Probiotics and a Healthy Gut Ecology

Probiotics seem to be the new “in” thing to say you’re doing. Problem being that most of us don’t really even understand what they are – much less where to get them – or how to keep them – in your gut! Or – for that matter – why you would even want them in…

My Story

Monday, April 22, 2002 Dear Friends and Family; I am writing to you to because John and I consider you a close friend or family member whom we love, and because we covet your prayers – now, as we have in years past. I am about to share some very personal information with you and…

DS Friendly Food: Dina’s Bacon, Cheddar, Ranch Dip

I am all about the dips. Healthy fats. Prebiotics. Probiotics. Calcium. Protein. What’s not to love?! This is one of my favorites.  Officially, its called Bacon, Cheddar, Ranch Dip.  This time around, it’s actually more like Bacon, Co-Jack, Ranch Dip.  Whatever – it’s still delicious no matter what! Here’s the recipe for Dina’s Bacon, Cheddar,…

DS-Friendly Eating: Cabbage Roll Soup

When it looks like this… …on the local forecast, my thoughts turn instantly to SOUP! Lately, one soup in particular has won my affection. It’s beefy, tomato-y, cabbag-y, has a robust spice blend that just makes your tummy happy. What’s not to love? Cabbage Roll Soup (ß-click hyperlink to go to PDF of the recipe.)…

DS Friendly Eating: Spinach Artichoke Crustless Quiche

I push eggs a lot to post-ops. They are, after all, the perfect protein delivery when fully cooked. The fact that I have hens in the backyard mean that I have the most nutritious eggs at my disposal, as well! I happen to adore quiche. I noticed something a few years ago when eating a…

DS Friendly Eating: Dina’s Favorite French Salad Dressing

I must make a confession to you. I know as a community – a group of people who have lived a portion of their lives as morbidly obese – that we’re supposed to DREAD salads. I mean, they’re supposed to stand for all that’s wrong with the whole “dieting” state, right? EVIL salads. (Imagine a…

DS Friendly Eating: Dina’s Favorite Tartar Sauce

One of the things that we figure out fairly early in on this crazy DS journey is – let’s say it together – it’s all about the sauces! When you’re a pre-op or a normie – you worry about the fats, right? When you’re a post-op – yeah, totally unfair to the rest of the…

DS Friendly Eating: The BEST Egg Salad Ever

I get a lot of questions about “DS Friendly Eating.” You gotta admit – it kind of flies in the face of convention. Convention insisting that a lot of protein can be bad and fat is evil incarnate. When you’re a DS post-op – we want you to focus on protein (but balance, people –…

E-Weekly: Patients Value Personal Interactions

I’m always shocked when those who manage healthcare find this so surprising! “Congenial nurses carry more weight than cutting-edge surgical technologies and fancy facilities when it comes to satisfying patients, according to a survey of healthcare consumers.” Read the rest of the article here:  E-Weekly: Breaking News in Surgery (September 11, 2012)#1#1. For those of…