Eggs are a treasure in the food world that truly deserve a celebration. They deserve more than just a one day celebration, but we’ll take it if it’s National Egg Day.
For bariatric patients new to the gym or just starting to incorporate workout classes into their weight loss regime, hearing foreign workout lingo can be a natural exercise repellant. In this Focus on Fitness, we look to dispel some stress and anxiety people have about trying a new fitness class by explaining what a Spinning class entails. We want to make you feel comfortable trying a new workout by letting you know what it is and what to expect.
Gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and lap band patients are often focused on WHAT they are eating, but how they treat those foods can be just as important. After all, what good is eating an apple if it’s been contaminated with salmonella? Bariatric patients need to be diligent in keeping their food safe. Foodborne illness can lead to nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, dehydration, and hospitalization.
National Rotisserie Chicken Day is coming June 2 and it’s got us wondering why we don’t celebrate this day more often than once a year?!?! Rotisserie chicken is packed with high quality protein, is inexpensive, easy to pick up for dinner, and so versatile. It’s a staple in the diets of many post bariatric patients for good reason. One rotisserie chicken can lead to a variety of breakfasts, lunches, and dinners for gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and lap band patients.
Mother's Day is just around the corner, have you gotten the mom in your life a present? While traditional Mother's Day presents of chocolates or other sweet treats are delicious, at Dr. Shillingford's office we think the mothers we know would enjoy something that made them feel good not just something that tastes good.
Cholesterol is a fat-based, waxy substance that is produced by our liver and also introduced to the body from animal based foods. Our bodies need cholesterol for the production of sex hormones, vitamin D, and digestive enzymes. But too much cholesterol can be bad. According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), high cholesterol is often the result of lifestyle choices such as diet, combined with genetic factors.
This Friday is Good Friday, an important day for Catholics. In observance of Good Friday, many Catholics do not eat beef, pork, chicken, turkey, and other meats. For weight loss surgery patients, that can greatly limit their choices for high quality proteins to help them meet their daily protein goal (usually around 60-80 grams of protein) after bariatric surgery. Consuming adequate protein is crucial for maintaining muscle mass while losing weight.
Success after bariatric surgery is not always measured by a scale. Yes, your weight and your BMI do matter. But for so many gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and lap band patients successes can also be measured in quality of life or in the day to day victories that remind us that we’ve changed for the better.
Bariatric patients should prioritize protein, then vegetables, and fruits. Added sugars are something that should be avoided in a weight loss surgery patient’s diet (see Dr. Shillingford’s post op diet guidelines). But this can be hard. Even harder than you think. That’s because sugar can be pervasive, appearing in food items you wouldn’t think to check, like meats, sauces, and soups. And it gets even trickier because food manufacturers sometimes use different forms of sugar in their products, meaning you might not see the word “sugar” listed on the ingredient list. Instead, you could see a name you don’t recognize as sugar.