There’s a lot to think about before your weight loss surgery. How could your life change after weight loss? How might your relationships change? How will your body and brain adapt to your new, smaller stomach? Will you be able to reduce or eliminate some medications? What exercises will you do once you’ve been cleared by your bariatric surgeon? Will your food preferences change after gastric sleeve surgery? But, what to put in your hospital bag shouldn’t be a question that leaves you guessing.
Thinly sliced deli meat can be a great protein option after gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, or lap band surgery. It can be eaten on it’s own, as part of a meal, or as a snack. Deli meat can vary in protein amounts based on the meat and the portion size, but according to the USDA 1 cup of sliced deli ham or turkey offers around 185 calories, 1 gram carbohydrates, and 27 grams protein.
Many gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and lap band patients report some difficulty tolerating their usual protein choices following weight loss surgery. Chicken is often a favorite protein option due to it’s high protein content, low fat content, mild flavor, and availability. But some bariatric patients are surprised to learn that their post surgical body does not tolerate chicken like it used to.
Many gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and lap band patients report difficulty swallowing and digesting chicken and beef after their bariatric surgery. Since adequate protein intake is so important after weight loss surgery (with a goal of 60-80 grams of protein), not being able to eat proteins they usually tolerate can make eating and meeting their protein intake a challenge.
The 2018 State of Obesity report was released in September. The American Heart Association’s CEO Nancy Brown released this statement based on the report: “This year’s State of Obesity report presents a stark illustration of the toll the obesity epidemic continues to take on our nation. A record number of states-seven-report adult obesity rates of at least 35 percent.
Cheese is often one of the foods that gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and lap band patients add back into their diet after starting on their post bariatric surgery diet . Cheeses like ricotta and cottage cheese can often be tolerated even in the pureed stage of the diet. As weight loss surgery patients graduate from stage to stage, cheese is often a food that can help patients meet their protein goals as it can fit in at foods at breakfast, lunch, dinner, and as snacks (if needed).
Once you schedule your bariatric surgery, life changes. You will have lab work and appointments to go on. You will have a new diet to plan for and a hospital stay to pack for. Once you have your gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, or lap band surgery there are many more changes to prepare for:
Summer in Florida can be hot. Really hot. Like standing next to the sun hot. Despite the heat, bariatric surgery patients still need to exercise to help promote weight loss, build muscle, and improve their body and mind. But how do you exercise in the heat without getting heat stroke or dehydration?
Recent environmental and political events have highlighted the need for sustainable foods. Producing foods, fibers, and other plant and animal products using farming and production techniques that protect the environment, public health, and animal welfare has become a hot button issue for many Americans. We see the label bandied about a lot regarding fish, grains, and produce, but there is also a lot of concern regarding the sustainable production of meat.