Let’s Chat Protein Basics

“Eat More Protein” – are you tired of hearing about it ?

Let’s Chat Protein Basics 


The worn out bariatric expression “Eat More Protein” – are you tired of hearing about it ?  Let’s break it down so you too can become the protein pro !

Protein can be found in which foods ?


You can find protein in chicken and fish and meat.  For our fellow vegetarians, and those who are less then thrilled about eating meat, some protein options are: eggs, greek yogurt, cottage cheese, and beans.  

So how much protein do I really need ?

It’s important to aim for 60 to 80 grams of protein per day.  If you have a kidney issue it may be significantly lower so ask your nutritionist who specialises with bariatric patients to get you the correct protein prescription for your specific case.

Can I eat too much protein ?

It’s easy to get up to 80 grams of protein per day if you are drinking two protein shakes, along with various servings of protein per day.  It’s important to know that your body is not able to absorb more than 30 grams of protein in one sitting so if your shakes or bars or meal replacements are promising you more than 30 grams per serving – don’t believe that your body will absorb all that protein at one sitting.

How important is protein really ?

Let’s just say that you need your daily protein for repair work and cell building/ transportation.  If you don’t feed your body sufficient protein, it’s going to take it from your muscles where protein has been stored.  Doesn’t it just make more sense to eat your protein instead of stealing it from your own body ?  

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Much success in your journey.

Respectfully,
International Patient Facilitators – Cancun and Tijuana, Mexico
Dr. Sergio Verboonen and Sheri Burke – Bariatric Coordinator and Nutritionist.
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Why as a Bariatric Patient do I require Vitamin D3 ?

Why would a doctor recommend bariatric surgery with the expectation of taking vitamins for a long while? Isn’t VSG a reduction surgery, not malabsorption?  Why would vitamins be required ?

Almost all of the vitamins and minerals that we get come from our food.  Couple this with the knowledge of what is in the standard American diet and you can see why many experts recommend that EVERY adult take vitamins even if they have never had bariatric surgery!. 

With all bariatric procedures vitamins are necessary. It is true that the sleeve gastrectomy is not a malabsorptive procedure however due to the fact that you are eating 80 to 90% less you may become vitamin deficient.  You may not be able to get enough vitamins in with the small amount that you eat. 

Vitamin D. Vitamin D is essential to help your body absorb calcium. Vitamin D is difficult to absorb normally and is even more difficult for bariatric patients to absorb. Most bariatric surgeons recommend at least a daily dose of 1,000 IU vitamin D supplement. 

Vitamin D helps your body absorb the calcium you consume. Most of us aren’t getting enough vitamin D, which has set the stage for a vitamin D insufficiency and deficiency epidemic. Few foods contain vitamin D. Some milk is fortified with it and it is also fortified in some brands of orange juice, yogurt and breakfast cereal. Egg yolks, liver and some types of fish naturally contain vitamin D. 

Think you may be time to supplement vitamin D ?  Here is a superb way for bariatric patients to get it now on Amazon:  Bariatric Expert Vitamin D

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Nobody said it was going to be easy but I promise you it’s worth it !

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Much success in your journey.

Respectfully,
International Patient Facilitators – Cancun and Tijuana, Mexico
Dr. Sergio Verboonen and Sheri Burke – Bariatric Coordinator and Nutritionist.
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New Habits – Our New Normal – Bariatric

Bariatric surgery is great.  It gives patients back their life.  They get their health back.  They are able to stop all sorts of medications.  They can get on airplanes with no seat extender.  They go to the amusement parks with their kids.  It is life-changing.  There are some things that bariatric surgery cannot change.  Habits such as compulsive eating cannot be resolved through surgery.  

One of the many reasons patients decide to proceed with surgery is to assist them with their compulsive overeating.  When a patient arrives to the operating table, he or she has been overeating for many years.  The result is a stretched out stomach which requires a lot of food to feel satisfied.  On top of this, patients many have used overeating and food to deal with stressful situations.  Post surgery, this coping mechanism is no longer available.  What’s a post op patients to do ?

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Now is the time to switch our focus on improving those bad habits that helped get us into trouble in the first place.

Let’s pick just one goal to deal with at a time.  Sure, there are plenty of ways to help with compulsive eating but let’s not get overwhelmed and try to do everything at the same time.  Remember that change is a process and it will happen but you can only take one step at a time.  

Drink a lot of water.  I know you are tired of hearing this.  Drinking water does not cure everything but many times when we think we are hungry we are really dehydrated.  If you feel like you are hungry all the time and want to bite off your arm, have a glass of water first.  Reach for a glass of water before you reach for a snack.

Don’t multitask when eating.  Don’t eat when you are standing up.  Don’t eat in front of the television.  Don’t eat while on the telephone.  The idea here is that digestion starts from the sight and smell of food so your focus needs to be on what you are eating and not what you are doing besides eating.  By not paying attention to your food you are more likely to overeat so even if it’s only a snack, sit down and eat with zero distractions.

We always have to remember that the bariatric surgery that you had is only a tool and it’s the beginning of your journey.  If we want to be successful post surgery, there are habits that must change also.  Let’s try to think of life post surgery and new found habits and lifestyle changes as “the new normal”.  What we are aiming for is to not return to old bad habits and to make permanent long lasting changes for many years of super health.

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Feel free to share your victories and struggles in our Facebook Group.

I would love to connect with you.

Much success in your journey.

Respectfully,
International Patient Facilitators – Cancun and Tijuana, Mexico
Dr. Sergio Verboonen and Sheri Burke – Bariatric Coordinator and Nutritionist.
info@ipf-mail.com

1 800 210 5124

Reach out to us if you have questions !

Got Botched Cosmetic Surgery Results Back Home? Repair, Revise and Fix It

They say fame has a price. What they don’t specify is the price famous people have to pay for it.

Most people in Hollywood have reportedly had nips and tucks to give a lift to their careers. Even celebrity icons like Marilyn Monroe had a little work done!

Plastic, cosmetic and aesthetic procedures give people ‘the look’ they have always wanted. However, sometimes things go wrong.

Every year, more than 15.6 million cosmetic procedures take place. Reconstructive procedures are less in number, only about 5.6 million. There is a slight possibility your facelift or cheek implant might go horribly wrong, which is why you should research thoroughly before going under the knife.

Visit a Specialized Mexico Surgeon for Reconstructive Surgery/Revision

International Patient Facilitators will help you find an accredited Mexican cosmetic surgeon or practice that specializes in fixing botched surgery. It’s important to know not all botched cosmetic surgeries are due to surgeon’s mistake.

Some plastic and aesthetic surgeries are more complex than others, causing the body to place a natural limitation on result. You may have to look for a qualified cosmetic surgeon for the following surgeries gone wrong.

Swollen Lips

Many women have been inspired by the Kardasians, especially Kylie Jenner and Kim K. Many have had their lips injected with enhancers to emulate Kylie Jenner’s voluptuous lips! Swollen lips and a lopsided mouth are the result.

Asymmetric Breasts

Droopy breasts are the result of a botched breast augmentation procedure. Not only do droopy breasts ruin a body’s shape but can make life difficult regarding clothing. Cosmetic surgeons in Mexico are equipped to fix droopy breasts resulting from a previous breast augmentation procedure.

Wrinkling Breast Implants

This can be seen over the breast tissue, especially when you bend. What causes rippling and wrinkling of breast implants?

  • Under-filling/overfilling breast implant
  • Poor amount of breast tissue coverage
  • Wrong placement of breast implant

Botched Nose Job

Each year, nearly 15 million nose surgeries go wrong in the United States. In addition to cosmetic reasons, people dealing with breathing problems choose rhinoplasty revision. This is done by taking cartilage from the ear and skin (from scalp).

Leakage in Breast Implant

Implant leakage can cause fibrous tissue inflammation or formation of scar tissue. Here is how you will know of leakage in your breast implant:

  • Lumps
  • Swelling or pain in breast
  • Changes in breast shape or size
  • Hardening or softening

Paying for revision cosmetic surgery at a U.S. practice might put a dent in your wallet especially without medical insurance. International Patient Facilitators can help you find an affordable yet accredited cosmetic specialist to bring your body back to how it should have been. Fill the given medical form now.

Do You Know What You Should Eat After Your Cosmetic Surgery?

Eating healthy is important for a number of reasons. How else are we supposed to improve our immune system, maintain a healthy weight, and keep organs and tissues functioning at optimal levels?

Nutritious and well-balanced foods have the power to nourish and heal. Bottom line: it’s important to eat right especially after cosmetic surgery.

Eating Healthy After Surgery – Why Is It Important?

It helps support our body’s healing system. Other physiological functions are also positively affected including nutrient absorption, digestion, cell repair, and others. Eating healthy and well-balanced meals is equally important, not just for plastic and cosmetic surgery, but other surgical procedures as well.

For instance, foods like dark leafy greens and fatty fish help fight inflammation. Certain foods high and saturated fat can increase inflammation. Similarly good blood circulation is encouraged by oranges, ginger root, and garlic.

Foods to Eat After Cosmetic Surgery

The most important food groups you must have after cosmetic surgery are:

Fiber

Constipation is a common complaint after surgery. Qualified nutritionists at International Patient Facilitators instruct patients to eat plenty of fiber-laden foods. Prevent this complication by avoiding dehydrated or dried foods, processed foods, cheese and dairy products, red meats and sweets.

Protein

Amino acids found in protein helps with tissue regeneration and wound healing. Consuming lean protein such as chicken, seafood, and turkey following surgery can also aid in increasing strength and energy

You can also get your daily protein intake from eggs, nuts, beans and tofu. Add protein powder to drinks and fruit smoothies if having trouble getting enough from your diet.

Vitamins C & E

While all vitamins are important, vitamin C and E are especially helpful after surgery. Vitamin C aids in tissue repair and collagen re-growth, which speeds up healing and recovery time.

Excessive scarring and incision site complications are also minimized. An antioxidant, vitamin E defends the body against additional damage. Food sources are best at providing the necessary vitamins and minerals; try adding vitamin C dense citrus fruits, berries, bell peppers, and cruciferous vegetables (broccoli) to your diet. Get your daily dose of vitamin E from seeds, eggs, nuts, and some plant derived oils.

Healthy and Simple Recipe for Great Skin – Avocado & Egg Pizza

This is an amazingly simple recipe that can be made for lunch or breakfast. Not only will you eat healthy but you get to eat pizza!

Ingredients

  • Pocket-less pita bread
  • Egg
  • Avocado
  • Lemon juice
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper

Preparation

Pop the pita bread into the toaster, while you fry an egg. Take out the bread when nicely toasted. Mash avocado into a bowl, drizzle some lemon juice and olive oil. Spread this mixture on the toast and place fried egg on top. Sprinkle salt and pepper according to taste and enjoy!

You can find more tasty and healthy recipes for your post-bariatric surgery diet!

Use a smaller plate ,, and other not so crazy food tricks

Reason your way through your impulse eating and cravings rather than just jumping off the ledge. 

Give these suggestions some consideration. They’ll help you reduce your calorie intake, have greater control and make better choices based on the science of tricking the brain.

Use Small Plates! 

If you put two identical portions of food on a small plate and big plate, the portion on the bigger plate will look smaller, and vice versa. Our brains are truly fooled by this, even when we know they are the same. Stare at the two plates in the photo above. The giant plate is almost empty, a bit of rabbit food… not a fun evening at all! BUT, the Small Portion Plate is filled with lovely goodies… sliced egg and cheese, a great meal.

No Plastic Please

Latest research shows that the weight of the silverware and plate have a significant effect on our appreciation for meals we eat; with heavier plates, knives and forks offering even greater levels of satiety. Who would think that?

Bottom Line

Serve your meals on a small, heavy dish and eat with a heavy fork, spoon and knife. We need gather as much strength on our side to beat this one. Why not try it!

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Make it difficult to eat

While it may look a little silly, when we eat with our opposite hand we eat less. But if you are like me, you’d end up with your steak in your lap. So instead, try using a Japanese soup spoon, chopsticks or a shrimp cocktail fork – anything that slows you down. Slow mindful eating is the goal.

No more TV dinners

We eat almost twice as much when we’re watching television or texting. Try rolling things back to a simpler time – turn off the TV, put the phone in the other room, actually sit at your dining table and enjoy your meal. Take a break for supper time.

Eat with your Nose

Take a deep breath over your food and notice the aroma. Hold your warm bowl in your hands, chew slowly, pay attention to the flavor and texture and you’ll take in fewer calories. Our brains use the amount of sensation we receive from food as a cue to tell us when to stop eating.

The easiest way to lose weight and stay there is to eat foods that promote satiety and keep you full. Master these proven tricks to turn Fatbrain around and get her working with you – on your side – beside you.

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Feel free to share your victories and struggles in our Facebook Group.

I would love to connect with you.

Much success in your journey.

Respectfully,
International Patient Facilitators – Cancun and Tijuana, Mexico
Dr. Sergio Verboonen and Sheri Burke – Bariatric Coordinator and Nutritionist.
info@ipf-mail.com

1 800 210 5124

Reach out to us if you have questions !