Have you ever bought a big bag of fresh spinach and then realized you still have a bunch of left that’s in danger of going bad before you plan to use it? We’ve got some ideas on how to use the spinach by incorporating it into your high protein, low carbohydrate bariatric friendly meals.
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.
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.
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.
Obesity is one of the most prevalent health concerns facing Americans. According to the CDC, nearly 40% of adults in the US are affected by obesity. As of 2015-2016, that amounted to nearly 94 million Americans.
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.
Some people use chewing gum as a weight loss aid. The idea is that if their mouth is occupied by calorie free gum then they aren’t eating calorie laden foods, which helps reduce their overall caloric intake and promotes weight loss. Yet, bariatric patients are told not to chew gum. Why?
Olive oil or "light" olive oil is different. "Light" olive oil is not light in calories, but lighter in flavor. Light olive oil and regular olive oil are usually a blend of extra virgin olive oils and refined olive oils. Refined olive oils are usually made using chemicals and/or heat to remove flaws in the olives. A lighter-colored oil with a more neutral flavor is achieved.
This Friday is Good Friday, an important day for Catholics. In observance of Good Friday, many Catholics do not eat beef, pork, chicken, turkey, and other meats. For weight loss surgery patients, that can greatly limit their choices for high quality proteins to help them meet their daily protein goal (usually around 60-80 grams of protein) after bariatric surgery. Consuming adequate protein is crucial for maintaining muscle mass while losing weight.