Learning to add food back to your diet after surgery.

What is “normal food”?

Once released to go on your merry way and eat ‘real’ or ‘normal’ foods proceed with caution.  Many post ops live in the Soft Food Zone forever – not purees or baby food, but just softer moister foods. Foods will need to have a softer texture in the beginning in order to comfortably eat them. Dry or dense foods will not work for a Lap Band, RNY, or Gastric Sleeve after your surgery. We also need to move away from processed foods as well. If a food has been changed from it’s original state and boxed or packaged where it does not go bad, leave it on the supermarket shelf.

Welcome to the real world of bariatric surgery. Protein foods such as chicken or fish need to be cooked so they are not dried out and then often need to be further moistened with salsa’s sauces, low fat vegetable gravies, salad dressing, low or no sugar sauces, or yogurt based dips so that they chew up into a moist mouthful. We must always practice mindful eating in regards to choices and textures.

Tuna, chicken, shrimp, and egg salads are very good first foods and make nice lunches for work. Paired with a few bites of tender baby greens or chopped tossed salad, they are super easy to eat and healthy too.

Positive Changes for the Entire Family

It is not a good idea to get into the habit of cooking separate meals as it can emotionally separate you from your family. We are often responsible for the care and feeding of the household and they probably benefit from the positive change as well.

Always eat your moist protein first, followed by a couple of bites of the accompanying vegetables. Three bites protein for every one bite of vegetables is a good start – later on it will be a more balanced one for one bite.

When you have a feeling of satisfaction and do not care about eating another bite of food, stop. Do not eat past a point of satisfaction or fullness. As time progresses you will learn to recognize this point.

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

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Stuffed Green Peppers

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Stuffed Green Peppers
Stuffed Green Peppers
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Combine 1/2 cup rice with 1 cup of water. Cook per directions on rice package.
  2. Wash and Core The Green Peppers - set aside
  3. Heat Oven to 400C
  4. While rice is cooking, in large skillet, brown ground beef. Drain. Set meat aside on paper towels to continue to drain.
  5. Place diced tomatoes, onion, garlic powder, and basil in skillet. Cook on low heat for 15-20 minutes. Add ground beef and cooked rice into mixture. Salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Stuff Peppers with the mixture and bake in oven for 30 minutes
Recipe Notes

Makes 4 servings.

The decision to undergo Bariatric Surgery:

The decision about whether to undergo obesity surgery is fairly complex and most importantly, very personal. You must understand that bariatric surgery is a major undertaking, and though most patients enjoy an improvement in health conditions and self-esteem after successful surgery, these results should not be the overriding motivation for having the procedure.

Deciding to undergo a bariatric procedure will change your life in a dramatic and permanent way, so there’s no such thing as too much careful consideration. Even if you are interested in having surgery, your goals should be to live better, healthier and longer.

Lifelong commitment 

It is important to remember that there are no ironclad guarantees in any kind of surgery. There can be unexpected outcomes in even the simplest procedures. What can be said, however, is that bariatric surgery will only succeed when the patient makes a lifelong commitment. Some of the challenges facing a person after weight-loss surgery can be unexpected.

Lifestyle Changes

Ultimately, the decision to have the procedure is up to you. After having heard all the information, you must decide if the benefits outweigh the side effects and potential complications. Remember, this surgery is only a tool. Your ultimate success depends on strict adherence to the recommended dietary, exercise and lifestyle changes.

Bariatric treatment: deciding where you don’t want to compromise

When experience is everything 

Patients traveling to Mexico for bariatric surgery have one main goal, safe surgery, reasonable cost and highly experienced surgeons.  Allow us to organise all the details for you.  We have extensive experience facilitating for Americans and Canadians crossing borders for Medical Treatments for almost a decade.

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 

Medical Tourism Mexico

What to expect.

Medical Tourism with International Patient Facilitators can be best described as the combination of travel to a foreign country to receive affordable medical care with some of the top surgeons and doctors in the chosen country.

Is Medical Tourism Safe
Let’s talk.

The concept of traveling to a foreign country to receive medical treatment may appear daunting, but when the journey is arranged through a respected, knowledgeable agency with established relationships in the host country, it is safe.

Experience is key

Knowledge or Medical and Travel Professions

The International Patient Facilitators staff has years of combined service experience, coupled with tremendous knowledge of both the medical and travel professions.  Our clients are comfortable, confident and educated about the process before, and during their travels to Cancun or Tijuana.

Why choose IPF ?

Respected, knowledgable organization

It is our goal to not only meet, but always exceed each client’s expectations.  Our testimonials and client satisfaction are a testament to our service and high quality of care.

Much success in your journey.

Respectfully,
International Patient Facilitators – Cancun and Tijuana, Mexico
info@ipf-mail.com

1 800 210 5124 

Small Changes/ Big Results!

Every Choice We Make Counts.

If you’re starting on your weight loss journey, or you want to get back on track, just remember, every choice we make counts.  Does it occur to you that every choice we make, even small ones, add up to the bigger picture.  Yes, I know every dieting magazine article says this, but there is a reason for that:  IT’S TRUE!

• Think about small changes throughout the day that we make/could make, that would add up to big calories saved or burned, that would lead to healthier bodies

• Ask Yourself ,,,, But how many opportunities am I missing?  When cruising around the parking lot at the supermarket, why didn’t I park further away for a longer walk? Did I eat off my kids plates? Did I add heavy cream sauce to my chicken at lunch ? Did I drink sufficient water before breakfast ? Why didn’t I walk to the park down the street to get some extra steps in.

All of these are little, seem trivial, and individually they are.  But day after day, week after week, these little shortcuts or missed opportunities add up to extra health benefits we all pass up every day.  Our new goal should be to pay closer attention to the little opportunities to make a healthier choice.  Always keep in the back of your mind that they will add up to something bigger!

• Yes, we can! 

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 

Chicken and Grape Salad

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Chicken and Grape Salad
Chicken and Grape Salad
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
people
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
people
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients and serve on a bed of lettuce (optional)