In the mid 2000s, a novel approach to weight loss surgery was developed in the form of adjustable gastric banding. The first product to market was a band known as the Lap-Band and shortly after the Realize Band came in as competition. The gastric band was both new and very promising because it gave patients and adjustable and removable option that did not require permanent adjustment of the G.I. system. In essence, the band is placed around the upper portion of the stomach and tightened to form two stomach chambers. The smaller, upper chamber was the new receptacle for food and the band slowed the passage of food from the upper to the stomach. Patients would be limited in the amount they could eat, would feel full longer and ultimately lose weight.
Sometimes a snack craving hits that something satisfying can put to rest. This quick mug brownie, made with an added protein boost, might do the trick without shocking your system with sugar or leaving you feeling disappointed.
Colon health is a big part of overall health. Not only are some of the diseases of the colon extremely disruptive, but many are preventable. In fact, colon cancer rates have increased as we, as a society, have increased our consumption of processed foods, refined sugars and empty carbohydrates. During the same time, our consumption of colon healthy fiber has decreased radically alongside lower consumption of whole, natural fruits and vegetables.
Sometimes you need a boost of citrus flavor to wake up your tastebuds. Blast your normal protein shake with orange to mix things up and perk up your mood while you’re at it.
Groups and individuals fighting to eliminate the stigma associated with weight have made leaps and bounds over the past many years. This movement has likely helped millions of people overcome significant the mental health issues that surround the weight-based bullying that has increasingly plagued modern society both in the United States and around the world. One of the mantras used in the movement is that what we, medically, consider to be an unhealthy weight can exist alongside overall good health. The concept is that an overweight individual may not be at far greater risk of medical issues if they are exercising and practicing other healthy habits.
The combination of chocolate and peanut butter offers the salty and sweet we often crave. Turning this into a high protein snack helps bariatric patients maintain a better balanced diet with low sugar.
If you think that consuming a small fraction of the calories you were vs before surgery may lead to nutritional deficiencies, you may be right. And this is something that we monitor very carefully after bariatric surgery. Our bodies absorb nutrients through food and drink, but if our stomachs are too small to receive enough food to fulfill these needs, we may need supplementation.
Creamy and cold, this protein fortified frozen coffee is sure to pump up your morning, or afternoon. Combine cold brew coffee with a ready made shake and add some texture by blending with ice and a touch of cream. This recipe makes two servings.
If you have researched the gastric sleeve, you will find the procedure increases the risk of new or worsened gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD. This is one of the reasons why the gastric bypass may be the more appropriate procedure for someone with severe and uncontrolled GERD.
When we first started performing the gastric sleeve, there were a significant number of patients – somewhere around 15 to 20% – that would experience new or worsened chronic acid reflux after the procedure. Of course, back then, the fundoplication was the only viable anti-GERD surgery available. However, since the fundus of the stomach is removed from the abdomen, it cannot be performed on gastric sleeve patients. Therefore, sleeve patients with GERD issues either had to be converted to a different procedure (Duodenal Switch or Gastric Bypass) or had to manage their GERD with lifestyle changes and medication.
When you want a warm, satisfying breakfast, you need a recipe that both hits the spot and fills you up. Adding protein helps keep you feeling full longer and adds nutrition to an otherwise unbalanced choice. Try these strawberry waffles and let us know what you think!