Chicken can be a staple of many gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and lap band patient’s diets. It’s a great source of high quality protein, often low in fat, low in cholesterol. A 3 oz portion of boneless, skinless chicken breast has less than 130 calories, 24 grams of protein, 3 grams of fat, and no carbohydrates. That makes chicken a great food choice for bariatric patients to meet their protein goal while keeping their calorie intake low to promote weight loss.
Are you a fan of Trader Joe’s Everything But the Bagel seasoning? If you haven’t tried it yet, it’s like eating an everything bagel without the calories and carbs of a bagel. This makes it a great choice for people who are trying to lose weight, like Dr. Shillingford’s gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and lap band surgery patients.
Eggs are a food that many bariatric surgery patients eat a lot of. And for good reason: they are full of high quality protein and no carbs. One egg has 75 calories, 7 grams of protein, iron, vitamin A, lutein, zeanthanin, and B12 among many other beneficial nutrients..
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.
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.
One side effect of bariatric surgery can be changes in food preferences. This can be especially true in the early stages after gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, or lap band surgery, but may also persist.