March 2019 - Bariatric Food Expert

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March 18, 2019by admin0

Fast Food happens sometimes.  We’ve all been there numerous times.

It is 6 pm and the family is at home waiting for your arrival.  You are stressed, tired, hungry, and you just want to get home and eat.  The idea of a half-empty fridge and a sink full of dishes is not a very inspiring thought.

There are 15 fast food restaurants on your way home.  The struggle is real.  If you choose to stop and order, what are the best options for you and your family?  I have done some digging and I think you will be pleased with the information I have found for you.

The hardest part for me when choosing fast food is to pass on the french fries.  The smell of fast food alone bring images of hot, crunchy french fries to mind.  If I can get that image out of my head and make wise decisions, then these places can be an okay option when I have no food in my fridge and a hungry group at home waiting for dinner.

Yes, sometimes Fast Food Happens and when it does, let’s try to make the best decisions for our health.

Chipotle

This is an excellent option if you are wanting to eat a healthier version of fast food.  You can order a customized burrito bowl with your choice of chicken or steak.  Top it up with tomatoes and lettuce and skip the rice and beans.  

Chick-Fil-A Lunch or Dinner

Stay away from the deep fried and breaded sandwiches and french fries here.  Let’s choose the grilled chicken nuggets with a side salad and light Italian dressing. Boom.

Chick-Fil-A Breakfast

Ever find yourself pulling into one of these places for a breakfast sandwich and a juice.  Skip the juice and order the Hash Brown Scramble Bowl with Sausage.  With the hash browns, this dish has under 20 grams of carbs.  Sure, it’s not as healthy as eating at home but if you watch your calorie intake, sodium intake, and increase your water intake for the rest of the day, it is better than a lot of other options on the menu.

Jimmy John’s

Ever heard of a Turkey Tom Unwich?  Yup, it’s the sandwich minus the bread.  They are crunchy, delicious, high in fiber and they can keep you on track. They go together with your low carb lifestyle.  If you hold the mayo and add mustard, you can reduce the calories and fat and take it to the next level.

Starbucks

Now for one of my favorites!  Starbucks and their new Sous Vide Egg White and Pepper Bites.  The first time I found these, I was at the airport and I was thrilled to read the nutritional breakdown on this option.  High in protein and low in carbs, it makes the perfect snack/ or small meal while on the go.  They have a nice velvety texture and taste great!

Subway

This is another one of my recent finds.  Instead of ordering a sandwich at Subway, order a salad – and make it a “chopped salad”.  Choose the tuna, chicken or turkey breast and pick your favorite cheese, veggies, and dressing.  If you ask for the salad to be chopped, they will chop all the veggies and meat together and into smaller pieces.  It makes a big difference and takes a simple salad to a higher level.

Panda Express

So what’s a gal to do when presented with a Chinese Food Buffet or Takeout?  It can be a really difficult decision because so much of it contains rice and fried foods.  How about this – go for the Panda Express String Beans and Chicken.  This option is full of Asian flavors while being high in protein and fiber. 

Taco Bell

How can you visit Taco Bell and keep healthy at the same time? Giant burritos and fried tacos line their menu.  How about a Taco Bell Power Menu Bowl with Grilled Chicken?  This way you can have your Mexican flavors while staying low carb.  Make sure to ask them to “hold the rice” when you place your order.

 

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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.

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March 7, 2019by admin0
 
We are bariatric newbies, cruising along and amazing ourselves with our outstanding results and then one day it happens – the dreaded plateau or weight loss stall.  What the heck is going on?  We are not eating enough to put on weight.  We are not eating enough to gain weight?  How is it we are even eating enough to maintain our weight.
 
I get calls and emails and texts from bariatric newbies. They are upset, confused, frustrated and ready to throw their bathroom scale at the wall.
 
I get it.  There has been a lot of work that has gone into the weight loss journey and a lot of money so this stall is just not fair.  
 
Here is what you will hear me say when you call, text or email me about a plateau or a stall.  Stalls are a part of this journey.  Stalls should be expected.  I have never worked with a client who did not experience a few stalls on their journey to wellness and their short and long term goals.
 
This is a lifelong journey.  This is not a sprint to the finish line and these stalls that you are experiencing are a normal part of the bariatric journey.  It’s almost like your body needs a chance to catch up with the number on the scale.
 
I will tell you to put the scale away when you are experiencing a stall and to weigh yourself once a week.  Focus on your healthy journey and stop focusing on only the destination.  Congratulate yourself each and every day for making better choices.  
 
This is also when I will encourage you to take your measurements.  Sure, the scale may not be your best friend right now but your tape measure may tell a different story.  When the scale stalls, your clothing may still continue to feel looser.  Now that’s even more fun than the number on your scale.  That’s the number on the size of pants you wear! 
 
Sure, I will also ask you to send me a 3-day food log but I know that your food log will be perfect and that I will need to change very little.  I know you are trying your best and making wise choices.  This is just something that everybody goes through and I want you to continue making those good choices and I want you to focus on staying busy and working on your new healthy routine.
 
Please don’t compare yourself to somebody you met on a forum or on FaceBook.  Everybody is a biochemical individual and no two people are going to lose weight at the exact same rate.  People start their journey at different ages and different weights. No two clients are the exact same.  Plus, some people may exaggerate their weight losses.  Who’s to say that they are telling the 100% truth along the way.  We can only be accountable for ourselves.
 
Keep on keeping on – the scale is going to move again in a week to three weeks.  If it doesn’t, reach out to me and together we will evaluate and get things rolling again.
 
Persistence – keep on keeping on!  You’ve got this!  
 

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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.

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

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