Nice handle that
I have UARS too, as a matter of fact just last night I was reading up on it as there has been a lot of CPAP twitter going on in these forums this week. From what I have read - our problem is more a structural collapse in the throat and is not typically associated with weight or snoring, but it can be a precursor to sleep apnea (SA). Pretty confusing still - and worse loosing weight may not change a thing - except that you maybe don't progress to SA.
When I was tested I was getting 3 hours of sleep per night because of the sleep interruptions. As I had been diagnosed with fibromyalgia years prior, my current Doctor was aghast that I had not been sleep tested for UARS, as it has the exact same pain symptoms.
Sure enough I had UARS and on the CPAP I lost about 1/4 the pain and fatigue. I still have fibromyalgia, but before the CPAP I was completely homebound and exhausted beyond belief. After the CPAP, I also started loosing weight and being able to start a hot water swimming program.
I tell you this, because I know that they are a pain in the whozzits, but for me the difference has been huge. Still, I am having problems with wearing mine and I also have Kaiser in the San Francisco Bay Area. I am finding that everyone I know that has Kaiser seems to have different CPAPs. I am interested in yours because it seems to be the "latest model"? I guess the differences may be what our plans allow, but please could tell me more specifics about your model ? It does seem to have some features that sound better than mine.
As for food - one must have trust at first - about the carbs and "blandness". Also it takes a couple of weeks sometimes more, to notice that you really are feeling better and tasting food in a whole new way. I craved nuts and oils at first and now I find added fats ruin the taste of foods for me. Seriously, I do!
As for quinoa flakes - I am with you on that one - nothing can make those taste good to me either! I am an oatmeal w/ fruit & cinnamon person. A lot of people also like oatmeal and pumpkin/pumpkin pie spices or banana/maple syrup. It takes time, but favorites are found and easy to make.
Hope your cravings subside soon and that the health effects start showing too. You're doing great on the weight already!
Best wishes - Michelle