Following the plan ? Bariatric Edition

There is so much information online and we have everything at our fingertips.  People just have so much more information than they did back 10 years ago and they are so much more knowledgeable today about bariatric surgery.  Some clients believe that the online world is such a wealth of knowledge that they don’t really need to listen to their bariatric surgeons advice or follow their bariatric nutritionists guidelines.  They believe that all the advice that they get is good advice – never mind the bad advice that is being recommended by people who really have zero idea about good health post bariatric surgery.

We all have a friend who had surgery and didn’t follow any of the rules and didn’t drink protein shakes or didn’t take vitamins.  You know the one that I am talking about … problem is that if we fail to take care of our nutrition post surgery, we don’t follow the plan and we slip off track and then time passes and the re-gain has started and the scale is moving back in the wrong direction again.  How did we get it so wrong ?

Here is what we should do !

Go back to the basics and get out your guidelines and reach out for help and look back to what worked for you in the beginning.  Lots of post op clients allow the refined carbs to creep back into their life.  Carb creep is one of the main reasons why bariatric clients have re-gains.  It’s the chips and crackers and breads and popcorn and potatoes and french fries and tortillas and soda and sugars and the list goes on and on.  I have never had a client reach out to me with a re-gain from eating salad with chicken and avocado or baked fish with veggies. It’s all those packaged items that greatly affect our weight.

Stop drinking sugary beverages.  It doesn’t matter if it’s agave or honey or raw sugar or molasses.  It is all SUGAR.  Sure it can be tough to go from sugar sweetened drinks to artificial sweeteners, but do you know what is really killing us ?  obesity is killing us and in my opinion, an artificial sweetener is better in the beginning over regular sugar.  The artificial sugar or stevia (even better) can help us kick the sugar habit and get us ready to make really healthy decisions about kicking the sugar habit AND the artificial sweetener habit.  One step takes us to the next step.  Take those steps and get some momentum going.

Bariatric surgery is not the easy way out.  We still need to make smart decisions each and every day.  There aren’t any magic loop holes.  We need to do the work to see the results.  Pay attention to what your bariatric surgery coordinators and your bariatric nutritionists are telling you about healthy eating.  There is no magic wand.  Nothing about our old lifestyles or how we used to eat works with our new healthy lifestyle. 

No nonsense guide to real eating to lose weight and feel better after a slump or a regain.

Bariatric Back on Track  

None of us are perfect but when we fall down we must know how to best get up and keep on going.

I believe in you.  You are going to reach your goal.

About the Author: Sheri Burke is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and Bariatric Surgery Coordinator at International Patient Facilitators in Tijuana and Cancun, Mexico. She has worked with bariatric surgery clients for over 10 years and especially enjoys providing nutritional guidance to pre and post bariatric clients.  In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two teens and cooking up a nutritional storm in the kitchen.

For high quality specialized plant protein for bariatric patients Bariatric Expert Protein Powders

Time for a “bariatric expert” multivitamin ?  Here is a perfect way for bariatric patients to get it now on Amazon:  Bariatric Expert MultiVitamins.

Eat Like a Bariatric Expert with our Nutrition Plans.

Feel free to share your victories and struggles in our Facebook Group. I would love to connect with you.

Stay motivated with Bariatric Wristbands – post your results online !

Bariatric Keto – Do you want to try it ?

Keto Keto keto, it’s all you hear about today – the ketogenic diet.  It’s everywhere.   Your Mom’s doing it, your best friend is trying it and your neighbour talks non-stop about it.  But can you, as a bariatric patient try the ketogenic diet and will it work for you ?

The short definition of ketosis is:  when the body is fueled almost entirely by fat. This happens when you eat a diet which is very low in carbohydrates.  The name “ketosis” comes from “ketones,” which are considered a type of fuels which your body runs on when you have depleted your glucose stores (blood sugar).  There is a whole bunch of science involved but the positive thing about ketosis is that it increases your body’s ability to burn fat.  

Lucky for our clients, I am a bariatric expert but also a nutritionist specializing in bariatric pre and post operative care.  I help bariatric clients take the best of Keto that move them towards their weight loss and nutritional goals and leaves the rest of it behind.  I use a Ketogenic nutrimental plan minus this following list to make our program “Bariatric Keto”.  Here are foods which you are NOT going to be eating on this keto plan….

  • Blankets of full fat cheese
  • Unlimited Bacon
  • Tons of butter

But the good news is that we will be eating some of the really good stuff that the keto community thrives on such as:

  • Seafood, Meats and Poultry
  • Lots of low carb veggies
  • Avocados
  • Eggs
  • Plain Greek Yogurt
  • Cottage Cheese and Ricotta
  • Nuts and Seeds
  • Berries
  • Olives
  • Coffee and Tea
  • Dark Chocolate

Save yourself some unnecessary stress and grab my “Bariatric Keto Plan”.  It will answer all your questions such as:

  • “Is this food Keto Friendly”?
  • “What can I make for dinner”?
  • “How many carbs are in this recipe”?

And I include the meal plans to further reduce keto-stress.  You’ll know exactly what to make ahead of time to make your life a whole lot easier.   You will get to try new recipes so you don’t have to make the same handful of recipes over and over and over again.  Boredom makes non-keto foods oh-so-irresistible.

Check out the Bariatric Keto Plan to save yourself time and unnecessary stress.

Remember, you already have  your secret weapon – your tool – your bariatric surgery … to keep you in line. This is the ultimate portion control !  The idea is to eat until satisfied and don’t stuff yourself.  Let’s reach those goals together !!

I believe in you.

About the Author: Sheri Burke is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and Bariatric Surgery Coordinator at International Patient Facilitators in Tijuana and Cancun, Mexico. She has worked with bariatric surgery clients for over 10 years and especially enjoys providing nutritional guidance to pre and post bariatric clients.  In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two teens and cooking up a nutritional storm in the kitchen.

For high quality specialized plant protein for bariatric patients Bariatric Expert Protein Powders

Time for a “bariatric expert” multivitamin ?  Here is a perfect way for bariatric patients to get it now on Amazon:  Bariatric Expert MultiVitamins.

Eat Like a Bariatric Expert with our Nutrition Plans.

Feel free to share your victories and struggles in our Facebook Group. I would love to connect with you.

Stay motivated with Bariatric Wristbands – post your results online !

Back to Basics – Bariatric Edition

The sun is shining and summer is right around the corner.  It is time to take off that last layer of clothing and we are thinking about our bathing suits and that summer vacation that we have been planning for a while now.  Front headlines are shouting about their latest “bikini ready diet” or “shed 20 lbs in 10 days” nonsense.  You know how we really really really want to believe this and sometimes fall for this unrealistic stuff ?  You know that it’s not going to be different so let’s focus on clean eating because nonsensical diets can make it even more difficult to control the weight in the long run.

What do you do instead of falling for nonsensical headlines ?  It’s time to get back to the basics and to make a plan and to write it down on paper and to take action today (okay okay, or tomorrow morning) and start planning on how you are going to lose those last lbs or get rid of that regain that you have had over the last few months.  Set  your goal and let’s get to it.  We can make a whole lot of changes over a month instead of trying to cram it all in over a 10 day period.  Massive short bursts of effort are not as effective as focused, and controlled eating and activity.  For example, you can cut down on your sugar consumption, drink more water, take a daily walk and aim to get 5 servings of vegetables per day.  Those are realistic small changes which can add up to a big result over a 4 week period.

If you are looking for a 21 day menu plan loaded with whole foods, a food swap list, grocery lists, recipes – and a plan that works, created for bariatric clients, then check out the Bariatric Back on Track – Reset   No nonsense guide to real eating to lose weight and feel better after a slump or a regain.  

Follow the program’s simple and yummy meal plans. The done-for-you recipe book and food swap list are empowering and easy to follow. Your food journal helps you identify and correct unhealthy eating habits. Eat your way with our reset program to long term bariatric surgery success.

I want you to know that I know how hard you are working to reach your goals and I know how truly committed you are to this process.  Keep on keeping on and moving forward through this journey.  You are going to achieve your goals. 

About the Author: Sheri Burke is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and Bariatric Surgery Coordinator at International Patient Facilitators in Tijuana and Cancun, Mexico. She has worked with bariatric surgery clients for over 10 years and especially enjoys providing nutritional guidance to pre and post bariatric clients.  In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two teens and cooking up a nutritional storm in the kitchen.

For high quality specialized plant protein for bariatric patients Bariatric Expert Protein Powders

Time for a “bariatric expert” multivitamin ?  Here is a perfect way for bariatric patients to get it now on Amazon:  Bariatric Expert MultiVitamins.

Eat Like a Bariatric Expert with our Nutrition Plans.

Feel free to share your victories and struggles in our Facebook Group. I would love to connect with you.

Stay motivated with Bariatric Wristbands – post your results online !

Eat Real Food – Bariatric Edition

Not all health experts are going to agree with me but I believe that there is a secret solution to get rid of any re-gain or to break a stall and to regain your health.  It’s not some crazy trick or some super supplement either.  It’s just one thing and this one thing can make such a huge difference in your health while eliminating any excess weight.

Eat. Real. Food.  That’s the big secret.  Our beautiful bodies were not made to eat all the refined and processed and packaged foods which we are presenting it with on a daily basis.  It just doesn’t know what to do with it all.  If there is one thing that you can do to get the scale moving again, this is it.  

So what is my definition of real food ?  It’s not processed.  It doesn’t have added chemicals. It is rich in vitamins and nutrients.  It is whole, live, natural, good quality, real food – one ingredient

And some of my reasonings to eat real food are:  Real food is low in sugar.  It is heart-healthy. It is high in fiber. It helps control blood sugar. It is good for your skin.  It helps lower triglycerides. It provides variety. It costs less in the long run. It is high in healthy fats. It may reduce disease risk. It contains antioxidants. It is good for your gut. It helps prevent overeating. It promotes dental health. It reduces sugar cravings. It gets the focus off dieting, and real food is DELICIOUS. 

Sure, processed foods can feel convenient some of the time but we cannot sit here and argue about how they make us happier or healthier.  I feel that following a whole food diet that is based on real, honest to goodness food is one of the most important things that we can do to maintain a high quality of life and good health.

Eating real food isn’t about being perfect.  Just try today to replace one thing that you eat with real food – for example, instead of reaching for that packaged granola bar, reach for a handful of nuts and seeds.  Keep moving forward and be gentle with yourself as you make the changes to a more real food diet.  Let’s get real and understand that you don’t have to have an all-or-nothing perspective.  It takes time to find replacements for your favorite packaged foods.  Look at this like a journey to health and take one step at a time.  It’s all those little steps that add up to healthier you.

Try again and again and again.  It’s a learning process.  

About the Author: Sheri Burke is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and Bariatric Surgery Coordinator at International Patient Facilitators in Tijuana and Cancun, Mexico. She has worked with bariatric surgery clients for over 10 years and especially enjoys providing nutritional guidance to pre and post bariatric clients.  In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two teens and cooking up a nutritional storm in the kitchen.

For high quality specialized plant protein for bariatric patients Bariatric Expert Protein Powders

Time for a “bariatric expert” multivitamin ?  Here is a perfect way for bariatric patients to get it now on Amazon:  Bariatric Expert MultiVitamins.

Eat Like a Bariatric Expert with our Nutrition Plans.

Feel free to share your victories and struggles in our Facebook Group. I would love to connect with you.

Stay motivated with Bariatric Wristbands – post your results online !