Shouldn’t I be eating fruit? Why can’t I have fruit? Isn’t fruit good for me? I need bananas for potassium!

Should You Eat Fruit on a Bariatric Diet? Maybe…

Everyone knows that fruit is a healthy food right up there with vegetables, right? Yes, BUT it depends on which fruit and where you are in your weight loss. If your one year Honeymoon window is closing, you don’t want to be eating little banana slice sandwiches with peanut butter and raisins! That would be a bad thing.

Bananas and bariatric surgery

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Fruit has vitamins, minerals, and fiber but some of it is very high in carbohydrates made of the loosely connected ‘LEGO’ sugar molecules explained in the Low Carb Quick List: Veggies! article. Keep track of all your carbs. Keep an eye on portion size and don’t eat canned fruit in syrup (Libby’s does have really nice canned Spenda peaches that I love with cottage cheese and cinnamon)

Best shortcut: DON’T add a banana to your protein drink if you’re trying to lose weight!

Never run back to what broke you

The goal of carb restriction is to force the body to burn stored fat. This involves eliminating the foods highest in carbohydrates: candy, soda, potatoes, macaroni, rice, crackers, chips, pasta and bread. Those foods grew us to 300 pounds. Learn to live without them and change the way you choose food. Don’t moderate the bad choices back into your life.

Not quite cake, better than a rutabaga

Despite the ‘Good Health’ free pass, most fruit is pretty high in carbs, primarily the fast burning glucose and fructose sugars. Your body will STOP burning your stored fat to go after the banana. The sugar carbs in bananas are the loosely connected LEGO that are easy to rip apart. Stick to the tart fruits like blackberries, strawberries, raspberries and blueberries. They have a lot of fiber that makes their firmly connected LEGO pieces harder to break up.

Food for thought: While fruit is much higher in carbohydrates than low carb veggies, they are low in carbs compared to foods like rice or bagels.

What’s in YOUR wallet?

We all have a Carb Visa. We have 50 net carbs added each day as our Limit. If we are good carb shoppers, we can get a lot of really tasty wonderful food with great nutrient balance for those 50 carbs. A crisp salad of lettuce tomatoes and cucumbers with roasted chicken leaves room for a 1/2 cup raspberries, or 1/4 cup frozen grapes at night while watching The Voice. Simmer blueberries with a squeeze of lemon juice and Truvia to taste, to make a beautiful sauce to flavor Greek yogurt for breakfast.

Yes, we have no bananas

In our Bariatric Eating Support Group on Facebook, we suggest people lay off the banana a day habit and you would think we ran over their dog. They fight us! One day, after a 35 pound regain, they’ll understand we were trying to give them a carb awareness adjustment. No Veggies or Fruit is bad, but choose wisely for enjoyment and respect for your surgery.

You scream, I scream… but no ice cream

At the close of a casual business dinner this week, my friend ordered homemade ice cream and I asked if they had berries. Living with bariatric surgery is about being happy with what you CAN have. There is no sadness in sitting in a booth at a nice restaurant eating a wine glass filled with raspberries topped with Splenda whipped cream. I can have anything I want, but I choose berries. More importantly I choose to be happy.

The Juice

Fruit is healthy but fruit juice is a different story. There’s no fiber in it, no chewing, no bulk and it contains about the same amount of sugar as Coca Cola. No OJ, no apple juice, no GREEN JUICE (those are sugar bombs). No one fights for broccoli but they fight for Jamba Juice. (that’s a huge no)

Ah Ha fruit moment: People who make 1000 calorie weight gainer shakes commonly use milk, peanut butter, oatmeal and bananas. Maybe not so good to use 3 of those ingredients in your bariatric protein drink, ya think? Try unsweetened almond milk, a few frozen strawberries and Inspire Whey Protein Powder. Big difference, great taste, 110 calories.

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