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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.

Why is Protein so Important After Weight Loss Surgery?

Posted on May 07, 2018 by

can-eat-blueberries-182x300Protein is essential with any weight loss plan.  Protein is essential for muscle and tissue growth and repair.  If you reduce your caloric intake without consuming the necessary amount of protein, your weight loss will be a combination of lean body mass and fat loss.  With adequate protein intake (and exercise), you should be able to preserve your muscle mass, allowing the majority of your weight loss to come from fat stores.  If, over time, you do not meet your daily protein needs, you may experience fatigue, loss of lean body mass, and possible hair loss.

You will need to check with your surgeon, but we recommend that our patients take in at least 90-100 grams of protein every day.  As your weight loss continues, your body will still prefer using your lean muscle as a source of energy.  Therefore, consuming 90-100 grams of protein daily will be a goal throughout your weight loss journey, not just during the beginning phases.

Once your weight has stabilized and you are in a maintenance phase then protein requirements may decrease somewhat into the 60-90 range depending on your weight and overall muscle mass.  The higher your weight the more protein you may require in order to maintain Lean Body Mass.  Men typically require more protein due to their higher total Lean Body Mass.

People seeking medical or surgical weight loss often have many questions surrounding protein intake since it is important for both situations.  How many kinds of protein are there?  Where can I find it?  How much do I need?  What is the best time to have it?  Let’s try to give some straight forward answers to these questions.

The word protein is derived from the Greek word proteios, meaning “of the first quality”.  Protein is essential for life (i.e. we can NOT survive without it!!!) because it contains sulfur and nitrogen, two vital elements for every cell in your body.  Protein also helps produce enzymes and hormones, maintain fluid balance, and regulate numerous vital functions, from building antibodies to building muscle.  The body maintains roughly 50,000 different protein containing compounds, forming the building blocks of muscle, bone, cartilage, skin, hair and blood.

As far at your diet is concerned, there are numerous kinds of proteins, each with their own set of advantages.  The right kinds can make all the difference, especially if you are trying to lose weight and build muscle.  Some of the best protein comes from food. Meat has about 7 grams of protein/oz., large eggs about 7 grams of protein, and milk about 8 grams of protein/8oz.  In a weight loss plan, you have to watch all the extra calories (fat, carbs) that come with food sources of protein.

  • Whey Protein: Whey protein is derived from milk (remember Little Miss Muffet and her curds and whey?).  Many whey protein supplements have had most of the excess fat, cholesterol and lactose removed.  Whey proteins are undoubtedly the most commonly used and most popular protein used in sports nutrition and with good reason.  They are the highest quality protein available with an excellent balance of essential amino acids.  Whey proteins are very efficiently absorbed and this is extremely important but this is also a potential problem.  Because whey protein is so efficiently absorbed (i.e. absorbed quickly) it tends to not keep you feeling full or satisfied for any extended period of time.  For this reason, it also tends to work better if used in small doses (10-20 gms) taken multiple times throughout the day.  Your hunger can potentially return faster than with other proteins.  This brings us to Casein protein.
  • Casein Protein: Casein protein is also derived from milk (the curds part of curds and whey) and is essentially whey’s counterpart.  It also is a very high quality protein with all the essential amino acids.  While whey is absorbed very rapidly, casein forms a slow digesting gel in your stomach.  This in turn promotes a feeling of fullness that can stave off hunger for longer periods of time.  This steady stream of amino acids helps to protect against muscle breakdown.  A good casein based protein supplement made specifically for weight loss is Weight and Inches (29gm protein/serving) which can be obtained from CFWLS.
  • Egg Proteins: Egg proteins digest at a moderate pace.  Eggs are an excellent protein source and mimic the amino acid profile of muscle quite nicely.  Unfortunately, eggs do have a relatively high amount of cholesterol and also arachodonic acid (mainly in the yolks).  Some people are very sensitive to arachodonic acid worsening inflammatory processes.  Egg proteins in supplement form (usually as albumin) have had most of the cholesterol and arachodonic acid removed.
  • Soy Protein: Soy protein is also digested at a moderate pace.  Soy protein contains all of the essential amino acids, but since soy is a plant, it tends to not have quite as good of a ratio of essential amino acids as dairy or egg based protein.  Therefore, it does not tend to protect muscle mass quite as well.  It can still be a good alternative for those who do not tolerate dairy based proteins.

As far as timing goes, ideally you should use smaller doses of protein multiple times throughout the day.  This is especially important after weight loss surgery so even these recommendations will need to be altered somewhat during the phase immediately following surgery.  Starting the day off with a good dose is always a good idea (i.e. that protein shake in the morning).  An example would be 20-30 grams at breakfast, 20-30 grams at lunch and 20-30 grams at dinner.  Then add two 10-20 gram snacks, appropriately spaced between meals.  Positioning a protein snack prior to and immediately after strenuous exercise works extremely well to build/preserve muscle mass.

After surgery, your new stomach pouch will initially only be able to hold about 1-2 tablespoons (15-30cc) of fluid at a time.  This is approximately ½-1 medicine cup.  Your new stomach should eventually stretch to accommodate 6-8 ounces (3/4 to 1 cup) within the first 1-2 years after surgery.  Because your new stomach pouch is so small, you need to follow the guidelines provided by your surgeon to ensure the fluid/food you put in your stomach is the most nutritious possible and does not overfill your small stomach, causing you pain and/or nausea/vomiting.

For delicious recipes that provide adequate protein and are low carb, visit us on Pinterest at: CFWLSVA

Inside Out Egg Roll

Posted on May 05, 2017 by

Faster than ordering take-out and so much better for you!

 

Ingredients                                                                                                                               egg roll inside out 2

1 pound ground turkey

1 pkg – 6 cups coleslaw mix or shredded cabbage

4 cloves garlic, minced

1 Tbls fresh ginger or ¼ tsp powdered ginger

1 Tbls soy sauce

¼ cup sliced green onion

1 Tbls sesame oil

 

 

Directions

  1. Brown ground turkey in large skillet or wok. Do not drain.
  2. Add coleslaw mix, garlic and ginger. Cook for 4-5 minutes or until cabbage starts to soften.
  3. Drizzle with sesame oil and stir in soy sauce.
  4. Serve with green onion garnish and soy sauce.

 

 

Makes 4 servings

 

Nutrition Facts: (per serving)

Calories 210

Total Fat 10g

Carbohydrates 5.5g

Dietary Fiber 2.5g

Protein 24g

Print Recipe:  Inside Out Egg Roll

Low Carb Strawberry Ice Cream

Posted on April 14, 2017 by

strawberry ice creamA low-carb version of your childhood favorite!

 

Ingredients

2 cups fresh strawberries, cleaned and sliced

1 tsp lemon juice

½ cup Splenda or granular artificial sweetener

¼ tsp salt

1 tsp vanilla

8 oz cream cheese, softened

1 cup half & half

1 cup heavy cream

1 Tbls vodka (keeps it creamier)

 

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Pour into a freezer-safe container or zip-top freezer bag and place in freezer.
  3. Stir (or squeeze) ice cream every 60 minutes for several hours. This will help it reduce crystalizing.
  4. Serve with fresh berries.

 

Makes 8 servings

 

Nutrition Facts:  per 1/2 cup serving

Calories 185

Total Fat 16g

Effective Carbohydrates 9g

Protein 4g

 

Print Recipe    Low Carb Strawberry Ice Cream

Fish Taco Lettuce Cups

Posted on April 07, 2017 by

fish tacos 2Ingredients

1 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp oregano

½ tsp cumin

1 tsp cilantro

½ tsp salt

¼ tsp chipotle or chili powder

1 lb white fish (rockfish or mahi mahi)

1 lime

2 cups shredded cabbage

¼ cup green onions

2 heads Boston lettuce

Salsa or avocado for garnish – optional

 

Directions

  1. Combine dry spices in bowl.
  2. Clean & separate lettuce leaves. Dry by rolling in paper towel. Set aside.
  3. Heat oil in skillet over medium heat.
  4. Coat each piece of fish in spice mixture and add to skillet.
  5. Pan-fry fish about 4-5 minutes on each side or until flaky.
  6. Spread small amounts of cabbage in each lettuce cup.
  7. Break up larger pieces of fish and spoon into lettuce cups.
  8. Top with green onion, salsa or avocado and squeeze lime over each.

 

 

Makes 2 servings

 

Nutrition Facts: (without avocado)

Calories 190

Total Fat5g

Total Carbohydrates 2g

Dietary Fiber 1g

Protein 32g

 

Print Recipe:   Fish Taco Lettuce Cups

Baked Parmesan Mushrooms

Posted on March 24, 2017 by

parmesan mushroomsA low-carb & low-calorie side that’s sure to please!

 

Ingredients

2 pounds baby bella mushrooms, cleaned and sliced

3 Tlbs olive oil

Juice from ½ lemon

Zest from 1 lemon

3 cloves garlic, minced

2 tsp tarragon

½ tsp thyme

½ cup grated Parmesan cheese

Salt & pepper to taste

 

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and spray baking sheet with cooking spray.
  2. Scatter mushrooms in single layer on baking sheet.
  3. Combine remaining ingredients and drizzle over mushrooms.
  4. Bake for 15 minutes, stirring once.
  5. Serve with your favorite protein!

 

Makes 4 servings

 

Nutrition Facts:

Calories 140

Total Fat 12g

Effective Carbohydrates 6g

Protein 11g

 

Print Recipe   Baked Parmesan Mushrooms

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

Cookie Dough Protein Balls

Posted on November 04, 2016 by

cookie dough protein ballsEnjoy your cookie dough again!

 

Ingredients

2 scoops vanilla protein powder (Leaner Living)

½ cup almond meal

1/4 tsp salt

½ cup almond or peanut butter

1 tsp vanilla

¼ cup mini chocolate chips

1 Tbls almond milk

 

Directions

  1. Combine dry ingredients in a bowl. Stir to blend.
  2. Add canned almond butter & vanilla. Stir to blend.
  3. Add chocolate chips and almond milk. Stir to blend
  4. Form into small (walnut-sized) balls by rolling in palms of your hands.
  5. Place on plate or tray and chill for 30 minutes until more firm.
  6. Enjoy!

 

 

Makes 12 balls

 

Nutrition Facts: (each ball)

Calories 110

Total Fat 9g

Total Carbohydrates 6.5g

Dietary Fiber 1.5g

Protein 5g

 

Print Recipe: Cookie Dough Protein Balls

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

Pumpkin Spice Protein Balls

Posted on October 21, 2016 by

These can be flattened a bit as cookies too~

A seasonal treat!

A seasonal treat!

 

Ingredients

2 scoops vanilla protein powder (Leaner Living)

¼ cup pumpkin seeds

¼ cup rolled oats

1 tsp cinnamon

½ tsp pumpkin pie spice

½ cup canned pumpkin

1 tsp sugar-free maple syrup

 

Directions

  1. Combine dry ingredients in a bowl. Stir to blend.
  2. Add canned pumpkin and syrup. Stir to blend.
  3. Form small (walnut-sized) balls by rolling in in your palms.
  4. Place on plate or tray and chill for 30 minutes until more firm.
  5. Enjoy!

 

Makes 12 balls

Nutrition Facts: (each ball)

Calories 40

Total Fat 2g

Total Carbohydrates 3.5g

Dietary Fiber 1g

Protein 3.5g

 

Print Recipe: Pumpkin Pie Protein Balls