Valentine’s Day is around the corner, and if you are celebrating with a partner or celebrating self-love, don’t let Valentine’s Day weigh you down.
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.
Fish is often one of the animal proteins most easily tolerated by gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and lap band patients. As such, it should be something bariatric patients try at the appropriate stage after their surgery even if they never really liked fish before.
For many people, it’s been hard stay active while we’re at home. Many of us are still working from home and soon kids may be starting school from home. That can mean a lot of sitting down instead of the usual ‘running around’ we did before the pandemic made it safer to be at home.
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.