Hair Loss and Biotin

Hair loss after bariatric surgery is very common and can bring stress to men and women. While we all want to achieve great weight loss results, there are some potential risks associated with having this type of surgery. Hair loss related to bariatric surgery is known as Telogen Effluvium and is associated with the normal hair growth cycle.

Anlagen, the growth phase, is the place where nearly 90% of our hair is in at any time. The resting phase known as Telogen lasts about 1 to 6 months. With 5-15% of our hair in this resting phase, stress or any hormonal changes to the body can cause more hair to go into the resting phase. This is the type of hair that bariatric surgery patients are most likely to shed. Once hair starts to grow again, mature hair follicles are released and then the patient loses that hair.

Most often hair loss results from surgery, low-calorie intake and also low protein intake. Add any illness such as vitamin deficiencies or an under-active thyroid and you have hair loss. 

Suggestions for Hair Growth
While hair loss may last for several months after nutrition and a regular diet begin again, patients can expect steady hair growth again.

Vitamins & Supplements
Always follow the dietary instructions given to you following surgery as limited calories and low protein can lead to continued hair loss. Also, take a multi-vitamin regularly, take vitamin D3 and take biotin to help prevent hair loss.

Biotin
A deficiency in biotin can lead to more than just hair loss, but fatigue, numbness and tingling in the hands and feet and a red rash. While the deficiency is rare, it can lead to continued hair loss. Many patients have added a biotin supplement into their daily vitamin routine because of its positive results.

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Much success in your journey.

Respectfully,
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Dr. Sergio Verboonen and Sheri Burke – Bariatric Coordinator and Nutritionist.
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Bariatric Snacking

Developing healthy eating habits is necessary for making the most of bariatric surgery. The surgery can only be successful if you turn over a new leaf, adhering to a nutritious diet. After the surgery, there will be physical restrictions on your body, and if you ignore them reverting to your old eating habits, you will fall sick.  However, does it mean that you cannot consume snacks after the surgery? Continue reading to find out the types of snack you can eat after bariatric surgery.

Snacking Between Meals
You must learn to differentiate between psychological hunger caused by craving of particular foods and actual hunger. If you are truly experiencing physical hunger, then you may have snacks. But there are restrictions. Do not eat a snack that is rich in carbohydrates. In fact, chew upon slowly and thoroughly a protein rich snack. Also take note the calorie rich drinks like soda, and juice will not satiate your hunger, and will not provide your body with sufficient nutrients either. Therefore, it is important that when you are snacking between meals, you are consuming a meal that is substantial. 

Delicious Snacks That You Can Devour
Sugary delights and carbohydrate rich diet sure are enticing but they are detrimental to your health. Even if you think that you are consuming them in temperance, their intake can be catastrophic in cutting down calories. These foods will only fill you up for a short time. On the contrary, you may have delicious healthy snacks. Here is what you should have in order to satiate your hunger:

Lean Meats
You may consume lean meats, such as poultry items without the skin -baked turkey, Cornish hen, and chicken. Beef flank and steak in appropriate serving, and centre loin or tenderloin of pork. A single slice of your favourite deli meat with diced veggies, and low fat cheese is not just fulfilling but healthy as well.

Nuts, Veggies and Fruits
Eat a few walnuts or almonds, or veggies like carrots, celery with tuna. Olives are also a good tasty snack in between meals. You can also eat fresh organic fruits with low fat cottage cheese. Apples with peanut butter, celery with cashew butter are really healthy alternatives.

Scrambled Eggs
Just make scrambled eggs – a hassle free healthy and nutritious snack! 

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If you recently had a bariatric surgery in Mexico, and are fussing over what meals to eat, you can reach out to us at International Patient Facilitators. We can recommend healthy and hearty alternatives that will keep you in shape and keep the scale moving in the right direction.

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.
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Processed Foods Post Op?

Let’s chat about Processed foods, which have been the hot topic of many a nutrition discussion lately. What’s the concern? It has become the victim for numerous illnesses, from obesity to heart disease, cancer to diabetes.

As food preparation has gotten easier and more convenient over the years, the quality of many foods has decreased. Many important nutrients have been processed out. Concerns have also arisen over food additives and preservatives. Living in our fast paced society, convenience and ease are very important to many people, however, so is the quality of the food they consume. So, is it possible to still include processed foods into a healthy post op bariatric diet?

 

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The key is to always be monitoring what you are eating and how much you are eating.. Many easy high protein foods are processed foods, such as deli meat, low-fat cottage cheese, low-fat cheese, low-fat yogurt, canned tuna and even chicken breast or ground beef. Frozen and canned fruits and vegetables are also examples of processed foods that can be included in the diet post weight loss surgery, but should be monitored for sugar and sodium content.  Always choose those options that have no added sugar or sodium, when available.

Choosing more of the minimally processed foods will undoubtedly serve you better in the long term, as heavily processed foods will have more of those characteristics that are more likely to sabotage weight loss, than aid it. Now, does that mean you can never have a TV dinner or frozen pizza again? No – it is ok to have some flexibility in your diet, however, it is important to keep these items to a minimum, opting for the least amount of processing most of the time.

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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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Post Ops – Take the Stairs!

Are you someone who decides to take the stairs every day to get to your office? 

Or are you someone who waits 5 minutes for the elevator to take you up a few flights?

We all take the elevator from time to time. 

Maybe it’s because you just had an awesome leg workout, had a long day at work, or maybe you had to carry four bags of groceries and didn’t want to drop anything. 

Your challenge this week is to NO MATTER WHAT- and no matter where you are or whatever floor you have to go to….take the stairs! 

Here are some things to keep in mind: 

 

  • Taking the stairs can save up to 15 minutes of waiting every day
  • Climbing the stairs burns around 10 calories per minute (burns more than jogging!)
  • It will get your blood flowing and boost your cardiovascular system
  • It will cause your body to produce endorphins
  • You’ll actually be saving energy and electricity 

So, your challenge is simple.  No excuses and no matter what…take those stairs! 

If you want to take it to another level, you can even add stair workouts to your routine this week!  They’re a lot of fun and pretty intense!

Set a 10-20 minute timer and start walking, jogging, or running up and (walking) down the stairs. 

 Are you in?

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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Habits of Successful Bariatric Patients

I’ve had the priveldge of working with bariatric surgery patients for a decade (at the time of this post). During this time, I’ve learned what habits my most successful patients change in their life, and stick to long-term. I try not to “get on my soap box” too often when I’m counseling pre-op patients, but at the same time…I want them to succeed so I love sharing with them what habits they should focus on to get the most out of their surgery.

Here are some of my favourites:  

  • They make changes before they have surgery
  • They have a good support system 
  • They plan out their meals and have a  shopping routine
  • They try new recipes and keep variety in their diet
  • They keep a consistent sleep schedule
  • They find alternative sources of joy other than food
  • They make long term changes the focus of the journey
  • They increase their activity levels 

 

This is a marathon, not a sprint.  Surgery is a wonderful tool but don’t let the “honeymoon period” lie to you.  Quality food and quality decisions for your health is always the answer.  Always.

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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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No Dining Out Challenge

Okay Bariatric Pre Ops and Post Ops, so before you start making excuses and complaining how busy you are this week or that you can’t cook, hear me out!

Eating at home does require more time and effort, but can we talk about some of the positive sides for a few minutes instead?
 

    1. Homemade meals cost less, so lets begin with that – you’ll save money.
    2. By eating at home, you’ll always know what’s in your food.  You’ll also be more likely to eat a LOT less calories! 
    3. Dining out means you are exposed to greater temptations. And we all know most of us eat with our eyes first!
    4. Eating a healthy diet will definitely give you more energy throughout the day… which leads to more confidence, increased productivity, and better relationships.
    5. Cooking gives you the opportunity to have quality time with your family and friends.  Memories of cooking dinner and eating as a family last a lifetime.

 

So if you’re leading a busy lifestyle and you dine out a lot, this may be challenging for you at first. 

3 Key Tips for making this week a success: 

  1. Plan all of your meals ahead of time – do it today !
  2. Save time by doing a 2-3 hour cooking session where you make ALL of your food for the entire week!
  3. Always keep ready-to-eat food nearby.  Most people fail when they are hungry and run out of great options at home or at the office! \

Your challenge this week is to prepare your own meals and eat at home.  If you already have plans for brunch or dining out, invite them over for a nice home cooked meal!
 
P.S. Be sure to pack your favorite protein powder !

You’ve Got This!  You’ve already overcome many obstacles just to have bariatric surgery, just keep going.  Feel free to share your victories and struggles in our Facebook Group. I would love to connect with you.

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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 RHN Registered Holistic Nutritionist.
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Bariatric Post Ops, Snack Responsibly

 Post Ops, snacking is very important!

Snacks have such a bad reputation… and for a good reason considering what MOST people consider a snack!  

Between the stops at the vending machine and the grab-and-go at the gas station- most people are grabbing whatever is fast, sugary, and convenient.  

However- if you’re doing it right, snacks can be really great for keeping energy levels high, maintaining blood sugar, helping to nourish your body, and of course if you have kids- keeps them happy ☺ 

Choose snacks that COUNT…  that are high in protein, healthy fats, and fiber to help you stay full longer and won’t spike your blood sugar.

Just because they are healthy, doesn’t mean they won’t taste great!  

Remember:  

  • ALWAYS listen to your body
  • Keep your daily caloric intake in mind 
  • Only eat when you’re hungry
  • Plan your snacks in advance
  • Always have healthy snack options available 

I know it’s hard to make smart decisions when your stomach is growling…that’s exactly why it’s SO IMPORTANT to make sure you’ve always got healthy snacks on hand.  

One of my fav go-to snacks is an apple with a little almond butter.  Simple, easy to make, tastes great, and will boost your energy while nourishing your body. 

So are you up for this week’s “Snack Responsibly” Challenge!?

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

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

Make February 2017 YOUR Month!  

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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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Time to Talk about Sugar – Bariatric Patients

Hey Bariatric Pre Ops and Post Ops!  Are you craving sugar ?  Let’s chat…


Do you know how much sugar you eat during the day (be honest!), and then use ingredient labels or simply Google how many grams of sugar each food has and count. 

The World Health Organization recommends about 25g (or less!) added sugar per day. 

This is because excess sugar intake can spike your blood sugar levels, cause you to feel more hungry, have mood swings, store excess fat, and worse… can cause diabetes and a whole host of other issues.  

Think you may be consuming too much sugar? Here are a few ways you can reduce your daily sugar consumption:
 

  1. Be more aware of what’s in the food you’re eating by reading the labels.
  2. Drink more water, especially when you feel like snacking (because cravings could be a sign of dehydration!)
  3. Try using Stevia (which won’t raise blood sugar).
  4. Have a healthy breakfast, lunch and dinner (so you’ll be less hungry afterwards and won’t go around hunting for snacks.)
  5. Try preparing your meals at home instead of eating out, because that’s one of the surest ways to control what you are eating.

 

So let’s kick this inflammation-causing fire-starter to the curb and not invite it into your body in the first place.  

Let’s try something for a week.  Let’s try to keep added sugars to UNDER 25 grams per day!   Sugar that is naturally occurring in the whole foods that you’re eating is ok.  

But this means that any recipe that has “sugar” in it should get shuffled to the back of the box!  This also means you need to limit the sugar in your coffee and check EVERY label of everything you’re eating this week!
 
 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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Rise and Shine and Eat Breakfast Please. Bariatric Patients

Are you one of the 12% that don’t eat breakfast or one of the more than 50% of people who skip it at least once a week!?  Post op bariatric patients need to take breakfast very seriously please.

I’m sure you’ve heard this a hundred times….but breakfast REALLY is the most important meal of the day!

People who skip breakfast will usually say it’s because they do not have enough time, would rather hit the snooze button, or simply do not have anything to eat at home.

Research has found that “skipping breakfast is associated with a significantly higher risk of obesity.”

And that’s not it!  If you eat a healthy breakfast…

 

  • It has been proven to improve spatial and short-term memory 
  • It will boost your energy levels throughout the day
  • It will enhance your ability to concentrate, focus, and get stuff DONE!
  • It means you’ll be MORE likely to exercise more often
  • It means you’ll be less likely to drink alcohol and smoke

 

Want a few great options to choose from for a healthy breakfast!? 

Keep it super easy !  Eggs, Greek Yogurt, Berries, Protein Shakes, Smoothies – there are so many healthy options.

Your challenge this week is to kick-start your day with a healthy breakfast!  No excuses allowed! 

 Are you in?

 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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Bariatric Patients – my clothes are too big

Hey Bariatric Pre Ops and Post Ops!

Doesn’t it feel so good to clean out your closet and get rid of those old clothes that are just taking up space!? How about finally letting go of those pants you’ve been hanging on to forever! Let’s face it, they don’t fit you any more. You are a smaller size now and it’s just time to get it done.

It’s time to purge that closet!

Maybe it’s a pair of your favorite old jeans you used to wear every day that are falling off you.

Or maybe it’s that sweater that is just so comfy but so bit it now looks like a moo moo.

Your challenge right now is to block off some time to get in there and purge! I promise, you’ll thank me after!

Check out these 7 recommended questions to ask yourself while deciding:

  • Does this fit me?
  • Have I worn it anytime within the last year?
  • Is it likely I’ll ever wear it again?
  • Do I feel confident and good about myself when I wear this?
  • Does it reflect my style?
  • Have I had this for a while and are the tags still on it!?
  • If I saw this in the store right now, would I buy it? If you answer any NO’s on the questions above, then it’s probably time to say goodbye!

Once you’ve decided to break up with those items, take a minute to decide if you should donate or sell them.

Now that you’ve made some extra room in your closet, you just may want to go out and get something new!

It feels GREAT to get rid of the things that are too big.

Are you ready to say adios to some of those too big clothes?

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

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

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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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