Weight Loss Surgery & Diet

Today I am doing a little something special on the blog. I know that a lot of people come to raw foods when they need to lose weight, almost like a last resort. But what happens when you’ve tried all the diets and you still cannot lose the weight?

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Photo credit: Victoria

Since I’m no expert on weight loss surgery, I brought in my good friend Linda Eaves – here’s my interview with her. Be sure to read till the end to find out more about her support classes for weight loss surgery.

What do people need to know about weight loss surgery that they might not get from their initial research?

The amount of mental and emotional change that is involved with having this surgery. This is as much about your mind and emotions as it is post surgery diet and exercise. Most surgery approvals require a very short social worker evaluation in order to get your procedure. This is not enough. Many people who get this surgery are then left to figure out things completely on their own. The psychological impacts and adjustments to be aware of like mood swings, transfer addiction, anxiety, grief, and fear can be daunting.

Mindset and emotional well being are key to long lasting success and mastery of your health. When eating is used as a coping mechanism and that is suddenly taken away you experience your emotions full force sometimes for the first time in your life. Support in the way of a coach, online, or in person group will improve your likelihood of success by 75 percent.

Tell us your story, what has been your experience and how are you feeling now?

Since age 16, I’ve done everything you can imagine to try and lose weight: The Cambridge fast. The Atkins diet. Weight Watchers. Jenny Craig. Exercise. Portion control. Thinking myself thin. I also tried just living with it and getting involved with the size acceptance community. I’d have some success but nothing worked long term.

In 2008 I was having joint pain which kept me from wanting to move. Because of my health issues I stopped doing the things I loved and began staying at home more and more. This was affecting my quality of life, so I took charge and called my doctor.

The turning point was with my physician, who said….”Obviously you’ve tried to lose the weight with all the programs you’ve done through the years.”

“Maybe it’s OK to get a little bit of help. “

After hearing those words I was finally able to release my guilt and begin to see weight loss surgery simply as a treatment option and not a sign of failure.

After that, my physician’s office wrote the surgical referral letter and I was approved for the Bariatric surgery program. The approval process was next, with all the required tests, consultations, and a large group pre surgery orientation. On March 4th, 2009, I had the surgery and quickly started to feel better. As of this writing I’ve released 140 pounds and I got back a quality of life that I never thought I’d have. I feel great!

Who should consider weight loss surgery?

Note: I’m not here to sell you on surgery. I am here to tell my story from one patient’s point of view. This treatment was right for me. Having surgery is a personal decision that only you can make.

  • People who have dieted repeatedly with intense calorie restriction and exercise that hasn’t
    worked. Please see your doctor and ask about metabolic syndrome.
  • People with a BMI or Body Mass Index greater than 40 or who is 100 pounds or more over
    their ideal body weight. This is considered morbidly obese.
  • People with a BMI of 35, with medical conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, or
    sleep apnea, are also considered candidates for weight loss surgery.

The reason the weight keeps coming back isn’t a lack of will power, discipline, or following the programs perfectly. Morbid obesity is a condition that for some people needs to be addressed with surgical intervention.

How has the surgery changed how you interact with food?

Surgery is a tool; afterward it was a big reset button for me around appetite and food choices. I feel best when I eat non processed foods, the simpler the better. I crave vegetables and fruit. I can eat normal portions. I feel empowered and calmer around my food choices.

What can you teach others from your experiences with food?

That food is not an enemy, it’s a choice to have or not have and you can master it simply. That you are intuitive and there are answers inside you about why you eat what you eat. Nothing is off limits.

Tell us about your upcoming classes, and how people can get more good stuff from you.

I’m excited to offer you three classes beginning in November 2010!

Introduction to Weight Loss Surgery – An Emotional Perspective

Wednesday, November 3, 2010 from 8:30-10pm EST – $23

  • Strengths and drawbacks of each surgery type from a weight loss surgery patient’s
    perspective.
  • Emotional Considerations
  • What to Expect 1st Month
  • Resources [I’ll also give you my favorite list of positive, discreet, and free online resources
    for support.]

Joyful, Mindful Eating over the Holidays

Wednesday, November 17 2010 from 8:30-10pm EST – $23.

I don’t know about you my dears, but the minute I’m told I can’t do or have “a thing” – it becomes the most enticing thing in the world and I must have it, or do it. Food is neither good nor bad. It’s simply there to be eaten or not, and you’re the one in charge. Join me as we look at the connection between holiday eating and our experience. Family gatherings have special significance and emotional meaning. Learn how to balance your goals for healthy eating and still enjoy the season. Even if you over-serve yourself at the banquet table or bar!

Body Image: View from the Funhouse Mirror.

3 session course is offered on Wednesdays (December 1, 8, 15 2010) from 8:30-10pm EST. The cost is $73

We all know the media promotes an image that for most people – is thinner than natural. The theory is you can’t be happy unless you fit within a specific cookie cutter body size, shape, and height. Who is this mighty they? The advertisers and builders of products, whose main goal is to get you to buy their product through any means necessary. This includes playing on emotions and twisting things around to make you feel inadequate and unsure of yourself. Of course the solution is readily available with product X.

This class explores the possibility of celebrating and turning up the volume of your own uniqueness. Learn how to break the cycle of comparison and be done with wishing you were different.

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Linda Eaves is known as a “Professional Wish Granter” and loves consulting, nurturing creativity, and connecting people with what they need to help make their dreams come true! Check out more of my story, thoughts and advice at LindaEaves.com