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Feature Article: Avoiding that Dreaded “3 Letter Word”… 

“You didn’t tell me that I would have all this GAS after surgery…and it smells BAD!!!”  How many times have you wondered what causes you to have gas or flatulence (the medical word), and what in the world is going on? 

Here is a simple explanation of what is going on.  Your body is becoming less efficient at digestion, which is a well-known side effect of the surgery.  This poor digestion leads to increased gas production.  There are many reasons for becoming “gassy”.  These include eating foods that don’t agree with you, not chewing your foods well, gulping air while eating, and talking while eating (can make you swallow more air…and can make you choke).  However, bacteria in your gut produce the vast majority of gas.  

Two common reasons for gas are lactose intolerance and bacteria.  Lactose is the sugar found in milk.  These types of surgeries can unmask previously un-identified lactose intolerance, resulting in diarrhea and gas.  

The second reason is bacteria.  Your intestines are full of these little guys.  There are literally billions of both good and bad bacteria in your gut.  For optimal health, the good and bad bacterial try to achieve a harmonious balance. 

When undigested lactose sugar and other food sources (mostly sugars) enter the intestines, bacteria do what they do best…devour the sugar, grow, and multiply.  Once this process begins, the bacterial may produce a foul-smelling gas.  Therefore, undigested lactose sugar can lead to gas production. 

So, now you’re wondering which foods may cause gas?  There are some foods that are notorious for producing gas.  These foods include legumes or dried beans (black, red, navy, etc.), asparagus, and the cruciferous vegetables such as cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, and brussel sprouts.  Such foods contain fibers that are difficult to digest, and are a perfect food for bacteria.  Other foods that create gas are ones that contain a large amount of sugar.   Obviously, the vegetables are very healthy choices and should not be eliminated (no pun intended!!) from your diet if possible. If that “3 letter word” is a problem for you, try this anti-gas/anti-smell action plan: 

1.      Try lactose free dairy products (e.g., soy milk, Lactaidâ or Dairyeaseâ milk)

2.      Use Lactaidâ pills as directed on the label.

3.      Put your fork down between bites and chew slowly.  EATING IS NOT A RACE!!  This reduces gulping air. 

4.      Eat yogurt with live bacteria and parsley.  Yogurt is full of “good bacteria.  Parsley is a natural internal deodorant for your body. 

If all else fails, try another kind of internal deodorant that comes in tablet form, such as Gas-Xâ or Bean-Oâ.  This will help control odors by absorbing the toxins that cause them.

 Let’s try to keep the GAS crisis on the road only!!!


Smartforme: What, Where, Why, When?
Do you have questions about high protein supplements?  Why do we sell them?  What do we offer?  When can I get them?  Feel free to email or call Margee directly with any questions related to our latest variety of high protein snacks.  715-847-2819  or


You asked for it!

You have asked…and we are ready to deliver.  We are proud to bring you a daytime support group.  Please keep in mind this will be temporary until the end of the year and will then be re-evaluated.   The daytime group will have a different format than the night time group.  We will have a short discussion each month on one of the 6 success habits of weight loss surgery patients from the book we sell by Colleen Cook.  We will then spend the rest of the time for questions, answers, stories and general support.  This group will take the place of our on-line group.  Due to poor attendance the on-line group will be cancelled.  


Day Time Support Group:
·         Second Wednesday of every month
3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Smartforme sales begin at 2:40 p.m.
·         Medallion Room

-October 8th
-November 12th
-December 10th


Future Support Group Meetings:

Our support group is facilitated by a certified Bariatric Support Group Leader and Success Habits Instructor as well as a Registered and Certified Dietitian.  Meetings are a free service provided by Aspirus Bariatrics.  Join Us!!

Night Time Support Group:
Third Tuesday of every month
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
·         Smartforme sales begin at 6:10 p.m.·         Medallion Room


Upcoming Night Group Topics: 

August 19th:  Feel Full… Don’t Flush!  Have you ever wondered why we shouldn’t eat and drink at the same time?  Come to see an informative demonstration to reiterate the rules. 

September 16th:  The Doctors in the house:  Are there questions you have always wanted to ask the surgeons and never remember to at your appointments?  Now is the time to join us for a panel discussion with the surgeons to have those burning questions answered.

October 21st:  Share and Compare.  Do you have questions for the experts?  Do you have a story to share and pay it forward to those following in your footsteps?  This is the month to share and compare.

November 18th: Holiday Hints.  A popular topic from year to year when we share the trips and tricks to successfully make it through the holiday season.


Featured Recipe: Grilled Sesame Chicken Breasts

-1 Tbsp. brown sugar (or Splenda or Sugar Twin -artificial brown sugar)

-3 sauce

-1 Tbsp. sesame seeds

-2 garlic cloves, chopped

-1/8 tsp. black pepper

-12 ounces (3/4 lb.) boneless skinless chicken breasts

Combine all ingredients except chicken.  Pour the mixture into a large zip lock bag.  Add the chicken, turn to coat and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.  Remove the chicken from the marinade.  Pour the marinade into a small saucepan and heat to boiling, and then cool.  Place chicken on the grill until the chicken is done and juices run clear, approximately 7 to 10 minutes per side.  DO NOT OVERCOOK!!!!!!  Check the chicken frequently to see if the juices run clear.  Turn and baste frequently with marinade.

Makes four servings. 

14 grams protein, 4.5 grams fat



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