As the COVID-19 virus pandemic reshapes the world around us seemingly daily, one thing that is certain is that our normal lives have been disrupted. Many bariatric patients rely on the structure of their post-surgical eating and exercise regimes to stay on track with their weight loss. For many, that has been sidelined. While your trips to the gym or class may be put on hold for now, gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and lap band patients still need to fit exercise into their bariatric lifestyles.
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.
Ground meats are often well tolerated by gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and lap band patients. They are readily available, cook quickly, and are quite versatile. You can make them in recipes that add moisture so that they are more easily tolerated than dry meats like chicken breast or steak.
Chicken can be a staple of many gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and lap band patient’s diets. It’s a great source of high quality protein, often low in fat, low in cholesterol. A 3 oz portion of boneless, skinless chicken breast has less than 130 calories, 24 grams of protein, 3 grams of fat, and no carbohydrates. That makes chicken a great food choice for bariatric patients to meet their protein goal while keeping their calorie intake low to promote weight loss.
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.
Thanksgiving is coming and with that will likely be a selection of delicious (but very sugary) desserts. Gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and lap band patients may find it hard to resist these tempting morsels. So many Americans overindulge on Thanksgiving, but bariatric patients in particular should try their best to stick as close to their post op diet as possible to avoid potential side effects like nausea and diarrhea.
No matter what your weight is, whether you’re overweight, obese, or a normal weight, we can all fall victim to eating triggers. Eating triggers are the things that get us to eat even though we aren’t really hungry.