Listen to your body.
I have a sweet tooth and this is one of the best tasting desserts I make. Plus you can't beat the calorie and carb count at near zero. Get out your glass bowl so you can learn 10 Minute Speed Set!
Obviously, all carbs are not created equal. If we were all brilliantly well versed in nutrition and effortlessly made great choices, we would not have needed bariatric surgery. Drop the Mic.
We've been eating the WRONG foods for a lifetime, how do we suddenly know what's right?
With all due respect, you overcook chicken, rendering it dry and tough and hard to digest. Open your mind, follow a simple tip or two and you will be amazed by the difference in your very first attempt. I have this one covered!
These taste like the cheesy part of a lasagna or ravioli. I like to keep it clean and simple. Delicious with simple marinara spooned over a portion in a small dish.
We have TWO built-in portion control devices if we only use them. We have a pouch and a brain. Truth!
In the first stage after surgery patients should drink clear liquids; defined as liquids that one can see through.
First Fall Applesauce... make your own!
After you are doing well with eating soft smooth purees you will progress to soft foods which differ in that they are of a consistency what can easily be mashed with a fork. While is can be frustrating to be stuck in these special texture phases, advancing too rapidly into foods that are somewhat dense and hard can cause you to vomit and even result in food getting stuck.
Just because we had surgery does not mean we have to forgo occasional sweets, as long as they do not have added sugar and are in line with our new way of life. These fit the bill!
Remember when you were a kid and you hung onto that dollar because you wanted to make sure you spent it on something good? Same thing here. You don't want to spend your valuable pouch space on bread when the tuna is the protein star.
We know that many of our Facebook Support Group members schedule surgery at end of the year to use up health savings accounts and take advantage of insurance deductibles. Then one day wake up and think 'What am I going to do about Thanksgiving and Christmas?' No worries. This is not our first rodeo..
To Purée is to blend, grind or mash food until it is a thick, smooth, lump-free consistency. A Purée is a food that has the consistency of a soft creamy paste."
We are not going to really fool anyone, but this is a delicious dish in its own right! Our Faux Potatoes are the perfect texture. Yum.
Don’t worry - it's common as GI surgery makes the taste buds go crazy! While all will eventually calm down, you'll often find savory protein soup more to your liking than a much too sweet chocolate shake. Protein protein protein will heal you and keep you satisfied. Try this easy recipe!
When you try this super easy and delicious soup, you'll never be happy with canned tomato soup again! Give this one a try - it's a keeper!
More than two months til Halloween and there's candy EVERYWHERE.
There are different types of bariatric surgery and all kinds of program rules but it really boils down to just a few strong ground rules to follow that really apply to everyone – Lap Band, Sleeve or RNY.
You are in the throes of DEHYDRATION, which is the number one post op complication that WILL land you back in a hospital bed.
This simple two minute dish is easy to eat at any bariatric stage, contains high quality high protein, is low/no carb and TASTES LIKE LASAGNA! Do not be intimidated that we call it a crepe, its just an egg. Okay, so this is technically a Manicotti. Enjoy.
One of the hardest situations Post-Ops face is relearning how to cook and feed their family.
Learn to live without the bread, rice, tortillas, crackers and macaroni. Once you've tamed the habit, they become a choice instead of a compulsion and no longer rule you!
This Italian dessert is a light spoonful of soft gelled pudding that instantly melts into an explosion of smooth cream when it hits your tongue.
It is not arbitrary that you have been told to eat purées for a period of time - you have just had 85% of your stomach removed and have miles of staples creating your new stomach pouch. (okay so not miles but you get the point)
Super simple and delicious soft food for bariatric post-ops.
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Left undiagnosed, a B1 deficiency can lead to loss of feeling in fingers and toes, then progress to coma and even death.
Patients who have had a surgical weight loss procedure, whether the Roux en Y Gastric Bypass, Adjustable Banding, or Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy, require close monitoring of nutritional status, physical and mental well being for the rest of our lives.
IF you are searching for a way to make that jump from smooth creamy pureés to soft foods and have NO idea how to do it, please let me give you the gift of this recipe. It is a technique for braising that you can have in your pocket for the rest of your life. This meal is soft and delicious and makes chicken easy to eat for ANYONE. I promise.
It is not arbitrary that you have been told to eat purées for a period of time - you have just had 85% of your stomach removed and have miles of staples creating your new stomach pouch.
All foods are not created equal. In fact, some foods should not be labeled food but rather consumable product or 'edible, but void of nourishment'.
I just read a great post in our Facebook Support group that made me sad.
I wish I could push a button and be a size 10 with no backfat, eat what I wanted and lay around in the evenings watching TV or goofing off on Facebook... I wish... I wish... I wish... fat chance.
This is a very common question in our Facebook Groups, so don’t feel bad if you’ve wondered this too!
This is an amazing question asked often on both our support group pages and one member summed it up perfectly!
Years ago, back when people had never heard of bariatric surgery, some doctors offices gave their patients 'bariatric cards'. These cards assisted us if we ever needed help in explaining our surgery for medical needs.
Many members of faith do not want to sit out when it is time for Communion but are concerned that they cannot physically handle the wafer or wine. We have the definitive answer for you.
I had my surgery in 2001 meaning I am far enough out of surgery where I should be able to get all my protein from food - and in theory I can. However, if I did not drink an Inspire protein drink in the morning or during the day, I would be eating all day long. It's just too much food, even for me.
I am 7 months post op and my beautiful long hair is falling out in handfuls.
Ricotta is a creamy, slightly sweet, fresh cheese that is the smooth Italian cousin of cottage cheese. It can be a new post op's very best friend.
They gave him very little education and the psychologist should have picked up on how non compliant he would be. I tried to talk him out of it but he was determined.
Creamy, delicious, simple and fresh.
Soft food stages can drag on for what seems forever unless you get creative. You can also make this dish with a jar of supermarket roasted salsa.
Cooking eggs so they don't have an ugly green sulfur ring makes a huge difference! They look better, taste better and we are able to eat them.
Once you try this dish you will never again have to give thought to what to eat for breakfast!
The goal in this phase is to introduce a few calories into your diet and ready your surgically altered stomach and intestines for food. Doctors vary in their requirements for length of time in this food stage; some as little as a few days to as long as a month or even longer in cases. Stay with your surgeons prescribed timeline.
Can we absorb vitamins and minerals through our skin by using one of those multivitamin patches I have heard of?
I just had my first post op check up and they released me to eat Pureés, what about scrambled eggs?
So easy and delicious! When you make this a few times you will have it in your back pocket for a quick to the table supper to warm up a sandwich.
WHEN HAVING BARIATRIC SURGERY, EITHER PRE OP OR POST OP, THIS IS THE ULTIMATE CLEAR LIQUID. YOU WON’T MIND THE DAYS OR WEEKS ON A RESTRICTED DIET IF YOU HAVE HOMEMADE BROTH.
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