Not what you want to hear post op

There is no delicate way to say this. We coax you to knock off the pasta, rice, tortillas or bread and often people get mad or try and justify it. For years we’ve watched people blow through this surgery and they all have the same story. Everyone thinks they are ‘Different’, that they can handle the bad carbs and the sugar and ‘because they have lost 100 pounds in 7 months they must be doing something right’.

The first hundred pounds is the surgery

Hate to keep making the same point, but your surgery did it, not you. Remember that you are not driving the car for the first year. Eating the same foods that grew you to 300 pounds, but in smaller amounts is not a good long term plan as eventually you will be able to eat larger portions. Ask yourself why eating the same bad carbs would be a good plan. No doctor has advised you to eat the same way post op as you did pre op.

No one fights for broccoli carbs!

It’s not that the bagel will kill you, it’s that these carbs make you hungry. They rapidly turn to glucose and burn… poof, gone, #Lookingformore. They don’t give you any nutrients. They don’t create a feeling of satiety or lasting fullness. The empty carbs work against what you are trying to achieve. If you were arguing for eating salad or green bean carbs, more power to you… but people are trying to hang on to foods without value. If this big argument was for VEGETABLES… well it wouldn’t be a debate as vegetables didn’t make us fat, it was those ‘other’ carbs. Did you ever meet an obese vegetarian and wonder ‘HUH?’… how’d they get obese if they are vegetarian? Same deal… its not the vegetables, its the other stuff… the carbs… the potatoes, bread, macaroni, rice, tortillas and sugar!

Stop looking for slightly better substitutes for bad choices and find new healthier foods to love instead. We keep trying to force that square peg into that round hole. Stop EATING crackers and chips… don’t find ones that you can justify because they have fewer carbs. Enough with the terrible fishy shirataki tofu noodles. Learn to live without bread and pasta so it will not call your name. We aren’t changing the behavior or trend if we continue eating them, just slightly shifting it. Before long you’ve got your hand back in the Doritos bag & fork in the Mac and Cheese.

Look It’s Protein Cheesecake!

Don’t add protein to muffins and convince yourself they’re good for you. Stop with the Starbucks Creme Brûlée Lattes because ‘they’re your one indulgence’; they have 500 calories and thin people don’t even drink them. Stay the heck out of Wendy’s. I read an article the other day touting all the ‘good choices’ in fast food restaurants. How about stay out of them. That’s the best choice of all! Why go to the place where you know there is danger. Before you know it, oops… there are fries in your bag!

You know people gain back weight, right?

Step away from the bagel!

Own that there was and maybe still is something wrong with your food picker! Use surgery as an opportunity to change, not cheat. There is nothing harder then gaining weight back after surgery. There is nothing better than losing it a second time. Control is empowering.

If you need to pick up and start losing again… If you need to work off a regain… it’s not too late and your pouch works just fine if you choose the right foods. Clean those lethal carbs from your life and go back to bariatric eating – protein first and lots of fresh salad and vegetables.

Bariatric Options:                                                       Medical Form

Gastric Balloon                                                        
Lap Band
Mini Gastric Bypass
Full Gastric Bypass
Gastric Sleeve
Gastric Plication Surgery
Conversion or Revision Surgery
Duodenal Switch Surgery

dr. sergio verboonen
              Dr. Sergio Verboonen

Much success in your journey.

Respectfully,
International Patient Facilitators – Cancun and Tijuana, Mexico
On behalf of Dr. Sergio Verboonen
info@ipf-mail.com

1 800 210 5124 

Recovery After Bariatric Surgery

Recovery from Bariatric Surgery is an extremely sensitive process that can be accompanied by a multitude of side effects if doctor’s orders are not precisely followed.

Feel your best and prevent complications by conforming to a proper diet and an appropriate healing process. After your surgery, refrain from eating too large volumes that can expand your fragile stomach. You will have a period to progress from clear liquids to thicker purees. Consume smaller, softer, protein-rich meals throughout the day.

Another key component

Exercise is another key component in the recovery process after bariatric surgery, as frequent physical activity helps increase sluggish metabolisms and keep that momentum going. Metabolism is the rate at which your body burns its energy or stored fat.

Begin with a very mild regimen in the first few weeks, incorporating walking and light stretching exercises into a simply daily routine you can keep. 

Eating smaller meals and incorporating the correct nutrients into your diet is beneficial for your short- and long-term health. Consume protein with every meal, and exercise regularly to strengthen your core for a smooth recovery.

Bariatric surgery gives you a head start while you change your life.

Bariatric Options:                                                       Medical Form

Gastric Balloon                                                        
Lap Band
Mini Gastric Bypass
Full Gastric Bypass
Gastric Sleeve
Gastric Plication Surgery
Conversion or Revision Surgery
Duodenal Switch Surgery

dr. sergio verboonen
              Dr. Sergio Verboonen

Much success in your journey.

Respectfully,
International Patient Facilitators – Cancun and Tijuana, Mexico
On behalf of Dr. Sergio Verboonen
info@ipf-mail.com

1 800 210 5124 

Trust the Pouch

Your built in portion control device

Trust your pouch. Let’s chat.

When you first have bariatric surgery and first return home from the hospital, you are tentative and afraid of what comes next – how will it feel when we take those first sips, or bites? Will it hurt? Will I feel full? Will I feel different?

So we start off with clear liquids and sip water, chicken broth, Diet Snapple, jello and everything seems fine, soooo we progress to thicker liquids like strained cream of mushroom soup, yogurt, sugar free pudding, custards, so far so good, so we move on to purees like black bean soup, mashed pinto beans, more pudding, custards, dabble in shrimp salad, and then softer foods like eggs poached in V8, and OH OH WE BEGIN TO PANIC THAT WE DONT FEEL FULLNESS, WE CAN STILL EAT MORE! Did they even do the surgery?

Learn more about our Bariatric Program in Mexico here.

Chicken Salad Rules ,,,

Once you progress a little further fullness hits you like a ton of bricks – shrimp, fish, chicken, wham!  often mid bite you have to spit out chewed food as you suddenly become too full.

Many post ops that never get over the fear of eating – they eat that single tablespoon or two of food, and never go past it. They stop eating before all the wonderful strong signals manifest themself! They never feel that creeping awareness of satisfaction, or that hiccup signal, or fullness as they stop before these signals come about.

Many who don’t achieve satiety are never full and graze by eating small amounts all day long. Always somewhat filling the pouch but never to satisfaction, which is the strongest feeling we can create for ourselves. I know people who only take three bites of food but repeat it all day long – they don’t gain weight, they still lose – but they never enter that post op zone where you know that you don’t have to worry as long as you choose to eat proteins first. They live in fear and have no comfort that the pouch will stop them.

In addition, when you have it, the feeling of satiety or fullness lasts a very long time once triggered. Once I hit that zone, I don’t want to eat for a very long time. Those who don’t use the pouch fill mechanism are often hungry as they never trigger their own response!

Trust the pouch.  Eat your proteins first and fill your new tiny tummy with good food choices.

Much success in your journey.

Respectfully,
International Patient Facilitators – Cancun and Tijuana, Mexico
On behalf of Dr. Sergio Verboonen 

info@ipf-mail.com
1 800 210 5124