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Why I Still Supplement

I get asked all the time why I still supplement 7 1/2 years after my RNY.  “Can’t you eat enough now to get your protein in?” Yes.  “Haven’t you been eating a normal diet for years?”  Yes.  So why do I still supplement with protein bars and occasional drinks?  It keeps me from slipping back into bad habits of grabbing crap when I’m in a hurry. 

I need to have food that’s easy to grab when I’m in a rush, and food that I can stash easily in my purse, car, etc.  I also like to make sure I pack snacks when we will be out, like at the zoo or the park, where if there is food available to buy, I know it will be junk food.  The fact that I’m further out makes it even more important for me to still supplement.  The temptation to slip into bad habits would just be too great if I didn’t have any good-for-me options easily available. 

Personally, I like to supplement mostly with bars, or powders that mix right into whatever I’m drinking with a spoon, like Nectar does.  I love making protein shakes in the blender, but that’s a meal for me, not something that’s convenient or quick.  Jerky and nuts are other good options to stash at your desk, or keep in your bag for when low blood sugar hits, or you’re tempted by the vending machine or drive-through.  As far as I’m concerned, this was a life long change, and we’re never too far out to keep good choices on hand! 



Hello, I'm Kate, and I'm a 10 year gastric bypass post-op. I started this blog, as well as my nutritional website, to help other bariatric surgery post-op's on their journey as well as pre-op's with their decision if bariatric surgery is right for them or not.

4 thoughts on “Why I Still Supplement

  1. I’m four years post-op, and for the past TWO years I have been asked on numerous occasions why I “still” supplement with protein shakes (I’m working on one right now, actually). This boggles my mind…I was always under the impression that the nutritional changes required of gastric bypass and similar weight loss surgeries were for life, not just the first couple of months or years after surgery.

    As far as I’m concerned, protein shakes and other high-protein, low-quantity foods are for life.


  2. I do protein shakes for breakfast, but would like to actually incorporate more of them and would love suggestions/recommendations for brands. Right now all I really have are vanilla and chocolate that I tolerate well.


    1. Thanks for reading! I am a huge fan of Nectar. They come in lots of fruity flavors and lots of dessert flavors. I mix them into my coffee, or iced tea. My other favorite is the ProtiDiet concentrated liquid mixes. These use gelatin as the protein source, and taste great just stirred into a glass of water.


  3. Thanks, I ordered some to try. I’m still figuring out how to make this all work, but I’m in “refocus” mode at the moment, so wish me luck!


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