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Got a question... What are some traditional Irish dessert Medifast recipes? Many thanks for any answer or 2. My 2nd question... I recently had.

Gastric bypass surgery.

, well actually May 2010. I have been doing pretty good with my Medifast food although I find myself eating too fast and need to figure out how to slow that down, but I have consistently lost weight and feel great. Once obstacle I see is I like to have alcoholic beverages, but never in place of Medifast food and I still stick to the do not eat and drink liquid at the same time rules, however, I am curious to see if anyone finds drinking alcohol to be a major issue. I know people can transfer addictions and I know alcohol has empty calories, but has anyone found it hard to help people understand it's okay to drink now and then after.

Surgery.

? I guess maybe the issue is bigger, I feel so scrutinized about everything I do now, I have a support group but they seem to be more critical than supportive and it's rather frustrating. Am I alone here on this one? How do you maintain a healthy balance and keep people from being too concerned about you....

I haven't joined a support group other than this, I find it hard to get in to a support meeting so online is easier for me. Does anyone recommend joining a support meeting as well, do you feel it's more beneficial than online?.

- Frustarted...

Comments (26)

I'm stumped. I'm not so sure what is the answer to that question. I'll do some research in Google and get back to you if I bump into an answer. You should email the people at Medifast as they probably could help you..

Comment #1

My doctor and nutritionist advise that alcohol use be rare and very moderate. Mostly because it takes only a couple of sips to make a post-GBS person drunk, and secondly because of the potential to develop a new addiction. I don't plan to give it upbut I'm a very rare/moderate drinker anyway. And like Shelly said, you have to consider the calories...

Comment #2

As for dealing with issue re: alcohol, let me.

Just remind you that the WLS did not fix your head and take it from.

A complete professional when in comes.

To disapation, you must constantly be on guard for negative behavior w/ alcohol and your massive.

Weight loss..

If you're not THEY will be, trust me. About the time.

You're really thin enough to deal with the.

Worthless calories, everyone who loves you is so sick of.

Hearing how well you've done that they will.

Absolutely pounce on you when you over do.

The.

Booze or even food. Like they'd even have a.

Clue what we've been through..

FYI I drink a ton beer and couldn't gain a pound if I tried. But I also hike and cycle like a loon, just so I can drink like one at.

Night..

I suggest somewhere in the middle would.

Be a reasonable goal for a normal human!.

Just sayin.

Good luck love Lu..

Comment #3

I can't speak on behalf of the alcohol part as I don't drink (it makes me sick even before.

Surgery.

) but as far as slowing down your eating- the thing that helped me most was I bought baby dishes and spoons. the dishes make your portions look appropriate and the spoons only allow a teaspoon at a time instead of a heapfull...

Comment #4

I was a very light social drinker before GBS. At about a year post op I tried some wine and really enjoyed it. I can see how it could easily become addictive. It does not take much to get you buzzed, so just be careful. My Dr. told me there is absolutely no reason for anyone to ever drink alcohol, but she has never seen how good I dance and sing after I do...

Comment #5

As a recovering alcoholic, groan, I say why?.

As a realistic person, I say you are responsible for considering the risks and making the decision..

I would not do it the first six months...

Comment #6

Sorry for the repeat, I meant to address your.

Question re support group. My real life groups sucked. I have literally been to thousands of groups and that one was toxic..

A good support group is a blessing. This group ranks among the best of all, real or online, I have experienced!..

Comment #7

I miss alcohol.me drinking makes my friends more interesting and funny. Sober, they get on my damn nerves..

Seriously, as a social drinker, my surgeon said wait a year, but I have seen other WLS programs say 3-6-9-12 months. After I lose a lot more weight, then I might start sipping again. My friends freaked when I told them I couldn't drink beer anymore after the.

Surgery.

Those who really know me just grinned and said, "You are a Whiskey drinker, so it won't bother you.".

An occasional glass of wine, or a single malt scotch, or a snort of reserve bourbon shouldn't cause problems, in and of themselves. I am not sure about the whole addiction-transfer thingy, but I am sure it could be a problem for people with addictive personalities...

Comment #8

I recently had.

Gastric bypass surgery.

, well actually May 2010. I have been doing pretty good with my Medifast food although I find myself eating too fast and need to figure out how to slow that down, but I have consistently lost weight and feel great. Once obstacle I see is I like to have alcoholic beverages, but never in place of Medifast food and I still stick to the do not eat and drink liquid at the same time rules, however, I am curious to see if anyone finds drinking alcohol to be a major issue. I know people can transfer addictions and I know alcohol has empty calories, but has anyone found it hard to help people understand it's okay to drink now and then after.

Surgery.

? I guess maybe the issue is bigger, I feel so scrutinized about everything I do now, I have a support group but they seem to be more critical than supportive and it's rather frustrating. Am I alone here on this one? How do you maintain a healthy balance and keep people from being too concerned about you....

I haven't joined a support group other than this, I find it hard to get in to a support meeting so online is easier for me. Does anyone recommend joining a support meeting as well, do you feel it's more beneficial than online?.

- Frustarted...

Comment #9

I am not a good one to set an example, maybe I shouldn't post but here it goes. I love the taste of alcohol, I am not an alcoholic, I don't sit around and think of getting another drink constantly but when I want a drink I am gonna have one. Let me say now that one is all it takes to make me act like an idiot but that's my prerogative. Everybody has different guidelines and who knows which ones are the right ones if there is even a such thing. Just like candy you're told not to eat it but how many of us have tried a piece after awhile you just cannot do this all the time. You have to set your boundaries and nobody can make this work but you...

Comment #10

Thank you everyone! I think my biggest obstacle in my personal support team. When I first had this.

Surgery.

I was well on my way to transferring or what they thought was a transfer of addiction to alcohol. I was really just going through the whole, I can't do it now and I am going to be rebellious and do what I want and push my boundaries...stupid, I knew it and I definitely took stock in what was said to me and found acceptable limits for me. Like many, I love to have a drink, I enjoy it...I don't need it, but many times I find myself constantly dealing with...should you drink that, can you eat that? ARGH!! Now, and this is what is so frustrating, now that I have found a good limit, one that I am comfortable with, one that I know is okay for me, they are on this witch hunt to "intervene" (SP) and not just on drinking but on having a cup of.

Coffee.

, on whether or not I eat...it's like consumption police craziness and it's really making this whole process very difficult. I have my appointment with my doctor next week...I will talk to him then, but they are basically of the mind to NEVER drink again, however, my pre-op psychologist told me it would happen and that I just needed to be realistic and careful. So why won't anyone listen to me, like now I am some invalid who is not capable of knowing my own mind since I had.

Surgery.

!! Thanks for letting me vent, I am still contemplating a local support group...I just hate the idea in a way and that's another stubborn part of me. :) Hoping to figure this out soon before all my friends.

Leave.

Me.....

Comment #11

Close friends, but they live out of town, and of course my husband who is really supportive and will tell people how well I am doing but apparently even his word is not enough...

Comment #12

Eleanor Roosevelt says:.

Do what you feel in your heart to be right for youll be criticized anyway. Youll be damned if you do, and damned if you dont..

"When we judge or criticize another person, it says nothing about that person; it merely says something about our own need to be critical.".

Unknown.

The quotes above say it much better than I can. Only you can decide what is best for you..

Chris..

Comment #13

I am seven months out and had my very first drink this last weekend. it took less thana half of it and under five minutes and I was almost falling off my barstool. Luckily I was in a situation where I did not have to drive becuase I was not at all prepared for that. It was way fun, because it was only my hubby and I...but I usually do not enjoy being out of control like that- so I doubt I will be repeating anytime soon..

Comment #14

I really find the support group that my surgeon's practice runs very valuable. This after going to OA and.

Weight Watchers.

Much of my adult life. What seems the most useful is the range of experience in the room there's one guy who still comes to the beginner group whose 10 years out, he's a real inspiration. I'd call your surgeon's practice and see if they offer anything..

In terms of alcohol.. my surgeon and nutritionist don't have an issue with an occasional drink. Its empty calories, so I wouldn't recommend it all the time, but I've had a glass of wine in a social setting and been fine (I'm not 4 months out). I also did not get crazy drunk from one glass of wine. I do wonder how much power of suggestion plays into that, but then again, I haven't had any dumping and can tolerate almost everything I've tasted so far, so maybe I just metabolize things different than some other folks..

I think maybe you need to re-evaluate your support system or try and convey to them that YOU need to define what support looks like and then have them follow your lead...

Comment #15

Seems like it might be helpful to talk to your professional team about this..

You might find this helpful:.

Http://www.wlscenter.com/UseOfAlcoh.....

Comment #16

I wasn't too concerned about drinking after.

Surgery.

Until I learned that post GBS, alchohol affects the liver 10x more than it did before the.

Surgery.

- something about how the plumbing was rearranged makes our liver have to work harder when we drink..

The psychologist at my support group said that was actually a bigger concern than transfer addiction issues, empty calories, or getting toasted..

JJ..

Comment #17

I had.

Surgery.

9/23/09, had my first glass of wine on Christmas Eve. I was concerned of the sugar content so I diluted it a bit with water and had 2 glasses. Was feeling a bit of a buzz..

Had 3 glasses on New Year's Eve and waited several months before having it again. In July I attended my 25th HS Reunion and indulged quite a bit and was in fact.....what ya call a bit drunk....felt good though..

Last month I took a.

Vacation.

To Ireland, there I had some wine and of course several Irish.

Coffee.

's. I don't overdo it, but I do have occasional drinks. As a matter of fact I miss those Irish.

Coffee.

's so much, I bought some Bailey's and have added it to my.

Coffee.

A few times here at home....not nearly as good as in Ireland, but it's warming and feels good..

In complete moderation alcohol isn't a bad thing, you can't overdo it, but I don't.

Avoid.

It..

Kelly..

Comment #18

When I was stationed in Germany, I thought I was in beer heaven! I love beer...haven't touch it since.

Surgery.

July 6th. However, when I go to Jamaica in December...plan on having a Red Stripe Lite...small one in ice (hopefully take some of the carbonation out). Moderation is the key. I really thought it would be a big problem not drinking my beer. It has not been, in fact I rarely think about it...

Comment #19

Hi, I'm 10 months out. I understand what you mean about drinking. My partner was worried about me drinking after.

Surgery.

Also. I waited 4 months after my.

Surgery.

Before I tried to drink. I waited only 4 months because I was going on.

Vacation.

To Hawaii and I knew that I was going to want to drink while we were there. I found that it took a lot less for me to get a buzz. I stll drink sometimes. But what I did realize that if I go to happy hour mor than once a week, that week I don't lose much weight if any at all. Because of the weight loss I watch how much and how often I drink. I feel that just because I had GBS does not mean that I can't still have fun...

Comment #20

LOL Steve! I feel the same way! My friends are way more interesting when I drink! Ha!.

I am not supposed to drink alcohol until the 6th month. I am not nervous about a transfer addiction but I'm wondering what I can drink. I'm a beer drinker and I do miss it. I don't really like hard liquor. Oh well, I've got bigger fish to fry right now!..

Comment #21

I see nothing wrong with a drink now and then. If I didn't turn into an alcoholic before I had.

Surgery.

, I think there is little chance of it happening now! I never drank until I was about 30 years old. I have one occasionally now (I'm 7 months out) and let me tell you, it sure does knock you on your a$$ for sure! I'm not giving up my vino either and every now and then I have one, hasn't been a problem...

Comment #22

Well if a reunion ever does take place, I know who I want at my table now. LOL.

Step up girls, the drinks are on Lucifer...

Comment #23

I like bloody marys. I just drink one and only about 1x month, so it's not hindering my weight loss goals. My pouch seems to like the tomato juice in it and masks the little bit of vodka that is in it..

FYI:.

Calorie Content of Bloody Mary.

1 Bloody Mary (standard measure) contains 122 calories.

1 Bloody Mary (Mr & Mrs T Mix) contains 45 calories.

How to Burn Calories in Bloody Mary.

About 19 minutes of.

Walking.

Burns the calories in 1 standard measure Bloody Mary...

Comment #24

Ok so I love this topic haha. I have to say I miss my coronas!! It's ok though I have had enough of those for probably 10 adults in my life :-) I will say that I went to the Patriots v. Vikings game on Halloween and boy tailgating was certainly not what is use to be haha. I did have 3 1oz sf jello shots........in about 3 hours. I have had a drink before vodka and Medifast diet cranberry juice. I drank it so slow and had a ton of ice so I never even got a buzz off it haha.

I never got a huge buzz. I'd probably get sick first I'm thinking. Certainly don't want that!.

I'm going to Disney World for Christmas and New Years and have been thinking what am I going to drink haha. I find eating is kind of a joke......I have a meal plan for that trip and I'm sure it's going to be a waste. My daughter will come back gaining 20lbs from eating all my leftovers..

Anyhow I'm rambling now but I say everything in "moderation".

I'm almost 3 monts post op and I was given the ok at 2 months to try a little alcohol..

Good luck to you all!.

Mary J..

Comment #25


This question was taken from a support group/message board and re-posted here so others can learn from it.