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August 16, 2018by admin0
Oatmeal vs Eggs – what should a bariatric patient be eating after their surgery ?  and even 10 years down the road ?

One answer – PROTEIN.

Sure, surgery was the tool to help get the weight off but let’s try to help that tool work even better.  Let’s make the good decisions to continue losing the weight and to stick to our maintenance plans.  This is a way to support the bariatric tool.

There is tons of research out there and it proves to us that eating a high protein breakfast such as scrambling some eggs or having a blended protein drink will help you feel more full with better energy throughout the day.  That same high protein breakfast will also help you to NOT consume sugary snacks in the middle of the afternoon and evening.  Let’s face it – oatmeal is not a good breakfast choice anymore.  Bagels are kind of the enemy and breakfast cereal needs to not grace the shelves of our kitchens.

Bagels, oatmeal and breakfast cereals will wreak havoc over glucose and insulin levels.  That high protein scrambled egg breakfast is going to keep cravings in check.  Aim for a breakfast that contains 30grams of protein / think about eating turkey or chicken or eggs or greek yogurt or a protein smoothie.  Left over supper makes a perfect breakfast also – reheat and eat !

Get out the eggs and make yourself an omelet 🙂  Bon Appetit !

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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August 13, 2018by admin0

Okay, we’ve all heard it before – EAT MORE VEGGIES.  We are talking about 2 or 3 cups per day minimum if you are following the USDA guidelines.  Guess what, you don’t need to chew your way through cups of spinach and bowls of broccoli.  There are easier ways to meet your vegetable goals.

If you are tired of salad bowls, try mixing things up and preparing veggies in different ways by getting creative.  Your body will be so happy that you did.  Here are some short and sweet ways to add more vegetables to your life.

You can add a serving or two of veggies to your blender.  Make a smoothie, add some kale and then add some lemon or orange or citrus flavors.  Those balance out any bitter tastes.  Start the day in a healthy way or blend away for a mid morning snack.

There are an array of veggies that you can add to your whole grain toast.  Avocado is the obvious choice but why not add a slice of fresh mozzarella and then top with garden tomatoes, or cucumbers and dill ?  Saute some peppers or some fresh mushrooms.  There are so many options to choose from.

Huevos Rancheros Anyone ?  Scramble your vegetables into your eggs for a protein packed breakfast.  Onions, peppers, tomatoes, jalapeños, spinach, mushrooms and I have only just got started …. 

Zucchini muffins for a snack ?  that’s right – zucchini has a mild taste and it’s easy to sneak a serving of vegetables into pancakes, bread, muffins etc.  The zucchini stays moist so it makes your baked goods oh so yummy without drying out.  Don’t just stick with zucchini, add some carrot for some pretty color.

Did you say soup ?  oh it’s my very favorite and I can add so many different vegetables to my soups.  I can make the soups of the regular variety or add a bit of vegetable stock or cream, blend it up and have a creamy version.  What a way to get in your veggies and oh so delicious.

Brown rice, quinoa and barley can get boring so why not add some beautiful, colorful vegetables to your pot as you are prepping your grains ?  You can also just skip the grains all together and pulse broccoli or cauliflower in the food processor into a rice texture.  You can steam this for a few minutes and serve it together with a portion of healthy fats and your protein.  Perfect combination and you’ve just “upped” the veggie content.

Hiding veggies in your casseroles is another way to increase the veggies and nobody needs to know unless you want to share your cooking secrets.  Lasagna is a great dish to add some spinach and mushrooms to.  You can bake eggplant or zucchini into the casserole dish instead of the pasta noodles.  

Share some veggie-love with your hamburgers.  Pile your burger high with onions, mushrooms, tomatoes and lettuce.  You can even shred the veggies directly into your burger mix or into your meatball mix.  It will add great texture and flavor and the moistness will even plump up your burger and make it over the top awesome !

In conclusion, there are so many terrific ways and ideas how to add more veg to your life without eating cups and cups of kale.  I haven’t even touched on roasting or baking or grilling or sautéing or zoodling,  or frying – get creative and hit the fresh produce section of your favorite grocery store.  

Bon Appetit !

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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August 2, 2018by admin0

So you have decided to follow a low carb lifestyle but the information out there is so overwhelming … what even is a carb ?  good carbs, bad carbs , in between carbs , eat them, don’t eat them, you need them, you don’t need them –  what can we do to get to a place where we are comfortable even discussing them ?

Carbs are not the devil.  Eat your veggies.  Eat lots of them.  Eat fruit.  Choose low sugar ones like raspberries, blueberries, and strawberries.  Don’t eat processed, packaged foods. Those are the bad kinds of carbs.

Don’t overcomplicate it.  You don’t need fancy recipes and fancy ingredients.  Let’s take it a step at a time and create a 4 step process.  Here goes.

    • Step 1 – Choose your protein (eggs, chicken, ground beef, shrimp, canned tuna etc.)
    • Step 2 – Choose a low carb vegetable like lettuce, spinach, broccoli, sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower…
    • Step 3 – Choose a cooking method such as grilling, baking, sautéing, boiling etc.
    • Step 4 – Pick a healthy fat to add in such as butter, avocado oil, olive oil, coconut oil, avocado etc.

 

These are 4 easy steps to create a healthy low carb meal with protein, vegetables, healthy fat and a cooking method.  You can switch up your spices and herbs to make a mouth-watering dish.  You can serve this to your entire family.  There is no need to change anything.  Don’t overcomplicate things and get back into the kitchen.  Weight loss occurs in the kitchen.

 

You’ve got this

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 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.

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 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.

Bariatric Back on Track Plan

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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June 18, 2018by admin0

Remember that feeling right after you had your bariatric surgery and how fast you were losing the weight.  It was falling off !  One of the reasons why your scale moved so quickly was because you were in ketosis.  Did you know that there are many post bariatric surgery patients who are using a ketogenic lifestyle to get to their goal weight and maintain afterwards?

Just regular keto isn’t what bariatric clients need due to different caloric, fat and nutritional requirements due to decreased gastric capacity.  The anatomy is now different so the ketogenic goals need to be a bit different also.

We are all biochemically different which means that not one diet is perfect for everybody.  Our bariatric keto plan teaches you to use what works in your specific case and to leave the rest behind.  This is a way of eating which is more of a lifestyle and less of a diet.  We want you to use the bariatric keto plan to get to your weight loss goals but then stick with the guidelines because those same guidelines will allow you to maintain your weight loss.

Are you ready to try High Fat/ Low Carb ?  Bariatric style …. it’s time to talk about the ketogenic solution for bariatric patients.  

What can you expect from the Ketogenic Bariatric Plan ?  Imagine not having carb cravings any more!  This is not just another off the shelf ketogenic diet.  This is very different.  We give you a highly effective, time saving and yet simple Keto plan to follow.  Spend less time researching and in the kitchen, feel great and finally get that scale to shift in the right direction.

Keto can be difficult if you try to do it on your own.  There are those last minute grocery hauls … lots of confusion about keto-friendly foods in the supermarket.  You find yourself cooking the same thing over and over again.

Jump on the keto bandwagon and find out why so many others have taken the plunge and decided that the keto way of eating is the right way of eating.  Get off that plateau or weight loss stall and break through.

I believe in you.

BARIATRIC KETO PLAN

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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June 13, 2018by admin0

Are you suffering with heartburn or headaches ?  Are you having a hard time getting out of bed in the morning ? Do you feel unrested ?   Are you bloated or retaining water ?  These can by symptoms caused by the foods that you are eating. 

All of us will benefit with better, healthier digestion.  Today it is considered as one of the main things to address when we are working for an improved and healthier body.  “All disease begins in the gut” – Hippocrates.  Modern day diseases can begin in the gut due to poor lifestyle choices and a bad diet.

All of us are biochemically individual and so what can cause one person to feel digestive distress may not cause problems for another person.  Some of the foods which typically cause gas and bloating are: legumes and beans, fruits and vegetables, grains and dairy.  Here are some fruits and vegetables which are typically easier to digest: bananas, berries, beets, carrots, cucumbers, green beans, leafy greens, sweet potatoes and zucchini.  If you are having a hard time with fruits and vegetables you can always try preparing them by steaming or baking or cooking them.  This can make them easier to digest. 

There are some simple steps you can take if  you find that you are having a hard time with your digestive system even while eating a balanced diet.  You may still be having gas, bloating, allergies or a hard time losing weight.  Take these steps to help improve your digestion:

Don’t Drink and Eat Together:  Liquid dilutes stomach acid. It makes it harder to digest proteins in foods. It’s best to wait a half hour to an hour before and after meals to consume liquids.  It’s the bariatric golden rule.  Don’t eat and drink at the same time.

Food Combining: Eating the right combination of food can help optimize digestion.  The rules are simple.  Eat only one type of protein at each meal.  Don’t combine your eggs with bacon – just eat eggs or bacon or fish or chicken.  Don’t combine starches and proteins.  A typical example is eating a potato with your steak.  It can be harder to digest this combination for anyone with a compromised digestive system.  Another example is pasta with chicken.  Separate these foods in order to improve digestion.  

Intermittent Fasting:  Today intermittent fasting is becoming more and more popular. You don’t need to do a 3 day fast to experience the benefits of fasting.  You can do a 12 hour fast between dinner and breakfast and this will enable your body to rest and focus on other important functions such as cell regeneration instead of constantly digesting and assimilating and eliminating.  It gives your digestive system a little break between meals.  

Eat Less Sugar, Coffee and Alcohol:  Be careful when eating, drinking these stimulants.  They can compromise your digestion and leave you feeling bloated and gassy.  They affect your positive gut bacteria.  Sugar can feed bad gut bacteria. These stimulants can also leave you feeling tired and icky overall.

Drink More Water:  We are supposed to drink half of our body weight in water each and every day.  This means pounds of body weight to ounces of water – example 140 lbs should drink 70 ounces of water per day.  Drinking enough water helps with digestion and also with elimination.  

Chew Chew Chew:  Take your time and chew your food please.  Digestion begins in the mouth and if you don’t chew enough you are compromising your digestive system because it needs to work even harder to break down the food.  Take the time to eat and chew your food well to help digestion and to better enjoy the foods which you are eating.  

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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June 7, 2018by admin0

Are you struggling with digestive issues ?  This is one sure fire way to find out if you have an unbalanced gut or microbiome. Digestive issues often occur when your body doesn’t have the right balance of probiotics (good bacteria) it needs to effectively digest and absorb food.

Doesn’t the word “bacteria” sound so negative ?  Our body is host to trillions of bacteria and they mostly reside inside the gastrointestinal system.  This bacteria is in place to keep us healthy.  Sure we have plenty of good bacteria but we also have bad bacteria that resides alongside the good bacteria. An overgrowth of  bad bacteria is considered a compromised gut microbiome.

The good bacteria is often referred to as probiotics.  These healthy bacteria thrive on healthy food that we eat.  When we are bad to ourselves and eat the wrong things like refined and processed foods or too much sugar, we enable the bad guys to thrive.  This creates a gut microbiome imbalance.  

How do we feel when our microbiome is imbalanced or compromised ?  

gas, bloating, constipation, fatigue, skin issues, brain fog, headaches, allergies and the list goes on …. 

This is why it is so important to make sure that we have a healthy, thriving gut microbiome and to achieve this we need to consume foods which are high in probiotics and prebiotic fibers.

Bariatric patients have a very small pouch so it becomes even more important to take a good quality probiotic in conjunction with probiotic and prebiotic foods.

What are probiotics ?  These are your good gut bacteria and they are live bacteria that reside in your intestines.  Their health benefits are astounding.

What are prebiotics ?  Think about prebiotics as the foods that promote growth for the probiotics.  They are foods that contain non-digestible fiber compounds.

Examples of probiotic rich foods: apple cider vinegar, cheese, kefir, kimchi, kombucha, miso, sauerkraut, tamari, tempeh, yogurt

Examples of prebiotic rich foods:  apples, asparagus, bananas, barley, cocoa, chia seeds, chicory root, flaxseeds, leeks, raw garlic, onions.

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 !