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In this episode I talk with fellow podcaster Mary Rogers of the “Experience 50, The Podcast. Mary’s podcast explores life from the perspective of people in their 50’s. She asked me to be a guest on her podcast because many of her listeners have concerns about their health and if weight is one of those concerns they are exploring the possibility of bariatric surgery. This conversation covers a broad arc of topics related to obesity and bariatric surgery for all people, not just those in their fifth decade of life. The questions Mary’s asks come from the perspective of someone who has common knowledge about the topics but wants to know more. I think that you will learn from this conversation whether you are very familiar with obesity and bariatric surgery or are just beginning your educational journey.

Discussed in this episode:

  • Shout-out to my new patrons at www.patreon.com/reeger.
  • Why someone in their 50’s may be more ready than ever to have bariatric surgery.
  • Our body biologically defends body fat just like it defends heart rate, respiratory rate, and temperature.
  • Why consider bariatric surgery: Quality of life and quantity of life.
  • Reeger briefly describes the gastric band, vertical sleeve gastrectomy, and roux-en-y gastric bypass.
  • Changes in hunger, satisfaction, and taste after surgery.
  • Set Point theory of weight.
  • The first law of thermodynamics: Conservation of Energy.
  • A few causes of obesity.
  • Why targeting the endocrine system is important when treating obesity.
  • The Gut-Brain connection.
  • Thin privilege.
  • Are people prone towards depression after bariatric surgery?
  • Food pushers, enablers, and other personality types.
  • Why bariatric surgery is not like any other type of surgery.
  • What about weight regain.
  • Obesity is a chronic disease and bariatric surgery is not the end of the line for treatment.
  • Why follow-up after bariatric surgery is so important.

Connecting with Reeger
email: reeger@weightlosssurgerypodcast.com
Become a patron at Patreon

In kindness,

Reeger

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086 It’s Never Too Late with Zoe Belle

by reeger on August 26, 2017

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In this episode I have a conversation with Zoe Belle, author of “Queen of Crop which is a book version of the weekly blog she kept for the first 14 months after her bariatric surgery. After a life-long struggle with her weight and a consideration of bariatric surgery for all of one month, Zoe, who was 58 years old at the time, underwent Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy in 2011 in Frankfurt, Germany. In this episode we talk about her journey, literally and figuratively, prior to having the sleeve, and what her journey has been like since, including both her triumphs and her challenges. She has the wisdom gained through 6 years of post-sleeve weight loss maintenance and the perspective to go along with it.

But before I cut to the episode, I want to give some shout-outs to my new patrons over at Patreon. Over the past month, the following people have taken their love and appreciation of the podcast to the next level by offering financial backing. Huge shout-outs to: Matt Roylance, Judy Way, Kristine Vicente, Elizabeth Anderson, Debra Taylor, and Ali O’Conner. You folk’s rock. Thank you so much!

If you, dear listener, want to become a supporting member of the podcast for as little as 1$ per month, head on over to Patreon and sign on up. Thank you!

Zoe and Reeger discuss In This Episode:

  • Why she titled her book “Queen of Crop.
  • Her life-long struggle with her weight and some of the contributing factors.
  • Some observed differences between the way of life in America vs Europe.
  • The catalyst conversation between Zoe and her husband that “broke open” their honesty with each other. She says; “The truth will set you free. But first it will really piss you off.”
  • Considering weight loss surgery, specifically the Lap-Band.
  • The awkward phone consultation with the surgeon in Frankfurt, Germany who told her, “No Lap-Band. You are too old. We do will do the sleeve.”
  • Sleeve Gastrectomy 3 weeks later as medical tourism in October, 2011.
  • Excitement, happiness, and delight to have a new opportunity for a new life.
  • Is having weight loss surgery a finish line of defeat or a starting line of an exciting new start?
  • “Flying solo” after surgery with little education.
  • Re-learning food while traveling in Europe.
  • A new term: O.B.T.M, “One Bite Too Many.”
  • Water, water, water: Why is it so hard to get in enough water right after surgery?
  • Pepcid or Omeprazole?
  • Heartburn and Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD). Should people have upper endoscopy after sleeve?
  • Follow-up at her bariatric surgery program.
  • To tell (you have had WLS) or not to tell, that is the question.
  • What does a person do with their “before” pictures?
  • Her marriage now- better than ever.
  • Can a person be too old for bariatric surgery?
  • Plastic surgery
  • Weight regain- Is any regain normal or acceptable? Why might some regain occur?
  • Set Point vs Settling Point.
  • What to do if your weight loss stalls or if you have regain some weight: The role for obesity medications and obesity medicine specialist.
  • Reeger’s concluding thoughts.

Getting in touch with Zoe: You can find her HERE
Zoe’s book “Queen of Crop.” 

Getting in touch with Reeger
reeger@weightlosssurgerypodcast.com
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In Kindness,

Reeger

 

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In this episode I talk with Elizabeth Anderson MA, RD, LD. Elizabeth has been a Registered Dietitian for more than 16 years and has worked in community nutrition, industry, and clinical settings. She began her own counseling practice, lovingly called CrackerJack Nutrition in 2013 as a way to work exclusively with people on a bariatric surgery journey.

Elizabeth has a master’s degree in Nutrition Science from Syracuse University and is a member of the Obesity Action Coalition (OAC), the American Society of Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) and the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics’ Bariatric Subunit.

She is a regular contributor to several online blogs including MyBariatricLife.com, BariatricPal.com and ObesityHelp.com and presents at national meetings including most recently, WLSFA Sparkle and Shine in Portland, OR.

Elizabeth sees clients in her New Hampshire office and online. She also offers luxury bariatric retreats to help post-ops reboot their WLS goals. Her philosophy mixes science-based research with plenty of love to make the world taste good.

Discussed in this episode:

  • Elizabeth’s path to become a registered dietician in general and deciding to focus her career on bariatric surgery.
  • Why her business is called CrackerJack Nutrition.
  • Her personal history of having an eating disorder and how this has helped her become a better Register Dietician.
  • Learning to let go of a dieting mindset is a process and takes not only support but tremendous courage.
  • The influence of the writings of author Geneen Roth in helping her heal her relationship with food.
  • The tug-of-war and prison of dieting.
  • What “Food Rules” does she have, if any.
  • Common fears people encounter starting around 6 months post bariatric surgery.
  • The importance of Mindfullness when eating.
  • Working with Pre and Post-Op patients.
  • What services does she offer based on state licensure whether in-person or virtual.
  • An upcoming retreat in Hilton Head, South Carolina.
  • Our chit-chat after Skype dropped the call and we picked back up the conversation but were not formally in interview-interviewee mode. We talked about vulnerability of putting content out in the world, Elizabeth’s thoughts on creating individualized treatment plans, and our thoughts on the power of service and how we define that.
  • Bariatric Reboot online DIY program.
  • The importance of getting regular labs completed and taking regular supplements.
  • Resistance starches, aka, complex carbohydrates.
  • Why Elizabeth loves for people to have a lot of frozen vegetables in their freezer.
  • Organic foods: Yes and why.
  • Protein: Different types and answers to the question is all Protein created equally.
  • An important detail about pea-based proteins.
  • Reeger’s concluding thought.

Connecting with Elizabeth:
CrackerJack Nutrition
Facebook
Twitter 
email: eliz@crackerjacknutrition.com

Connecting with Reeger
email: reeger@weightlosssurgerypodcast.com
Facebook WLSP
Patreon

In kindness,

Reeger

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084 Obesity, Metabolic Disorders, and Bariatric Surgery as a Friend: A Conversation with Bariatric Surgeon Dr Samer Mattar

June 25, 2017

In this episode I have a conversation with Dr Samer Mattar. Dr Mattar is a bariatric surgeon and director of bariatric surgery at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle, Washington. Additionally, he is the president-elect of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. In this episode Dr Mattar shares thoughts on: Why he chose to […]

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083 Reeger Rambles

May 21, 2017

This episode is unique in that I follow a free-form monologue method. I had some thoughts I wanted to share with you and so I decided to simply open the mic and start talking to you. Let me know what you think. Discussed in this episode: Gratitude to my new Patreon Super Fans Happenings over […]

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082 Understanding Post-Bariatric Surgery Reactive Hypoglycemia

April 16, 2017

In this episode I talk with Jerry Ross about his experiences with post-bariatric surgery reactive hypoglycemia. Jerry had Roux-en-Y gastric bypass in 2002 when he was in his early thirties. Although the fact that Jerry had RYGB is central to this story, gastric bypass alone is not the reason Jerry and I recorded this conversation. […]

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081 Moving Forward with Laura Van Tuyl

March 19, 2017

In this episode I have a conversation with Laura Van Tuyl. April, 2017 is Laura’s 14th Barisurgaversary for having Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass. We talk about many aspects of her journey but some of the highlights include her thoughts of how being a very picky eater as a child contributed in part to her eating habits as […]

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080 They Didn’t Staple My Brain- A conversation with Dr Janine Kyrillos

February 13, 2017

In this episode I have a conversation with Dr Janine Kyrillos. Dr Kyrillos is Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and she is Director of Jefferson Comprehensive Weight Management Program at Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania. She is also someone who herself is affected by obesity and has undergone Roux-en-Y Gastric […]

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079 Bariatric Surgery Seminar as a Podcast

January 9, 2017

Happy New Year everyone! In this episode I bring you a podcast version of the bariatric surgery seminar I give twice monthly at Southern Oregon Bariatric Center. This version is more generic to bariatric surgery in general because my intent is not to tell you specifics about SOBC, but rather introduce you to important concepts […]

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078 Gathering Knowledge with Amy Swayzee

December 11, 2016

In this episode I talk with Amy Swayzee who had gastric sleeve in May of 2015. We talk about her life before bariatric surgery, how she came to the realization that bariatric surgery was not cheating or the easy way, and that if she was finally going to bring her weight under control perhaps she […]

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076 What to Eat with Sarah Muntel, RD

October 16, 2016

In this episode I bring you my conversation with registered dietician, Sarah Muntel. Sarah has been a registered dietician in bariatric surgery for over 17 years. She brings a wealth of information and education to you in this episode. Covered in this episode: Sarah’s role as a registered dietician and program coordinator Pre-surgery nutrition plans […]

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075 Bariatric Surgery Rules? A talk with Dr Walter Medlin

September 11, 2016

In this episode I have a conversation with Dr. Walter Medlin about bariatric surgery rules. You may remember Dr. Medlin from episode 53. He is a bariatric surgeon at the Bariatric Medicine Institute in Salt Lake City, Utah. He is also a bariatric surgery patient having had sleeve gastrectomy. During this conversation Dr Medlin and I […]

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074 (Unedited) Set Point, Biology, Environment & Obesity: An Interview with Dr Randy Seeley

August 8, 2016

What you are about to hear is the unedited version of my most popular episode to date: Episode 34, titled “Set Point, Biology, Environment & Obesity: An Interview with Dr Randy Seeley.” I first published the edited version of this conversation on August 17th 2014. Over the past two years that episode has had the […]

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073 How to Choose a Bariatric Surgery Program with John Bukenas

July 12, 2016

In this episode I welcome back John Bukenas. We explore how to choose a bariatric surgery program. If you are new to the podcast, John and I have talked about his obesity and the possibility of bariatric surgery in episodes 26 and 45. Topics discussed in the episode John’s struggles and declining health First Step: […]

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072 “Hey Reeger..,” A Letter from a Listener

June 17, 2016

Welcome to the weight loss surgery podcast where we talk about obesity and bariatric surgery one episode at a time. I’m your host, family nurse practitioner, Reeger Cortell. This episode is brought to you by you, my listeners. I am so touched by the love you show me, whether that is iTunes rates, sharing the […]

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071 Jeff Newell: On Gaining a New Life

May 31, 2016

In this episode Jeff Newell returns to the podcast to catch us up on his life since having Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass on 12/1/2014. Jeff has been on the podcast before on episodes 055, 049, 043, and 042. He is now 18 month out from his surgery and 300 pounds down from his pre-surgery weight of […]

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070 Reeger Cortell FNP: An Interview by Rob Portinga

May 9, 2016

Presenting Your Host, Reeger Cortell, FNP Over the last 18 months or so, I, Rob Portinga, have had the pleasure of going from being a guest, to being a contributing host on the Weight Loss Surgery Podcast (WLSP). It was started by Reeger Cortel, FNP nearly three years ago now. One of the driving themes, and […]

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069 Talking about the Fear Factors of Bariatric Surgery with Dr Raul Rosenthal

April 17, 2016

My guest today is Dr Raul Rosenthal. Dr Rosenthal works at the Cleveland Clinic Florida in Weston Florida, where he is a bariatric surgeon, chief of surgery, chief of staff, and the director of the Cleveland Clinic Florida Metabolic and Bariatric Institute. In addition to all those good works, he is also the current president of […]

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068 Understanding Lipedema with Sarah Bramblette and Karen Herbst, MD, PhD

March 15, 2016

In this episode I bring you my conversation with Sarah Bramblette. As you are about to hear, Sarah is many things but above all she is an inspirational mix of hardwork, intelligence, grit, compassion, and determination. She is everything you would want in a loved one, a friend, a daughter, and an obesity advocate. Sarah’s […]

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067 The Bariatric Surgeon Episode

February 20, 2016

In this episode I bring you my interviews with six different bariatric surgeons. I conducted these interviews while I was at ObesityWeek in Los Angeles, CA in November 2015. I asked each surgeon one or two of the following questions: How do you help people decide which surgery to choose? And, If you could wave […]

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