In This Issue
* Cleanse What???
* Inspiration to Lose
* Tofu: Yucky or Yummy?
* Recipe: Oven Roasted Tofu
Story: Patricia King
I have written to you a couple of times and have always found
you to be very straight forward. I really love your book about
weight loss surgery. Even 4 years after, I still find myself
turning to it occasionally for advice and as a reference tool.
I also enjoy your monthly newsletter. It
is very informative.
Also, someone suggested that weight loss
surgery people need to cleanse their colons on a regular basis.
Is this something that you recommend and if so, what do you
Since I am not a medical professional, I turn to many sources to
help me answer questions such as these. One of the sources that
I sometimes turn to is Web MD
First of all, the colon is not involved in
any of the weight loss surgery procedures being performed. The
lap band and the gastric sleeve don’t go anywhere near the colon
and deal only with the stomach. The gastric bypass and the
duodenal switch deal with the upper part of the small
intestines, which are not near the colon. So any benefit from
the use of a colon cleanser would be the same for a weight loss
surgery patient as well as for any other person. In that
respect, we are no different from anyone else. We do not have
any special needs for colon cleansing.
That being said, there are many questions
whether colon cleansing does anyone any good, mainly because
colon cleansing has never been researched. So any opinions
about it are not research-based. Physicians just consider what
makes sense regarding it.
There are 2 ways to have a colon cleansed.
The first is by ingesting something that will make you remove
all matter from your bowels. This could be something that you
drink or that you take through the rectum. Some are laxatives,
enemas, powders, and strong teas. There are many brands and I
don’t have enough experience with them to recommend one over the
The other way to have a colon cleansed is
to have a high colonic or a colon irrigation performed by a
colonic hygienist or by a colon therapist. In general, 20
gallons of water is pumped into you and flushed out. It may
require a few tries to have a clean flush.
Why Have a Colon Cleansing?
Most people have a colon cleansed because they believe that
undigested food, particularly meat, lie dormant in the colon
causing mucous to form and line the colon. They believe that
the mucous releases toxins into the blood stream which are
reabsorbed by the body. They believe that the side effects of
these toxins include fatigue, weight gain, headaches and low
energy. They also believe that getting rid of this undigested
waste clinging to the colon walls results in an improvement of
your mental condition, and improvement of your immune system, a
loss of weight and a reduced risk of colon cancer.
Here is What Critics Say
Critics agree that there is little scientific evidence to
support any benefits of colon cleansing. The digestive system
naturally eliminates all of this and special cleansing isn’t
necessary. One major concern is dehydration. Also, some of the
products containing sodium phosphate can increase your
electrolytes and potentially damage your heart or kidneys if you
have problems with these.
|If you are going ahead
with this, MayoClinic.com offers these cautions:
||Check with your doctor first
||If you are having the cleansing done by a
colonic hygienist or therapist, be sure that they use
brand new equipment each time.
||Find out the specific ingredients used and
research each one to find out the health risks of each
||Beware of fantastic health claims
||Be careful not to become dehydrated by
drinking lots of water.
We each make personal decisions
about what we do to and for our bodies. It is good that you
asked the question. Do more research and talk with your doctor.
This article will at least get you started on thinking about the pros
and cons of colon cleansing.
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Tofu: Yucky or Yummy?
How do you fix tofu so it is eatable for its high protein?
Tofu, which has its origin in China, is made from soy milk that is
allowed to coagulate and is then pressed into blocks. It comes in
different textures: silken or soft tofu and firm tofu.
Tofu has little or no taste and takes on the taste
of the dish to which it is added. It is especially good when it is
marinated. It is low in calories and fat, and high in protein, calcium,
iron and magnesium. One cup of tofu has 40 grams of protein, 365
calories, 11 grams of carbohydrates, and 22 grams of fat.
Many tofu recipes call for pressed tofu. This is
something that you do yourself. Pressing tofu removes excess moisture
so the tofu will absorb more of the marinade or sauce in which it is
being cooked. To press tofu, place the tofu on a cutting board on top of
paper towels. Put a couple of sheets of paper towels on top of the tofu
and press down gently. Change the paper towels and this time, put a
weight on top of the tofu and let it sit for 15 minutes. You can repeat this again
if you like.
Many weight loss surgery patients are vegetarians,
and it is often a challenge to get in a lot of protein while sticking to
a vegetarian diet. Several years ago, one of our readers, Gerald
Grennell, shared his experience with us regarding eating vegetarian
after surgery. He included some information on tofu. Please see his
article in the following newsletter:
http://www.wlscenter.com/NLArchive/sept_1_2006.htm called, “Please
Pass the Veggies.” Be sure to click on the link in the article to finish
reading what Gerry has to say.
I thought this would be a good time to
include a tofu recipe in case any of you would like to give tofu a try.
Oven Roasted Tofu
16 ounces extra firm tofu, drained
3 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 teaspoons soybean (vegetable) oil
2 Tablespoons sugar (substitute Splenda if sensitive)
1 clove garlic, minced
½ teaspoon oregano
½ teaspoon salt
1 sweet red pepper, quartered
1 medium onion, quartered
4 mushrooms, quartered
chopped parsley for garnish (optional)
1. Cut tofu in half vertically, then horizontally. Drain on several
layers of paper towels to remove as much liquid as possible. If desired,
score surfaces to allow more marinade to penetrate tofu.
2. Combine vinegar, oil, sugar, garlic,
oregano and salt; mix well.
3. Place tofu and vegetables in a shallow
baking pan leaving enough space between the pieces for even roasting;
brush with vinegar mixture. Let stand 30 minutes, brush again and let
stand 30 minutes longer.
4. Bake tofu, pepper and onion mixture at 500° F for
30 to 35 minutes. Turn once halfway through baking time. Add mushrooms
during the last half of roasting time. Transfer to a platter and
sprinkle with parsley.
Makes 4 servings.
Nutritional Information per serving:
138 calories, 9.5 grams protein, 15.5 carbohydrates, 4.6 grams fat, 1.3
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have a story to tell even if you aren’t at goal
weight. You may not think of yourself as a “success,”
but if you are able to do things that you couldn’t
before, if you are able to play on the floor with your
children or grandchildren, or if you have thrown away
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I want to offer a special thanks to
Patricia King for sharing her success with us.
Unfortunately Patricia was not able to provide her before
and after pictures, but we very much appreciate having her
My name is Patricia
King and I am a 3 year post-op gastric bypass patient. I
have had great success with my surgery and was so happy that
I was able to find Dr. Walter Chlysta when I did. I weighed
379 pounds, and was in very poor health.
I am a mother of three and a loving wife, who was an
emotional foodaholic. I would eat anytime, and I ate mostly
junk food. I had no health insurance, but I had a goal. I
wanted to be me again. I wanted a better me, not only for
myself, but for my husband and my children. I wanted to be
more active. I wanted to do the kid-friendly things like
going to Disney World and camping.
I have a wonderful family, and that holiday season when my
husband asked me what I wanted for Christmas, I guess I did
some soul searching. I told him I had researched gastric
bypass surgery and in my heart I believed this was for me.
My heart was aching because I knew I did not have insurance,
and I was only working seasonally at HR Block at the time as
an office manager. My family supported me.
I contacted Dr. Chlystas office, and I requested the
surgery as soon as possible. It was like a miracle that it
was scheduled for just 2 weeks later, December 18, 2006 to
be exact. I drove 4 ½ hours each visit to see Dr. Chlysta.
A good doctor is worth the drive.
While I was in Akron, my hometown, I was offered a job by
a local hospital as a dietary supervisor,
so I accepted. I was to start the first day of the new
year. This was a bit unnerving for me, because it gave me
only 2 weeks to heal after my surgery, but gave me a fighting goal to start
the new year.
At 4 months, I had lost over 100 pounds, and it only kept
going from there. I have gone from a size 30 to a size 4/6
although I have caught myself slipping. However, I catch
back up, and realize I never want to go back to where I was
I have taken my kids to Disney World twice since my
surgery, and I look forward to losing my last 25 to 30
pounds even though it is now a battle. I have found it is
harder to lose this last bit than the 200 pounds I have
I will go on a Disney Cruise; because that is a goal I
have set for my family. I recently lost my job at the
hospital, and I will not let it bring me down. I am staying
positive. I will continue to share my story with patients I
meet along the way, and let them see that with the help of Dr. Chlysta, I have accomplished so much in the last three
I thank Dr. Chlysta from the bottom of my heart for being
my guide, for treating me as a person, and having faith in
me. He has never looked down at me because I was out of
shape. For so long I looked at my life as round, referring
shape. Now “round” is what I hope others come to. I hope
they come “round” to the thought that their life can be
better if they want it for themselves.
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