One of the hardest situations Post-Ops face is relearning how to cook and feed their family.
I recently read a study outlining the habits of thousands of regular non-wls people who have lost significant weight and kept it off. There were a few interesting patterns that jumped out for me.
"I am going to share something with you all. It is not a ‘confession’ because I did nothing wrong, but I want to start a conversation." - Matt Frassica, Admin Bariatric Eating Support on Facebook
Fun fact: You Do Not Need to Meal Prep to be Successful.
Only a Bariatric Post op can turn SALAD into a 'bacon cheese ranch' fat bomb and not even realize what they've done.
I just read a great post in our Facebook Support group that made me sad.
If you ‘don’t cook’ that notion has to end. After bariatric surgery you cannot rely on fast food, convenience store food, frozen food and take out.
I knew it would take more than just a food plan, as there are no more magic buttons beans or pills left after you have had bariatric surgery. It takes hard work and I don't mean it in the 'surgery is hard work' regard. Here are some important things we have to handle before we get to the Inspire Diet.
All giddy with excitement because you are still *loosing weight* while eating foods that you love that you know created your morbid obesity... is stupid.
This is a very common question in our Facebook Groups, so don’t feel bad if you’ve wondered this too!
That word? Fatbrain.
I am a really good cook and some of the meals that some of you prepare and post in our BE Support Group on Facebook are EXHAUSTING.
Remember being part of the clean plate club? Being told not to waste food? Thought so!
One of the most common issues we hear about is late night food cravings and an inability to stay on track. We know why but the reason escapes a lot of post-ops.
"I am using another brand of protein that doesn't taste very good but it also causes my stomach to rumble and I sometimes have to run to the bathroom. I am afraid to try yet another brand and waste more money. WHAT DO I DO?"
Lots of dietitians *believe* this is true, when it is actually NOT. The fact is our body sucks up the amount of protein that it NEEDS at any given time - it doesn't turn off or automatically STOP at 20g or 30g or 40g.
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.
I feel better than I thought I would. I am looking down and can't believe this is my stomach - it's so flat. The doctor told me to not lift anything more than 10 lbs, but other than that what's the story if I feel good?
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.
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.
Many of us who have had bariatric surgery have these episodes and either think we are the only ones and generally have no idea what is causing them. I knew this happened to others, but after so many years post op was confused as to why I was suddenly getting whacked like this.
These foods are ALL bad choices that move you AWAY from goal. It is important to create a HARD LINE for yourself. Don't. Eat. Them. BOOM.
Relax, You’re A Staller! After surgery we all go through the same categories.
Ouch. Sadly this is an all too common comment written when someone PROUDLY shares a photo of their amazing meal in our Facebook Support Groups.
The Easy Way Out Is To Change, Not Have More Surgery!
I have often wondered if we are programmed differently.
A refreshing summer cocktail to serve on your patio - have a fun BBQ with good friends or family!
Domonique Christian, Administrator on BE Support Groups on Facebook, had her Gastric Sleeve Surgery two years ago and has lost over 250 pounds! She is our featured writer...
WHY DON'T YOU PUBLISH NUTRITION INFORMATION OR SERVING SIZES WITH YOUR RECIPES???
When can I have coffee? Anyone else told no coffee?
Can we absorb vitamins and minerals through our skin by using one of those multivitamin patches I have heard of?
Every single day in our Facebook Support Groups we see well meaning post-ops working hard but not quite understanding why the pounds aren't melting off. Here's the Easy Button....
You are eating wayyyyyy too much cheese! This is not a blame game, but a testament to the fact we didn't know how to eat right and simply having surgery didn't magically infuse that knowledge.
What's wrong with taking Children's Vitamins?
Which sweetener is best to use after bariatric surgery? I don't like artificial sweeteners, can I use Honey or just a little regular sugar?
Every day someone in our Facebook Group asks how it is even POSSIBLE for a Bariatric Regain to happen.
Most Support Groups will give you a hug and tell you ‘its okay’ that you ate the potatoes & bagel with your eggs because 'you are human' and ‘everyone makes mistakes’. We are not that group!
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