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:
Chicken is often a staple in a high protein, low carbohydrate diet such as the post bariatric surgery diet followed by gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and lap band patients follow. Chicken provides high quality protein, can be low in fat and calories, is inexpensive, and is very versatile.
Ginger is widely regarded as a calming flavor, helping to quell nausea and stave away vomiting. Unfortunately, gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and lap band patients often experience some episodes of nausea or an upset stomach after their weight loss surgery.
For gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and gastric band who are entering the semi-solid food phase of their post bariatric surgery diet, finding foods to eat that you both enjoy and tolerate can be tricky. Some foods taste good, but don’t sit well in your new stomach. Some foods are tolerated by your stomach, but your mouth (or nose) is a different story.
Many people don’t really like exercise. Some of those people have had bariatric surgery. But, as gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and lap band patients know, exercise is absolutely critical to reaching your weight loss goal after bariatric surgery. It has to be done.
We all know walking is good for us. All of us. Gastric sleeve patients, hernia patients, gallbladder patients, gastric bypass patients, gastric band patients, and even those who have no medical conditions to speak of. Walking for as little as 2 hours per week brings down all cause mortality, not just those related to obesity.
Memorial Day is upon us. While it serves as a day to remember Americans who died in active military service for our country, it is often celebrated with family gatherings and BBQs. Traditional hamburgers and potato salad may be tempting at a BBQ, but aren’t exactly weight loss surgery friendly.
It’s no coincidence that May is both American Stroke Month and National Blood Pressure Month. They are inextricably related and calling attention to one calls attention to both. And we need to call attention to both high blood pressure and stroke.
Many gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and lap band patients were not used to routine exercise prior to their weight loss surgery. Incorporating exercise into your post bariatric surgery lifestyle is a must in order to achieve maximum weight loss. But that doesn’t mean everyone likes it.