Author: Rob Portinga

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Four Years Ago Today

Four years ago today, right about now, I was being wheeled towards the operating room. My surgery was supposed to be about 1pm, but my surgeon, the wonderful Dr. Johnson over at Unity, had been asked to help with an...

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A Rose By Any Other Name

Gastric Banding. Gastric Bypass. VSG. RNY. Sleeve. Stomach Stapling. Lap-Band. DS. And more. I think you get the idea. These are all names, or rather names use to identify different types of surgery. Well, different types of a specific surgery –...

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Thoughts From The Shower

So I’m in the shower… (no, this isn’t gonna be THAT kind of a post) and my thoughts wander to some stuff I want to post about today, cause it’s been waaaaay too long. And there’s just something relaxing about...

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Life, Love, and Loneliness

Yesterday was Tuesday. For some people it was also Valentines day. It’s not like I am a cynic or anything, but I will say I’m glad I wasn’t faced with any sort of overt celebration of anything during the day...

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Understanding Type of Whey Protein

Whey protein tends to be about the best available for those of us with re-arranged guts after bariatric surgery. And typically, you don’t have to worry about the chemicals and GMO issues that tend to come with soy based proteins. And...

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Product Review – Premier Protein

One of the vendor tables at the WLSFA Meet & Greet last month included Premier Nutrition, and like a good vendor does, they brought samples! They were pouring up samples of their ready to drink (RTD) protein shake that come...

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A Non-Surgical Gastric Bypass? Really?

Diet products are a “dime a dozen”. Well, actually… they’re usually MUCH more expensive than that. They’re a mega-million dollar business category and some of those companies go to GREAT lengths to protect those business interests – often at what...

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It’s been… a week.

I’m really not sure what sort of adjectives to use to describe it. Overall, I’m still fine with where I’m at, though my scale is dead right now, so I don’t know where I am at number-wise. But I’m not...

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Broiled Shrimp

I’ve always liked shrimp. Fresh would be great, but since I live in Minnesota, that just doesn’t happen. But with modern Individually Quick Frozen (or IQF) you’re likely not going to notice a difference. Even those “fresh” shrimp in the...