.