Smart Carbs ? – what the heck is a carbohydrate and why is it so important to know this ? Why Carbs ? What is a Carb ? How are they used ? Why is bread bad ? How does a tortilla turn to sugar ? Gosh it’s all so complicated, or is it,,, ? Knowledge is power so keep on reading.
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In general, carbohydrates come to us from plant (versus animal) foods, because carbohydrates are produced by photosynthesis in plants. The carbohydrates are the primary source of energy in Nature’s plant foods – fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes and tubers. These foods play an important role in the functioning of internal organs, the nervous system and muscles. They are the best source of energy for endurance athletics because they provide both an immediate and a time released energy source as they are digested easily and then consistently metabolized in the bloodstream. Animal foods contain carbohydrates, but the broad diversity of carbohydrates that are needed to optimally support health can only be found in the plant world.
Carbohydrates play an important role in helping to regulate the metabolism of their fellow macronutrients – namely, protein and fat. The balance between these three food components helps determine the robustness of our immune response, bone and tissue growth, joint fluidity and rate of healing following injury. Excessively low ratio of carbohydrates to proven shifts our body’s metabolism into a ketogenic state. Ketogenesis is a natural but also specialized process in which our bodies respond to stress of starvation by increasing the reliance on fat as a fuel. There is some evidence that a diet too low in carbohydrates can make one of our hormones (insulin) less effective, therefore destabilizing our blood sugar levels.
Some kinds of high carbohydrate diets have been shown to have equally destabilizing effects on blood sugar and to raise certain fat levels (especially trigicerides) in the blood. This diet also appears to be the major factor in obesity issues.
When you reach for all your “comfort foods” like macaroni and cheese – make your carbohydrate servings count by selecting the most “nutrient dense” choices and always remember to keep your portions nice and small.
Here are some ideas to get all you can from your carb choices.
Avoid drinks that have sugar such as regular soft drinks, or sweetened iced tea, or gatorade.
Don’t drink the juice, Eat the Fruit.
Why choose regular potatoes when you can opt for a sweet potato.
Whole Grain Rice will not elevate your blood sugars like white rice will do
Eat whole grain oatmeal instead of those processed cereals.
Only 1/4 of your plate is reserved for your “good carbs”.
Make your Carbs count by making smart choices. Keep your portions small and choose nutrient dense carbohydrates. Reach out to us if you want more information about eating carbohydrates post op bariatric surgery.
It’s all about your health. It’s about the quantity and quality of your life and the ability to be able to do the things that you want to do when you want to do them.
How to prevent Hair Loss post weight loss surgery.
Hair loss after bariatric surgery is very common.40% of patients experience it but don’t worry because it’s only temporary. Most patients notice hair loss starting 2 months after their operation, and lasting about 6 months before a slow return. This is a normal response to the stress of significant weight loss. It’s not like clumps of hair falling out and going bald, but for some people it is quite significant.
There are a couple things you can do to minimize hair loss:
stay up on your multivitamin recommendations
stay up on your protein intake recommendations
you can try adding biotin to your diet.
Some patients swear by it, many do not see any difference / doesn’t hurt to give it a try. Just remember, if you are one of the 40% of patients who experience hair loss, don’t fret, it’s only temporary.
Guess What, Solid food is back ! You’ve made it this far and it’s time to start eating real food. This does not mean you get to eat whatever you want – you are still healing and wanting to reach your goal quickly.
Your diet will now consist of protein, vegetables, a limited amount of grains, and very little, if any, refined sugars should be added at this time.
Let’s chat about Week 4 which is Solid Foods.
This is your new healthy lifestyle so here are some tips for starting solid foods:
Introduce one new food at at time: ideally not more than one new food a day so you can gauge your body’s reaction.
Eat slowly. Chew your food well, 15 seconds each bite.
Separate your food and water by at least 30 minutes.
Continue to drink at least 64 ounces of water a day.
Eat your protein first, vegetables second and carbs third.
The total caloric intake per day will usually range from 800 to 1,200 and up to 1,500 18 months after surgery.
Upon scheduling we will provide you with a detailed list of the four stages post op and what you should be consuming at each stage.