July 2018 - Bariatric Food Expert

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July 26, 2018by admin0

Having a bariatric surgery is going to help you lose weight but when discussing long term success, we need to talk about behaviors around food.  Long term success is going to depend on the new habits that we ingrain during the “honeymoon period” post surgery which generally lasts for one to two years.  

Bariatric surgery is not the “non-effort” way to lose the weight.  It is a real surgery which requires clients to follow a medically designed pre-operative diet and also a post-operative diet in order to ensure that weight loss is continued but also to prevent any types of post operative complications.  The other reason for the pre and post op guidelines are to teach clients to learn and also to enjoy what healthy eating means.  

In my experience, I find that those clients that experience successful weight loss post bariatric surgery and maintenance two years post surgery are those same people that adapt to and then adopt a healthy nutritional regime.  It is those same clients that report that they enjoy the new healthy eating patterns.  Most of those same clients have adopted a healthy personal exercise regimen that included walking, swimming biking etc.  

Research states that bariatric patients who have support from their nutritionists are also more likely to have continued bariatric success and weight maintenance even five years post surgery.  A lot of patients have a surgery and lose a lot of weight during the first two years after their surgery.  The real  goal is to then turn around and keep that weight off.  For me, success is going to be a maintained weight loss years after surgery and also the adaptation to healthy eating patterns and exercise patterns.  

Reach out to me if you require assistance. 

I am here for you.

About the Author: Sheri Burke is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and Bariatric Surgery Coordinator at International Patient Facilitators in Tijuana and Cancun, Mexico. She has worked with bariatric surgery clients for over 10 years and especially enjoys providing nutritional guidance to pre and post bariatric clients.  In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two teens and cooking up a nutritional storm in the kitchen.

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July 17, 2018by admin0

Here we are in the middle of summer and it is a very busy time for VSG surgeries.  People have a bit more time in July and lots of us are on vacation.  But what happens after VSG surgery and can you go for a swim in the pool or lake or ocean after surgery ?  Will it be safe to swim ?  And what about your incisions ?  This is a very popular question and I am going to answer it for you 😉

The quick answer is going to be YES – YES you can swim after VSG surgery.

Having said that, you need to know that your body is still healing and you are still adjusting so it’s important to not push too fast, too hard and too soon.  

So how soon can patients go for a swim after their VSG surgery ?

A good suggestion is to wait for three weeks before swimming and four weeks before entering into a bathtub or hot tub.  It is fine to shower after surgery and the days following but if you have any open wounds,  you need to wait until they are fully closed before swimming or bathing.

Swimming is such excellent exercise.  You can work your way up to 30 minutes or you can mix up the basic swimming strokes and aim for 10 laps.  Start easy and build up to it.   Get yourself a good pair of goggles and take your time and enjoy working on your endurance and strength.

Happy Swimming VSGers !  

About the Author: Sheri Burke is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and Bariatric Surgery Coordinator at International Patient Facilitators in Tijuana and Cancun, Mexico. She has worked with bariatric surgery clients for over 10 years and especially enjoys providing nutritional guidance to pre and post bariatric clients.  In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two teens and cooking up a nutritional storm in the kitchen.

For high quality specialized plant protein for bariatric patients Bariatric Expert Protein Powders

Time for a “bariatric expert” multivitamin ?  Here is a perfect way for bariatric patients to get it now on Amazon:  Bariatric Expert MultiVitamins.

Eat Like a Bariatric Expert with our Nutrition Plans.

Feel free to share your victories and struggles in our Facebook Group. I would love to connect with you.

Stay motivated with Bariatric Wristbands – post your results online !


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July 13, 2018by admin0

This is one of the most popular questions I get asked as a bariatric nutritionist and surgery coordinator.  Clients who have not yet had surgery, wonder about weight gain two years down the road and clients who have had surgery are worried about stretching their pouch and clients who are years post surgery wonder about how to lose the re-gain that they are experiencing.

My answer to these questions will always start with a question for the clients…. Are you planning to / or have you allowed refined and processed carbohydrates and soda and sugar back into your lifestyle?  I strive to provide clients with the information they require to make well informed decisions and if they have allowed the “carb creep” to take over, this has an effect over metabolism and slow weight gain begins again.

Most clients who experience regain will have this process begin a few years after having great success post surgery.  They have had a drastic improvement in their lives and then they begin to relax a bit and allow the foods which originally caused their weight gain to occur back into their diets.  Sure, it’s fine to have a piece of cake or a glass of soda every once in a while but the problem occurs when these types of foods become a regular part of life again.  

If the re-gain begins, and clients don’t grab a hold of it and get themselves back to good eating habits, the weight can come piling back on.  By going back to basics and eating whole, live, natural, good quality food – regain can be kicked to the curb.  A reset doesn’t mean drinking only protein shakes and drinking only clear liquids.  A reset is a way to clean the “carb-age” out of the fridge and to go back to basic eating and healthy habits.  It’s not about a 2 week “diet” but it’s about making those important lifestyle changes to get you back to where you want to be again.  

This reset is not about making a short term change.  It’s not about losing 10 lbs and then going back to eating crackers and chips and soda.  It’s about crowding the bad habits out with the good habits.  It’s about not leaving space for carb-creep.  Let’s face it, regain has zero to do with the size of the bariatric pouch but it is entirely dependent on what goes into the bariatric pouch.  For long term success we need to kick “dieters” mentality to the curb and make lifestyle changes.  Resetting the pouch is a means to eliminate the foods which caused the re-gain to begin with.  

This Reset Program can turned into a lifestyle as it is the way we should eat for weight loss and maintenance for long term.  

Don’t allow a small re-gain to turn into a bigger one.  You’ve got this !  Kick the carb-age to the curb and eat real food.  

BARIATRIC RESET PROGRAM

 

About the Author: Sheri Burke is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and Bariatric Surgery Coordinator at International Patient Facilitators in Tijuana and Cancun, Mexico. She has worked with bariatric surgery clients for over 10 years and especially enjoys providing nutritional guidance to pre and post bariatric clients.  In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two teens and cooking up a nutritional storm in the kitchen.

 

For high quality specialized plant protein for bariatric patients Bariatric Expert Protein Powders

Time for a “bariatric expert” multivitamin ?  Here is a perfect way for bariatric patients to get it now on Amazon:  Bariatric Expert MultiVitamins.

Eat Like a Bariatric Expert with our Nutrition Plans.

Feel free to share your victories and struggles in our Facebook Group. I would love to connect with you.

Stay motivated with Bariatric Wristbands – post your results online !


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July 5, 2018by admin0

I think that it is important to stress often and to as many clients as I can that the VSG is not what makes you lose the weight after surgery.  What enables you to lose weight is exactly how you use your important tool.  Many clients see it the wrong way around.  The VSG will not fail us unless we fail it first.  

So how can we fail the VSG procedure ?  Well for starters we can choose not to listen to our nutritionists and surgeons and coordinators and we can choose to eat all the refined carbohydrates, processed foods and sugar.  Post surgery is a time for fresh starts !  It is a time to get a grip on our sugar addiction and a time to quit drinking all the soda and to start making the best foods decisions that we can make.  It’s a time to nourish our bodies post surgery and to begin to understand food labels and why we should be shopping on the exterior of the supermarkets.  

Our VSG surgeons have provided us with a very important tool.  That tool is restriction and if we eat correctly, the restriction is going to work and it will allow us to feel full quickly IF we make the right food choices.  Sugary drinks, crispy crackers, chocolate, chips etc., go directly through the sleeve quickly and leaves us craving more of the same highly processed, refined foods.  

If we choose to fill the VSG pouch with fresh produce and protein and high quality fats:  such as green vegetables, meat, chicken, eggs, greek yogurt, fish, seafood, nuts, seeds, butter, coconut oil, avocados etc – the VSG results will be phenomenal.  We will not crave the foods which are unhealthy for us and the scale will continue moving in the right direction.  We will feel better and our health will greatly improve.  We will feel satiety after eating and we will not have the urge to graze and be snacking all the time.

Now, what’s not to love ?  We are completely 100% in control of our health and our own VSG journey. It doesn’t matter that “so and so” can eat chocolate and drink soda – this is YOUR journey and if you want to succeed and to continue succeeding, then you need to clean up your diet and use your tool as it was meant to be used.   The best part … if we fall off the clean eating track and we mess up along the way, tomorrow is a new day and it’s a fresh start to get control of things again.  We are in charge of our bariatric journey.  

I am your biggest cheerleader !  I know you can do it.  It’s all up to you 🙂

Reach out to me if you need to have a chat.

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About the Author: Sheri Burke is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and Bariatric Surgery Coordinator at International Patient Facilitators in Tijuana and Cancun, Mexico. She has worked with bariatric surgery clients for over 10 years and especially enjoys providing nutritional guidance to pre and post bariatric clients.  In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two teens and cooking up a nutritional storm in the kitchen.

For high quality specialized plant protein for bariatric patients Bariatric Expert Protein Powders

 

Time for a “bariatric expert” multivitamin ?  Here is a perfect way for bariatric patients to get it now on Amazon:  Bariatric Expert MultiVitamins.

Eat Like a Bariatric Expert with our Nutrition Plans.

Feel free to share your victories and struggles in our Facebook Group. I would love to connect with you.

Stay motivated with Bariatric Wristbands – post your results online !