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  1. denzel

    "Skinny Chicks Eat Real Food"

    Wow! I like this one as well! "Skinny Chicks Eat Real Food" by Christine Avanti, CN. Good reading, and lovely recipes.
  2. I'm sooooo excited to tell you! So Medibank have changed their policies and only cover weight loss surgery on their top cover for about $120 a month. I just joined with PEOPLE CARE who cover gastric banding and plastic/ reconstructive surgery on their MID LEVEL HOSPITAL $500 excess for only $20 a week ($80 a month) for a 25 year old single!! They are also honouring the waiting periods I've served, which for me means peace of mind post banding should anything happen. It also means I'm not paying for anything I don't need!
  3. The #1 Food that Causes Memory Loss A recent article about Alzheimer's in a major health publication stated that "Age is the biggest risk factor for the disease." The author was referring to the fact that the prevalence of Alzheimer's doubles every five years in people over 65. The same is true for most chronic diseases (including macular degeneration, cancer, heart disease and others). Their prevalence increases as we grow older. But this is merely a correlation. Age itself is not the "cause" of these diseases. Degenerative diseases have very little to do with chronological aging. Instead, they are the long-term ramification of unhealthy choices. It is the end result of chronic stress, poor nutrition and toxic overload that occurs over a long period of time. But here's the good news: There is a lot you can do right now to protect health (and your memory) tomorrow. And the first step to protecting your memory into your golden years is to dramatically reduce the amount of sugar you consume. Type 3 Diabetes: The Blood Sugar Connection to Alzheimer's Did you know that insulin isn't just produced in the pancreas... but also in the brain? It's true. Just as excess dietary sugar causes the cells of the pancreas to wear out over time, the same thing happens to brain cells. Insulin receptors in the brain also begin to malfunction. Ultimately, this can lead to those embarrassing "senior moments"... and potentially Alzheimer's. In fact, researchers from Brown Medical School are now calling Alzheimer's "Type 3 Diabetes" and link the disease to impaired blood sugar metabolism. When these researchers looked at the brain tissue of 45 Alzheimer's patients, they found abnormal protein deposits that were similar to those found in the pancreases of diabetic patients. It's no wonder that people with diabetes have a 65% increased risk of developing Alzheimer's! Balance Your Blood Sugar, Protect Your Brain As you may have read in previous Healing Gourmet articles, eating a low-sugar, low-glycemic diet is the best way to lose weight, reduce cravings, boost mood, reduce inflammation and balance hormones. It also happens to be one of the best ways to reduce the risk of chronic disease - including Alzheimer's. Eating less sugar equates to better brain health by reducing inflammation. Low glycemic foods - like vegetables, leafy greens, wild seafood, grass-fed meats and nuts - enter the bloodstream at a slower rate than higher glycemic foods - like grains, starches and sweets. Delaying the entry of carbohydrates into the bloodstream reduces the production of insulin, which in turn, reduces the generation of an inflammatory compound called arachidonic acid. But you don't have to know all the chemistry behind the glycemic index and how inflammation works in the body to get the brain-protecting benefits of a low glycemic diet. Simply base your meals around leafy greens, bright colored non-starchy vegetables, grass-fed meats, pastured poultry and wild fish to keep your body and brain in tip top shape - at any age! And if you're interested in Healing Gourmet's suite of grain-free, low-glycemic recipe and nutrition education e-books, we encourage you to visit Better Breads, Guilt-Free Desserts or Carefree Candies today and help us to support the creation of the film Bread Head. To Keeping Your Brain Sharp... at Any Age, Kelley Herring CEO & Editor-in-Chief Healing Gourmet www.healinggourmet.com References 1.de la Monte SM, Wands JR. Alzheimer's disease is type 3 diabetes-evidence reviewed. J Diabetes Sci Technol. 2008 Nov;2(6):1101-13. 2.Walsh DM, Selkoe DJ: Deciphering the molecular basis of memory failure in Alzheimer's disease. Neuron 2004, 44(1):181-193 3.McGeer EG, McGeer PL: Innate immunity in Alzheimer's disease: a model for local inflammatory reactions. Molecular interventions 2001 4.Bayer-Carter JL et al. Diet Intervention and Cerebrospinal Fluid Biomarkers in Amnestic Mild Cognitive ImpairmentArch Neurology 68: 743-752 (2011) 5.Freund-Levi Y et al. Omega-3 Fatty Acid Treatment in 174 Patients With Mild to Moderate Alzheimer Disease: OmegAD Study Arch Neurol 63: 1402-1408 (2006 6.Mills JD et al. Omega-3 fatty acid supplementation and reduction of traumatic axonal injury in a rodent head injury model.J Neurosurg 114: 77-84 (2011)
  4. And part II of my story, covering how I went about losing the weight, my experiences and achievements, is now online: http://www.dailysabah.com/features/2015/01/15/a-life-changing-transformation-was-149-kilograms-now-65
  5. Sorry for the cliched title. I loathe the word journey, hijacked as its become, but to be honest, I can't actually think of what else this is. A journey, an exploration, a study in self - it's many things - it's also a long overdue admission that I - Ms Very High Self-Esteem - am now so overweight that it's actually affecting my health. I can't be in denial any more, something needs to be done. I had lunch two weeks ago with my son's best mate's mum. I hadn't seen her for a while and she looked fantastic. I knew that in the past she had used Duromine to lose about 10-12 kg and thought she must have been on that but she said "didn't I tell you? I got a lap-band done in November. Best thing I ever did!". She has lost 11 kg (even over Christmas! I was very impressed) and reckoned it was so easy and why she didn't do it years ago she'll never know. I was fascinated. I listened hard to everything she told me and went home thinking "I think I need this". I am lucky to have a very supportive partner who loves me regardless of what I look like but all the same, I know he is very pleased that I've decided to do this. I made an appointment to see Prof. Paul O'Brien on 18 February but was excited to get a call saying there was an earlier appointment, so I went yesterday, 11 February. I was horrified to see what my weight was - 90 kg - BMI 35.6. I even find it hard to type that terrible number, but I knew it was time to face it. I am only 5'1" - 5'2" if I'm really lucky and 90 kg is appalling for my height. I had a hard enough time last year facing turning 50, then acknowledging I was actually going through menopause, now this. All these unfaceable things must now be squarely faced. Prof. O'Brien told me that my ideal weight is 63 kg (is it a sign? I was born in 1963...*cue spooky music*) and that I have 27 kg of excess weight but should aim to lose 18 kg to get to 72 kg. I responded "I look awesome at 70 kg". Like I said, I have a very healthy self-esteem So I got given all the paperwork and spent most of last night completing it - I absolutely couldn't complete the 40 page questionnaire in one hit so I did half last night and the rest this morning. I've had my GP sign the forms for the super fund, and tomorrow I'll post it all off. My surgery is scheduled for 24 March 2014 unless the super fund comes through quickly and there is an earlier spot, which I will take. I'm nervous and excited. I'm worried I will fail. I'm curious if I will succeed and if that success will be fast or slow. I fret that I'm a boredom eater and often eat when I'm not hungry. I wonder if I will still have the urge to buy a packet of biscuits or a block of chocolate and hide it in my office drawer to nibble on during the day. I am worried how I will cook for my partner and son when I don't feel hungry. In short, I have NFI what is ahead of me! If I'm brutally honest (and why shouldn't I be here? No one knows who I am, there are no expectations, I can truly be myself), I've always been a bit of a "happens to other people" type. But this time it's happening to me and I have to face it. I am fat. Horribly so for my height. I am sick of shopping in the fat chick's section. I am sick of not wearing sleeveless things. I'm sick of trying on bigger and bigger sizes to find something that fits. I've always had big boobs, but even I'm shocked at the sheer scale of the bras I'm wearing now. You could parachute safely to earth from a plane with one of them! I'm sick of seeing people I haven't seen for ages say "wow, you look really well" - when we all know that "well" is a weasel word for fat. Sometimes I even supply them with the word they can't bring themselves to say. I am nothing if not blunt. The Prof's letter to the superannuation fund, by necessity, has to be blunt, but man, it was really tough seeing the words "quite massive obesity" so baldly spelled out on the page. Well you know what? I never want those words used in relation to me again. So lap-band surgery it is. I really hope I can get an earlier appointment to have it done, just to get it over with so I can start this new...thing I don't want to call a journey. I know! A project. That's what it is - a project. LillyPilly's Fat Project. And it starts now. This would be great! I want to use this blog to articulate my thoughts as well as to share what's actually happening to me throughout The Project. I don't mind if no one reads this, it's mainly for me anyway, and I thank the Admins of the forum for providing a safe space to do this. Let us begin.
  6. BekCanDoIt

    Lil' bit Suss...

    Hey all - long time no post!! Just a question, I got the lap band almost 12months ago now - woot woot!! And i've noticed within the last six months my immunity for things has gone down - things that usually wouldn't bother me are now becoming annoying issues... Eg: got my eye brows waxed about a month ago (have been getting them done since i was a teen with no problems) I ended up getting a painful abscess, had to go to the docs to get it drained etc etc, Or getting ingrown hairs alot that get infected frequently... Or just the other day i got ring worm, but no one else in the house has it... About 4months ago i got fulll bloods done, and everything was in 'normal' range... I don't know if i'm just being paranoid, or if it may have something to do with me eating less or something??? >>>>admittedly i don't take a multi >>>which i'm assuming may be the issue here, but again - all my tests came back normal... Would love any feedback!! Hope you all had awesome xmas's and new-years!
  7. Hi everyone, I wonder if anyone else has had similar thoughts but... I am scared that because we are all concentrating on what we eat, and its timing and how much we eat etc that we could be setting our selves up for eating problems? I don't know if its just because I'm a new bandit or if people who have been banded for much longer still have this thought but this I guess is how it all starts? Our surgeons give us a goal weight, and we have our own personal goal weight which often seems to be about 5kg's lower... Has anyone else thought about this? Jen xx
  8. Hi Bandits, I was talking to my neighbour this morning about being banded, and she had some interest in looking into it especially after I was banded. She has tried everything from shakes to weight watchers and things in between with no long term benefit. This lady is like a second mum to me, and there's nothing more I would like, than to see her succeed with much needed weight loss. After praising this forum so much, I thought I might actually ask the question she really wanted to know... 'Have many of you sustained your weight loss long term (over 2 or 3 years if not longer?) and how is you health and lifestyle now?' My beautiful neighbour is a mum to 3 grown up kids, with the youngest still living at home, but she works a full time job, and often finds herself forgetting to eat as she gets very busy at work (even though good intentions are brought to work everyday ie yogurt/fruit etc). She has a short lunch break which she likes to fit in a daily walk. What she eats for dinner is often swayed by what her son wants. She is a fabulous cook. She knows if she gets upset or overly emotional, she'll head for food which she's trying to stop. Post Christmas she is going to try light n' easy for a fully committed few months. If she see's positive results she may stick with this but I thought its better to ask then to not know. Hopefully there's enough of you who can answer this question above, so a preemptive thank you for your input. Jen xx
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