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Bariatric surgery is life changing. Every aspect of your life will likely change with weight loss surgery, even the medications you are and are not allowed to take. Additionally, your vitamin and supplement needs will change with a smaller stomach pouch or sleeve, thus the body’s ability to absorb these will also be altered. All of these changes can be dealt with in a positive manner, resulting in a smaller and happier you.

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Roux-en-Y Weight Loss Surgery and Medication

The type of weight loss surgery you choose will have a bearing on which medications, vitamins and minerals are recommended. For those who choose the Roux-en-Y weight loss surgery, food is digested very slowly and only partially absorbed.

Since the Roux-en-Y bypasses the lower portion of the stomach and a considerable part of the small intestine, medications are not easily absorbed and can irritate the pouch and Roux limb. This can also result in marginal ulcers and deficiencies requiring supplementation.

Medication and the Duodenal Switch (DS)

Perhaps the single most successful type of weight loss surgery, the Duodenal Switch leaves the stomach much larger than gastric bypass surgeries, allowing for the consumption of larger meals. With Bariatric support and planning, weight loss patients can supplement their diets with post-operative protein, vitamins and minerals, avoiding deficiencies. However, only physician approved medication should be taken. If problems arise, the intestinal bypass section surgery section is partially reversible.

Gastric Banding, Sleeve Gastrectomy and Vertical Banded Gastroplasty

Weight loss surgeries which restrict food intake while bypassing the bowels (Gastric Banding, Sleeve Gastrectomy and Vertical Banded Gastroplasty) does not typically result in poor food absorption. Therefore, while it may be necessary to take proton pump inhibitors to protect the pouch and decrease reflux, these Bariatric surgery patients aren’t subject to strict supplementation needs.  If you choose one of these weight loss surgeries, your Bariatric doctor may prescribe ursodiol (Actigall) to prevent the formation of gallstones.

What are Marginal Ulcers?

Motrin, Advil, Aleve, Celebrex and Excedrin are medications used to treat inflammation as well as fever, headaches and cramps. These non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, called NSAIDs, can increase the risk of developing Marginal ulcers between the Roux limb and stomach pouch and should be discontinued after Bariatric surgery.

Speak with your doctor before taking aspirin as he may prefer acetaminophen and opioids for pain relief. While Marginal ulcers are quite uncommon, there are several anti-acid medications your doctor may choose from as a method of prevention. These may be prescribed for up to six months after your Bariatric surgery.

Effectiveness of Medications after Bariatric Surgery

Since your stomach pouch is smaller and the intestine has been shortened, time, delayed and extended release medications may lose their effectiveness. The same is true with anti-depressants and sleeping or nerve medications.  Enteric coated (EC) and film coated (FC) medications are also less effective since they do not begin to work until reaching the stomach and small intestine.

Those with high blood pressure, edema and congestive heart failure may be taking diuretics or Lasix prior to weight loss surgery. Unless the doctor says otherwise, these should also be discontinued to prevent dehydration. Blood thinners such as Coumadin are typically stopped prior to weight loss surgery and then resumed gradually, under the doctor’s watchful eye.

If you are taking an oral contraceptive, speak to your primary physician about switching to a barrier contraception to prevent pregnancy.  It is important to ask your Bariatric doctor before crushing or cutting any medications in half.

Gastrointestinal Problems after Bariatric Surgery

Mild gastrointestinal problems are not uncommon after weight loss surgery and most often, Imodium AD and Gas-X are chosen as safe and effective treatments. Here’s why:

Diarrhea and Constipation

Smaller amounts of food after Bariatric surgery means smaller stools and a higher risk of constipation. Milk of Magnesium taken once every three or four days is helpful, but the primary way to prevent diarrhea or constipation is to consume plenty of water. Bariatric patients can also benefit from fiber supplements such as Metamucil or Fibercon.

Gallstones

A rapid and significant weight loss after weight loss surgery can lead to gallstones in predisposed patients. The Bariatric doctor can prescribe a medication called Actigall to prevent gallstones from forming.

Weight loss surgery is one of the best things you can do for your body if you are obese, but not without changing your daily intake of vitamins, minerals, supplements and certain medications. After Bariatric surgery, many patients will be able to discontinue previously prescribed medications as physicians find their underlying health issues and daily discomforts are gone.

If you have decided to undergo Bariatric surgery, you must find the resolve to say goodbye to all carbonated beverages, especially those which are high in sugar and calories. Do not expect to switch to diet soda after Bariatric surgery because these too are very bad for you.

 

You Can’t Have Soda after Bariatric Surgery

Soda after Bariatric surgery is a bad idea for many reasons. You will need to consume adequate amounts of water as well as discover some new and healthy drink alternatives when water isn’t what your body craves. You should plan to read more labels and do more research as you transition into a vibrant and healthier individual. Here are four good reasons you will have to say goodbye to soda after Bariatric surgery if you want to see results!

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Four Reasons to Avoid Soda after Bariatric Surgery

Drinking any brand of carbonated soda after Bariatric surgery can be quite painful. Even if you are considering a zero or low calorie diet or a lightly carbonated fruit infused water beverage, soda after Bariatric surgery can lead to bloating, stomach discomfort such as cramps and sharp pains, and abdominal distension. Carbonated beverages can also slow the healing process by adding unnecessary pressure to your incision site. Some doctors will suggest waiting three months to drink soda after Bariatric surgery but those who want life-changing results will give up carbonated beverages entirely.

Drinking soda after Bariatric surgery can lead to an unpleasant occurrence called ‘Dumping Syndrome’. Common symptoms of Dumping Syndrome include the following:  nausea, weakness, cold clammy sweats, paleness, irregular or pounding heartbeat, and diarrhea, to name a few. After weight loss surgery, consuming anything with a high sugar content can lead to these symptoms as your body tries to regulate its sugar levels in the small intestine. Additionally, do not use a straw to drink soda after Bariatric surgery as this can introduce air into your reduced stomach, causing major discomfort.

Drinking soda after Bariatric surgery will slow your weight loss down dramatically or cause it to reach a standstill. One of the best tips you could ever receive as a Bariatric patient is not to consume your allotted calorie allowance in the form of drinks. Sodas and sugary sweet beverages will sabotage your diet and help the weight hang on while water and other zero calorie low sodium healthy options will assist your body with removing fat cells and toxins.

Drinking soda after Bariatric surgery can cause your pouch to become ‘stretched out’. You will find opinions for and against this theory across the internet as doctors have different ideas on whether permanent stretching actually occurs. However, it is a known fact that carbonation does expand the stomach and, even on a short term level, this can be bad for your diet. When your pouch is expanded, you require more food to feel ‘full’  which leads to an increase in calorie consumption. Such changes in your diet could lead to weight gain rather than weight loss. Additionally, you may find yourself feeling worse instead of better.

What are some other reasons you should avoid sodas after Bariatric surgery?

Whether you have already had weight loss surgery or are simply considering it, having some insight into the lives of those who have had gastric bypass surgery can be highly beneficial. From determining what your life might be like if you have the procedure done to connecting with others who are on the same journey as you, here are the best gastric bypass blogs to follow.

  1. Beauty and The Bypass

Having struggled with weight loss since childhood, Nicole Bullock finally decided that gastric bypass surgery was the answer to reclaiming her health and happiness. Having been a blogger for 11 years, she decided to document her life and weight loss after having the surgery in February of 2012. Beauty and the Bypass provides an intimate and personal look into Nicole’s life that covers everything from her motivations, empowerment and triumphs to her doubts, depression and “some deep mental health struggles.”

Anyone who has ever struggled with their weight (whether before or after gastric bypass surgery) can relate to Nicole’s journey and the all-too-familiar hardships that she has faced and continues to overcome.

  1. Bariatric Girl

Yvonne McCarthy underwent gastric bypass surgery in March of 2001 at the hefty weight of 260 pounds. A woman of creative talents, Yvonne is a photographer, computer geek, artist, musician, animal lover and weight loss surgery devotee. Since her surgery, she has lost and maintained a weight loss of 130 pounds, and devoted herself to helping others who have decided to follow the weight loss surgery route. Choosing to pay it forward, she has become a certified Health & Wellness Instructor and volunteer whose goal is to positively contribute to the weight loss community that provided her so much when she first started.

For anyone who is looking to positively connect with someone who has traveled the gastric bypass surgery road, Yvonne offers support, encouragement and advice to others who are making their own journey.

  1. Miles To Go

Julia Holloman finally made the decision to undergo gastric bypass surgery after her weight had reached more than 300 pounds in 2006. Faced with obesity and a myriad of related health problems, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, thyroid problems and sleep apnea, Julia made the decision (as a last resort) to have weight loss surgery. Since then, she has lost more than 160 pounds and no longer needs over half of the medications that she did before the surgery.

Today, her passion is to share the lessons that she has learned with others who are undertaking the same challenges that she did. Having been trained and certified by the Bariatric University as a Certified Bariatric Coach and Bariatric Support Group Leader, she now shares her story via blogging, speaking engagements, one-on-one sessions and local support groups.

In 2014, Julia published her book Out of Obesity and into the Promised Land in which she shares her incredible journey of struggle, weight loss and Christian faith. For those who are struggling to face their health problems, weight loss and faith, Miles To Go offers a safe haven of understanding and encouragement from someone who has lived it.

4. National Bariatric Link

Similar to the above mentioned Bariatric theme blogs, National Bariatric Link offers a blog filled with personal success stories but there is so much more! This blog responds to your medical questions on everything from pre-op diets to insurance coverage. It is imperative that National Bariatric Link provides the necessary information to answer all your questions so that you too can begin your Gastric Bypass journey. Enjoy a better quality of life and share your journey with others as you morph into the person you want to be, whether you choose to write a book, start a blog or simply tell your friends and neighbors.

Don’t miss out on these top gastric bypass blogs to follow and connect with others who are living their weight loss success stories. From stories, encouragement, tips and advice to one-on-one personal support sessions, these blogs have it all.

Weight loss surgery is not a quick and easy fix as some might think, but rather a constant reconditioning of your life, and that includes your approach to exercise. It isn’t too difficult to get yourself up and moving when its warm and sunny, but depending on where you live, you may find yourself feeling reluctant to leave the house once the fall season has rolled around.

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Fitness Tips to Beat the Fall Blues

Another reason fall can be a difficult time of year is due to the many upcoming food and candy focused holidays. Additionally, when you feel a bit trapped indoors, it is easy to make bad choices out of habit or convenience. Here are some fall fitness tips to help you lose weight and feel better about the person you are slowly and steadily becoming making the choice to have Bariatric surgery.

How to Get Fit for a Healthy Fall Holiday Season

#1 – You and your Bariatric doctor has already determined what your goal weight should be, but it is also important to set small weight loss goals such as one or two pounds per week, especially with the upcoming holidays.

#2 – Keep a food and exercise journal to mark your progress. Research shows that weight loss patients see much better results when keeping track of what is being eaten and how many calories are burned.

#3 – If you are like most who have undergone Bariatric surgery, you probably have a pair of jeans or a little black dress you are working your best to get into. Don’t hide these items in a drawer or hanging in a closet. Instead, put these goal items where you will see them several times a day.

#4 – Make an effort to go bicycle riding or walking two to four hours per week. Not only will your body appreciate the fresh air, but your goal weight will be that much closer.

#5 – Rid your pantry of any and all food items that are not agreeable with your Bariatric diet by donating them to the local mission or food pantry. Getting rid of the temptation will also cleanse your life.

#6 – Keep numerous protein rich choices in your pantry and refrigerator rather than the traditional fall sweets and sugary candies around your home, opting instead for yogurts, tuna, chicken and other healthful options.

#7 – Replace your candy dish with a bowl of vegetables kept inside the refrigerator, allowing you to snack on carrot sticks, celery and other convenient finger foods.

#8 – Get your family on board for the extra support and make some changes they will also benefit from as well. Purchase skim or fat free milk instead of whole milk and replace regular products with reduced fat or fat free options.

#9 – Stop consuming liquid calories! Announce that your home is a soda free zone and keep bottled water on hand. By drinking bottled water, you can keep track of your intake and help flush away unwanted fat cells. Switch up the flavors with lemon, cucumber or mint.

#10 –  While you are probably used to dining with plates, it is recommended that you downsize to smaller plates, bowls and saucers. This will keep you from dishing out more than what you need, helping you eat slower and smaller helpings.

 

 

Not only am I a blog writer, but I am also a one year and four month veteran of weight loss surgery, choosing the Lap Band in May of 2014. Since October is the month of all things scary and dark, I feel it is a good time to discuss…

What’s so Scary about Bariatric Surgery?

Once you have been given a Bariatric surgery date, the whole weight loss journey starts to feel ‘real’ and you start to worry about anything and everything that could possibly go wrong. Far scarier than Halloween spooks and ghouls, below is a list of the things that scared me most about Bariatric surgery and how to mentally overcome those fears.

#1 – What will others think about my decision to have weight loss surgery?

Yes, I was worried about what others might think or say about my decision. In fact, I might have been concerned that someone would talk me out of it. I was also embarrassed that I had allowed my weight to get so out of hand. I decided to keep the information private, sharing my secret with whom I wanted to know. Today, there are still very few family, friends and acquaintances who know I had Bariatric surgery. There’s no reason to tell anyone if you don’t want to, but I am fairly certain that, eventually, you won’t mind sharing your story.

#2 – Am I making a bad decision by having Bariatric surgery?

A lot of doubt will come from people who do not know what it feels like to be morbidly obese, and how hard it is to motivate and carry out the simplest daily tasks. Therefore, your decision to have Bariatric surgery is a personal one because no one knows what it is like to walk in your shoes and all of the difficulties you face because of obesity.

You must also remember that a lot of people will not understand that weight loss surgery might actually be safer than the risks of carrying around all that extra weight. I was even told by someone that weight loss surgery was the ‘lazy way’… I guess he thought the weight just starts coming off, all by itself rather than a journey to better eating and exercise habits. So you see? Some people are too clueless to have an opinion about Bariatric surgery and what might be best for you.

#3 – What if I have weight loss surgery and still cannot lose weight?

Do yourself a favor and stop thinking like that! You will definitely lose weight after Bariatric surgery… how much weight depends on how much you change your lifestyle. Are you going to mess up? Yes, over and over again but each and every day of your weight loss journey is a new beginning, a chance to start over. Never let the fear of failure prevent you from chasing your dreams.

#4 – Am I at higher risk if I messed up on my pre-op diet a couple of times?

My Bariatric doctor instructed me to drink only protein rich shakes that were very low in sugar three times daily for one week prior to my surgery. It was very difficult to follow this diet but I managed, slipping up only two or three times. By slipping up, I drank one extra shake two different times when I felt as if I was starving and had one bite of meat on a night when I couldn’t resist. I spent the rest of that week worrying that my weakness would somehow sabotage my weight loss surgery.

The day before surgery, I met with the doctor in his office and found that I had lost about twelve pounds – in just that week! After my surgery the next day, the doctor came to my room with pictures (yes! awesome color pictures) taken of my stomach and liver during Lap Band surgery. They bragged on what a great job I had done on my pre-op surgery, explaining they could tell this from the color and size of my liver.  The pre-op diet is an important part of the surgery process, keeping the liver small and out of the way for Lap Band placement. I felt like a hypocrite but I was so relieved!

#5 – Will I ever be able to dine out with my family after weight loss surgery?

Some people might think this is a silly thing to worry about but family time is very important, and it’s likely one of the reasons you have decided upon weight loss surgery to begin with. The answer is yes, you can dine in restaurants but very carefully! I still go out to eat with my family but my orders are very different than what they used to be. I have to spend a little more time reading through the options and sometimes, I have to pretend that I really like something because I don’t want the kids to think I am not enjoying myself …that might take away some of the fun.

#6 – Will I regret having weight loss surgery?

That is something that I cannot answer for you because all of our weight loss journeys are different, but I can tell you that I highly doubt you would have any regrets. I have not seen the level of results that I had hoped (my own fault) but I have lost a significant amount of weight and feel so so much better than I did before having surgery. I have increased energy and my body aches are now minimal. I can walk without getting winded and I continue to lose weight, slowly but surely. If asked if I would do it again if I had the option, I would say yes, absolutely and without a doubt.

When you look and feel great, you just gotta share the news, right? Thanks to today’s technology and the many choices in terms of social media, it is now easier than ever to share the good news about weight loss after Bariatric surgery. In fact, social media can be a great form of support when your schedule won’t allow time to join a group or attend meetings.

Weight Loss Surgery Success and Twitter

Twitter is one of the more popular choices for those who tweet after weight loss surgery, motivating others with inspiring stories, quotes and personal milestone updates. If you are considering weight loss surgery as an option or if you have already undergone Bariatric surgery, here are the top tweeters that we recommend you follow for inspiration and motivation as well as tips, tricks and recipes.weight loss surgery social media

 

Weight Loss Surgery Success Stories to Share and Follow

Log into your Twitter account and follow these fascinating weight loss surgery success stories! When you surround yourself with success, you will be successful! Here are some of our personal favorites, some of which have gone on to become authors and others who have found ways to achieve greatness in their personal lives.

weight loss surgery successFatDoesn’t DefineMe – A great act to follow, this Bariatric candidate from Orlando, Florida decided to have Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy Surgery on September 19, 2014, and has already lost 150 pounds in approximately eight months.

In following her on Twitter, you can easily see that this vivacious and vibrant gal’s weight loss surgery was a life-changing success and she says it’s the best decision she ever made! Enjoy her motivational tweets, videos and before & after photos! Congrats, Stefaeni! #stefaeni2600 #FatDoesn’t DefineMe

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Cindy Virden –  Describing herself as a leader and mentor to others, Cindy happily shares her weight loss surgery success story with her Twitter followers and promotes a healthier lifestyle.

With a loss of 91 pounds and 59 inches thus far, thanks to the Bariatric surgery called Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy and healthier food choices, this gal  is certainly one to follow for motivation and inspiration! Great job, Cindy! #cindyvirden

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Ali Porto –  Weight loss surgery is no easy fix, as Ali will tell you. Having lost 60 pounds after having LapBand Bariatric surgery, her goal weight is drawing closer and closer but she still “has a long road ahead”.

Using hashtags such as #livinglonger and  #livinghealthier, weight loss surgery has Ali looking toward the future and taking control of her health. Keep up the great work, Ali! #TicaFox

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weight loss surgery success

Karen Gillman – A long term weight loss surgery success story, Karen had LapBand Bariatric surgery in 2004 and has written a book titled ‘It’s Never too Late‘ to share her story with others. Ten plus years and 145 pounds later, this vibrant and beautiful lady motivates and inspires followers on Twitter and other medias.

Be sure to follow Karen for great information and motivational tweets! Thanks for sharing your weight loss surgery success story, Karen! #aftertheband

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weight loss surgery success Lap Band for Men – Follow him on Twitter for the inside scoop describing both good and bad experiences associated with Lap Band Bariatric surgery, told from a man’s perspective. A Christian, author, entrepreneur, blogger, nutrition & fitness expert, he also has a blog to motivate and support others who battle with weight loss.

His story began at 361 pounds and is striving for a goal weight of 235 pounds, a weight loss surgery success story that’s inspiring! #LapBand4Men

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Utilize Social Media to Fuel Your Weight Loss Surgery Success

Whether you are a stay at home mom or the CEO of a large company, your weight loss surgery success story can help motivate and inspire others who struggle with their weight.  Surround yourself with support before, during and after Bariatric surgery using social media, and help is never farther than your cell phone, tablet or laptop.

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There are many reasons to choose weight loss surgery, ranging from the need to prepare for an upcoming event to the basic human desire to live a longer and more productive life. Instead of listing all the medical and health reasons for you, we have compiled a list made by REAL people, people just like you and me!

Reasons for Weight Loss Surgery

You might be surprised that not everyone chooses weight loss surgery to enhance and improve their appearances, although this is undeniably one of the many benefits. Here are ten of the most entertaining reasons people turned to Bariatric surgery to lose weight and keep it off.

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#1 – Grandchildren

“I want to live long enough to see/know my grandchildren. I want to feel good enough to play with them in the park without becoming short of breath. I want them to remember me as youthful and fun instead of overweight and unhealthy!”

#2 – Health

“I want to feel better and have more energy, and live my life to the fullest without the regrets caused by being overweight. I’m tired of being unhappy with myself and having difficulty doing simple daily tasks. I don’t want to suffer from heart disease or diabetes.”

#3 – Special Event

It’s my wedding day and I want to be a beautiful bride, and begin my new life looking and feeling great. I would never attend my class reunion without losing weight! I am going on a trip/cruise and everyone will be lounging on the pool or beach, wearing swimwear …and bikinis. Everyone will be talking about me after the family reunion”

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#4 – Job Improvement or Promotion

“I want to improve my job performance and enjoy the respect of my colleagues and co-workers. It would increase my confidence at work and help me land the promotion I have always dreamed of. I want to wake up in the morning and enjoy getting dressed for work …instead of dreading it!”

#5 – For the Love of Fashion

“I am so tired of never being able to find cute and trendy clothing in my size! I want to wear beautiful clothing and look good in lingerie. I haven’t owned a swimsuit in years and I am ready for a change! I miss being able to wear high heels.”

#6 – Peer Pressure

“I feel as if everyone stares at me when I go out in public, and sometimes I am sure that people are making fun of my size. I love theme parks, especially roller coasters, but it is too embarrassing when the safety harness doesn’t fasten. I hate feeling too fat to sit comfortably in my school desk.”

#7 – Self-Confidence

“Even though I am obese, I feel like less of a person. I want to walk into a room with confidence and not worry whether people are wrinkling their noses or secretly trying to guess my weight. I am tired of staying at home in my pajamas because I don’t want to be in public looking this way.”

#8 – Physical Pain

“I cannot remember what it feels like to get up in the mornings and my body not ache. My back hurts so bad at times, and I know my weight is part of the problem. Being overweight complicates and causes problems with my other health issues.”

#9 – Sexual Quality of Life

“I want to have fun and not be self-conscious during sexual intercourse with my partner. If I have weight loss surgery, I will feel better and enjoy sex more. By losing weight, I could release my inhibitions and live out more of my fantasies.”

#10 – Loved Ones

“I am not too sure about weight loss surgery, but my partner really wants me to have this. Although it isn’t spoken aloud, I know my partner wants me to get control of my weight, even if it means having Bariatric surgery. My son/daughter is worried that my weight is affecting my health. I want to be a better mother/father for my children.”

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The Right Reasons for Weight Loss Surgery

While there are a million reasons to choose weight loss surgery, not all of them are the right reasons. A reputable and highly qualified Bariatric surgeon will meet with you to discuss whether weight loss surgery is the right choice for your health and lifestyle. Whether you choose the Lap Band, Gastric Sleeve or Gastric Bypass, weight loss surgery is a life-changing event that should not be taken lightly.

Bariatric surgery is for those who are severely obese and have consistently tried all other methods of weight loss without success. No one waves a magic wand as, even with weight loss surgery, you will need dedication and the motivation to succeed.

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After Bariatric Surgery, you will begin to look around your kitchen with new eyes, and as you make your weekly grocery list, there will be so many things you will no longer want to buy. Don’t worry – it will get easier as the days go by and soon, you will have some healthy new habits to add years to your life, but how can you speed those new habits along, helping make sure you see and enjoy the results of weight loss surgery long term?

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New Habits after Bariatric Surgery

Here are some quick kitchen tips for those of you who want to make your kitchen weight loss friendly after Bariatric surgery and help speed those new habits along. Don’t be discouraged if you make a mistake. It took a lifetime to learn all of these unhealthy eating habits, so don’t be too hard on yourself! Every day is a clean slate and a fresh start on your road toward a healthy weight and proper nutritional habits.

 

Buy Bottled Water after Weight Loss Surgery

While you may have wonderfully tasting well or tap water that runs into your glass for free, you are probably willing to admit that you aren’t drinking the required number of glasses per day. After Bariatric surgery, it is highly recommended that you purchase bottled water and store it in the refrigerator or another cool location.

You will find that using purchasing bottled water will motivate you, and help you keep track of your daily water intake goals. You may be able to get your family involved with a little competitive cross referencing with the other water drinkers in your home. Do not mistake distilled water for healthy bottled water, which is not nearly as healthy and beneficial for your body.

 

Boiled Eggs after Bariatric Surgery

After weight loss surgery, you will have to follow a very specific diet until your stomach has healed and you are no longer on a liquid, puree or soft food regimen. Once you have been approved for regular food, you will be looking for high protein recipes that meet the needs of your new lifestyle. Breakfast can be especially difficult since you no longer need to eat toast, biscuits, sugary sweet cereal or greasy pork bacon and sausage.

However, what you can have are protein rich eggs. Most nutritionists will tell you that eating at least one hard boiled egg each morning for breakfast will increase your energy levels by 70 percent. This is because protein is fuel for the body and eggs are a fast, affordable and easy source. Make a new habit of keep a small container of hard boiled eggs in the refrigerator. You will find that this is a fast and convenient breakfast that you will learn to appreciate. Sprinkle some paprika on them for a bit of flavor if you do not like them plain, as this spice is a great source of vitamin E.

 

Individual Sweeteners Packets for Bariatric Patients

After Bariatric surgery, you will no longer be able to enjoy sugary sweet drinks and treats. You can, however, have artificial sugar. If one of your old habits included drinking sweet iced tea, Kool-aid or coffee with sugar, you should consider purchasing artificial sweeteners in individual packets. While drinks won’t taste nearly as sweet, you will find that over time, you can train your taste buds to enjoy less.

Another great benefit of pre-measured packets is you can see exactly how many calories you are drinking and how much progress you’ve made. Also, these pre-measured packets can be carried in a purse or pocket, making it easy to maintain your new habit wherever you go.

Zipper Seal Bags for Weight Loss Surgery Patients

After you have undergone Bariatric surgery, portion control becomes an important issue and plastic zipper seal bags can be a huge help in the storing and cooking process. While you can save significantly by buying in bulk, you should re-package all meat and food items into zipper seal bags that contain only enough for the number and size of the meals you will need.

Not only will you avoid over-eating and later raiding the fridge for leftovers, you will also find that packages used to make one dinner meal might stretch much further now. It won’t take long before you are hooked on buying and using these household helpers.

 

What are some other items to help build new habits after Bariatric surgery?

 

 

 

You have known that it was past time for a change for a long while. Your quality of life is noticeably decreasing and the weight doesn’t seem to come off, even with dieting and exercise. You feel as if you have tried and failed with nearly every diet, breakthrough or fad that has come along. What is the next option?

Weight Loss Surgery: Actions, Not Words

When you look in the mirror, do you recognize the person looking back? Depression and a damaged self-worth are attacking your mind, while the excess pounds have you feeling as if you are pinned to the ground. Your health is starting to be affected and you’ve been researching weight loss surgeries for months.

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Stop Researching Bariatric Surgery!

Guess what? It is time to stop researching weight loss surgery and start doing! Make the decision to have Bariatric surgery because you know it’s your best shot for a new and happy life! Are you scared? Well, don’t be. Bariatric surgery is growing more and more common with each passing year, helping men and women take control of their lives, their health, and most importantly, their own bodies.

Why keep researching but never take action? One reason people never manage to take the next step is because surgery is a scary word. People fear the ‘unknown’, and somewhere down deep, perhaps there is the fear that even bariatric surgery won’t deliver the weight loss needed for a happy, full and productive life. Are you afraid that weight loss surgery is your last option, and that it may not work?

Make the Decision to Change Your Life

First of all, you will never know what weight loss surgery can do for you until you try! Approach this surgical step to lose weight as a major life changing event, and your new lifestyle as a permanent step toward a better you. It may be true that you are out of options, but you haven’t lost the battle against obesity yet, so don’t give up before you try!

In your research, you probably learned that weight loss surgery doesn’t guarantee that you will be able to keep the weight off. However, you will lose weight and you will feel better! Hopefully, you will learn how to eat in moderation and control your caloric intake, and never have to battle the pounds again!

Stop Wasting Years of Your Life

Countless thousands of people battle with obesity every day, and are left feeling as if they have wasted years of their lives feeling bad about themselves, hiding their own bodies, and failing to live their lives to the fullest. It is time for you to take action; let the New Year become a starting point in your journey to lose weight with the help of Bariatric surgery.

Get Ready for 2015, the Best Year Yet

Now that you are motivated and ready to take that leap of faith, say to yourself, “2015 is going to be my best year yet, the year everyone sees me for who I really am.” Send your information using our convenient contact page to ask for the help and support you need and deserve! You will find answers to all of your Bariatric surgery questions and concerns as you begin your weight loss journey.

You owe it to yourself because… you know what?

You’re an amazing person.

Why shouldn’t everyone be able see this?

After having weight loss surgery, it is likely that your pantry has changed quite a bit.  While your family isn’t on a Bariatric diet, you have been learning how to make healthier choices for everyone in the home. In your effort to make exceptionally healthy and delicious fare while following a semi-strict doctor approved diet, your idea of pantry staples have likely changed quite a bit.

Below you will find some of the more popular options among those who are now cooking weight loss appropriate meals. Many of these choices are often required when searching for great Bariatric recipes online. Because of the holiday season, you will need the following items as you begin baking and preparing your holiday fare.

Bariatric cooking

 

Splenda

Splenda is a sucralose based artificial sweetener that is often used by Bariatric patients for a wide variety of purposes. If you are sweetening your tea and coffee, or baking a scrumptious cake, this sweetener is a great zero-calorie option.

Unflavored Whey Protein Powderbariatric surgeon list

Unflavored whey protein powder is often used in recipes to give the food you eat a burst of extra protein, and has fast absorbing properties to help your body as it builds and maintains lean muscle. While most products say ‘unflavored’, you can expect a very mild flavor that can easily be masked by other flavors in the recipes you create.  Optimized for cooking, BiPro USA won’t create pesky clumps in your dishes. Except for baked goods, the Whey should be added last, as it can affect the consistency and texture of what you are cooking.

Protein Shake Mix

Keeping protein shake mixes in your pantry is a great idea after weight loss surgery, allowing you to make both shakes and smoothies. Not only can you make great tasting drinks, but many muffin, pudding, pancake and cake recipes online call for protein shake mix – even fudge!

Atkins Baking Mix

If you haven’t heard of Atkins Baking Mix, you will be surprised at how great this product is to have in your pantry, providing a low carb mixture of soy based flour, baking powder, and other ingredients commonly needed for baking. With some fat and a leavening agent, you can make all your favorites: biscuits, pancakes and even muffins. When used in most recipes, Atkins Baking Mix offers about twenty grams of protein per

Carbquik Baking Mix

Carbquik Baking Mix is another great pantry staple for Bariatric patients, another healthy low carb version of Bisquik. While it does not contain very much protein, this carbalose flour has a lot of fiber and carb variations to offer your recipes. There is a slight taste but most recipes will quickly camouflage the flavor.

Decaffeinated Instant Espresso

Decaffeinated instant espresso is a great tasting alternative to decaffeinated coffee, and several Bariatric recipes can be found online. If you find yourself getting tired of drinkin the same old stuff day in and day out, this is a great way to impress your palate

Textured Vegetable Protein (TVP)

Textured vegetable protein can be used in recipes to boost the amount of protein per serving, a much needed nutrient after weight loss surgery. TVP can be used in numerous Bariatric recipes found online and in cookbooks.

Many of these items can be found in your local grocery store. If you have trouble locating them, check the health food section. If you strike out locally, you can always order these products online.

Can you think of other pantry staples for weight loss surgery patients? Please leave a Comment.

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