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When Is Help Not Help

When it's Hamburger Helper.

Trying to disguise the ground beef, I buried it in Hamburger Helper last night. It came up several times during the night and there is still some sitting in my pouch even this morning. I don't feel ill at all, it's just stuck. If you've had a gastric bypass, then you know what I mean.

My pouch is the size of a baseball or so now. It started out the size of a shot glass. There are two places something can get stuck - going in and going out. Going in is tighter than it was naturally because of the surgery. Going out, is heading into the intestines. When something gets stuck, it just sits there, the stomach pulsating every once in awhile, trying to "swallow" the food that is stuck there. It is like a goose being fattened for its liver... the neck gulping, gulping, gulping more until it finally is able to get more down.

No more Hamburger Helper. There has to be a better way to get beef protein in than that.

Off to the Endo - "Arm-oured" with information and a powerful strength to get what I deserve to feel great! Imagine me, a Jew woman who hasn't had pork in 28 years, asking for a dessicated pork product. Now that's purpose!

Reader Comments (9)

When I started eating beef again during my second pregnancy, I found that incorporating it into spaghetti sauce and putting it over pasta made it less obtrusive and was yummy.

Haha, now I'm hungry.

Hope you're feeling healthy again really soon!

August 30, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterHelen

Hamburger helper? My stomach is turning at the thought! (haven't had that in 20 years or so.)

I know from my few years as a vegetarian (and I was still fat!) once you kick red meat it's hard to start up again, so go slow ok?

How about some ground sirloin made into meatballs, or a small steak?

I won't bore you with vegan alternatives to meat...but do make your changes slowly. If you can stand it, liver or sardines might be options to try (pasta ala olio? - whole grain?)

August 30, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterOpening Pandora

One thing I have heard that will help with adding iron to your diet is cooking with cast iron.

August 31, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterAlison

What about ye olde midwife standby's like floradix, alfalfa, molasses, and chlorophyll? Surely more pleasant alternatives to pork! :)

I wish you well and I certainly don't judge your choices, but I can understand why your body, after so many red meat-free years, might need a time of adjustment. Just glad you're on the mend!

September 1, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterRed Pomegranate

I'm not going to be eating pork. Just beef. There isn't any positive to eating pork... there is iron in beef, not pork.

However, my new thyroid medication IS made out of pork thyroid. Isn't that hysterical?

*laughing at all the irony*

September 1, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterNavelgazing Midwife

Check out:

Protein issues are easily solved! I need to read your archives, as to the need, but that up there CAN solve your protein issues!

September 2, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterMama-Beans

I've long known of VitaLady. :) I was just on her site a couple of days ago, too. GMTA!

It isn't protein that is the issue, it's iron. But, I will poke around some more. I think I am starting to feel beter, though. No nap today. First time in MANY, MANY, MANY months.

September 2, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterNavelgazing Midwife

Lean Ground Beef, pan fried. Drain the fat. Chop a good serving of baby spinach, and add to the beef when it's cooked. When the spinach is /just/ wilted, add 10-15 cubes of your favorite cheese!

Tasty as all get out.


September 3, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

Well Hey, next time you chat it up with Michelle ( Vitalady) Tell her Sabrina says HI! I was the "original" VitaGirl and her office manager for close to 2 years when she was new and operating her business out of her spare bedroom!

September 21, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterMama-Beans

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