How to get through tough times as a bariatric post op with calm and common sense
Look, we get it. There's no better feeling that getting on the scale and seeing a change in the "right" direction.
Buckle Up, sit down & take a deep breath. This one is going to sting because it's the one you need to hear the most right now.
YES! Our Desserts Have Some Flour. There is a bit of Bread in the Stuffing too. Here's Why it is Going to Help You.
Many of our amazing dessert recipes include flour plus artificial sugars and baking blends like Splenda and Truvia. The reason these recipes exist is because we can not live in a vacuum after weight loss surgery.
If you think you can take gummy vitamins and casually sample shakes after you get home from Sleeve surgery... you'll have scalp showing and be dog tired faster than you can lose your first hundred pounds.
If you have had bariatric surgery, chewing or craving ice is not just a funny habit, it is a common sign of a serious iron deficiency.
It was easy to blame weight for all that was bad in life or did not turn out as hoped. No wonder we feel the pressure as we unzip and remove the 'fat suit'.
For many, morbid obesity is the outward symptom of something deeper; when paired with the fact that alcohol is absorbed at nearly full proof as there is little or no stomach digestion, you've got an ominous combination of circumstances.
It is important that we have an open and honest discussion of holiday drinking so we not only know what to expect, but can handle ourselves like ladies and gentlemen and remain safe.
Over the years, studies and books have shown over and over that children from families who eat together do better in school, that eating whole fresh food is healthier, that eating sustainably will help to save the environment.
That behavior now embarrasses me. Almost twenty years after bariatric surgery, we eat much cleaner and prefer simple fresh foods - like NORMAL people.
This year let's make Thanksgiving about the day and the people and not buy in to believing that our worth is tied to a bowl of mashed potatoes that we *must* make.
If you think that people don't fight over the choice to eat the foods that led to their own obesity you would be wrong. What's worse is that people don't realize the real issues many post-ops face.
More than two months til Halloween and there's candy EVERYWHERE.
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.
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!
We know what Bariatric Surgery feels like because we've had bariatric surgery!
For years we've created, curated, and reimagined the best website, products and support for your journey. We are praised by the top bariatric surgeons and the success of our path to goal or losing regain is unmatched. No one even comes close! We are happy you have (re)discovered us!
- Susan Maria & Admin Rants
- BEST Bariatric Recipes
- 28 Days of Inspire Diet Suppers
- Best Tips for Bariatric Survival
- Best Main Dish Suppers
- Skinny Side Dishes
- Staff Favorite Foods
- Newly Post Op? READ THIS!
- FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions
- Inspire Diet Success Stories
- Best Soups & Stews
- Best No Sugar Desserts
- Real Talk, our Bariatric Eating Podcast
- Perfect Party Food!
- Almost Zero Calorie Whipped Coffee
- Inspired Pan Pizza
- Lets Cook and Get Through This Together! Part 2!
- This Too Shall Pass. We are going to help you through this!
- Lets Cook and Get Through This!
- Shake Your Shamrock!
- EPISODE 17: I’ve Never Been FULL. I’m ALWAYS Hungry.
- Episode 16: The Struggle is Real!
- Episode 15: No One is Coming to Save You
- Crispy Ranch Chicken Nuggets
- The Scale. Friend? Or Enemy?
- Simple Superbowl Eats!
- 3 Harsh Facts You Need To Accept
- Inspired Air Fryer Sausage Balls
- EPISODE 14: The Dark Side of Self Care