Eating After a Lap-Band Surgery

In the recent news of New Jersey’s Governor Chris Christie’s efforts to lose weight, it’s important for people everywhere to really understand the extent of a lap-band surgery.  So far the New Jersey native has lost 40 pounds. But, it’s important to keep in mind, after having major surgery like this, that maintaining weight loss will be attributable to adopting a healthy diet and lifestyle. Here are some diet tips to follow after lap-band surgery:

        Eat small portions

o   Limiting portion sizes is essential to patients after having surgery. A lap-band surgery decreases the size of your stomach and could even make it painful to consume large quantities of food. It is recommended that patient also eat slowly and chew their food thoroughly to avoid discomfort.

        Focus on high protein foods

o   Proteins provide a sense of satiety and fullness. But, focusing on soft proteins is important after surgery. Some examples of soft proteins are Greek yogurt, low-sodium soups, or cottage cheese.

        Avoid drinking and eating at the same time

o   Avoiding the consumption of drinking and eating at the same time is one of the most important rules to follow post-surgery. Staying hydrated is very important as well. So patients should stop drinking at least 10 minutes before eating and then avoid drinking at least 45 minutes after finishing a meal. The main concern here is to prevent vomiting from occurring.

        Limit pasta, rice, and bread

o    Since eating fiber is healthy for people without surgery, it is not suggested that it should be avoided completely. Most patients simply do not tolerate pastas and bread products because they absorb fluids and expand. These types of foods can make patients feel uncomfortable and too full.

        Consume soft fruits and vegetables

o   In the first few weeks post-surgery, patients will need to puree fruits and vegetables. Later these patients can introduce whole fruits and vegetables. The skins of fruits and vegetables (like apple skins or cucumber skins).

The main message that people should know is that lap-band surgery is a tool to maintain weight in patients. The surgery is not a quick-fix or a solution. It is only efficient if the patient is aware of what they’re putting in their stomach and how much of it as well.

What to eat after lap-band surgery

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The Mediterranean Diet Quiz

In honor of May being Mediterranean Diet month, why not test your knowledge of traditional Mediterranean dishes, seasonings, and ingredients? Let Mediterranean Diet Month be your inspiration to try a couple unfamiliar items from this quiz during the month of May….

1.       What is a red, spicy paste used in North African cooking made from red chili peppers, garlic, coriander, caraway seeds, dried mint, fresh cilantro leaves, salt, and olive oil?

2.       What is a fine, granular pasta that resembles rice, frequently used in North African and Middle Eastern cuisine?

3.       What is a creamy dip or spread made of chickpeas, garlic, and lemon, and commonly tahini?

4.       What is a traditional rice dish that originated in Valencia, Spain, and is seasoned with saffron, often made with seafood, but can also be made with combinations of vegetables and meat?

5.       What is a salad made with fresh parsley, mint, and bulgur from Lebanese cuisine

6.       What is a paste of crushed sesame seeds?

7.       What is a thick paste or spread made of olives, capers, and anchovies that originated in Provence, France?

8.       What is a sweet confection made primarily of sesame and honey?

9.       What is are small dishes and snacks, often served in combination at meals?

10.   What is a creamy dip made of eggplant and tahini with lemon and garlic?

11.   What is a cornmeal porridge commonly featured in Italian cooking and served soft or cooled until firm, then sliced for baking, grilling, or frying?

12.   What is are grape leaves stuffed with meat, grains, and/or vegetables found in Turkish and Greek cuisine?

 

Answers:

1.       Harissa

2.       Couscous

3.       Hummus

4.       Paella

5.       Tabbouleh

6.       Tahini

7.       Tapenade

8.       Halva

9.       Meze

10.   Baba Ghanoush

11.   Polenta

12.   Dolma

Dolmades

Dolmades

Seafood Paella

Seafood Paella

Tapenade on Crostini

Tapenade on Crostini

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Saffron Couscous

Saffron Couscous

Southern Grocery Shopping

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It’s easy to throw healthy eating habits out the window when you’re away from home and your regular routine. Andrea D’Ambrosio, RD talks about ways to create a healthy winter routine while staying on a budget.

Plan ahead and stick to a list
Being prepared before you grab your grocery cart will help you avoid impulse purchases. It also gives you time to look at flyers, find sales and clip coupons. Try taking advantage of no-name products and avoiding shopping while you’re hungry.

Shop in season and avoid being wasteful
Buy in-season foods from local farmer’s markets, which is cheaper, and be resourceful with leftovers, using up excess food before it goes to waste, she says.

Consider vegetarian alternatives
If you study your grocery bill, meat products are often among the most expensive items. Consider planning meals with vegetarian alternatives like lentils, beans and soy. Check out vegetarian websites for heart- and budget-healthy meal ideas, she suggests.

Here are 5 friendly foods and the reasons you should add them to your grocery list:

  1. Fresh, seasonal fruit: A favorite snack to boost energy levels between meals if you feel a little hungry (power of carbs) and allows you to benefit from vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
  1. Low-fat (1 percent) or non-fat milk: In order to maintain our bone density, we need to consume adequate dairy to receive calcium, phosphorous, magnesium and protein, which are all essential for bone growth and development.
  1. Whole grains: According to the Journal of Nutrition (2011), oats, barley, rice and quinoa all lower risk of chronic diseases such as coronary heart disease, diabetes and cancer, as well contribute to body-weight management and gastrointestinal health. Try buying whole-grain pasta and remember to look for the words “whole grain” on the label.
  1. Almonds: But just a handful a day, and make them unsalted! A portion-controlled (quarter cup) serving of almonds is excellent for lowering cholesterol because of the unsaturated fats, making them a heart-healthy choice. Almonds are high in vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant, and are naturally high in fiber and a good source of protein!
  1. Edamame: Green soybeans, made popular in Japanese cuisine but available in grocery stores, add a nice nutritional punch. These tasty soybeans can be added as a side dish, steamed in the pod or consumed as a snack or appetizer. Nutritionally speaking, they are another heart-healthy source of protein, fiber and vitamins.

http://www.thestar.com/specialsections/snowbirds/article/1301135–fill-your-southern-grocery-cart-with-healthy-foods

http://www.dieteticdirections.com/

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