Food is Fuel Rethinking The Way We Feel About Food Post Weight Loss Surgery

My friends and family will tell you that I am passionate about nutrition, traveling and healthy living. I feel that it’s important to stay on top of the latest nutrition science and to be able to share it with all my clients.  I want you to also become passionate about nutrition post-surgery.

I am not always the healthiest I can be and not every meal that I consume consists of the ideal plate, but in my mind, I want to strive to be that person who adapts to a lifestyle where I don’t miss anything from the SAD – Standard American Diet. 

We cannot just stop eating after bariatric surgery.  We need to use food in order to drop the weight.  Food is the tool that will get us to our goal.  Food is not our enemy.  Food becomes our friend.  In order to be successful, we need to deal with our feelings about food and to understand how important it is to live our healthiest life.

We are always on a diet.  I hate to say this but most of us have a chronic history of being on a diet all of the time.  We are constantly restricting ourselves.  When I am working with a client, coordinating their bariatric surgery, one of the first questions they ask me is “what kind of diet will I be put on”.  And they are right, they will need to follow a bariatric pre-op and post-op plan but their next question is “after the post op guidelines, what kind of diet will I be on for the rest of my life”?…

Let’s talk about sustainability.  We cannot live our lives in the constant vicious circle of being on and off of a diet.  It messes with our moods and our metabolisms.  

My real goal will be to change the way my clients think about food.  What needs to be changed is the relationship with food.  What needs to be put in place is a new lifestyle where we eat real food, not the packaged stuff.  

We will always need to put the emphasis on high-quality proteins and healthy fats.  Carbs are used as quick energy but in the long run, they are not going to sustain us.  Our bodies are made in a way where we are going to first burn carbs, and then protein comes next and the last thing to burn is fat.  Our goal is to burn fat but this is the last thing that our bodies want to burn.  

My work also consists of teaching clients how to eat.  I encourage them to meet their protein goals and also their water goals.  I encourage them to think of food like fuel and to fuel their bodies correctly to get to their desired goals.  

Carbohydrates are a huge topic because I want clients to understand the difference between different kinds of carbohydrates.  When we understand how carbohydrates are processed in the body, we start to get the concept of living a low carb lifestyle.  We do not want to have our insulin levels high.  We want our blood sugars to be even throughout the day without any high spikes.  If we can accomplish this, we will feel more satisfied and less hungry throughout the day and with better energy.

Post-bariatric clients need to adapt to this lifestyle without feeling like they are on a diet.  I want them to understand that the SAD standard American diet is not a healthy way of eating and the closer they get to a whole food diet, the better they will feel and the better their results will be.  

Instead of feeling “I have to eat this way”,  I want them to say “I get to eat this way”.  Yes, they are fortunate to have a surgery for restriction and an eating plan that is sustainable, consisting of whole, live, natural, good quality food. Once they adapt to this way of eating, going back to the SAD will be disappointing.  Those types of processed and refined foods only lead to high blood sugar, high insulin levels and uncontrollable hunger with weight gain.  

Let’s all enjoy a simpler way of eating.  Let’s stick to eating real food.  Let’s continue to learn about food and what it does for us.  Let’s never get tired of trying to live a more natural lifestyle which includes more natural foods.  

Push on!  You’ve got this!

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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.

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Control Over Your Diet Bariatric Edition

What happens when we get derailed with our diet?  What can we do to prevent falling all the way down the rabbit hole?  Isn’t it interesting how one bad meal can turn into a bad week, and then into a bad month?  

I am here to offer gentle suggestions and advice to prevent you from falling all the way down when you trip or stumble along the way.

I spend a lot of time with pre and post bariatric clients.  Actually, I spend most of my working day with them and when I am not working, I am still answering texts through messenger and on my cell phone.  I know that trouble can arise at any corner.  I know that chocolate cake takes no prisoners.  I understand the difficulty at having to sit at a family gathering or a birthday party and have to ignore all the yummy food piled all around you.

What do you do when you veer off the straight and narrow road of clean-eating? 

Carbs happen sometimes… there are moments where we just are not as strong.  We need to understand that one bad meal, doesn’t have to turn into a full-on carb-binge.  If pizza “happens”, we can go back to our regular diet the very next meal. 

I do believe that most of us have similar struggles when it comes to food.  We grew up eating one way and to change those patterns is very difficult.  Even if we know and truly understand “why” they are so bad for us, we still want to have them in our lives.  

My nemesis is chocolate milk.  This is a perfect example of something I have a very hard time controlling.  Sure, I have many comfort foods but this is a perfect example.  I see the 1-liter container and it’s almost always on sale so I buy it “for my kids”.  Am I a “kid”? No.  Is it any good for my kids to drink this stuff? No.  So then why the heck do I buy it?  I swear that stuff calls my name from the refrigerator in the middle of the night.  If I take even a sip of the stuff, I am hooked!  I want to drink the whole thing.  

If I cave in and drink the chocolate milk (which sometimes happens), does this mean that the next day I will get up and buy another liter and drink that liter also? No.  I know that it was wrong and it wasn’t good for me and that I now have the “sugar bug” but I am going to make the steps to get rid of the sugar in my system.  I am going to drink plenty of water and make my next meal a turkey salad, or chicken soup with veggies or something that is nourishing.  I am going to take a walk and I am going to try not to buy that evil chocolate milk ever again lol (insert evil laugh here). 

Let’s do this for whatever nemesis you have. Yours may be mac and cheese or it may be bagel sandwiches or sugary frappuccinos at Starbucks.  My whole point here is that whatever your nemesis is, don’t allow it to completely derail all of your efforts.  You are in charge.  You are your boss.  You choose your next meal.  You choose how you want your life to look.

If you are currently off track, try doing the following things to get back into control again:  

  Get rid of all the so-called packaged “healthy snacks”.  Those are the snacks which are boxed and have words on the label such as “high in protein”, “low in fat” etc.

  Put down the wine glass or the beer mug.  Take a break from alcohol for now.  Get your diet cleaned up before you try introducing alcohol back again.  After a few drinks, we don’t make the best “food decisions”… if you know what I mean?

  Open your cupboard and donate the following items to your neighbor: bread, pasta, rice, sugar, bagels, muffins, cookies, granola bars.  Don’t keep these things in your house right now.  They can derail you too quickly.  

So what should you be eating when trying to find your way back to your healthy and happy eating place? 

  • There is no trick here.  I want you to eat whole, live, fresh, natural, good quality “food”.  This means real food and not boxed or prepackaged foods.  
  • Eat your vegetables.  Eat them raw, baked, boiled, grilled, sautéed! 
  • Eat protein.  Eat chicken, beef, eggs, pork, fish, seafood.
  • Eat a small serving of healthy fat.  Eat avocados, nuts, seeds, olive oil, avocado oil.
  • Eat small amounts of berries. Eat raspberries, blueberries, blackberries and, strawberries.
  • Eat more mindfully.  Sit down and take the time to really think about your food.  Make a connection to it while you are eating.
  • Make your meals at home.  You have total control this way.  You will prepare your foods to be good for you and not only to taste good.
  • Sure, we all make mistakes. We all have weak moments.  We all have our nemesis.  It’s what we do after we have these moments that make ALL the difference.  I want you to dust yourself off and continue on your journey to health and wellness.

You’ve got this!!

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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.

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Mid Spring Bariatric Free Detox Menu Bariatric Edition

Detox? Why do I need a Detox?

  • Sometimes we need that little extra “push” to get back on track.  
  • Sometimes we are feeling low in energy.
  • Sometimes we are not feeling our best.
  • It’s time to shake things up and to start feeling our best. 

 

Food is medicine.  Food is our secret weapon.  Food is very powerful and the right foods can really help to create an overall feeling of wellness.  I want you to feel well, and powerful.  I want you to wake up in the morning full of energy and ready to take on the world.

This short detox plan is to help you to get back to a more natural way of eating.  It incorporates fresh vegetables, fruit, eggs, meat, fish, nuts, seeds, and healthy fats in order to cleanse your body of the packaged foods and the refined and processed carbohydrates.

You know what? You actually do not need a detox.  Detox is a “catchy” name but our body already knows how to detox itself and it does that on a 24/7 basis.  Our internal organs take care of this process and our external organ, our skin, also detoxes on a regular basis by sloughing off constantly.

When you hear the word “detox” it actually means the cleansing of our own blood.  This is when our body works hard to remove impurities from the blood.  All these toxins are processed for elimination to the liver, and we also use other organs like our kidneys and lungs for the detoxification process.

When you see me write the word “detox”, please think of it as “helping your organs out”.  You are encouraging them or giving them excellent fuel so that they have an easier job and they can do that job even better.  There are certain foods that your internal organs like and appreciate so that is what we will feed them on my 3-day bariatric detox plan.

We will eat only whole, live, fresh, natural, good quality food on the detox.  There are no prepackaged items.  If you are still feeling hungry, reach for vegetables, please.  You can eat them raw, boiled, baked, grilled or any way you like them.

By lightening up your toxic load, you are helping to remove obstacles for your body’s healing process.  We will remove cigarette smoke, alcohol, refined sugars and those things which are in the way and making your body work harder.

This is not a low carb diet. This is not a high-fat diet.  This is not a high protein diet.

This plan helps your body eliminate toxins.  Once you have completed your detox, you can move towards the food lifestyle of your choice, whether it be keto, paleo, south-beach, vegan, vegetarian, Atkins or something of your choice.  

This is a simple meal plan which includes real food.  Each day contains approximately 1,200 calories.

I want you to keep a food log and write down everything you choose to eat and drink.

  • Do not consume gum or breath mints, please.
  • Drink 64 ounces of plain water per day.
  • If you miss your coffee, you can have one cup of green tea or hot water with lemon.
  • Dry brush your skin before getting into the shower or bath.  
  • Exercise each day for a half hour minimum.  
  • Sleep 7-8 hours each night.
  • The more closely you follow this plan, the more effective it will be.

Try it and let me know how it goes – send me an email with your statistics pre and post detox.

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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.

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Get Serious About Your Health – Bariatric Edition

Here we are, the first week in May. We all survived the long winter and now is the time to get more active and to eat more healthy. We all go through good times and bad times when it comes to our diet but I find that most of us have an easier time during the Spring and Summer seasons. The farmer’s markets are opening up and we can find different varieties of our favorite veggies. We also have fresh seasonal veggies to choose from and the fresh fruit season is just around the corner now.

We also spend more time outdoors which means that we become more active. Our lifestyle changes and we start to see positive overall results.

Let’s take advantage this May and make it a month where we bump up our efforts to eat right and move more. Let’s look at May like a starting point where we make better choices and become serious about our daily nutrition. I know that many of you have an excellent diet and I salute you for that but there are many others who are struggling right now and they need some positive ideas and reinforcement to get out of their rut and move forward in a more positive light.

It is all connected. When we eat better, we feel better. When we move more, we feel better. Just by fixing these two things, we will also sleep better. Who doesn’t need better sleep? When we sleep better our moods are better. See how our life greatly improves! We need to find the place where we love ourselves enough that we stop thinking “I deserve that donut because I work so hard” and change that way of thinking to “I deserve to eat a salad with fresh veggies and organic chicken because I am worth it”.

Let’s make the decision to fill our fridge with whole, live, fresh, natural, good quality food. Visit your local farmers market and try this season’s latest bounty. Grab some raw nuts and seeds to snack on. Clean out all the processed foods from your pantry. Throw it away or if you feel bad about food loss, give it to a neighbor. Try some new dishes that are filled with veggies. Try new raw veggies. Treat yourself to something different. Don’t get stuck in a food rut. May is the time to expand our food repertoire.

I want you to get super serious about your diet this May. Plan on putting some thought and consideration about your latest goals and how you are going to achieve them. The weather is improving, the days are getting longer, we are moving more and we should be sleeping better.

Cheers to May and getting serious about our health and our goals.

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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!

 

Gastric Sleeve Plush Toy Keychain $11.99usd

Gastric Sleeve Throw Blanket $19.99usd

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