5 1/2 years later…

On February 22, 2010, in Uncategorized, by Andrea

… and it’s still a mind fuck.

I know – “ANDREA!  Don’t say that!”

My parents — Hi dad!  Hi mom!  Cause well, they’re my parents, duh.

Newbie post-ops — now groaning, saying “Oh noes!  I thought it was the easy way out!”

But for the people that are awhile out – they’re nodding now.  They get it.  The constant battle of maintenance, of regains and fighting the malabsorption.. add in the body image issues and you get a whole new set of issues to deal with.

See, I’m sitting here and the scale is finally firmly planted in onederland (for you non-ops, that means I’m finally in a weight where the number starts with 1 — big deal?  You’ve not been fat long enough.  Shut up.) and I know I won’t swing into twoterville unless I do major diet damage.  I mean, we’re here now.  I’m officially 3 lbs to “overweight land.”

And it gets better — my bariatric GI asks the other day if I’ve thought about stopping the weight loss soon.  My brain stopped working for a few minutes there.. the gears were all kinda meshing together and it was not pretty when they just kinda went wacky.  But to put things in perspective, he saw me 6 months and 20lbs up.  So 6 months from now, and maybe 20lbs down?  I could be at “goal.”

I say “goal” because goal for me requires knives and a hoover wet vac.  I realize this, so I added 10lbs to account for that.

So to be 20lbs to “goal”?  Really?  It seems odd.

And so I look at that.  And I look at the scale.  And I look at the antiquated-that-doesn’t-mean-shit BMI chart that still has me as obese, and I’m just going back and forth with all of that in my head.  But on top of that I look in the mirror.

I know better than to trust what I see without clothes — I realize I need knife and hoover — so no.  But when I see me in a mirror, I’m starting to be okay with that image.  Not well, but okay.  But then I’ll see a picture of me and it’s like I’m 320 all over again – maybe not QUITE 320 — but at least 250.  I see every roll of skin, every bit of flaw in a picture that I don’t see in a picture whereas most people need pictures to see the difference.

So I am just as screwed up in terms of body image at 5 1/2 years post-op as I was pre-op.  I’m not sure that will ever change, even with the aforementioned tools of shaping.

We’re all a bit broken — some more so than other.

ISS Oh Yeah – Vanilla Creme

On February 21, 2010, in Protein, Reviews, by Andrea

ISS Oh Yeah RTD Drinks

The milkshake-like taste of our 14oz. OhYeah! Ready-To-Drink (RTD) shakes deliver 32 grams of portable, muscle-building protein with an incredible, unmatched taste. Made with fresh diafiltered milk, OhYeah! shakes are extremely low in carbs, sugar, and 100% lactose-free. The OhYeah! RTD is available in 5 award winning flavors and was recently awarded the #1 Nutritional Shake in America by the American Masters of Taste Foundation. Whether you’re an extreme athlete, carb-conscious dieter or you simply want to maintain lean muscle mass, OhYeah! ready–to–drink shakes exceed expectations in every possible way.

Okay, I’ve been remiss in actually reviewing several of these.  I’ve done reviews of the Bananas and Creme and the Chocolate Milkshake.  I’ve been sitting on  several cases of these that I found on sale at my local grocer (GREAT price) that I just haven’t gotten into.  After reading about a group of post-ops that routinely have 4-6 shakes a day (!!! !!! !!!) I thought maybe I would dig into the fridge and have one of these Vanilla Creme’s that has been looking at me for some time, taunting me, just waiting for a review to be written.

So I crack it open, and it’s got a good sweet smell.  First sip is good — and so is the second.  This is what I like about this brand — it’s easy to get down.  It’s got a good taste.

It’s a bit thinner than some of the other flavors in the Oh Yeah! line, but not super thin that you think of milk.  I get the teeniest hint of grit in it, but not enough to say “nuh-uh” to it.  It does leave a minor “protein” taste on my lips — a bit of dryness — but not enough to be put off by it at all, especially when countered with this yummy taste.

The original size is a bit large for a beginner post-op — but there are smaller sizes available that are 18g of protein.  That would be perfect (and, well, ADORABLE) for a brand new baby pouch.

The stats are pretty decent as well –

OhYeah!® RTD Vanilla Creme
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size: 14 fl oz (414 mL)
Servings Per Container: 1
Amount Per Serving % DV*
Calories 220
Calories from Fat 80
Total Fat 9g 14%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 25mg 7%
Sodium 350mg 15%
Potassium 490mg 14%
Total Carbohydrate 4g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 3g
Protein 32g 64%
Vitamin A 25%
Vitamin C 25%
Calcium 70%
Iron 25%
Vitamin D 25%
Vitamin E 25%
Vitamin K 25%
Thiamine 25%
Riboflavin 25%
Niacin 25%
Vitamin B6 25%
Folate 25%
Vitamin B12 25%
Biotin 25%
Pantothenic Acid 25%
Phosphorus 45%
Iodine 25%
Magnesium 25%
Zinc 25%
Selenium 25%
Copper 25%
Manganese 25%
Chromium 25%
Molybdenum 25%
*   Percent Daily Values Based On A 2,000 Calorie Diet.
Ingredients: Filtered Water, Diafiltered Skim Milk, OhYeah!� Proprietary Protein Blend (Milk Protein Concentrate, Whey Protein Concentrate, Calcium Caseinate), And Less Than 2% Of: Sunflower, Safflower and/or Canola Oil, Vitamin & Mineral Blend (Potassium Citrate, Magnesium Phosphate, Sodium Phosphate, Potassium Phosphate, Sodium Ascorbate, Ferric Orthophosphate, Zinc Amino Acid, Tocopheryl Acetate, Biotin, Vitamin A Palmitate, Niacinamide, Phytomenadione, Potassium Iodide, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Chromium Chloride, Copper Amino Acid, Cyanocobalamin, Sodium Molybdate, Sodium Selenite, Folic Acid, Cholecalciferol, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin, Thiamine, Manganese Sulfate), Lactase, Natural And Artificial Flavors, Cellulose Gel, Cellulose Gum, Acesulfame Potassium, Datem, Sucralose, Xanthan Gum, Salt.

Contains: Milk

These are a pretty good choice to have, especially if you are in need of a RTD for an emergency fix while out and about, at work, etc.  Of course you will pay more because it is an RTD rather than a powder — if this was available in a powder I’d buy it.

As it is, I love this shake as my RTD vanilla — it’s a great thing to keep in my fridge for when I’m about to head out and need to avoid eating something I shouldn’t.  And let’s face it — we all do that more than we should.

Generally, best price available at Netrition.com for the 14oz size, and amazon.com for the 8oz size.

Chike – Banana Magic

On February 18, 2010, in General Nutrition, Protein, Reviews, by Andrea

Chike Samples

Second in my series of Chike samples – I really liked the Strawberry Burst.

All mixed up and ready to go...

Best Tasting Nutritional Shake. Guaranteed.

Whether you’re trying to lose weight, stay in shape, eat healthier or looking for a high quality protein supplement – Chike is the perfect answer.

Eating right is the key component to a healthy lifestyle. Let’s face it – with the fast pace of modern life, it’s not always easy to make the right choices when it comes to what you put in your mouth. Chike is the perfect solution for getting all of the nutrients of a healthy meal in a delicious, convenient protein shake.

Pour, Shake, Drink & Go!

It’s fast. It’s easy. It’s tasty. It’s healthy. No more
compromises. No more excuses. Invest a few minutes for a lifetime of benefits. Your future is waiting.

This is much like the Strawberry.  It mixes extremely cleanly — there are a few lumps, but very few.  It’s thin like banana-flavored milk, not like a shake would be.  This is fine, just don’t expect it to be a thick shake like the BSN Lean Dessert.

It doesn’t have a strong protein taste, and doesn’t leave a strong protein after-taste, either.  It does have a bit of a protein after-taste, but nothing that leaves you saying “Mmmmm PROTEIN!”.  You say “Yummy fake banana flavor!”  (Which, BTW, I love.  I’m not for real bananas, but fake banana flavoring?  I’m all about.)

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Bariatric Advantage Liquid Vitamin D

On February 18, 2010, in Fat Solubles, Reviews, Vitamins, by Andrea

Michelle at Vitalady sent me quite a bag of samples to go through with my last vitamin order — this was one of the things that came with my stuff:

Vitamin D3

Bariatric Advantage Liquid Vitamin D3 is designed to facilitate ease of dosing for those who need a high potency Vitamin D product.  Our liquid vitamin D is a unique sugar-free formula of vitamin D3 in a suspension of medium chain triglycerides (MCTs).  It is very pleasant tasting and offers the easy ability to dose either 10,000 IU (a full-dropper) or 5,000 IU of vitamin D.  This is a great solution for those who need to maintain their vitamin D levels and support bone health.

So I have to tell you, I didn’t know what to think.  I put off the tasting for a bit because I was a bit .. apprehensive.

I actually took this to a support group meeting we had.  I belong to a group that has two meeting groups — one that meets in Raleigh, NC every month and one that meets in Greenville, NC every other month.

Greenville, NC group 2/6/2010

So I had little tester cups and we did “D shooters” as one person put it.

It has NO taste.  None.  Zero.  Nada.

Texture — yes.  Taste, no.  It’s a very thin oily texture — enough that if I had to do this on a regular basis, I’d have to put it in a protein drink to dissipate it to get it down.  But it wouldn’t change the flavor of the drink at all.

Dropper

As you can see, the dropper is marked in 0.5ml and 1.0ml.  If you do 1/2 of a dropper, you get 5,000 IU.  1.0ml, (duh) of course gives you 10,000 IU of D3.  Remember that RNYers need quite a bit of this every day just to maintain our numbers — and that normies are going to get their toxic numbers raised to 10,000 IU.  Taking 20,000 IU a day is not out the realm of possibility just to maintain if you have decent malabsorption going on.

In any case, this has NO flavor, is an easy way of getting your D without adding YET ANOTHER PILL.  If you’re still doing protein shakes daily, toss a mil or two in to get your D supplement and be done with it.  It’s a bit pricier than pills, of course — you knew it would be for all the reasons you can think of.  But it’s an option.

Runs $29.79 at Vitalady

Chike – Strawberry Burst

On February 16, 2010, in General Nutrition, Protein, Reviews, by Andrea

(I had a wonderful review all typed out and was adding photos — and my computer, that is already limping along, died.  This re-enforces the fact that it will be reinstalled this week.  Because otherwise I’ll kill someone.)

Many many samples to go through...

I have a bag on the top of my fridge — it happens to be from Whole Foods, but it could be from anywhere — that has a ton of samples that I’ve purchased or have received over the past couple of months that I have said I would review and blog.  I just haven’t done it.  I’ve been in need of a carb detox so this is that week.

Chike Samples

Best Tasting Nutritional Shake. Guaranteed.

Whether you’re trying to lose weight, stay in shape, eat healthier or looking for a high quality protein supplement – Chike is the perfect answer.

Eating right is the key component to a healthy lifestyle. Let’s face it – with the fast pace of modern life, it’s not always easy to make the right choices when it comes to what you put in your mouth. Chike is the perfect solution for getting all of the nutrients of a healthy meal in a delicious, convenient protein shake.

Pour, Shake, Drink & Go!

It’s fast. It’s easy. It’s tasty. It’s healthy. No more
compromises. No more excuses. Invest a few minutes for a lifetime of benefits. Your future is waiting.

I’ve never had Chike before.  Sure, I’ve seen the ads on OH saying “Order your free samples Now!”  And FYI – not QUITE free, you still have to pay $6.95 for S&H.  But $7 for 5 shake samples isn’t bad at all.

In any case, as you can see, there are 5 flavors here to try.  Now, I’m all for flipping of coins (not that there are many 5-sided coins) but the toddler picked Strawberry for the first flavor.

Mixed

Now, I put this in a blender bottle with the full intention of needing to put the little ball in.  I mixed it without the ball at first to see how well it mixed truly expecting lumps.

There weren’t any.  None.  Nada.  Honest.  I was shocked — and then impressed all as hell.

First whiff gives me hope – a nice subtle strawberry smell.  Nothing overwhelming that I can smell across the room.  I hate drinks that overpower me.  Taste is the same.. very good strawberry taste without being too strong.  What I would imagine strawberry milk to taste like if I would, you know, actually drink strawberry milk.  It isn’t sticky sweet at all but has quite a wonderful flavor.

It’s thin — like milk is.  It mixes with 7oz of water — and only slightly thickens up.  This is not “shake-like” at all.  For a newbie pouch trying to get in protein and fluids, it’s ideal.  For a more mature pouch trying to replace a meal — maybe not so much in terms of satiation.  For a mature pouch trying to supplement protein, or hydrate during a workout — it’s a good option.

It does have more calories than some protein supplements — but given the vitamin profile, I don’t have a problem with it:

Nutritional Facts:
Chocolate Bliss Strawberry Burst Orange Creme Banana Magic Very Vanilla
2 Scoops 3 Scoops 2 Scoops 3 Scoops 2 Scoops 3 Scoops 2 Scoops 3 Scoops 2 Scoops 3 Scoops
Amount per Serving (48g) {72g} (48g) {72g} (48g) {72g} (48g) {72g} (48g) {72g}
Calories 190 280 190 280 190 280 190 280 190 280
Calories from Fat 35 50 35 50 35 50 35 50 35 50
Percent Daily Value
Total Fat 4g* 6% 9% 6% 9% 6% 9% 6% 9% 6% 9%
Saturated Fat 1g 5% 8% 5% 8% 5% 8% 5% 8% 5% 8%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 15mg 5% 8% 5% 8% 5% 8% 5% 8% 5% 8%
Sodium 210mg 9% 13% 9% 13% 9% 13% 9% 13% 9% 13%
Potassium 240mg 7% 10% 7% 10% 7% 10% 7% 10% 7% 10%
Total Carbohydrate 11g 4% 5% 4% 5% 4% 5% 4% 5% 4% 5%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12% 20% 12% 20% 12% 20% 12% 20% 12% 20%
Sugars 3g
Protein 28g 56% 84% 56% 84% 56% 84% 56% 84% 56% 84%

INGREDIENTS: Whey protein isolate, whey protein concentrate, natural and artificial flavor (includes annatto and turmeric added for color), soy protein isolate, sunflower oil, maltodextrin, polydextrose, corn syrup solids, magnesium phosphate, cellulose gum, soy lecithin, dextrose, sodium caseinate, salt, mono- and diglycerides, potassium phosphate, calcium phosphate, sucralose, medium chain triglycerides, acesulfame K, ascorbic acid, zinc sulfate, alpha¬tocopherol acetate, tocopherols added to protect flavor, niacinamide, L-selenomethionine, reduced iron, calcium pantothenate, copper gluconate, manganese sulfate, vitamin A palmitate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, riboflavin, thiamine mononitrate, folic acid, chromium chloride, biotin, potassium iodide, sodium molybdate, phytonadione, vitamin 03, vitamin B12.

So this is a GREAT option to try.  If you’ve not tried Chike, it’s well worth the money to get the samples.

15-serving tub runs $26.50; 28-serving tub runs $45.50; 20 single servings run $37.50

Available at ChikeNutrition.com

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