Many of Dr. Shillingford’s gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and lap band patients report difficulty with previously favorite proteins (like chicken and eggs) after their weight loss surgery. But as the saying goes, when one door closes another opens. Many bariatric patients report fish as an animal protein that they do tolerate well after their surgery. This is often surprising for people as they may not even have liked fish prior to their surgery.
Soft proteins (such as cheeses, flaky fish, and beans) are often easily tolerated by gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and lap band patients. But, once your new stomach is able to tolerate harder, denser proteins (often around Stage 5 of Dr. Shillingford’s post-op diet), adding them into your bariatric diet definitely has a benefit.
Fish is often one of the animal proteins most easily tolerated by gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and lap band patients. As such, it should be something bariatric patients try at the appropriate stage after their surgery even if they never really liked fish before.
For many people, it’s been hard stay active while we’re at home. Many of us are still working from home and soon kids may be starting school from home. That can mean a lot of sitting down instead of the usual ‘running around’ we did before the pandemic made it safer to be at home.
Summer in Florida can get hot. Sometimes so hot you might think it’s on the Sun. It’s hard to want to prep a hot meal and heat up your house. Salads can be a great option for hot summer night dinners.
Some days it hard to feel like getting out of bed in the morning. We’ve all had days like that, especially recently. But if you routinely struggle with morning fatigue, Dr. Shillingford offers some suggestions to help you feel more energized in the mornings.
Soda is the guilty pleasure of many Americans, both young and old. Aside from water, soda is the most consumed beverage, beating out milk, coffee, tea, and beer.
Southwestern flavors are often a big hit. Turkey is a great choice for a southwestern inspired meal as the meat is often bland on its own and the spices add a nice flavor. While tacos are usually eaten with a corn or flour shell or tortilla, those add carbohydrates. Gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and lap band patients can get the taco flavors they love with fewer carbs by making a skillet meal instead.
Summer is a great time to have a salad for dinner. But gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and lap band patients are encouraged to incorporate protein into their meals, so a plain green salad isn’t the best choice. Enter this Steak and Avocado Salad from Tasty. It’s loaded with sirloin steak and hard-boiled eggs for high-quality protein that will help bariatric surgery patients lose weight without compromising muscle. It’s also got avocado for healthy fats and fiber, and tomatoes for vitamins A and C.
Normally 4th of July is a day to gather with family, friends, and neighbors to enjoy cookouts and fireworks and celebrate the birth of America. For most of the country, 4th of July in 2020 will be a little different. As social distancing is encouraged and gathering is discouraged, our regular plans to celebrate Independence Day will have to change. Gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and lap band patients can use this change to find different ways to celebrate that are less centered around food and encourage more physical activity.