Issue #215 November 1, 2011

In This Issue
Research Article: Pregnancy Following Weight Loss Surgery
Back On Track with Barbara

 Pasta - Yes; Carbs - No

Good News from Sue Shew

Recipe: Protein'd Cheese Sauce - Mac N Cheese

Kathy Miranda's Story

Research Article:  
  Pregnancy Following
  Weight Loss Surgery

Over the years I have heard many women say that they did not want to have weight loss surgery because they want to have children. There is a mistaken idea that weight loss surgery prevents women from having children, and nothing can be further from the truth. A woman is at a much lower risk after having had surgery, and is also often more fertile. Although there is a decreased  risk, there are some important points to remember:

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Pasta - Yes; Carbs - No

Love pasta, but don't want the carbohydrates? Then try some of the pastas mentioned below. This was a topic on my Facebook page, WLS Private Group, where there has been a lot of discussion lately about non-carbohydrate types of pasta. I wanted to share all of this good information with you:

Miracle Noodle is an awesome pasta alternative. It's a zero calorie noodle that comes in various shapes/sizes (angel hair, linguine, etc.). It is made from a fiber called glucomannan, which is known to stabilize blood glucose. It is fairly tasteless until you mix it with a food, and then, like tofu, it takes on the flavors you give it. The texture is similar to al dente pasta.  It has gotten rave reviews, and is available through Try it with a tiny bit of olive oil, some garlic, broccoli and a chicken breast and you are good to go!

Shirataki Noodles are made from a type of Japanese yam or can be made from tofu. They have zero net carbohydrates, no food energy and no gluten. They are available in supermarkets, health food stores and online.  

Dreamfields Pasta is very high in fiber, therefore very low in carbohydrates. It is manufactured in such a way that the high fiber and protein keep most of the carbs from being digested. It is available in supermarkets and online.

Spaghetti Squash is a winter squash that can be ivory, yellow or orange in color. To prepare it, cut the squash in half length-wise and scoop out all the seeds. Place the halves, cut side down in a pan. Add an inch of water to the pan and microwave on high for 15 minutes or until you can place a fork in the meat and pull out spaghetti-like strands. Serve with spaghetti sauce. Excellent!


from Sue Shew

It is always good when someone resolves a complication following weight loss surgery. In the August 1st newsletter, there was a letter from Sue Shew describing some horrible stomach pain that she was experiencing and despite consultations with several doctors, she could not find a resolution.

I just heard from Sue and she had good news to share that I wanted to pass on to you:

Dear Barbara,

I have been going to Cleveland Clinic and seeing a uro/gynocologist who is helping me. I do have a problem with a nerve. It is the Prudendal nerve that goes through the pelvic floor and even affects the rectum . I am having pelvic floor physical therapy and taking medications and had a nerve block. I finally have a diagnosis and the doctor knew exactly what I was talking about. It is his specialty.

Thank you for your help and for the people who wrote with their experiences. It was very helpful and encouraging.

Sue Shew

Here is a link to her original article:

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Protein'd Cheese Sauce - Mac N Cheese

1.    Heat 3 tablespoons (that’s a little less than ¼ cup) of water to 130°F. Use food thermometer to be fairly accurate for best results.

2.    Add one full level scoop of powder to pre-heated water. Stir until smooth.

3.    Pour onto approximately ½ cup of cooked macaroni noodles.

4.    Enjoy and feel healthy!

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Kathy Miranda's Story

I want to offer a special thanks to Kathy Miranda for sharing her experience with us. Here is her story:

Hi Barbara,
Reading Karen's story in the September 1st newsletter,,  I was reminded of my hospital experience when giving birth to our daughter 19 years ago.

The hospital scale didn't go up high enough in numbers. An attendant got a wheelchair, but I couldn't fit into it and the attendant had to get the largest one in the hospital. I could hear the attendant complaining about having to get a larger one for me.

I wasn't sure where he was taking me, but soon found we were heading to the laundry room located in the basement of the hospital. I had to be weighed on the laundry scale where my weight was projected on a large digital screen for all the laundry workers to see.  It read 335 lbs. There was laughter. I was mortified. They were saying things in Spanish, and having taken a few years of the language in high school, I heard one man say "Gordo," meaning "Fatso."  I bit my lip to keep from crying.

I had a difficult labor due to my weight, at least that's what the nursing staff kept saying. After a whole day of pushing, it was decided that a c-section was needed. When our daughter was delivered, it was discovered that the umbilical cord was wrapped around her neck twice. Chances are that she wouldn't ever have been delivered vaginally, but no one apologized for the rude comments made earlier in the day. One nurse patted me on the leg and said, "Honey, the next time you have a baby, try to lose some weight first." And then she walked away. The whole experience affected me so greatly and the hurt was so deep that I decided I never wanted to be pregnant again, therefore we have one beautiful daughter.

Everything happens for a reason, and I know that my weight was to blame for the difficulty I experienced in that pregnancy and delivery. I'm not blaming anyone else for that, but the comments I heard were uncalled for, and I'll never forget those hurtful comments.

I've never written out my experience like this, and doing so has created a lump in my throat, and tears to my eyes. I've forgiven those people for their ignorance, but I'll never forget.

Thank you for the opportunity to let this out...finally. I truly enjoy your newsletters.

Kathy Miranda

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