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.
Although many states are lifting some pandemic restrictions, a lot of people are continuing to practice social distancing and keeping their workouts at home. Since many of us are at home more often, regular exercise has become even more crucial. Exercise is important not only for weight loss but for building lean muscle, stress relief, improving blood pressure, reducing blood sugar, improving heart health, and more.
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.
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.
Each bariatric surgery patient is different. Similarly, each bariatric surgeon has slightly different recommendations for a post op bariatric diet. Each surgeon has different guidelines for when to start purees, soft foods, and solid foods, as well as which foods fall into which categories. Eating a food too early can result in nausea, gagging, vomiting, diarrhea, or quesiness. It’s best to follow your bariatric surgeon’s advice for when and how to progress through the stages.
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.