Exercise is critically important for everyone, but especially for gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and lap band patients. First, exercise is key for weight loss, which is the goal of bariatric surgery along with the health benefits associated with weight loss.
As part of Dr. Shillingford’s bariatric surgery package (including his out of pocket packages), Dr. Shillingford’s office communicates to his patients via a monthly emailed newsletter.
Every month Dr. Shillingford’s gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and lap band patients are invited to participate in a Nutrition Support Group hosted by Susan Peacock, Bariatric Dietitian. Previously, there would be one In Person group meeting at Dr. Shillingford’s office and another hosted virtually.
We love making meals that can work for any meal- breakfast, lunch, dinner, or even a snack! And this casserole is just that. It’s got protein, it’s got veggies, it’s got flavor. It’s good hot. It’s good cold. Can you tell how much we like it?
Fall is a great time to add pumpkin to your diet. While canned pumpkin is available all year round, seeing fresh pumpkins in the stores and as decorations can really put us in the mood for pumpkin flavor. For most people, they think of pumpkin bread, pumpkin pancakes, or pumpkin chai lattes. But for bariatric surgery patients, pumpkin is best incorporated into protein-rich meal.
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.