Why do things taste different

Why do things taste different

Is it possible to not like bacon? If you’re a patient who’s had gastric bypass, gastric sleeve or Mini Bypass surgeries, bacon may be one of those foods you just don’t like anymore. Add dairy, sweets and fried foods to that list of dislikes and you may be wondering if the surgeons operated on your tongue as well as your stomach. 

You are not alone

Rest assured you’re not alone in this phenomenon. Changes in the way food tastes, smells or is tolerated are incredibly common following weight loss surgery. Much to the delight of dietitians everywhere, these changes in taste tend to work to the patient’s advantage! Studies indicate patients who reported food aversions had greater weight loss and reduced BMI following surgery compared to those who experienced no food aversions.

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 

Let’s discuss a few realities post op

Make Smart Choices Please

If you are overweight, obese or morbidly obese and you believe that you eat the same foods as your naturally slim friends, it is a relatively sure bet that you are mistaken. I know this is harsh but it’s the truth. Being ‘naturally’ slim is not just by design, it’s also by the preferences they have and choices they make that sometimes seem effortless to those of us who struggle with weight. Studies show that people who are slim don’t look for reasons to indulge and keep a similar schedule by consuming moderate or lower calorie foods day in and day out. The glaring reality is that obese people DO make poor choices – some of these foods are calorie dense, while others are naturally large and hard to eat in smaller portions. Some are BOTH high in calories and difficult to consume in daintier amounts. It’s no surprise that folks who eat these foods on a regular basis, pack on and maintain heavier body weights. The solution is awareness, portion control and simply choosing foods that taste as good that are not so high in calories. We have to first see it and then work to change it.

8 Foods that overweight people tend to choose every day: 1/ Fancy Coffee Drinks, 2/ Bagels, 3/ Cream Cheese, 4/ Salad Dressing, 5/ Processed Carbs, 6/ High Calorie Beverages, 7/ Chips and Crackers 8/ Chinese Foods   Old habits die hard but they are just habits. Tastes can be retrained but we first have to come to terms and accept that it IS within our control and we DID cause our own obesity. Bariatric surgery is just a tool to use to help us get out from under the burden of 100 pounds or more but after that it’s up to us. After the ‘Honeymoon Period’ where weight loss is automatic, we are driving the car and need to use the surgically created tool to stay on the highway. Know what you are eating and think as to whether or not that 500 calorie creamed spinach would make you that much happier than 70 calorie grilled asparagus. Which one would your naturally slim friend choose?

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 

Slow Cooker Pepper Steak

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Slow Cooker Pepper Steak
Slow Cooker Pepper Steak
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Servings
people
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Servings
people
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. cut steaks into strips
  2. chop up onion and slice up red and green peppers
  3. throw all ingredients into slow cooker on low for 6-8 hours.
  4. serve over rice or mashed potatoes (not included in nutritional values)
Recipe Notes

Number of Servings: 6

How to prevent the stretch after bariatric surgery

Eating one or two large meals will not lead to a permanently stretched stomach or issues with your hunger and fullness triggers. However, doing this multiple times can lead to issues.

The list below hi-lights key points to reduce the risk of stretching your stomach after gastric surgery.

Tip 1. Limit Volume not Sweets.
Instead of totally limiting every aspect of your diet, give yourself a reward once a week with a special treat limited in size. But do not go out and eat a large meal – regardless of the type of food.

Tip 2. Do not drink when you eat
It’s better to drink your fluids an hour or two before eating and/or an hour or two after. This lets the fluids digest and they won’t increase the amount of gas that can build or limit the amount of space for nutrient dense foods. 

Tip 3. Meal Size
If you do have a bigger than normal meal, make your next meal small and make sure you don’t make larger meals a habit.

Tip 4. Do not get discouraged
If you fell off the wagon and binged one or two meals or even the entire previous week. The stomach and the mind is an amazingly resilient thing. Start over and start eating normal meals again.

So stretching your stomach after gastric sleeve surgery is not a myth. It can happen and it does happen – but the stomach will never revert to it’s original size pre.op. Be aware of it and prevent it. Remember how hard the surgery and recovery was? Remember what a big decision you made? Its never too late to change your habits and get back on the right track.

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 

Very Berry Smoothie Shake

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Very Berry Smoothie Shake
Very Berry Smoothie Shake
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients to blender. Blend until smooth and rich. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

Number of Servings: 2