Burgers (whether they are turkey burgers or lean beef burgers) make a great 'go-to' meal for bariatric patients who have advanced to the regular textured protein stage (see Dr. Shillingford’s Post-Op Diet here or consult your bariatric surgeon).
Memorial Day is on its way and in light of new CDC guidance, celebrations will likely commence this May 31st. Often gatherings of family and friends are centered around a grill. Cookouts are usually an easy meal for bariatric patients to work around as they are often centered around proteins.
You can make meats, stews, soups, yogurt, hard boiled eggs, steamed vegetables, and literally hundreds of other ideas. But for gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and lap band patients, it’s two main benefits are: that it’s fast and the meat comes out tender. Well, OK, the third benefit is that the hard boiled eggs consistently have easy to peel shells.
With over 42% of adults in the US living with obesity, there are literally millions of people trying to lose weight every day. While diet and exercise are the first step in weight loss, they are often not the answer for long term weight loss for many adults.
Exercise is critically important for everyone, but especially for gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and lap band patients. First, exercise is key for weight loss, which is the goal of bariatric surgery along with the health benefits associated with weight loss.
As part of Dr. Shillingford’s bariatric surgery package (including his out of pocket packages), Dr. Shillingford’s office communicates to his patients via a monthly emailed newsletter.
Every month Dr. Shillingford’s gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and lap band patients are invited to participate in a Nutrition Support Group hosted by Susan Peacock, Bariatric Dietitian. Previously, there would be one In Person group meeting at Dr. Shillingford’s office and another hosted virtually.
Soft proteins (such as cheeses, flaky fish, and beans) are often easily tolerated by gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and lap band patients. But, once your new stomach is able to tolerate harder, denser proteins (often around Stage 5 of Dr. Shillingford’s post-op diet), adding them into your bariatric diet definitely has a benefit.