Thanksgiving is coming and with that will likely be a selection of delicious (but very sugary) desserts. Gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and lap band patients may find it hard to resist these tempting morsels. So many Americans overindulge on Thanksgiving, but bariatric patients in particular should try their best to stick as close to their post op diet as possible to avoid potential side effects like nausea and diarrhea.
Obesity is one of the most prevalent health concerns facing Americans. According to the CDC, nearly 40% of adults in the US are affected by obesity. As of 2015-2016, that amounted to nearly 94 million Americans.
No matter what your weight is, whether you’re overweight, obese, or a normal weight, we can all fall victim to eating triggers. Eating triggers are the things that get us to eat even though we aren’t really hungry.
It’s fall time and that means people are pumpkin obsessed. No doubt you’re finding pumpkin-related pictures and posts filling up your social media feeds.
Each bariatric surgery patient is different. Similarly, each bariatric surgeon has slightly different recommendations for a post op bariatric diet. Each surgeon has different guidelines for when to start purees, soft foods, and solid foods, as well as which foods fall into which categories. Eating a food too early can result in nausea, gagging, vomiting, diarrhea, or quesiness. It’s best to follow your bariatric surgeon’s advice for when and how to progress through the stages.
Yes, it’s another thing on your calendar. Another car ride. Another event to go to. Another thing taking you away from family, responsibilities, work, or fun. But losing weight is hard. And doing it alone is even harder. Attending support groups for weight loss might add a burden to your calendar, but the benefits can definitely outweigh the burden.
Before gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and lap band surgery, bariatric surgeons often recommend patients limit their sugar intake as part of their presurgical preparations. Dr. Shillingford, MD recommends his patients begin reducing their sugar intake more than two weeks prior to their surgery date. This reduction in sugar can help with the transition to their preop diet, encourage presurgical weight loss, and help reduce the size of the liver.
Gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and lap band patients are always asking for suggestions for their pureed and soft stages following their weight loss surgery. While many bariatric patients can handle protein rich foods pureed in a food processor or blender, some people prefer to eat foods that resemble a more normal consistency but still qualify as pureed/soft. For some, refried beans were a staple in the pureed stage. For others, low sugar greek yogurt was their “go to” protein-rich pureed food.
If you have decided to have gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, or lap band surgery, congratulations! You’ve made the first step in a journey that will change your life forever. While you wait for your surgery date there are some things you can do to prepare.