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Post- op | Shrinking Stella

Angel Poop… YUM!

April 12th, 2011

I wanted Angel Food Cake and so I tried a few ways to make it sugar free and this is the best by far… My daughter and husband call it Angel Poop, tastes much better than it sounds..

Angel Poop

  • 5 Egg large egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tarter
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 3/4 cup granulated sweetener (splenda or xylitol)
  • pinch of salt

Whisk the egg whites in your stand mixer till they are at a soft peak then add the cream of tarter, continue to whisk till they come to a stiff peak and then add the vanilla, sweetener and a pinch of salt and whisk just till you can not see the vanilla and the sweetener is incorporated

On a parchment lined baking sheet mound by a tablespoon at a time, be sure to bake them all at the same time and do not let them touch. Bake at 350 till golden brown or in a convection oven at 325 till golden brown. Let them cool on the parchment before serving. Store in a covered container or a zip top bag. Great with berries and whipped cream… YUM!!!

Angel Poop



Dr. Oz show

April 4th, 2011

I was shocked, Dr. Oz did a portion of his show on the Lap Band… OMG someone mainstream did a show on WLS. I know it happens but not that often. I will say he did not show or mention really any of the other WLS options nor did he address the mental issues but he did show the adjustments in the diet that are needed to be successful. I was happy to see that he did that, she had the two women show what they would have eaten pre-op and then show what they now eat… it is funny to see the two side by side, I have never done that I should….LOL!!!

I wish people would get it that WLS is not a magic wand and that post op we work to shed the pounds, but people don’t get it…. they are ignorant and sometimes just flipping stupid!

Migranes no more…

April 1st, 2011

I recently noticed that my migranes were gone but had no idea why, glad they are trying to figure out why.. I rarely even get a headache anymore, THANK YOU!!!  I will add them to the list of things I don’t want back.


Study: Weight-loss surgery reduces migraines

This is first study that suggests bariatric surgery can alleviate severe headaches.

By Thomas H. Maugh II

Los Angeles Times


Weight-loss surgery can reduce the incidence and severity of migraine headaches, according to results from a small study.

Researchers had previously known that obesity intensified migraines, but this is the first study that suggests that surgery to control weight, commonly known as bariatric surgery, can alleviate the problem.

Psychologist Dale S. Bond of the Miriam Hospital in Providence, R.I., and Brown University and his colleagues studied 24 severely obese patients who suffered from migraines, 88 percent of them female. On average, the participants suffered from migraine attacks on 11 days out of every 90 and half of the participants reported the headaches to be severely disabling, interfering with work and daily living. The participants underwent either Lap-Band surgery or gastric bypass surgery.

After six months, the patients had lost an average of 66 pounds. The average number of headache days was reduced to 6.7 days per 90 days and only 12.5 percent of the patients reported severely disabling headaches. The degree of improvement correlated directly with the amount of weight lost, the researchers reported in the journal Neurology.

Researchers are not sure why obesity aggravates migraines. Some speculate that the inflammation normally associated with obesity may trigger excess migraines, while others suggest that fat cells may release estrogen that causes the headaches. In either case, reducing fat seems to be beneficial.

The researchers cautioned that the results were based on the patients’ recall of their headaches and that future studies should be begun before surgery and require patients to keep a headache diary.

Banding and complications??

March 23rd, 2011

Well I think these results might be correct but not for the correct reason… I think the reason the band has so many issues is due to the lack of follow up on the dietary changes… The centers and Dr’s need to do more follow up and more education/continuing education to counsel people on the dietary changes..


Adjustable gastric band surgery brings serious risks, says study

Posted by Neil Katz

CBS) For many, adjustable gastric band surgery has become a life saver – helping the obese dramatically lose weight and thus help with diabetes and heart disease. But new research suggests the procedure is burdened with unforeseen medical consequences, including additional surgeries and even having the band removed.

Doctors at the European School of Laparoscopic Surgery in Brussels, Belgium studied 82 patients at least 12 years after they had undergone the procedure. Almost 40 percent reported major complications, nearly half had to have the bands removed and 60 percent needed more surgery.

The researchers didn’t mince words. “The high failure rate of LAGB (laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding), at least in our hands, could be detrimental to its future continued widespread use as a restrictive weight loss operation,” they concluded.

But that’s not the full story.  The patients they tracked also lost a lot of weight. The mean excess weight loss was 43 percent. Also, 60 percent of the patients said they were satisfied with their experience.

So what does it mean for people considering the procedure? It seems for now, they will have to weigh the benefits for themselves.

The study will appear in the July issue of the Archives of Surgery.

Triple Berry and Apple Crisp

March 9th, 2011

I did a demo of one of my new desert ideas tonight for the My Program For Life people, this is what I prepared… I think everyone liked it. I know it is one of my husband’s favorite but he is BAD he likes to eat it with Chocolate ice-cream… It is lower in fat and much much lower in sugar and carbs than the original. Hope everyone who came out tonight had fun and enjoyed what was served, thank you so much Nicole for having me.. I am willing to come anytime!



Triple Berry & Apple Crisp

Berry and Apple Filling

  • 1 Large Apple peeled and cubed
  • 2 Cups Frozen Mixed Berries
  • Zest of one lemon
  • Juice of ½ a lemon
  • ¼ cup of Splenda
  • Pinch of Salt
  • Fresh Ground Nutmeg
  • 2 Tablespoons Sugar Free Vanilla Coffee Syrup
  • 1 Tablespoon Oat Flour


Oat Topping

  • ½ Cup Oat Flour
  • ½ Cup Walnuts Chopped fine
  • ½ Cup Flat Oats
  • ¼ Cup Splenda Brown
  • ¼ Cup Milk
  • 1 Tablespoon Sugar Free Vanilla Coffee Syrup
  • ½ Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
  • Fresh Ground Nutmeg
  • Pinch of Salt

Mix all ingredients for the filling in a large bowl, stir to combine being sure the fruit is coated with the flour. Please note the berries can be cooked frozen ~ no need to thaw.  Pour filling into an 8×8 baking dish. Combine all the topping ingredients and stir to combine, pour over filling being sure to distribute evenly over filling.

Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or till the topping is golden and the filling is bubbly. Serve warm or cold with or without sugar free whipped cream.

I hope you and your family enjoy this as much as my family does.

6 week post plastic update

March 2nd, 2011

Well it has been 6 weeks since my last plastics procedure and my swelling is down… I have been able to buy some new clothes, in pants I am down to a size 2/4/6 mostly 4’s but it depends on how things are cut and small shirts. I am still sore and if I do not wear my compression I swell and end up even more sore but since I am at the 6 week point I can start to discontinue wearing my compression. I also have some itching and numbness along the seams but I can feel my skin and my belly button looks good so I am happy.

I feel good and am starting to see myself as a thin person but I am scared of becoming fat again… I know this is pretty normal to feel this way but it makes me think I need to start going to see someone to talk about it but I am not sure if  it will pass…  I think I might be ok since I know it is out there and I can take control of it. We will see….

I also have started the whole hair loss thing again, from the stress of surgery and the anesthesia.. I know as long as I continue to consume enough protein and take my vitamins my hair will come back..

Avon Walk for Breast Cancer

February 27th, 2011

Hello !

I am going to start asking early this year… I am participating in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer again in 2011 so I need to ask for support…

I am required to raise a minimum of $1,800 to be able to participate, I know the economy is bad so I am working on my donations earlier this year than I did last year.. Please show your support for Breast Cancer research, OBESE people have a higher chance of getting cancer than normal weight people do.. and Breast Cancer is one of the Cancer’s that hit Obese people more often than normal weight people.

So, please go to my Avon page and make a donation..


Thank you!

Oatmeal Cookies

February 22nd, 2011

Who would have ever thought that oatmeal cookies could be almost good for you??? Low in fat, low in sugar and full of fiber….. YUM !

I do not keep white flour in my house, I had been grinding my own oat flour but I have been able to find oat flour in the grocery store so I have been using it lately and saving the motor on my poor blender… I love oatmeal cookies and pre-op I made them at every holiday.. In the past I made oatmeal peanut butter cookies but I thought why not just normal oatmeal so I played around with it this weekend and came up with these, they are pretty good… they passed the 5 year old daughter test, I hope you enjoy them.

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

  • 8 ounce package of reduced fat cream cheese
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons sugar free vanilla coffee syrup
  • ½ cup splenda
  • ½ cup splenda brown sugar
  • 1 ½ cups oat flour
  • 2 cups flat oats
  • ½ cup raisins
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Dash of salt

Heat your oven to 350 degrees.

In a mixer cream the cream cheese and eggs till light and fluffy. Blend in both types of splenda and coffee syrup.  In a separate bowl combine the remaining ingredients. With your mixer on low (the lowest setting you have) slowly add the dry mixture to the wet mixture, mix till combined.  Drop onto a parchment lined baking dish and flatten with a damp spoon or fork before baking for 8 to 12 minutes or till bottoms are golden brown. Cool on a wire rack so that cookies do not get soggy; be sure not to over bake or cookies will be very dry. Makes about 4 dozen cookies.

PULLED pork for dinner tonight

February 14th, 2011

I knew I was going to have a busy day today so I wanted to make something easy that could cook at home while I was gone to see the NJ Devils practice and go to the Meet and Greet they had.. It was so much fun, check me out !

Me and NJ

So I made pulled pork for dinner..

Pulled Pork

I purchased the smallest bone in pork picnic ham I could find, it is a fresh ham not a cured ham and has a layer of fat that adds so much flavor..

I used a spice mixture to rub the ham down then I placed it in a large covered pot and cooked it all day (my husband was home so I was not worried about it being on while I was gone) I used my huge enamel covered cast iron pot that has a lid to cook it in, I think it is a 5.5 quart pan, I tried to put it in my crock pot but it was too big so it ended up in the oven at 225 for about 12 hours.. My spice rub consisted of about a teaspoon of the following, salt, ground cumin, ground allspice, ground black pepper, garlic and onion powder, about a table spoon of ground chili powder and three tablespoons of splenda brown sugar. I put the meat in the pot (cover before you put it in the oven) with a bottle of beer, I just used what my husband had in the fridge and didn’t pay attention to what it was… if you don’t like beer you can use chicken stock or water in its place. I cooked the pork for about 10 hours then I took it out of the oven and removed the bones and any pieces of fat and skin that I found and pulled the pork in the pan with my tongs then I put the lid back on and returned the pork to the oven (taste it at this point to see if it needs more salt or any additional seasoning) for about another hour or two.. I served it as a sandwich but you could eat it strait up, in a wrap or turn it into a pizza topping. It was soooo good.

updated pic plus update on plastics

January 25th, 2011

Well I had surgery again a week ago Monday due to a blood clot and fluid build up… I didn’t post about it but I also ended up with Cellulitis from my IV, it was not anything that the Dr. or hospital did wrong it was due to the iv blew since my veins were weak from so many surgeries and so much iron going thru my veins in such a short period of time…

I went today and had my last drain removed and my bandages removed, things look so much better than they did when I had the fluid build up and the blood clot.. I am very happy, I am still swollen but this swelling looks very different than it did a few weeks ago… I am going to post a pic, I posted it on my FB page and was told I need to put a side view up so I will work on it..

one week post plastics, still swollen but doing much better!

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