Summer is in full swing. It’s as hot as the blazing sun. It’s no time to turn on the oven and heat your house. No wonder July is National Grilling Month- the perfect time to light up the grill and cook dinner outside!
Olive oil or "light" olive oil is different. "Light" olive oil is not light in calories, but lighter in flavor. Light olive oil and regular olive oil are usually a blend of extra virgin olive oils and refined olive oils. Refined olive oils are usually made using chemicals and/or heat to remove flaws in the olives. A lighter-colored oil with a more neutral flavor is achieved.
Do you come home from grocery shopping and put all of your fresh produce away in the refrigerator? Do you put your fruits and vegetables in their respective crispers? Or do you leave your produce on the counter? Turns out some belong in the fridge and some belong in the crisper.
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.
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.