Chinese food does not have a reputation for being weight loss friendly. It does have a reputation for filling you up and then making you hungry an hour later. That is less than ideal for weight loss surgery patients. In addition, traditional white or fried rice is full of carbohydrates and calories.
Some meals look like they are simple to prepare but wind up having tons of ingredients and use seventeen different pots and pans. But some, like this one, use a few common ingredients, one pan, and are bursting with good for you flavors.
Kiwi berries are an unusual fruit. Have you ever seen them? On the outside, they look like an opaque green grape but a little bigger. Definitely not brown, definitely not fuzzy. But on the inside, they definitely look like a kiwi. Cut it the down the middle and you’ll see green flesh and a whitish center surrounded by little black seeds just like its namesake, the kiwi.
Starfruit, or carambola, is a fruit originally hailing from Southeast Asia. It gets its name from its shape, which when cut into slices is shaped like a five point star. This may be an exotic looking fruit, but it’s easy to find and can typically be found in most grocery stores. Though, if you don’t know what it is you probably pass right by it. Look for a yellow and green fruit about the size of your palm with five ridges running along the length.
Looking for a quick and easy sauce to help brighten and moisten your foods after gastric sleeve surgery? Try this Avocado and Greek Yogurt Sauce.
The idea of keeping your avocado in the freezer sounds perfect (just like always having a stash of frozen veggies on hand). But, in reality, frozen avocado just doesn’t work the same as fresh avocado. The thawing process can lead to a texture difference that some avocado enthusiasts don’t think holds up on it’s own. So you may not be eating these avocado chunks all by themselves, but they can be used successfully in a number of ways in a bariatric diet.
With high protein, low carbohydrate diets being so popular among people trying to lose weight, there have been a ton of new food products coming on the market.
Many gastric sleeve patients are used to weighing themselves regularly. Seeing the number on the scale progressively decrease is one of the most satisfying parts of their weight loss journey after bariatric surgery.
Exercise is critical for gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and lap band patients. It’s key for weight loss, building muscle mass, relieving stress, improving sleep, and so much more. For a variety of reasons, many bariatric patients prefer to skip the gym and exercise at home. If you can do it consistently and safely, exercising at home can be a great choice.
We know that obesity is a complex issue involving many factors, including genetics, lifestyle, and environmental factors. Research shows that genetics may contribute to obesity. This can lead to people feeling defeated thinking that they will not be able to overcome genetic factors to lose weight.
Do you use an Instant Pot for making bariatric recipes? If you haven’t tried it, you should.
The Instant Pot is an electric cooking device that utilizes pressure to cook foods quickly. It comes with a host of benefits:
Tasty’s Cheesy Cloud Chips and were intrigued. With egg whites and cheese as their primary ingredients, they are definitely packed with protein, which is especially important for gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and lap band patients. Dr. Shillingford encourages his bariatric patients to consume between 60-80 grams of protein each day.
June is Men’s Health Month, a month designated to encourage men to take care of themselves. Men face some serious challenges when it comes to their health.
Eggs are a great source of protein for gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and lap band patients. They provide high-quality protein and a nearly negligible amount of carbohydrates. This is ideal for those trying to meet their protein goals while not exceeding their daily carbohydrate limit to promote weight loss following bariatric surgery.
Memorial Day is on its way, and surely the celebrations will commence. We often celebrate with gatherings of family and friends, usually centered about a grill. Cookouts are usually an easy meal for bariatric patients to work around as they are often centered around proteins.
May 10th is National Shrimp Day! Hooray!
Shrimp is a good protein choice for gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and lap band patients who are able to tolerate regular consistency proteins. A three ounce serving of shrimp (cooked with moist heat, not fried) provides under 85 calories, 18 grams protein, and 1 g fat. That means you can use shrimp to meet your protein goal of 60-80 grams after bariatric surgery while still maintaining your calorie and carbohydrate restrictions to promote weight loss. Learn more about Dr. Shillingford's bariatric diet here.
Some nights we need a quick dinner. One that we can throw together in a matter of minutes. Between when we get home from work and when he have to run out for yet another part of our busy day. We need a dinner that can make us not think about getting take out. Because getting take out will add extra calories to our post bariatric surgery diet and stunt our weight loss. No, we need something quick, delicious, and nutritious at home. That can fit into our gastric sleeve diet.
- We all need protein in our diets, but bariatric patients need to make consuming their protein a priority for weight loss while preserving their muscle mass. This means eating protein multiple times a day in order to meet their protein goal. Consuming protein can get monotonous, so gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and lap band are often on the hunt for interesting, tasty, and quick high protein recipes.
Super Bowl Sunday ranks up there with Thanksgiving as one of days of the year with the highest average caloric consumption. For gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and gastric band patients, consuming more calories than they need is contrary to their goal of achieving weight loss.
Turkey is the traditional protein for Thanksgiving. Most adults don’t cook a whole turkey many other days out of the year, so they are often left wondering how to use the leftover turkey.
Many overweight and obese adults have high cholesterol. A combination of a sedentary lifestyle and diet can contribute to both obesity and high cholesterol. As a result, those seeking gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, or lap band surgery will likely have had or will take a cholesterol test in the future.
Halloween is just days away and you know what that means: candy. You buy candy for the kids who trick or treat at your door, but what happens to the leftover candy you don’t hand out? If you are the type of person who has a hard time resisting sweets, this time of year can be hard.
Bariatric surgery, including gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and gastric band surgery, require patients to change their diet after surgery. Patients will adopt a lower calorie, lower carbohydrate (especially lower sugar), and higher protein diet.
Gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and gastric band patients know that exercise, along with their low calorie diet, is crucial to maximize their weight loss success. There’s just no getting around the fact that exercise helps burn calories, reduce body fat, build lean muscle mass, and helps improve both blood pressure and blood sugar levels. Workouts and strength training should be incorporated into a bariatric patient’s new lifestyle after they have been cleared to exercise by their bariatric surgeon.
You know that exercise is crucial not only to your weight loss, but to your overall health, including your blood pressure, blood sugar, and muscle strength and tone. This is especially true after gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, or lap band surgery. It’s how you maximize your results. You know all of this, you understand it. But, you’re tired. You had a long day at work. Or you’re feeling sick.
Running is probably not the activity most bariatric patients think will be their exercise of choice after their gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, or lap band surgery. Walking, biking, pilates, or Zumba might come to mind before running. Even kickboxing. But running shouldn’t be put to the bottom of your list. It may not be easy, especially at first, but running has a ton of great benefits. If you don’t really believe us, we’ve listed only 5 out of the many benefits of running:
Let’s say you’ve had bariatric surgery and meat just isn’t sitting right in your new stomach pouch, which is a common situation for some people after gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, or lap band surgery. Someone suggests for you to try seafood, but you never really tried it before.
Bariatric surgery patients are supposed to refrain from eating carbohydrates (even complex, high fiber carbohydrates) until one year after surgery or when they have lost the excess weight. For some weight loss surgery patients, not eating carbohydrates for breakfast can be a real struggle.
If you have Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) and are obese, there may actually be good news.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea is potentially serious and potentially fatal sleep disorder in which breathing stops and restarts several times while sleeping. Symptoms include, but are not limited to:
Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is a common comorbidity of obesity. It can damage arteries, lead to heart attack or heart failure, damage your kidneys, lead to cognitive impairment and dementia, and cause a stroke or TIA among many other possible medical issues. Achieving and maintaining a normal blood pressure is key to preventing these side effects.
Don’t wait until your BMI is over 40 to have bariatric surgery. That is a theme of a study published this past fall in the Journal of the American Medical Association Surgery. According to the study, patients who had bariatric surgery after their BMIs were above 40 were less likely to achieve a BMI under 30 after their first year post surgery.
Hypothyroidism is a term used to mean an underactive thyroid gland, meaning your thyroid gland doesn’t produce adequate amounts of hormones. Your thyroid gland is a small butterfly shaped gland located just below your Adam’s apple that produces triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (T4). These hormones help control your body’s metabolism, body temperature, influence your heart rate, and regulates production of proteins. When these hormones are unbalanced, it can wreak havoc on your body.
Burgers (whether they are turkey burgers or lean beef burgers) make a great ‘go to’ meal for gastric sleeve patients. Burgers are packed with protein, can be made small to accommodate the smaller portion size of weight loss surgery patients, they are inexpensive, and quick to make. And best of all, you can vary the toppings to add a variety of flavors to keep your meals interesting.
Chicken breast has been the “go to” protein of choice for those trying to cut calories and lose weight. It’s full of protein, and when you buy them skinless they are quite low in fat. This combination of high protein, low fat, and low calories has been the recommendation of doctors and dietitians to promote weight loss.
After you’ve been cleared by your bariatric surgeon to lift and workout after your gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, or lap band surgery, exercise should be something you incorporate into your lifestyle in order to maximize your weight loss. When you are able to incorporate strength training into your routine, consider adding resistance bands to amp up your workout.
Think about prepared foods that are red in color (Red Velvet Cupcakes, candy, sugary drinks, ice creams, specialty coffee house coffee drinks, etc). Do you know what makes them red?
Mashed potatoes are a comfort food, thick and creamy and delicious. But, they are also loaded with carbohydrates and calories and unhealthy fats. For gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and gastric band patients who want the comforting feeling of mashed potatoes but still want to comply with their post bariatric surgery diet and lose weight, consider mashed cauliflower.
It’s an age old question: Which time of day is best for working out? Some claim morning, some swear by night. But what’s the truth?
Scientifically speaking, there is some evidence that morning workouts have a benefit. A recent small study provided evidence that working out in the morning before eating breakfast can lead to not gaining weight if you eat more than your usual diet.
Can soup be a snack? For gastric sleeve patients it sure can be.
Incorporating your vegetables (and protein) into a snack that is warm and soothing can be very satisfying. For many, eating raw vegetables doesn’t make snack time very satisfying. But by cooking them and adding low calorie broth, it can make the vegetables much more palatable.
There seems to be an infinite number of chicken recipes on the internet, and for good reason. Chicken is inexpensive, has a mild flavour that a majority of adults and children enjoy, and is usually readily available at the store. But, for gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and lap band patients, chicken is also one of the most easily tolerated meats following bariatric surgery.
Many weight loss surgery patients look to add liquids in their diet which can be tasty. Although lemon water may not be applicable to all and not all health benefits as outlined above may be achieved nevertheless weight loss surgery patients frequently look to drink flavored waters.
Dr. Shillingford's practice in South Florida offers information on recipes and nutrition for post gastric sleeve patients. Dr Shillingford's practice is in the region of the country shared by Key West, a famous and historical place to eat key lime pie! Gastric sleeve patients can continue to eat occasional desserts that are hard earned with caution regarding calories and fat content.
In Florida along with the rest of the country the statistics and numbers associated with diabetes are becoming alarming. Diabetes is labelled to be by 2030 affecting more people than the populations of Great Britain and the United States combined. It is sad but true: diabetes is a complex disease - involving environment, genetics, sedentary lifestyle, diet and obesity. People with obesity are at high risk to become diabetic. As the statistics warn diabetes is creeping into all socioeconomic, ethnic and age groups throughout the world.
Dr Shillingford and his staff located in Boca Raton, Florida are aware that many of our families struggle with obesity through genetics as one modifier. We are sensitive and nutrition information and awareness for families and teens is a priority for Dr Shillingford and his staff.
Gastric Bypass patients are always suggesting and asking for good fast food options on the run. At Chick-Fill-A: Try the Chargrilled Chicken Sandwich. 270 calories. Try to avoid the Chicken Ceaser cool wrap - higher in calories. Chick-Fill-A uses whole breast chicken in their sandwiches, nuggets and chicken strips.
Yoga definitely has become prevalent and more available. Whether through youtube, studios or gyms yoga classes are popping up everywhere in Florida. Yoga is an ancient science from India; stretching past a time that is difficult to discern. Patanjali Sutras, a book that refers to yoga and its benefits for science, philosophy, health and poses (asanas) was written in ancient times. It has been reread and reinterpreted and followed by generations of yogis.
Salt and vinegar potato chips have a very distinct flavor and if you’ve got a hankering for them, pretty much nothing else will quench your craving. That’s a problem if you’re eating healthier now but your cravings didn’t get the memo. For gastric sleeve patients, it can pose a larger problem- not only will giving into your potato chip cravings add extra calories and hinder your weight loss efforts, but snacking on the chips can replace the chance to have a snack that would help you meet your protein goal and offer some of the vitamins and minerals your body needs to be healthy after bariatric surgery.
After you are released from the hospital following gastric sleeve surgery, you will have a lot going on. You will have to follow all of your doctor’s orders. You will have to make sure you drink 64 ounces of noncaloric fluids (water, decaffeinated tea or coffee, broth, ice chips). You will have to count grams […]
Ricotta cheese isn’t just for lasagna and cannolis. This smooth, creamy, mild flavored Italian cheese can work it’s way into many dishes with surprisingly flavorful results. From breakfasts, to lunch, to dinner, and even desserts, this cheese can do it all deliciously. Aside from being delicious, ricotta is also a good source of protein. 1/2 […]
Florida has been experiencing a cold snap, with temperatures dipping down into the 50’s in Boca Raton. All that cold, wintery Florida weather can bring on soup cravings. A pot of steaming soup on the stove can elicit visions of noodles and diced potatoes, but a warm, comforting soup doesn’t have to be filled […]
Dr Kahlil Shillingford who did both his college and medical years at University of Michigan specializes in gastric sleeve surgery. Many gastric sleeve patients can be in a run and need to eat fast food – busy lifestyles! Chicken burritos can be a favorite and a popular chain known in Michigan is Chipolte. Here is […]
Sweet potatoes are an exceptionally nutritious and versatile vegetable. They are high in vitamins A and C, a slew of Bs, fiber, and antioxidants. They are creamy and sweet, yet are good for diabetics since they don’t cause a spike in blood sugar like other sweet foods. Their flavor and health benefits are likely the […]
Beef brisket is a traditional protein served during Hanukkah. 2016 sees Hanukkah being celebrated later in the month of December, where it coincides with Christmas. This could mean a busy week for those households where both holidays are celebrated. In order to simplify the holidays, if only by a little, we offer a recipe for […]
Last week’s Food Highlight was on beets, the jewel toned root vegetable that’s packed with antioxidants and anti inflammatory agents. Didn’t catch it? Read it here. For those of you who may now be wondering what to do with the bunch of beets sitting in your crisper, try Roasted Beet Hummus. Hummus is a very […]
Bitter melon is a vegetable often not know of in the west. In India you would see it at practically every grocery store or market. It was first imported into the United States in the 1970′s and the first seeds were sowed for import in the island of Jamaica. Now it is grown in various […]
Beets are a vegetable with a long and colorful history. The predecessor the modern day beet is thought to have grown wild in Northern Africa in prehistoric times and spread to European and Asian seashores. It’s thought that initially people only ate the green leaves off the plant until the ancient Romans incorporated the roots […]
Tired of turkey? Not a fan of the taste? Don’t have enough time to roast it? Or do you just not need a twenty pound bird? Whatever the reason, if you don’t want turkey this Thanksgiving, there are plenty of other great options that can be delicious and festive. Going non traditional may be a […]
Make ahead meals are a big trend on social media for good reason. It seems everyone is busy and meal planning is one thing that tends to fall to the back burner. This can be very tricky for bariatric patients. Not having an idea of what to have to dinner or lunch can easily lead […]
October starts the flurry of pumpkin recipes on social media sites. You can find recipes for pumpkin breads and desserts, of course, but also pumpkin pasta, pumpkin soup, pumpkin drinks, and pumpkin oatmeal among a host of other pumpkin infused adaptations. One of our favorite ways to incorporate nutrient rich pumpkin into a bariatric diet […]
Cooking in a slow cooker may seem like a winter time dinner, crocking stews, soups, and other foods that bring warmth to cold weather. But, using a crock pot is a good idea all year round. You don’t have to turn the oven on, so the house doesn’t warm up in the summer and make […]
Sausage is a versatile food. It goes with breakfast food like eggs or oatmeal. It also goes with dinner foods like potatoes and vegetables. Sausage provides protein, usually in the form of pork, beef, or turkey. Protein is extremely important in the diets of gastric sleeve, gastric band and gastric bypass patients. During the period […]
Bariatric weight loss surgery, including gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and adjustable lap band surgery, is currently the top choice for treatment of obesity in America. About 80% of weight loss surgeries are considered successful. Despite their success, the exact mechanisms that contribute to these successes are not known. Restriction and malabsorption are the most obvious […]
Snacks are important for gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and lap band patients. Despite having a reduced stomach size, bariatric patients still need to eat enough calories, protein, and healthy fats to support their immune system, to maintain strong muscles, and to supply the vitamins, minerals and other nutrients their body needs. That is hard to […]
Many people have eaten a green salad and tasted a spicy leaf and not known what it was. If it was green and delicate and hidden among other field greens, chances are it was arugula. This cruciferous vegetable provides many of the same nutrients as it’s better known cousins: kale, broccoli, and brussels sprouts. Consuming […]
Chinese food has a bad reputation among people trying to lose weight, especially those who have had gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, or lap band surgery. While it is true that chinese dishes often contain a lot of fresh vegetables and good sources of protein, the sauces can be high in sugar and the rice or […]
The news is always full of headlines urging people to eat this or that to lose weight. Often, it’s a ploy to sell a new brand or product, but this time science is backing the news. New research suggests that eating ¾ cup of pulses a day can help you lose weight, even without any […]
This recipe is great for when you are in the mood for something a bit fancy for dinner. This version of Shrimp Scampi doesn’t use regular pasta as its noodles, it uses zucchini, which makes it lighter and healthier. You skip the tremendous amount of carbs and gain the nutrients zucchini has to offer. Shrimp […]
Good News: You’re probably burning more calories walking than you thought you were. Have you ever wondered how devices like your activity monitor, watch, or exercise equipment predicted the calories you burned while exercising? Turns out they often use predictive equations developed by researchers to estimate the calories you burn while walking or exercising. Two […]
At Dr. Shillingford’s office we know tacos can be a real crowd pleaser. After all, tacos are our most popular recipes on Dr. Shillingford’s Facebook page! Taco night can be a good time to try fish tacos. Chicken and beef tacos are widely accepted, but fish tacos can be delicious, too. For people who are […]
Satiety is how satisfied you feel from eating. New research shows that the repetition from taking multiple bites can be more satiating than eating one bite or one piece. That is likely the inspiration for food manufacturers developing more bite sized versions of their best selling brands. If you have one cracker, or 3 crackers, […]
The habits and lifestyle you share with your partner has more of an influence on your chances of becoming obese than your upbringing, according to new research. That’s good news. Though many people claim genetics are to blame for their weight, by middle age the lifestyle choices made by couples have a greater impact than […]