Monthly Archives: May, 2013

Another reason to eat those beans!

Adding fiber to your diet, like found in beans and whole grains, battles belly fat.  A study found that for every 10 grams of soluble fiber eaten daily, 3.7 percent less belly fat was gained.  Belly fat doesn’t just cause us not to look great in a bathing suit.  It surrounds internal organs, and leads …

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It’s normal to want to chicken out

Several weeks before my gastric bypass surgery, I started to feel it.  The nervous butterflies.  The “what on earth did I sign up for” feeling in my stomach.  I worried about everything that concerned the surgery.  What if I hated eating after this?  What fun would it be to go out to dinner again?  What …

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"New Body" blues

Don’t be surprised if you’re not entirely comfortable in your new body right away.  Before having gastric bypass, we dream about how great we’ll look and feel when we finally shed all the weight we’ve been trying to lose forever.  But it doesn’t always work that way. I’d been on diets almost as long as …

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Don’t banish any food group

This is a pet peeve of mine.  I’ve heard so many weight loss surgery patients say that they never eat carbs, or bread, or fats.  The human body was not meant to live on protein alone!  Yes, protein after bariatric surgery is extremely important!  But, our bodies still need a well rounded diet. Once you …

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Eat your water

Okay, I know that sounds a bit strange, but new studies show 20% of our water comes from foods we eat.  Summers coming, and dehydration is a big worry with gastric bypass patients.  Choosing high water foods, such as fruit, veggies, and broth-based soups, is a good way to get in the extra fluids we …

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Give yourself a break

I’ve heard lots of newbie post-op’s say they feel tired, or have no energy, or still are hurting.  Give yourselves a break!  This surgery takes a whole lot out of you.  Think about it…the surgeon is going in, and completely re-routing your plumbing! Take care of yourself.  Follow the food phase you’re supposed to be …

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Grilling after WLS

Summer’s coming and with it, BBQ.  Unfortunately, hot dogs and pre-made hamburgers aren’t that healthy.  Eating your burger or dog on a roll adds empty calories, and fills you up so you have no room for the good stuff.  When going to a cookout, choose the chicken.  Ask if they can throw a breast on …

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Stick to your food phase!

Before your bariatric surgery, you will see a dietician who will give you a very specific list of foods you can eat right after your surgery.  Typically phase 1 is liquids, 2-3 oz at a time, first clear liquids, then “full” liquids.  Phase 2 is normally pureed foods, phase 3 soft solids, and phase 4 …

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Offer to bring dessert

If going to a party or a holiday gathering fills you with dread because there will be nothing suitable for you to enjoy, solve the problem by bringing a dessert!  I’ve found that almost every recipe can be tweaked to be bariatric friendly!  My first Thanksgiving after my gastric bypass, I brought a sugar free …

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Don’t let the testing get you down

For those of you out there considering weight loss surgery, or starting the process, don’t let the long list of testing discourage you.  I’ll tell you right now, it IS a lot, but it’s WORTH IT!  I remember my first appointment with the surgeon was a group meeting, and I was totally unprepared for just …

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It’s all in the Greek…yogurt that is!

Greek yogurt is an excellent source of protein, and can be a great go-to for you after your weight loss surgery.  For example, Fage Total Greek Yogurt, 2% has 20g of protein in a 5.3 oz container!  That packs a big punch!  Greek yogurt has become so popular that it’s stocked in most grocery stores.  …

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Eating out

Eating out after weight loss surgery can be a challenge.  How you handle it depends on your comfort level with discussing your surgery.  One gastric bypass patient I know had no problems at all telling the waiter or waitress that they needed special food accommodations.  Many restaurants are more than willing to work with these …

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Drink up!

One of the biggest challenges right after bariatric surgery is staying hydrated.  Since your brand new pouch cannot hold much you need to drink, drink, drink to get enough water in every day.  Carry a water bottle around with you at all times!  Never, never leave home without it, and make sure to take small …

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Protein on the go

Drinking protein throughout the day doesn’t have to be a chore.  I always kept a can of my favorite protein powder at my desk, and some 1% milk in the fridge.  A protein drink made with low fat milk makes a satisfying afternoon snack.  With the Blender Bottle you will not get any lumps…it makes …

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To tell or not to tell?

To tell or not to tell? When I was prepping to have my surgery, that was a tough question.  I told close friends and family, and some of my then-coworkers.  I was in the middle of changing to a new department.  The response I got was mixed.  Most people were very supportive, but I got …

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