This was posted one morning by Gretchen, a member of our No More Regain - BE Facebook Group. It was thoughtful and has made a great impact on many others. It may ring true for YOU!
'How many pounds have you lost?'
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.
Listen to your body.
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.
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!
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'.
The ten best food sources of calcium are
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!
After eating our way to 300 pounds and having major surgery to help fix things, we wouldn't want to inconvenience ourselves with dieting, would we?
There are times when everyone has had to resort to counting change from the can in the closet. Whether rich or poor, we still have to put supper on the table. These are from my budget files for times when I need to stretch too few dollars into some big meals.
We have TWO built-in portion control devices if we only use them. We have a pouch and a brain. Truth!
I love an occasional margarita but store bought mixer has a ton of sugar in it. Bottled sugar free margarita mix sucks - blech! I used to live in Mexico and once you have had a handmade 'real' margarita made with fresh lime, nothing else will do.
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.
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!
There are fresh wonderful choices that tickle the taste buds now that we no longer inhale our food in front of a TV or from the styrofoam container. Make your new choices from protein and healthy carbs. Be happy about the great food you CAN have... don't be sad about not eating bad choice foods.
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.
More than two months til Halloween and there's candy EVERYWHERE.
There is no Easy Button, there is no Magic Wand, there is No Pill. No one is going to save you, you have to save yourself!
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.
IT’S ALL A MYTH
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!
Jicama (pronounced HEE-kah-mah), also called a Mexican Potato and Mexican Turnip, is the name of a native Mexican vine and most commonly the plant's edible root.
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.
A Perfect Blended Inspire Drink is what icing is to the cake - it puts it over the top!
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)
"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
You may have never had a chance of getting to your pie in the sky random goal. Here's how to set meaningful goals and get there!
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.
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 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.
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.
THE INSPIRE DIET
SOME DIETS DO WORK!
This is a very common question in our Facebook Groups, so don’t feel bad if you’ve wondered this too!
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.
Most doctors say okay for you to have wine IF you are at least one year post op.
As for liquid of choice. It is completely up to your preference and what your intentions are for weight loss. This is about being Mindful of Calories but you have to LIKE the taste too.
No! Muscle doesn't weigh any more than anything else. 1 lb of muscle weighs the same as 1 lb of fat.
This is an amazing question asked often on both our support group pages and one member summed it up perfectly!
A Delicious Supper Shouldn't Take Forever To Cook! This Is Easy, Fast & Delicious!
When I posted a picture of the supper I served the other evening, I received a lot of positive comments asking for the recipe for the Blue Cheese Dressing that I make with Fage Greek Yogurt.
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 am 7 months post op and my beautiful long hair is falling out in handfuls.
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.
They are a perfect nibble to make when you need a plate of festive sweets to share at a gathering of family, friends or office folk. It is nice to be a part of the group and NOT sabotage your path to goal.
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.
I have not intentionally had any real sugar since my bariatric surgery in 2001. That's a long time. I use sugar free desserts to stop myself from flying off the rails BEFORE it happens.
This is a super easy "meal" that will leave a smile on your face!
There are NO recipes for these, they are THAT simple.
It’s All Greek to me
"My doctors office told me to get sugar free yogurt, but all the yogurt has sugar, even the plain kind!"
Living with bariatric surgery takes dedication as life includes holidays, anniversaries, vacations, and parties with friends.
Having friends for a good BBQ dinner and not single bottle of BBQ Sauce on the shelf at Fresh Market had less than 8 grams of sugar per tablespoon and some had 15 grams.
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.
Master these few simple blends and you will never again consider dousing your beautiful greens with bottled goo!
Honey, what's for Supper? Here is the 5th week of simple family friendly and bariatric healthy meals. This is what we are cooking on the BariatricEating Support Group on Facebook. Watch us shine, watch us lose weight... But it's better to join us!
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.
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?
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.
I just had my first post op check up and they released me to eat Pureés, what about scrambled eggs?
Survey says PLANNING is how post ops remain at goal. They don't eat chips and dip during the football game just because they have a craving or have lost all their weight... they happily live with the changes that got them to goal for life.
Steak is hard to cook unless you give it some thought and then do it the same way every time. Its common to hear 'Restaurant Steak is so much better!', because it usually is.
EAT YOUR VEGETABLES... they are important to your life!
Getting an invite to a family or friends barbecue is always exciting, but when you have had bariatric surgery, the second thought is often about not being able to eat. There is hidden sugar in many summer dishes.
I hear so much discussion about chicken... chicken breasts, chicken thighs, light meat, white meat, dark meat, can eat it, can't eat it, gets stuck, doesn't get stuck...wow!
Bariatric friendly food doesn't have to suck. We've taken the flavors of high carb, bread wrapped foods we ALL love and made new & just as tasty, versions that are good for you. Get creative, have fun... its not about the bread... it's the flavors in the filling.
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.
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- BEST Bariatric Recipes
- Best Thanksgiving Eats & Treats!
- FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions
- Newly Post Op? READ THIS!
- Best Tips for Bariatric Survival
- 28 Days of Inspire Diet Suppers
- Best Main Dish Suppers
- Skinny Side Dishes
- Best Soups & Stews
- Best No Sugar Desserts
- Perfect Party Food!
- Real Talk, our Bariatric Eating Podcast
- Staff Favorite Foods
- Inspire Diet Success Stories
- Episode 11: Destination Addiction?
- My 'Ahh Ha' WOKE Moment That Changed Regain!
- Cheesy Zucchini Parmigiana
- Asian Turkey Meatballs
- When Our Mind is Right, the World is Right!
- Lemon Pudding
- Ten Minute, Sugar Free, Zero Calorie, Fruity Jigglin Goodness!
- Apple Butter Cake - no added sugar
- A Craving for Ice Chewing Points to Iron Deficiency!
- Bariatric Ulcers. Take care of them early!
- Put on Your Big Girl Panties!
- Oh My Gosh, just look at those cankles on Bob!
- Strawberry Mojito - sugar free
- Grandma's Cucumber Salad
- The Ten Best Calcium Foods!