Please do not give me a reason to patronize restaurants with low-quality food options. MM needs no reason ON THIS EARTH to step foot in a Golden Corral, Olive Garden, Red Lobster, etc... EVER.
Nor do MMs kids. EVER. I do not need a trough of pasta, fried seafood or oily iceberg lettuce based salad.
MM Does Not Endorse The Use Of WLS Discount Cards For Food. We have to learn to eat like normal people. Having an excuse to pay less for crappy food does not teach us anything.
NPR - n.pr/UEF2qA
All of these reduced appetites might seem like bad news for the restaurant business, but surgeon-distributed food discount cards aim to make dining out cheaper and more practical for gastric bypass patients.
But is this kind of encouragement really a good idea?
To accommodate the patients' reduced stomach volumes, the cards, called WLS (Weight Loss Surgery) cards, ask restaurants to allow patients to order a smaller portion of food for a discounted price.
These cards aren't a new phenomenon — they've been around in the U.S. at least since the 1990s, and a similar discount programwas proposed to city council members in Campinas, Brazil, earlier this year.
And like the surgery itself, the WLS cards have grown in popularity, says Ann Rogers, director at the Penn State Surgical Weight Loss Program. "Now there's so much word of mouth about it, that if we forget to give them out [after surgery], the patient says, 'What about those discount cards?' " Rogers says.
Some popular U.S. restaurants accept the cards. For example, Cracker Barrel restaurants allow patients to order from the inexpensive children's menu or order a lunch-sized portion for dinner. In a statement issued to the Salt, Olive Garden and Red Lobster restaurants say they are happy to do the same.
Though gastric bypass surgery leaves the patient with a stomach pouch only about the size of an egg, restaurants, especially buffets, still spell trouble for many patients. Unlimited portions and heavily processed, quickly digestible foods that keep patients from feeling full make it difficult to keep the weight off, says Rogers.
Golden Corral could not provide a spokesperson to respond to our inquiries, but it and other companies have made efforts in recent years to add healthier choices to their buffet offerings.
Even if the patient makes better choices, however, friends and family who come along may not do the same. "I definitely discourage patients from going to buffet-style restaurants — it's a danger for everybody," Rogers says.
In fact, Rogers says she discourages her patients from eating at any restaurant. So why distribute a discount card that seems to encourage dining out?
Rogers says it's OK for patients to use the WLS card and splurge at the buffet every once in a while, and the card also encourages them to order smaller meals at other restaurants. If patients make healthy choices about 75 percent of the time, they'll keep the weight off, she says.
But just as the buffet can have negative family health consequences, patients who are diligent about eating well a majority of the time can encourage healthy habits among friends and family. Rogers says patients who attend regular follow-up appointments, some featuring weigh-ins and healthy cooking classes, retain their lost weight about 70 percent of the time.
"For most of our patients, when the patients change their habits, it changes the eating habits of the whole household. It's pretty educational," she says.
Changing habits is critical, she says. It's a myth that the stomach surgery is a permanent weight loss cure. After surgery, "the [hunger] hormones go down and stay down for a year or two. But, slowly, the hunger starts to come back," Rogers says.
Presented without commentary for your perusal.
PS. Susan, you might want to take back control of your social media.
I am getting all tingly excited over the upcoming release of Susan Maria Leach's newly revised and updated book: Before + After!
"Susan Maria Leach maintains her new weight and devotes her time to motivating others to keep on track and sustain healthy patterns of diet and exercise not just for a short period after surgery but for life. She owns and operates BariatricEating.com and has opened her first nutrition store in Pompano Beach, Florida. Her company is a member of the corporate council of the American Society for Bariatric Surgery."
Check out BariatricEating.com - its chock-full of helpful... malware?
Check out the social media -
Thanks BE! You rock!
One year ago - I hit a low in the summer July/August of 2011. I had life drama and things went awry for a while. I might have dropped a bit lower - this photo was taken in early September 2011 -
This past weekend, at 174 lbs.
I actually saw a few pounds higher many weeks ago and NO NO NO NO NO this will NOT HAPPEN and put the kabosh on some bad habits -
"Hey, let's have one two three pieces of toast with gallons of butter on it?! WHO DOES THAT?!"
Obviously, Beth does. "OMG, say it isn't so!" It is. It can be. I am pushing nine years post op, and three or even four pieces of 35 calorie bread breaks down to nada ounces in your pouch -- and really -- is nothing. So. Hushyomoufabouteatingtoomuch.
Because I am smart enough to know better because I refuse to purchase size 14W, mmkay?
I know better. I have demons, they appear in the form of buttery carbs, hence they Do Not Belong In My Area.
I am already down several pounds, but, I am still remaining apathetic about it because the pounds do not define me, I DO.
The reason I mention it at all -- the regain -- is that someone else asked me how much I had gained since I saw them last! I was taken aback a bit, considering I thought I was pretty damn upfront about my size, and I did not realize I had been ... watched so closely.
I suppose I expect a certain amount of it -- considering that I blog about weight loss surgery, I expect that there is a certain subsection of people waiting for long-termers like me to Fail, Publicly and Like a Trainwreck. But, I also have complex issues making my long-term-WLS-life more sticky than they might like to read about -- which is why I rarely write about MYSELF AT ALL.
Because it scares people.
I did not really respond to the well-meaning-regain-question-asker with anything other than, "Well, I am taking a lot of neuro meds." True. I am up to a couple thousand milligrams of AEDs a day, and in pre-operative testing for brain surgery.
This person said that she noted that I was noticeably bigger than the last time she saw me, and she assumed from a purely medical standpoint (she meant no harm...) that I simply must be taking medication to cause gain, that it was not something I was doing -- like -- toast eating. It's the truth, so it really did not bother me since I was already aware, you know? I live in this body, I know when I can't zip up my OWN PANTS!
In the big picture -- it's still only ten pounds. Ten apathetic pounds.
Hold the Press Releases, Suz!
Three months and two months ago, I ordered two separate times from Susan Maria Leach's Bariatric Eating.com aka BEHealthyDrinks aka SML Network.
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By now I've received my order -- nice assumption!
After this debacle, you expect a product review to be left in my name under your web store?
Susan Maria Leach of BariatricEating.com repeatedly suggests on her business Facebook page that she's missing customer information and customer orders because of a "fingerquotes" technical failure. "/fingerquotes"
However, she offers no apology, and has blamed some customers.
BariatricEating.com - "...we have already posted info regarding the status of the website that we have maintained for over nine years and the tech problems that caused a lot of problems for the company and our customers. We are happy to answer questions about bariatric surgery and bariatric eating on Facebook as it is social media but we will no longer entertain the drive by bashing by people who have malice as chief intent."
This might suggest that customers should re-send their information to the business, to re-submit orders that should have been shipped months ago. Or perhaps she might be open to communication?
Or if the phone worked. Call this number and tell me what happens to YOUR call.
- You can't send an email.
- You can't leave a message.
You try. Let me know if ANY of these work for you!
- Phone: 888-777-4202 (Doesn't work.) Phone: 954 968 0051
3569 SW 10th Street Pompano Beach, FL 33069 (It's gone.)
- SMLstore@me.com (Bounces.)
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Boink.)
- email@example.com (Right.)
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Old.)
- Heck, I even tried this: email@example.com (Laughable.)
- And, another, and she quit her job! So?
Methinks she doesn't WANT communication.
Day 91 and day 51.
Bariatric Eating Susan Maria Leach Network in Foreclosure - Sorry, kids, you're never getting your money back.
Day EIGHTY NINE since I ordered from Bariatric Eating, and it became clear yesterday at 8:30am that I may never see my orders since Susan Maria Leach's business is now in various stages of foreclosure.
"If a property owner defaults on the payments of a loan a foreclosure of a claim of lien indicates a creditor may take legal action to acquire the collateral applied for the aforementioned loan. A number of states permit lenders to take possession of a property put up as collateral through strict foreclosure.
This means the lender may reclaim said property by declaring that the owner has missed payment/s on a loan. Other states need the lending entity to litigate and file a suit for foreclosure, and gain judgment prior to confiscating and selling off the property.
The amount attained from a foreclosure sale is primarily used to pay the associated debt, plus any related foreclosure expense. In case the proceeds are greater than the debt, the difference goes to the borrower. If the amount cannot cover the debt, a deficiency balance occurs. The lender may choose to go after other assets of the property owner.
They'll be taking the shelves, and I guarantee there is no product on those shelves to sell off. BUT - If there's an auction sale, anyone want to field trip?
- Gateway Lakes Commerce Center Association Inc v. Susan Maria Leach Inc
- Case No: COCE12013472
- Filed in The 17th Judicial Circuit in and for Broward County Florida
- On July 05, 2012, Gateway Lakes Commerce Center Association Inc filed a lawsuit in the 17th Circuit in and for Broward County Florida, County Civil East against Susan Maria Leach Inc.
SML will keep posting because her life is a bowl of cherries. "There's nothing to see here, just move along, keep buying stuff!"
All orders from the old site are either shipping or being credited as per customer requests. We need info from some customers in order to proceed as tech meltdown affected database and have been privately dealing with our customers- all orders will be satisfied. We thank those who are actual customers for patience and kindness during our difficulties. We have been a real company for nine years and continue to be a real company.
Susan Maria Leach,
I have been asking for EIGHTY SEVEN DAYS, and even BEFORE THAT, for nothing more than communication and my two cases of Believe and box of protein bars.
EIGHTY SEVEN DAYS.
Could it be? After eighty-two days of waiting for my order(s) from Susan Maria Leach's Bariatric Eating - BEHealthy Drinks - whatever she's renaming it?
*opens the box* Be right back.
To the countless individuals who have searched this term and variations thereof over the last few weeks, I will say this:
Susan Maria Leach of the SML Network, and BEHealthyDrinks formerly of Bariatric Eating, you say you have a New Store and everything is in stock (Hello, bullshit!) and ready to ship? So what about your customers who have waited sixty, ninety or one hundred and twenty days or more for their "old" product that is obviously not in stock?
"Behealthydrinks focuses on top quality protein drinks and easy blending powders. Pure quality, whey protein isolate, with natural ingredients. All our products are are regularly tested for purity and manufactured in GMP certified and organic facilities."
Sure it does. That is, if you were manufacturing it and not screwing your customers. Hate me all you want.
72 days since my first order. God knows how long since my second.
Aside from the editing fails in this press release I got in my email this morning, I can't even begin to explain it. It's like we are all falling into Susan Maria's fictional life.
Seriously, there is no way to start explaining what follows. The only translation I have is -- that Susan Maria Leach hired a Very Bad PR company, and it's purely keyword spam. Because, she suddenly has 35,000 followers on Twitter, with less than 200 tweets, and has lost nearly all of her Facebook following, however the spam keeps pumping from her account without her involvement.
This shit is crazy.
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Co-branded products from China and visits to a temple? What?
Oh hayell no, Mrs. Leach. Please ship my products, or you know what, don't. I don't want anything imported from China, particulary nutrition goods. You can't even buy DOG TREATS from China. It's been 60 days, and you are clearly going off the deep end.
Stranger than fiction - Bariatric Eating - SML - BEHealthyDrinks - She's off the hook, and you just jealous!
I can't even translate the following, it is almost as if Susan Maria Leach of Bariatric Eating which is now BEHealthy Drinks of the Susan Maria Network has fictionalized her life. I would even suggest she's added bizarre detail just so people will run with it. *runs with it*
Or, she's really living in Oz, and hired a staff of Oopmah Loompahs. Because, this shit is "off the hook," her words, not mine. You. can't. make. this. shiz. up.
We are just haterz.
I would like to suggest that those customers waiting six months for their orders, might have a reason to be a wee bit angry with you, Sus! Goodness knows the Better Business Bureau is currently holding a big fat "F" for you!
Add your complaint here - but note that she's changed her business name - we're all probably going to have to file AGAIN under the new business.
Maybe you could talk with -
She says she's hanging with the Biebster crowd because of her new business partners, she got connectionz or the Kardashians, or the President -- getting $300 hair extensions and swag, swag, swag! Because YOLO!
Or I am just confused. You have to read it to "Believe," it. Be "Inspire" -d. It's a work of fiction, alright.
PS. She's gonna call us all for our credit card numbers. You know. To "make good" on our "lost orders." There's no way.
I know I shouldn't be surprised. She stole my money! (54 days and counting!)
Now she's taking BLOG POSTS FROM PROFESSIONALS. (I am still finding and counting them now. This post is changing...)