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Dumping Syndrome: The Dirty Secret Gastric Bypass Patients Keep

Dumping Syndrome: The Dirty Secret Gastric Bypass Patients Keep

Dumping Syndrome: The Dirty Secret Gastric Bypass Patients Keep
By Kaye Bailey

Dumping syndrome is an effective result of the gastric bypass system which alerts the body of inappropriate eating. Dumping syndrome is described as a shock-like state when small, easily absorbed food particles rapidly dump into the digestive system. This results in a very unpleasant feeling with symptoms such as a cold clammy sweat, pallor, butterflies in the stomach and a pounding pulse. These symptoms may be followed by cramps and diarrhea. This state can last for 30-60 minutes and is quite uncomfortable.

That was the clinical description of dumping.

This is what I experience when I dump: shortly after eating a food I don't tolerate (sugar, milk, sugary milk products or starchy carbs) I begin to feel a bit disoriented, maybe dizzy and then an overall sense of confusion or panic takes over my mind and body. This is a mild state of delirium. Then I begin sweating. Profuse sweating that can completely soak my hair, my clothes; it drips and glistens on my skin. During this state of sweaty panic I feel like I'm out of my mind! A few times during extremely dramatic dumping episodes I literally thought I was dying, the state of distress was that severe.

At this point during a dumping episode I have learned it is best to lie down on my side and let it nature take its course. The body is efficiently, albeit painfully, correcting a chemical imbalance in the cell system. It takes great presence of mind to calm myself and lay down, but even in a state of near-delirium I now know this is the only action to be taken. I know the event is passing when the sense of panic is replaced by exhaustion and cold chills instead of sweating. Occasionally I have suffered diarrhea at this point. If I have the luxury I'll try to take a nap or go to bed after dumping. If it is in the evening I'll sleep through the night, and wake feeling like I've been run over by a truck.

The mild delirium associated with dumping is the result of an interruption of nerve impulses affecting cerebral metabolism. The interruptions are caused by metabolic disturbances such as fluid or electrolyte imbalance. When the incorrect foods are consumed and dumped into the digestive system the electrolytes get out of balance. Dehydration will also cause an electrolyte imbalance. This mild delirium is characterized by a reduced ability to maintain attention to surroundings or disorganized thinking. The daily routine can become confusing. In extreme cases a person who is dumping may experience rambling, irrelevant or incoherent speech.

After the dump passes the interrogation begins: what caused that dump? I have dumped on yogurt, sugar cookies, lobster bisque and blackberry sorbet. I have dumped after one margarita. A particularly impressive dump followed a love-fest with a piece of pecan pie. Salty potato chips that should have never crossed my lips knocked me flat quicker than a prize-winning boxer could have. I have dumped a few times for which I never determined a cause. In most cases eating the inappropriate food for my gastric bypass system is the culprit. Through trial and error I can predict most things that make me dump and I avoid them contemptuously.

The most efficient way to avoid dumping is to maintain the strict regimen practiced during bariatric infancy: follow the four rules. Eat protein first making sure it comprises one-half of every meal. Avoid snacking. Avoid all sources of simple sugar; and yes, this includes cookies, cakes, candy, sodas, ice cream and sorbet. Sip water throughout the day. When you practice this eating behavior your blood sugar will not fluctuate and you will not dump. Most patients, who crave a taste of something sweet, have learned they can tolerate a bite of fruit at the end of the meal. Proceed with caution and discover what works for you.

The first reaction when dumping begins is to try and make it stop. There is a feeling of helplessness - like trying to stop an earthquake. I have tried eating myself out of it. I have tried flushing it away by drinking water. I have tried physical motion - pacing - to get myself out of it. I have not successfully stopped a dumping episode. I don't know anyone who can successfully halt a dumping episode. Sipping a sports drink like Gatorade will relieve my symptoms, although my surgical weight loss specialists do not recommended this practice. If you find something to bring relief during a dump, and it causes no further harm, then do it.

It is important to note that the dumping experience is different for every person. Some will always have extreme dumps and others more mild episodes. Individuals will notice dumping episodes will vary by incident. No two people dump the same and no two dumps are alike.

Dumping is a bittersweet fact of life after weight loss surgery. Because we must fuel our bodies by eating we will experience dumping. Adherence to the four rules will prevent dumping in most cases. However, every now and again we will be blindsided by a dump caused by a food never suspected. Keeping a list of poorly tolerated foods will help you avoid them. The acutely dramatic event of dumping is a convincing motivator to follow the rules and avoid the foods that have trigged a dumping episode.

Kaye Bailey is a weight loss surgery success story having maintained her health and goal weight for 5+ years. An award winning journalist, she is the author and webmaster of http://www.livingafterwls.com and http://www.livingafterwls.blogspot.com - Fresh & insightful content is added daily, check in often.

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A New Approach to End Comfort Eating

A New Approach to End Comfort Eating

A New Approach to End Comfort Eating
By Annette Colby

What is Comfort Eating?

Almost everyone engages in the act of comfort eating from time to time. It is common to reach for food when we are unhappy in life, feeling stressed, depressed, bored, or disempowered. Eating is an attempt to feel better in your body, have comfort, de-stress, stave off boredom, cheer up, or change how you are feeling.

Yet, comfort eating is uniquely strange paradox. You want to experience the sweetness of life and the fullness of love. Yet, even while you eat, especially when you eat to feel better, you rarely indulge in the exquisite sensations food offers. Afterwards, you are likely to feel miserable and guilty about overeating. In fact, you will probably end up feeling worse after comfort eating than you did before you ate the comfort foods. Most of the time comfort eating fails to provide the comfort you seek.

If you have relied on comfort eating to de-stress or cheer you up, you might now be carrying the after-effects of that eating in the form of extra weight. In general, the first action step you may take to lose weight is to go on some sort of diet plan. While following your plan, food continues to be a logical exercise and not a pleasant, life-enhancing sensory relationship. For instance, your focus shifts to how many calories or points can you ingest, or how many carbohydrates you can have with each meal. Your comfort foods, including burgers, chocolate, pizza, doughnuts, or cake, are now considered "bad" foods. While logically you "know" what you shouldn't eat, you are even more tempted to treat yourself to this forbidden food.

Diet plans may solve the upper layer problem - which means they can help you lose weight. However, those plans do not provide a solution for your underlying core desires. Your original core needs are about wanting to enjoy your life more fully, feeling safe and secure in your own life, and being able to handle your emotions in new empowered ways.

If you are concerned about overeating for comfort, then one powerful solution involves learning to create a new relationship with food. Follow the tips below and discover how to change your comfort eating habits into joyful eating experiences and weight loss success:

Imagine Passionate Eating

Imagine your self feeling alive, breathing, and eating with passion and pleasure. Imagine eating when you are hungry and stopping at the perfect place of satisfaction. What does this vision look like for you? Your vision is unique and probably looks different from any other person's visualization. What would "normal" pleasurable eating look like to you? I'll write down one idea of passionate eating and then invite you to write down your ideas.

My version of a pleasurable dinner experience would involve cooking dinner for me and another person. Cooking is an intimate sensory experience where I enjoy the vibrant colors, take pleasure in the crisp vegetables as I chop them, and deeply inhale the first aromas of the cooking food as they fill the kitchen. Food is love. However, I know that the love doesn't come from the food. The love comes from within me and is offered to the food. My love expands as I create with the food, and later as I accept the beauty, energy, and life of the food into my body.

The meal I lovingly prepare is served at an attractive table, clean of clutter, and arranged with pretty plates, folded napkins, decorative stemware, and a small bouquet of flowers. As I sit down, I stop for a moment to realize how wonderful I feel to participate in this abundance of life. The beautiful vegetables, grains, and meat offer their sunshine and life into my body. My eyes widen to accept the visual pleasure of the food. Inhaling deeply the aroma becomes part of my body. I begin to eat and each mouthful of food bursts with pleasure. The food pleasantly fills me up inside. Breathing, I accept the delight and life that is offered. I eat until my physical sensations become something other than pleasurable.

This is just one idea of what a pleasurable eating experience might look. Take a few minutes and write down your idea of a satisfying eating experience:

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Create A Passionate Eating Experience

One way to overcome feeling out of control with food is to begin forming a new relationship with food. Decide today to take one meal a week, and turn it into a pleasurable, full sensory, enjoyable experience. To do this involves just a little planning. Choose a meal that would be enjoyable to you, and fun to cook. Make a grocery list, and do a little shopping. Enjoy your grocery store experience as you choose the brightest vegetables and the highest quality meats. Bring your abundance home and be creative with your cooking. Turn up the music, dance a little, sing, and remember that your eating experiences do not always have to be torturous events.

Throw caution to the wind and treat yourself to one enjoyable meal experience a week. Decide you are deserving, and give yourself the gift of pleasure and enjoyment. As you fill up your eyes, ears, nose, and taste buds with overflowing pleasure, as you breathe with your experience of eating and digesting, notice there is less of a need to stuff your stomach. You deserve to experience your body in enjoyable ways. As you participate differently in your relationship with food, notice that you could venture outward into other pleasures. You could decide to enjoy the trees more, the wind, or even your partner or spouse. Pay attention to the pleasure available to you and decide that you are deserving of feeling good both inside and out!

Dr. Annette Colby, RD can help you take the pain out of life, turn difficult emotions into joy, release stress, end emotional eating, and move beyond depression into an extraordinary life! Annette is the author of Your Highest Potential and has the unique ability to show you how to spark an amazing relationship with your life! Visit www.LovingMiracles.com [http://www.LovingMiracles.com/] to access hundreds of content filled articles and sign up for a Free subscription to Loving Miracles! newsletter.

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Weights Before Cardio: Stop Working Against Yourself

Weights Before Cardio: Stop Working Against Yourself

Weights Before Cardio: Stop Working Against Yourself
By T.C. Hale

Just because you’re working hard, doesn’t mean that you’re working
smart. I see it every day. People come into the gym and hop on a
treadmill for 30-60 minutes and then head over to the weights to do their
resistance training. Even though my initial reaction is to walk up and
smack them in the back of the head, the reality in the matter is… How
would they know any better? Which is why I thought this article was so
appropriate. After all, for years I’ve heard people say that if you do your
cardio first, you’ll burn more fat during your weight training. Making your
weight training an extension of your cardio.

Let’s look at why this isn’t true and see if we can save some people a
little wasted effort. We’ll start out by looking at how your body uses the
food you consume for fuel. You may have heard that you will burn more
fat if you do your cardio on an empty stomach. The truth is that you will
actually burn more fat during cardio if you have depleted your body of
carbohydrates. You can eat
proteins and dietary fats without affecting the way your body burns fat. In
other words, you could eat some egg whites, chicken breast, or even a
protein shake without any carbs in it, and still burn the same amount of
fat during your cardio session as you would if you did it on an empty
stomach. But if you ate an apple or a piece of bread before your cardio,
you wouldn’t.

When you eat carbohydrates, your body stores them as
glycogen in your liver and waits for your body to use them as fuel. When
performing an aerobic activity, like walking or running on a treadmill,
your body has the option of using glycogen stores or fat stores. The
problem is that your body won’t use any fat stores until your glycogen
stores are used up. On the other hand, during anaerobic exercise, like
weight lifting, your body can only use glycogen as fuel.

So here’s how
it plays out. Studies have shown that it can take as much as 29 minutes
of cardio to burn your glycogen stores. So if you start your workout off
with 30 minutes of cardio, not only did you burn fat for a whopping one
minute, but you also depleted your body of the fuel it needs (glycogen)
to do your resistance training. Now, in order to manufacture glucose
(glycogen) during your weight training session, your body may actually
break down muscle tissue to use certain amino acids as your fuel. You
could end up losing muscle instead of gaining.

To make things
simple, if you do your weight training first, you can use your glycogen
stores as fuel. Then, when you move over to your cardio, you’re right
where you want to be… with depleted glycogen stores, giving your body
the opportunity to burn fat as a fuel source.

To learn more on how to
use these facts for your “cardio only” days, read “Use Nutrition to Boost
Your Cardio” here: [http://www.shapeyou.com/weights_first.html]

You may reprint or publish this article freely as long as you include a
visible, active link to http://www.shapeyou.com

Tony Hale is a certified personal trainer with 12 years of experience servicing clients in the entertainment industry throughout the Hollywood area. He is also the editor in chief for ShapeYou.com

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How To Look Thinner

How To Look Thinner

How To Look Thinner
By Roy Thomsitt

There is no need to worry too much if your weight loss programme is going along slowly. That is often the case. If you want to give yourself a boost, though, and at least look thinner, there are a few tips that may help you. There is no harm in a bit of illusion, especially if it can boost your confidence. Here are just a few of the tips:

1. This one is for women, as make-up can be a friend in this illusion of looking thin. It is a special tool that can make some changes in favour of a thinner looking you.

a. A good tan can make you look thinner! Stay in the sun or go to a beauty saloon, and use a tanning lotion, or whatever it takes to tan your skin. If you use a tanning lotion, use more under the cheeks, as the coloured areas will look deeper. That will make your face look thinner than it really is.

b. The use of a lot of eye make up can make your eyes bigger. The bigger your eyes look, the smaller your face will appear to others.

c. Pay attention to your eyebrows, for the same reasons as in b.

d. You can even make up your legs; yes, really, why not? Put a vertical line of oil on the middle part of your legs, so that it makes your bone shine. You will find that your legs, due to the extra shine, actually appear a bit longer!

2. This next trick works well both for men and women. It has to do with the manner in which you arrange your hair. The more volume you give to your hair, the better it will be for making your face look smaller. Once done, try to remember to play with it from time to time.

3. The clothes you wear can deceive the eye as to your true size, and thus make you look thinner:

a. Don't use clothes that are too colourful, as that will only attract more eyes on the areas that you really would like to hide. Chose black or dark blue clothes, as they can make you look up to 5 kilos thinner.

b. When it comes to skirt length, for those who want to to look a bit thinner than they really are, you should choose knee length skirts. Shorter ones will show off just how fat those legs are, and longer ones accentuate thick ankles.

c. Another little trick for men and women is to use vertical stripes. That can apply to trousers, skirts, shirts, dresses, blouses etc. On blouses and shirts, use buttons, because they create a vertical line. The same effect can be reproduced with long zippers.

d. Loosen the pockets, and avoid filling them up. Full pockets add bulk, not the visual effect you are looking for when you are trying to look thinner.

4. Always be aware of the position of your body and your posture. A correct position can make you appear up to three centimetres taller than you are.

Keep in mind these tricks and work on your illusion of looking thinner. Also, you can use your imagination to discover more!

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Gastric Bypass Patients at Risk for Stomach Blockage: How to Avoid This

Gastric Bypass Patients at Risk for Stomach Blockage: How to Avoid This

Gastric Bypass Patients at Risk for Stomach Blockage: How to Avoid This
By Kaye Bailey

In a gastric bypass the connection between he stomach pouch and the small intestine is called the gastrojejunal anastomosis. It is roughly the diameter of a ladies little finger. This small opening slows food from leaving the stomach too quickly prolonging the satiated feeling. In extremely rare cases scar tissue may form at this connection resulting in a blocked outlet. Treatment to correct this is the insertion, endoscopically, of a special balloon. The balloon is inflated and expands the anastomosis returning it to the correct size.

If a patient has symptoms of blockage that is not the result of overfilling the stomach pouch they must seek the advice of their bariatric professional. The symptoms include chronic vomiting and food intolerance.

More commonly, a blockage of the anastomosis is caused by poorly chewed foods. Patients must be diligent in avoiding foods that may cause a blockage. This includes large pills, some types or too much bread, overcooked or chewy meats, starches and nuts. If a pill becomes lodged in the stomach outlet it will usually dissolve after a few hours. If food becomes impacted it will be painful to the patient. Food will eventually digest and dislodge itself in most cases. In extreme cases a patient may need to have an endoscopy to dislodge the offending food. Patients in the habit of chewing their food will rarely encounter a blockage or plugged outlet.

When patients do suffer a mild blockage they can find usually relief by taking a dose of Pepto-Bismol and returning to soft foods such as gelatin or broth for a day or two.

Copyright © 2005 Kaye Bailey - All Rights Reserved.

Kaye Bailey is a weight loss surgery success story having maintained her health and goal weight for 5+ years. An award winning journalist, she is the author and webmaster of http://www.livingafterwls.com and http://www.livingafterwls.blogspot.com - fresh & insightful content is added daily, check in often.

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