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.
Who doesn’t love tacos? Even gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and lap band patients can enjoy Taco Tuesdays or tacos on any day of the week! While the tacos might look a little different, high protein, low carb tacos can be served and eaten in a variety of creative and delicious ways.
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.
Hamburgers are ubiquitous in American cuisine. From $1 fast food burgers to the $5000 wagyu beef burger splurge found in Las Vegas to everything in between, hamburgers can be found in innumerable iterations to fit everyone’s taste and diet. That can include the diets of gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and lap band patients following their weight loss diet.
Canned chicken is a staple in most bariatric cupboards. It’s shelf-stable. It’s high in protein. It’s low in fat. And very importantly, it’s got zero carbs. All of these things together make canned chicken a good choice for gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and lap band patients on a weight loss diet and those maintaining their post bariatric surgery weight loss.
As the COVID-19 virus pandemic reshapes the world around us seemingly daily, one thing that is certain is that our normal lives have been disrupted. Many bariatric patients rely on the structure of their post-surgical eating and exercise regimes to stay on track with their weight loss. For many, that has been sidelined. While your trips to the gym or class may be put on hold for now, gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and lap band patients still need to fit exercise into their bariatric lifestyles.
High protein dinners that you can cook in one pan are perfect for weeknights. Fewer dishes mean less cleanup. That means you have more time for things like work, family time, exercise, and other important things. Keeping the protein high and the carbohydrates low is the ideal way to maximize weight loss after gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and lap band surgery.
Ground meats are often well tolerated by gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and lap band patients. They are readily available, cook quickly, and are quite versatile. You can make them in recipes that add moisture so that they are more easily tolerated than dry meats like chicken breast or steak.