On September 5, 2011, in General Nutrition, Protein, Tests, by Andrea

I’ve been slow on my ASMBS posts. I know it, but life has a funny way of getting in the way..

A discussion of late on the BBGC is about collagen protein supplements, and of course how they are either good or bad for supplementation. So it’s spurring me to share one of the things I learned while down in Orlando: how to figure PDCAAS.

There are calculators out there, or you can usually hit me up and beg for a score as I’m generally curious as well. And in the past, I’ve used the calculators because I never knew how to do this myself.. but now I do and it’s interesting how it’s done.

In the future will I continue to use the calculators? Possibly. We’ll see. I’m kinda old fashioned in a number of ways, and I may choose to keep doing the long-hand method just to keep up the practice (and to impress everyone..) but at least now I’ll have the choice.

And so will you.

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On June 17, 2011, in Uncategorized, by Andrea

Hey all.

I’m working on packing. Sorta. Ish. In with the naps (I did get in at 3am..) to head out to Sweden so haven’t even begun to write up my thoughts on ASMBS. And I have to say that there’s a lot of stuff going on in my head in terms of behind-the-scenes things I’d never really thought about, plus the meshing of what the BBGC pushes for (advocacy) and how the two things could go together and what it could mean for the professional community if they were to really push for the advocacy like we do.. but I’ll get there, along with all my learnin’, product testin’, a contest to celebrate the reformulation of the Calcet Creamy Bites (OMG! the kids? can’t leave them alone.. I’m having to hide my bags because Daniel is filching.. thank goodness they are difficult to get into or they would be calcium overdosed!)

One thing you need to know about ASMBS is that they are a bit.. picky when it comes to pictures, video, etc.

You won’t see a ton of pictures from Beth when she gets back. Sorry, folks.

BUT. There is hope so you can catch a glimpse of the absolute splendor that made my jaw drop (seriously.. one of the displays was a plexiglass office thing built in the exhibit hall that had a 2nd story with office space that they were conducting meetings in — and it was freestanding, clear, and an amazing piece of architecture of its own right – beyond the fact that it looked damned impressively cool) by watching the BTV crew with some of their interviews as they got press credentials.

I’ll embed the first few vids, but be sure to keep checking back to them to catch all of their updates as they happen!

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ASMBS: The Immediate After

On June 15, 2011, in Uncategorized, by Andrea

Morning -

Again, I’m procrastinating while Beth showers. I should be packing…

I have to say this was quite the event for me being my first time down here – especially with the classes. I didn’t get much time with vendors, and I really might take a bit extra time with them this morning and leave later than I should (I haven’t decided even NOW) so I can see more since I’ve been so busy otherwise.

I’m leaving today from ASMBS and heading back to NC because I have to get back to pack for a 3-week trip in Sweden. Kaitlin (the daughter) has her 5th birthday (and she’s my first post-op baby, so now – wow?) on Friday so there’s cake baking.. and laundry, and packing, and fish food buying, and plans, and etc. to do for our 12:30 PM jaunt across the pond.

I have seen some great new products from Bariatric Advantage to discuss. I have one to show you from Celebrate with teasers for others from them as well..  and I just didn’t get that much more time around the MASSIVE expo room with my short schedule.

And of course the classes and the studies presented — they will be discussed, and analyzed, and thought out thoroughly in only the way you expect me to.. right?

So I’m off to pack, like a good girl.


ASMBS – PreConference

On June 13, 2011, in Uncategorized, by Andrea


I’m procrastinating the dreaded task of deciding what to wear on my first day to class (OMG!) so I thought I’d share a short bit of my travels while Beth is in the shower.

I left late on Saturday to come down to Florida so I could break the drive up (9 hours) into two days, but also to spend some time with Magnus on his birthday. June is a busy month for us.. Sunday the 5th we celebrated Sweden’s Flag Day (a day early) in Raleigh, I had to pack and get ready for this trip, Magnus’ birthday was the 11th, this trip is the 13th and 14th, I head home on the 15th, my daughter’s birthday (she’s 5! how is that possible?) is on Friday, then on Saturday morning the 18th, we head to Sweden for 3 weeks (so blogging may be.. interesting.. I’m being threatened with loss of a computer.. and lack of work.. we’ll see…)

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ASMBS 2011 – Plans?

On May 31, 2011, in Uncategorized, by Andrea

ASMBS is June 12th-17th in Orlando and I’ve picked two classes I’m hoping to get into -

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