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Thursday, February 11, 2010

2/11/10 Bottoms Up!

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22 comments:

Linda O said...

I love these illustrations, are you doing them? I live in Detroit, home of Vernors pop. And diet vernors is delicious. I have always taken a few ounces to bed every night so when I wake up thirsty I have some close by to sip on. By then it has usually lost its fizz anyway. I still drink it. What I do is let it sit out for a while so it settles down then drink it or stir it with a fork to get rid of some of the carbonation. But I have had some full strength too and it hasn’t bothered me. Like you said, I just burp. Everything in moderation, that is my motto!

Athena's Melting said...

Great post...! I like the little drawings too...your handwriting is so precise..!

TJ said...

I hate when docs tell you "facts" that are really unproven. Especially when every doc seems to spout a different one. That is one reason I love my surgeon. My doc said that stretching was unproven and that he hasn't seen any studies that actually show it can happen without consitantly overeating. He said that he doesn't like pop since he BELIEVES it can make reflux worse and that diet pop can trick the body into thinking it is sugar and thus release insulin (which studies show makes you carb hungry).

I do have diet pop once in a while, but I keep aware of any impacts on my body. I figure that once I tighten up I may have to give it up, but that will be based on how it affects me not on a myth. For me not having stuff off the table actually helps. This way it isn't someone else making me do it, but my own decision. In the past I have gotten sick of it and rebeled.

Band Groupie said...

Thanks Linda...yep, my little sticky note doodles.

Jennifer said...

First, I love your doodles! Second, YES, YES, YES!!! Your 'Main Point' is exactly what I've been trying to tell my hubby and BFF.
You said it beautifully, as always!

Lena Austin said...

I never drank much alcohol, so it's a non-issue for me. I gave up drinking sodas (Yep, I'm from the south) long ago, but upon occasion there's no other choice available. I have a very deliberately tight band, and carbonation can make me uncomfortable. I don't burp easily, so carbonated sodas are murderously uncomfortable. They're not worth the trouble, and since I stopped drinking them regularly, they taste very acidic. Blech! There are better choices, most of the time. When forced, I do a "bad pour" and share the rest with someone else.

Band-Babe said...

AMEN SISTA. I will be drinking wine and diet pepsi until my hand can not physically lift it to my lips. And, then I'll probably ask someone to help me. :) It's a lap band, not a life sentence.

Anonymous said...

It is always interesting for me to read from those who are well informed. My doc says no soda...period. However, I don't recall him telling me why. Just that I'm not to drink it anymore. I had heard the pouch stretch myth so I just assumed that was it. Now I'm wondering if it is more because of other dietary reasons. Definitely something to ponder!

LoseIt!

Linda said...

My surgeon has similar views on soda - they feel it's more relevant to RNY patients as far as stretching because what we drink has somewhere to go. I still don't drink a ton of it anymore - but my moto is no deprivation!
I think they make all these hard and fast rules for the people who would go crazy and keep eating what they always did - you know the people who have surgery and post silly questions on LBT like they never did ANY research. You just need to discuss with your Dr. and do research and figure out what you are comfortable with.

diane said...

I definitely wont give up alcohol ever...I dont drink much soda anymore (diet and regular not good for anyone) but my doc said you may be uncomfortable from carbonation but it cant hurt you.I have had the occasional Diet Coke with no issue!
PS You should have a flag or a crest or something saying you are not on a diet...I hope others are getting it!

Dirttrackdiva said...

My doc is also a "no pop" doc. I don't drink it, but I do indulge in the occasional alcoholic drink (literally about once a year during speed week at Kansas Speedway) and sugar free Red Bull. My energy drink of choice. I haven't noticed any time of pouch stretching. Even I have a day that I know I made bad food choices and ate too much. The next day it's like I'm right back to where I was before. I did ask my doc at one point if stretching of the pouch is permanent/easy to do. It is not. You have to consistently over eat (ie: literally eat till you vomit because there's no room) every meal for about three to four days before pouch stretching happens. But, even after that, if you make better choices the pouch will shrink back to it's "normal" size.
Sorry for the long post, just thought I'd input what my doc says about this.

Kristin said...

GREAT post! And nice to hear from someone who's a lot further along. I never intended to give up alcohol, but like you I come from a family with some alcoholism so I am really careful about drinking in moderation and no more than 3-4 glasses of wine a week. Thanks for all your info - so helpful.

LDswims said...

I remember reading on LBT in the forum about people saying it was oh so bad for you. It made no sense to me. I asked my RNP the very next time I saw her - and swore off the forum. So much bad information in there and for someone just getting started, that can be bad!

Anywho, her answer was - the carbonation is not the problem and if you want a soda, drink a soda - in moderation. Some people have to tell themselves that it's off limits so that they don't drink only sodas. She said she has not personally ever met a surgeon who says don't do it. There's just a few surgeons around this town...

So I took it a step further and did my own research. And while the sugars are bad for you (get stored as fat) and the crap that's added messes with your system as well...there's not been any research that has shown that this is "bad for the band". We should walk away from sodas (read, drink in moderation...and for me that means very rarely) because of what they do to us with OR without the band.

I managed to go the entire month of November and most all of October (not in that order) without a soda. When I got sick in December with the cold and then gastroenteritis followed by another cold, a soda was the only thing that sounded good and was the only way I got any calories for some of those days. After that...I kept drinking a soda here or there. Mostly moderate drinking...but I was back to drinking them. And I think those sodas that I continued to drink in January contributed to some of my going back to not feeling great and even some stress. I'm back to not drinking the sodas - it's been about five days. Had a sip yesterday - yuck...but with just five days (save that one sip) I am feeling the creakiness subside already.

That's enough research for me!

Sorry for the long ramble. I just had to pipe in. :)

Good topic - and thanks for all your research and priceless drawings. You ROCK!

Band Groupie said...

Thanks for all the thoughtful and detailed comments...I know I got a lot out of them and hopefully others will too as they read! This will probably always be a controversial subject as I'm sure no one is going to spend money on a big study about carbonation LOL! Thanks again!!!

diane said...

80 followers!!!!!!

THE DASH! said...

And I make no 81!

Hey there,

Thanks so much for popping into my blog and becoming a follower. I have had a peruse of yours and found it to be a mine full of information. Love these kinds of blogs... chatty, fun and you get a lot out of them, too.

Congrats on your progress so far. I'm thrilled at how far you've come - committed and still pushing the envelope. Feeling like this (thinner and healthier) is just the best feeling in the world, and like you, I love my band to death. It's opened a whole new world of possibilities. Your pics are awesome and you look so slim (and tall!!) You go girl!!!
Look forward to reading your next post.
Cara :)

Band Groupie said...

Cara- Thanks so much!

Diane- OK, OK, GF! I'll have them up tomorrow! ;-)

Kathi said...

81 now..yippee! I'm on the no soda bandwagon since they told me not to drink it, so I got weaned off of it and have stayed. Love the Butt Shelf, I got one too and it's not shrinking. Keep us laughing!

imaluckydog said...

What a GREAT read! Thank you BG....

I do not drink my choice just do not like the taste. As for soda, I was hooked on Fresca. I was Hooked I tell you. I felt withdrawal the week end before I got my band. I stopped drinking it on a Friday night and had withdrawal until I was banded that Monday. Once banded I never had a craving for it and still do not even think about it. I do think about how much money I am saving not having to buy so much of it!!

Life is GOOD and I LOVE my TIGHT BAND I wore a size 12 dress today. OMG imaluckydog

Lena Austin said...

Hey, Luckydog! Congratulations! Whoohoo!! L@@k at you!

Rebekah said...

BG---Great post! I love your approach to this lifetime diet and that's how I have been up to this plateau. (Now I'm cranking it up). But I'm dying to know what your typical nutrition looks like in a day. You have maintained a great weightloss average this whole time--so you are doing something different--is it just portion control? I had totally forgotten the 1 1/2 C rule for stretching the band--thats good to remember!

Adagray said...

Great post! I totally relate to the comment that you are not going to do anything to get to goal that you don't plan on doing the rest of your life. I'm very much the same in that I could lose 50 pounds on diets (mainly Weight Watchers) before, but would regain it because it was not a lifestyle I could embrace for the rest of my life. I don't know who could embrace being HUNGRY for the rest of their life! LOL

My biggest challenge this time is learning moderation. For me, I was a big drinker before lapband so cutting back to having drinks just one or two nights a week or stopping at one glass is a big deal... baby steps!

With the carbonation, I have just decided to stay off of it since I was able to quit. I used to have a major Diet Coke addiction and its felt good to give that up. Most of the time now, I don't miss carbonation so its not a big deal. Honestly, the only time I really miss carbonation is when I want a gin & tonic (my fav mixed drink), but for caloric reasons that is not a good idea right now.

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