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Will I be Able to Enjoy my Favorite Foods Again after Weight Loss Surgery?

Posted on May 14, 2018 by

you chooseLife after weight loss surgery is not all about deprivation.  In fact, life after surgery is quite the contrary.  It’s about having an extra reinforcement so that you are better equipped to lose weight and keep it off long term.  As we have said over and over, surgery is a tool but you really need to know how best to use this tool for optimal long-term results.  Our society is focused on the here and now.  You will have an excellent tool that will help you quickly in the here and now after surgery.  More importantly it will serve you well for the long haul so you can fully experience your life in a rewarding and active way.  I see dreams come true each and every day!

Sure, there will be changes and I would be lying if we said they were all going to be simple. I am not trying to be vague here but the answer to the question “Will I ever be able to enjoy my favorite foods again after weight loss surgery?” depends upon a number of things.  These include the type of surgery you have and what is included in your favorite food list.   Not knowing exactly what those favorite foods are, I will include those that you will need to avoid altogether or enjoy in small quantities (we always like to focus on what you can have rather than what you can’t have).

The first category you will want to avoid or enjoy in small quantities is sugary sweets.  This can be in solid (i.e. candy) or liquid form (i.e. sweet tea).  After weight loss surgery, you should avoid food with >8 grams of sugar (5 grams if you are diabetic) because they can cause a negative reaction in your system, particularly if you have had a gastric bypass.  These foods can cause what is commonly called “dumping syndrome”.  Dumping syndrome occurs when there is a rapid passage of food into the small intestines causing a shift of fluid to the small intestine.  This usually occurs when you ingest foods that are too high in sugar or fat.  Symptoms include diarrhea, sweating, nausea, cold/clammy skin, dizziness, weakness, flushed appearance, and occasionally headaches.  You will need to stop and rest until the symptoms subside.  Remember to remain hydrated (water is best).  Take note of the food/foods that caused these symptoms so that you can avoid them in the future.

The second category you will want to avoid is alcohol.  Alcohol is full of empty calories, dehydrates the body, and has negative effects on the kidneys and liver.  In addition, because of the small size of your new pouch and the fact that food/liquid now empties more rapidly into the intestines, alcohol will be more toxic and cause a higher blood alcohol level than before surgery.  For these reasons, ingestion of alcohol should be avoided after surgery.  If you choose to have weight loss surgery and then ingest alcohol, please be aware that a small amount can affect you to a MUCH greater degree than prior to surgery.

After you are a month or so out from surgery, you can begin to experiment more with various foods.  Introduce raw fruits and vegetables cautiously.  Although many people do just fine, certain foods may be difficult to tolerate because your digestive system cannot n handle them.  The following may cause problems for you and may need to be avoided:

  • Tough meats, especially hamburger. Even after grinding, the gristle in hamburger is hard to digest.
  • Membranes of oranges or grapefruit
  • Cores, seeds, or skins of fruits or vegetables
  • Fibrous vegetables such as corn and celery
  • Hulls, popcorn
  • Breads – Fresh breads “ball up” in your stomach and can block your pouch. Try to avoid breads/crackers/cereals as much as possible.
  • Fried foods
  • Milk – If you are lactose intolerant you may use “Lactaid” products or soybean milk
  • Rice – tends to expand further once in your stomach and can cause pain

This list may seem daunting but realize that the further you are out from surgery, the more tolerant your system tends to be.  However, it is very important that especially throughout the first year you participate in a comprehensive program which should be available with any experienced bariatric surgeon/center.  A comprehensive program should include:

  • Follow-up visits with your surgeon
  • Individualized coaching with a nutrition specialist who understands the needs of the weight loss surgery patient
  • Personal trainer/fitness center that eases you into appropriate exercise activities in a safe and comfortable environment
  • Access to delicious nutritional products that support your need for 90+ grams of protein each day
  • An ongoing support group for you and your family/significant others.

All of this is provided on-site or online at the Center for Weight Loss Success and truly impacts the short and long-term outcomes of our awesome patients.  For those that live farther away, most services are very effectively provided online, via Skype, via webinars and other engaging ways.  Short and long-term comprehensive support is essential for optimal success.

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Rhonda’s Opinion:  Absolutely!  I enjoy food in moderation even more than before because it tastes so much better when you slow down to enjoy it.

Herbed Cheese & Spinach Chicken

Posted on March 03, 2017 by

This main course is a special treat for guests and family alike! spinach and herbed cheese chicken chicken

Ingredients

4 chicken breast halves

3-4 oz herbed goat cheese or cream cheese

10 oz package of frozen chopped spinach

Salt & pepper to taste

2 tsp paprika

½ cup shredded parmesan cheese

 

Directions

Thaw spinach. Press out excess water and put in mixing bowl.

Cut slits across the top of each chicken breast about 1/2” apart and 2/3 of the way through.

Place chicken breasts into glass baking dish that has been sprayed with cooking spray.

Mix herbed cheese, spinach, salt & pepper and paprika together in bowl until well blended.

Stuff each slit with a spoonful of spinach mixture.

Sprinkle with parmesan cheese.

Bake in 350 degree oven for 25-30 minutes or until browned and bubbly.

 

 

Makes 4 servings

Nutrition Facts:

Calories 300

Total Fat 13g

Total Carbohydrates 2.5g

Dietary Fiber 2g

Protein 43g

 

Print Recipe  Spinach and Herbed Cheese Chicken

Sensational & Simple Baked Chicken

Posted on October 28, 2016 by

Only 5 ingredients!

Only 5 ingredients!

Only 5 ingredients!

 

Ingredients

4 boneless-skinless chicken breast halves

¼ cup butter

1 tsp salt

¼ tsp pepper

½ tsp tarragon

 

 

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Melt butter and stir together with salt & pepper.
  3. Arrange chicken in baking dish.
  4. Brush each piece with butter until thoroughly coated. Pour excess over the chicken.
  5. Sprinkle with tarragon.
  6. Bake 30-35 minutes or until juices run clear.

 

 

Serves 4

 

Nutrition Facts: (each ball)

Calories 227

Total Fat 14g

Total Carbohydrates 0g

Dietary Fiber 0g

Protein 34g

 

Print Recipe: Sensational Simple Baked Chicken

Bacon and Mushroom Smothered Chicken Breasts

Posted on September 16, 2016 by

Genuine comfort food – without the carbs!

A warm & comforting dish anytime of the year!

A warm & comforting dish anytime of the year!

Ingredients

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

1 Tbls vegetable oil

2 tsp Italian seasoning

Salt & Pepper

Sauce

6 oz sliced white mushrooms

6 slices bacon, cooked & crumbled

2 cups half & half

Fresh thyme, snipped

 

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Add vegetable oil to skillet and place over medium-high heat.
  3. Wash chicken breasts and pat dry with paper towel.
  4. Sprinkle each chicken breast with Italian seasoning and place in hot oil.
  5. Cook for 5 minutes on each side or until lightly browned.
  6. Spray 9×13 baking dish with cooking spray.
  7. Remove chicken from skillet and place in baking dish. (Leave skillet over heat)
  8. Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes or until juices run clear.
  9. While chicken is baking, add sliced mushrooms to the skillet and allow to caramelize.
  10. Add crumbled bacon and half & half. Bring to a low boil and reduce to simmer.
  11. Cook for 2-5 minutes or until sauce starts to thicken.
  12. Remove chicken from oven and plate. Spoon cream sauce over each chicken breast to serve. Garnish with fresh snipped thyme.

 

Note: if using light half & half, you will need to adjust the nutritional information.

Makes 4 servings

Nutrition Facts:

Calories 365

Total Fat 19g

Total Carbohydrates 6.5g

Dietary Fiber 0g

Protein 45.5g

Print Recipe  Bacon and Mushroom Smothered Chicken Breasts

Blackened Chicken

Posted on September 02, 2016 by

blackened chickenQuick & easy for a juicy, spicy treat!

 

Ingredients

2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

1 Tbls paprika

1 tsp dried oregano

1 tsp dried parsley

1 tsp garlic salt

1 tsp onion powder

¼ tsp cayenne pepper (use a little more if you like it hot but be careful!)

 

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Wash chicken breasts and pat dry with paper towel.
  3. Spray 8 x 10 baking dish with cooking spray.
  4. Mix spices together in shallow dish.
  5. Spray chicken breasts with cooking spray or rub lightly with olive oil.
  6. Dredge chicken breast through spices, coating the top side of each piece.
  7. Place in glass dish and bake for 25-30 minutes or until juices run clear.
  8. Serve with colorful veggies and a salad! Enjoy~

 

Makes 48 servings

Nutrition Facts:

Calories 135

Total Fat 1g

Total Carbohydrates .5g

Dietary Fiber 0g

Protein 31g

 

Print recipe  Blackened chicken

Fajita Kabobs with Creamy Cilantro-Lime Sauce

Posted on August 05, 2016 by

chicken fajita kabobsIngredients
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
2 sweet peppers
1 large onion
½ cup lime juice
½ teaspoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon cumin
1 tablespoon dried cilantro
½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
Bamboo or metal skewers

Creamy cilantro sauce:
1 cup light sour cream
3 tablespoons cilantro, minced
1 teaspoon lime zest
2 teaspoons lime juice

Directions
1. Cut chicken into 1” pieces.
2. Cut peppers and onion into 1” chunks.
3. In a large re-sealable bag, combine seasonings and lime juice. Add chicken breasts, onion and peppers and allow to marinate in refrigerator for at least an hour.
4. Thread chicken, peppers, and onion onto skewers.
3. Place each skewer onto grill. Allow each to sear and flip to other side. Brush each skewer with any remaining marinade.
4. Grill over high heat for 5 minutes, flip, and let cook for an additional 3 minutes or until done.
5. In a bowl, combine all creamy cilantro sauce ingredients. Stir well to combine.
6. Top with the creamy cilantro sauce, cilantro, and a squeeze of lime juice.

Makes 4 servings

Nutrition Facts:
Calories 250
Total Fat 6g
Total Carbohydrates 13g
Dietary Fiber 3g
Protein 39g

Print Recipe Chicken Fajita Kabobs with Creamy Lime-Cilantro Sauce

Low Carb Chicken Noodle Soup

Posted on April 29, 2016 by

Gluten-free and packed with protein!

Ingredientschicken noodle soup

4 cups chicken broth

1 lb chicken breasts, chopped (about 4)

1 cup celery, chopped

1 medium zucchini, sliced & quartered

1 medium onion, chopped

1 clove garlic, minced

2 packets of Fettuccine Pasta (available at CFWLS)

¼ tsp basil

¼ tsp oregano

1 tsp black pepper

Salt & pepper to taste

 

Directions

  1. Combine chicken, broth, celery, zucchini, onions and garlic in large saucepan. Make certain that all ingredients are covered with liquid (add water if necessary).
  2. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Add pasta and reduce heat to medium.
  3. Cook until pasta is done and season with oregano.
  4. Serve immediately and season with salt & pepper.

 

Makes 4 servings

Nutrition Facts:

Calories 228

Total Fat 4g

Total Carbohydrates 8g

Dietary Fiber 3g

Protein 38.5g

Print Recipe Low Carb Chicken Noodle Soup

Crunchy Almond Chicken

Posted on March 18, 2016 by

Great crunch without the carbs!

crunchy almond chickenIngredients
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 cup almonds
1 tsp salt
½ tsp pepper
½ tsp garlic powder
¼ tsp cayenne pepper
1 cup almond flour
2 tsp water
2 eggs

Directions
1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
2. Line large baking sheet with parchment or aluminum.
3. Crush almonds in food processor to a fine mix. Pour into shallow dish.
4. Add salt, pepper, cayenne, garlic powder and almond flour to crushed nuts and blend well.
5. Whisk eggs and water in shallow dish.
6. Dip each chicken breast into egg mixture and dredge in crushed nut mixture. Coat each side evenly.
7. Place each piece of chicken on lined baking sheet.
8. Bake at 375 degrees for 30-40 minutes (until juices run clear).
Makes 4 large servings

Nutrition Facts:
Calories 383
Total Fat 33g
Total Carbohydrates 13g
Dietary Fiber 7g
Protein 39g

Print Recipe Crunchy Almond Chicken

Chicken with Mushrooms and Raspberries

Posted on February 12, 2016 by

Don’t be shy – you’re going to love it!

Raspberry Mushroom ChickenIngredients

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

Salt & pepper

1 Tbls olive oil

4 cloves garlic, crushed

1 large shallot, chopped

1 c chicken broth

½ cup dry red wine

8 oz baby bella mushrooms

1 cup fresh raspberries

1 Tbls butter

1 Tbls balsamic vinegar

1 tsp grated lemon zest

 

 

Directions

  1. Season chicken with salt & pepper.
  2. Heat skillet over medium heat and add olive oil.
  3. Sear chicken on each side for about 3 minutes. Remove chicken from pan and set aside.
  4. Add garlic and shallot to skillet and cook over medium heat for 1 minute.
  5. Add chicken broth and wine, cook until slightly reduced or about 10 minutes.
  6. Add sliced mushrooms and lower heat to a simmer.
  7. Return chicken to skillet, cover and simmer until chicken is cooked through or about 10 minutes.
  8. Add butter, balsamic vinegar and lemon zest. Stir to blend.
  9. Toss raspberries into and allow to warm about 1 minute.

 

Makes 4 servings

Nutrition Facts:

Calories 258

Total Fat 11.5g

Total Carbohydrates 6g

Dietary Fiber 2g

Protein 38g

 

Print Recipe: Raspberry Mushroom Chicken

Adapted from Trisha Yearwood recipe on Food Network

Chicken Ole’

Posted on January 15, 2016 by

Chicken_OleQuick & easy Mexican chicken dish – serve with a side of black beans!

Ingredients
4 chicken breast halves
1 clove garlic, minced
Pinch of salt
Pinch of fresh ground pepper
Pinch of cumin
1 cup salsa
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese

Directions
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
2. Heat skillet to medium heat. Rub chicken breasts with seasoning mixture and place in hot skillet. Cook until browned on both sides and no longer pink, 10-15 minutes.
3. Transfer chicken to a baking dish coated with cooking spray. Top with salsa and shredded cheese. Bake until cheese is bubbly and starting to brown.

Makes 4 servings

Nutrition Facts:
Calories 264
Total Fat 11g
Total Carbohydrates 4.9g
Dietary Fiber 1.1g
Protein 35.4g

Print recipe Chicken Ole

Adapted from allrecipes.com