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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
The internet is filled with so many tempting recipes that can easily derail your weight loss diet. But, every now and then there will be a recipe that looks delicious AND fits nicely into your gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, or lap band diet. Today is that day.
Whether you are at home, at work, or on the go this high protein gastric sleeve friendly lunch will be both delicious and good for you. Packed with tuna, avocado, lemon juice, and spices, you can whip this Tuna Avocado Smash Up together in under 5 minutes.
Walking your dog can count as exercise. For gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and lap band patients that can be a good thing. As January is Walk Your Dog Month, it seems a good time to highlight the health benefits associated with walking your dog (and walking in general):