Are you chewing enough? Bariatric Surgery

Hey Bariatric Pre Ops and Post Ops!  

Have you ever sat down to eat with someone and 30 seconds later they managed to eat their entire meal?  

 

Or…have YOU ever been guilty of that!? Gasp! 

Chewing your food not only allows you to appreciate and savor the taste of that delicious food, but it also plays a very important role in your digestion.

Chewing breaks down your food from large pieces into smaller, more manageable pieces in order to be easily digested. 

It also makes it easier for your intestines to absorb the nutrients and energy from the food as it passes through your body.

If you’re like most people, you chew just enough naturally to where you can comfortably swallow your food – and you do it without even thinking about it.

However this week, I’m challenging you to chew your food even LONGER than that.  

How much longer?!  How about trying at least 15-20 chews per bite! 

That should slow things down enough for you to see some real improvements: 

 

  1. The smaller the food particles are, the easier it is for your body to digest…so you’ll be able to absorb more nutrients and energy from your food!
  2. Salivary amylase actually starts breaking down carbohydrates in your mouth…so you’re getting a head start on digestion. 
  3. You’ll eat LESS food. People eat about 10% less when they eat more slowly.
  4.  It’s good for your teeth and gums.
  5. You’ll enjoy your food a lot more!

Your challenge this week is to be more aware of how much chewing and how slowly you’re eating your food. 

Take a bite and ENJOY it!! 

You up for the “Chewing Challenge?”

 

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

 

Sheri Burke, Bariatric Coordinator and Bariatric Nutritionist

Feel free to share your victories and struggles in our Facebook group

I would love to connect with you.

Reach out to our Forum www.medicalchatmexico.com 

 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

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Taking Care of Yourself Post WLS

Unfortunately many bariatric patients will find themselves in this same predicament.  They have spent so much time preparing for the actual surgery and the build up to it, and they have not thought about “what comes next” and what the body needs to lose weight and to keep it off.  Bariatric surgery is just a tool to aid patients to achieve long term weight loss goals.  Patients need to become their own nutritionists and they need to understand food and why they gained weight in the first place.  If they do not make important changes, they will eventually regain the weight that they lose post operatively.

There is a honeymoon, healing period for the first 6 weeks post operatively. During this timeframe it is extremely important that you follow the post operative guidelines that are given to you by your Patient Facilitator/ Surgeon’s office.  During the healing period, we are less concerned about a patients weight loss and more concerned that they heal well after their surgery.  Patients need to give their bodies time to heal and this vital for a good recovery.

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Every patient loses weight at a different rate so it’s important not to compare your journey to others.  Some patients lose more quickly and others lose more slowly.  Protein will be the key through your entire weight loss surgery journey. You are aiming for 60 to 80 grams of protein per day.  If you do not follow this rule, you will lose muscle mass and feel tired and weak.  You will also lose your hair – so eat your protein please.  Let’s just avoid this altogether.

Stay hydrated – sip sip sip please.  Water is the preferred liquid for all post op bariatric patients but if you have a hard time guzzling your H20, then feel free to add a sugar free flavour to your water.  If you do become dehydrated you are going to feel terrible.  Let’s avoid this – drink up.

If you want to achieve maximum weight loss surgery success, then you are going to have to exercise.  Along with your dietary guidelines, you need to move more.  Don’t discount exercise as less important to you diet.  The two go hand in hand and you need to get up and get going.  Aim for 150 minutes of moderate exercise or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise each and every week.  If you slip up one week, just get up and  get going the next week. Don’t allow a week to turn into a month.

Weight loss surgery is only a tool to help you lose the weight and keep it off. You are going to have to work hard to be successful both long and short term.  You need to make the changes necessary to get you where you want to go.  You can do it!

Reach out to our Forum  www.medicalchatmexico.com 

Much success in your journey.

Respectfully,

International Patient Facilitators – Cancun and Tijuana, Mexico
On behalf of Dr. Sergio Verboonen
info@ipf-mail.com

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Traveling to Mexico for Bariatric Surgery ?

Are you considering having your Bariatric Surgery in Mexico.  You are then one of the thousands of people from all over the world who turn to Mexico to provide them with the most experienced coordinators and facilitators, surgeons and nursing teams who have been treating patients for many years.

You should ask questions such as: what pre.op tests are performed in Mexico, what post op testing is performed,  what about a pre.op diet, how much time do I need to take off work, what is included in my price, can I bring a friend or family member, is surgery at a hospital ?

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Another important issues is your health form that is completed for your surgical team at the beginning of the process.  You need to be truthful when completing the forms and if anything changes between your initial health form and your surgery date, you must inform your facilitator of the changes.

There is a lot of information to sift through online and many services to choose from. It’s important to conduct your research – and when deciding on your team of bariatric experts, you should be confident that you made the right decision for you. 

 Reach out to our Forum www.medicalchatmexico.com 

 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

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Dining-Traveling-Tips

The Holidays are the perfect time to be with family, friends, and co-workers celebrating at different restaurants and homes. How can you make good choices when traveling and dining out?


Some easy tips to follow:

    1. Go online and review the menu PRIOR TO arriving at the restaurant so you can choose without pressure.
    2. Avoid alcohol and sugary drinks. Drinking sugar will go straight to your belly because sugar stimulates the hormone insulin and insulin is our fat-storing hormone.
    3. Choose a meat like grilled fish, chicken or steak without sugary sauces or glazes. (Ask for it on the side)
    4. Choose steamed or roasted vegetables, even most airport restaurants allow you to order a side of veggies sautéed in olive oil or just steamed.
    5. If having a salad, use vinegar & oil for the salad dressing, because most dressings contain nasty oils and too much sugar.
    6. Ask to substitute carbs and starches for more veggies
    7. If traveling out of town sock up on plenty of nuts, nut butters, veggies, and low sugar fruits to have packed in a cooler for the ride.
    8. If flying, once you arrive at your destination stop at the local grocery store and buy fruits, vegetables, avocados, nuts, nut butters, seeds, etc so you always have something you can eat.
    9. If you are staying with family for several days offer to prepare a meal so you can show off your new healthy eating and cooking habits.
    10. Try to be the one picking the restaurant when dining out, most people love a leader.
    11. Don’t be afraid to say, “No thank you, I’m good”! Trust me, you will feel empowered by those words.

 

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Enjoy your fabulous family, the dysfunction and all, because life is just too short to sweat the small stuff!
Sheri Burke, Bariatric Coordinator and Bariatric Nutritionist

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.

Make December YOUR Month!

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Reach out to our Forum www.medicalchatmexico.com 

 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 !

Keep Your Focus After Weight Loss Surgery

We all know there is no such thing as perfection, but the longer you work towards eating and living healthy lifestyle habits it will happen

Bariatric Success is all about daily habits.  If you persistently expose yourself to good quality meats, veggies & fruit you eventually will “live it” with little effort or if you persistently expose yourself to sugar, carbs, and sweet desserts, eventually these will be part of your daily diet.

December is a month long party for many people, but the most important thing to protect is your daily habits.  Don’t let well meaning family members & friends influence your decisions.  One bite or drink can be all it takes.

One thing I know is that when you are focused on achieving goals you are less likely to let distractions knock you off track.  So pick ONE thing to focus on for the month of December to help stay the course.  ONE thing you do EVERYDAY, no matter what.  Here are a few examples:

  • Journal your thoughts
  • Exercise
  • Meditate
  • Keep a gratefulness journal
  • Tell one person you love them
  • Avoid negativity
  • Speak positive affirmations
  • Eat veggies at all 3 meals
  • Avoid sugar

All I know is, You can do it!  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.

Sheri Burke/ Bariatric Coordinator and Nutritionist

Make December YOUR Month!

 

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Reach out to our Forum www.medicalchatmexico.com 

 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 !

Are you following this Strategy ?

Let’s face it, life is busy and we’ve been programmed to believe that we don’t have time to cook or prepare meals, and the solution is to pick up a meal-in-a-box or go through the drive-thru to feed our families. Although, there are times in life when this is truly the case, when it comes to avoiding and losing regain this cannot be the norm. It is what you are doing on a daily basis that impacts the number on the scale. Food is information and it tells your hormones and cells what to do and unfortunately, food that is packaged and processed isn’t telling your body to lose or maintain weight. 

The good news is, you don’t need a college degree to cook whole, real food, and we are here to help simplifyweight loss food getting dinner on the table.  In order to get back in the kitchen cooking, start simple. Cooking doesn’t have to be complicated and can be quicker than getting in your car and going through the drive-thru when you are prepared. 

Keep an open mind and an experimental attitude and being in the kitchen will be a lot more fun.  Don’t be afraid to try new foods.

The Most Important thing is just to start cooking more meals at home. 

Enjoy Dinner at Home!

Bariatric Options:                      Medical Form

Gastric Balloon
Lap Band
Mini Gastric Bypass
Full Gastric Bypass
Gastric Sleeve
Gastric Plication Surgery
Conversion or Revision Surgery
Duodenal Switch Surgery

 

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Dr. Sergio Verboonen

 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 !

Stay on Track This Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving can be fun, full of laughter & memories, but stressful, and exhausting at the same time.  Follow these simple strategies to stay focused:bariatric-thanksgiven

  • Don’t skip breakfast, make a plan so that you eat first thing in the morning .  Have an egg or a green protein smoothie to balance blood sugars and keep cravings in control.
  • Take a dish you know is safe and in line with your pre or post op Bariatric Plan.
  • Fill 50% of your plate with veggies
  • Sweet potatoes instead of white potatoes, this will prevent blood sugar spikes which will send you seeking sugar
  • Enjoy the turkey.  It is a great way to get good quality protein
  • Avoid all bread, rolls, noodles, and pasta
  • Avoid sugar, it is addictive and can take you down the wrong track.  

Remember, if you want different results you can’t continue doing things the same.   Make Thanksgiving about friends and family.  Laugh a lot, play games, spend time with each other and fill up with love by giving love away.

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

Bariatric Options:                      Medical Form

Gastric Balloon
Lap Band
Mini Gastric Bypass
Full Gastric Bypass
Gastric Sleeve
Gastric Plication Surgery
Conversion or Revision Surgery
Duodenal Switch Surgery

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Dr. Sergio Verboonen

Much success in your journey.

Respectfully,
International Patient Facilitators – Cancun and Tijuana, Mexico
On behalf of Dr. Sergio Verboonen

Sheri Burke – Bariatric Coordinator and Nutritionist.
email us:  info@ipf-mail.com

1 800 210 5124 

Reach out to us if you have questions !

Bariatrics: the easy way out ?

As a patient coordinator/ liaison and a nutritionist, I stay close with patients before, after, and many years out from surgery. Sadly, there’s often a common misconception that patients who choose to have surgery are taking the “easy way out.” Short story – IMO : going under the knife is not copping out.

I find this an unfair comment. I have never seen a patient who hasn’t carefully considered the risks of surgery or what they will have to incorporate and eliminate from their lives afterward. Proactively choosing a surgical tool, when all other measures have failed, is a courageous example of taking personal responsibility for one’s health…not a stroll down Easy Street.

When an individual meets the BMI minimum and has had no luck with a long series of diet and exercise plans- bariatric surgery could be the tool helping them regain their health.

The journey after weight loss surgery is exciting, scary, motivating and hard. As more weight is lost, confidence grows but new challenges appear. Relationships can be tested; self-esteem may soar or sink. It’s no surprise that support during this journey is essential. Research repeatedly shows patients receiving professional, non-judgmental support after surgery lose the most weight and keep it off. Since surgery is only step 1 in the weight management marathon, it’s clear to me, patients choosing this option aren’t slackers at all-more like superheroes.  

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Bariatric Options:                      Medical Form

Gastric Balloon
Lap Band
Mini Gastric Bypass
Full Gastric Bypass
Gastric Sleeve
Gastric Plication Surgery
Conversion or Revision Surgery
Duodenal Switch Surgery

 

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     Dr. Sergio Verboonen

  Much success in your journey.

      Respectfully,
      International Patient Facilitators – Cancun and Tijuana, Mexico
      On behalf of Dr. Sergio Verboonen
      info@ipf-mail.com

      1 800 210 5124 

Are You Building Muscle?

After undergoing bariatric surgery, it is important that you take care of your body to ensure the best possible results. What is great about bariatric surgery is that it enables you to lose weight quickly and keep that weight off. Exercise is a key player in keeping your body healthy and strong after bariatric surgery. Pack on some well-deserved muscles.

Exercise increases your metabolism which converts our bodies into calorie-burning machines. When your body has more muscle to maintain, it burns more calories per day.

A diet balanced with protein helps to efficiently build muscle. A nutritionist can guide you to better understand how much protein you should take in based on your personal needs.

When following the post-op guidelines, patients can go with protein drinks or high protein soups. Once patients are able to eat solids, sources of protein such as chicken and beef can be introduced again. It is important that mindful care is taken when transitioning back to solid foods. Follow your important post-op guidelines.

Macro Measuring is a good way of ensuring greater success in your dietary goals. By calculating what percentage of your daily calorie intake comes from carbs, fat, and protein, you can ensure that your body is getting enough protein, and not too many carbohydrates or too much fat. A healthy balance of the three is ideal for maintaining steady muscle growth. 

The key component to gaining muscle mass after bariatric surgery is to get into a regular exercise routine.  It is important that a patient starts off slowly and eases into their exercise routine. As the body recovers from the surgery, patients will need to take baby steps just as they will with their diet. The wait time before starting to exercise is four weeks. Incorporating even 10 minutes of strength or resistance training daily will make a difference.

It is also important that a patient not over-do it when it comes to strength training. After a workout, allowing enough time for the muscles to recover plays a big part in growing muscle.   Work them too often, and they will continually be broken down which causes pain and stunts muscle growth.

Bariatric Options:                      Medical Form

Gastric Balloon
Lap Band
Mini Gastric Bypass
Full Gastric Bypass
Gastric Sleeve
Gastric Plication Surgery
Conversion or Revision Surgery
Duodenal Switch Surgery

 

Verboonen full copy   

     Dr. Sergio Verboonen

  Much success in your journey.

      Respectfully,
      International Patient Facilitators – Cancun and Tijuana, Mexico
      On behalf of Dr. Sergio Verboonen
      info@ipf-mail.com

      1 800 210 5124 

Are You Dehydrated?

Are you 5 or 6 weeks post op and suddenly have terrible Nausea and feel just completely terrible ?  What could be wrong?

You could be in the throes of DEHYDRATION, which is the number one post op complication that WILL land you back in a hospital bed. Water is CRITICAL after surgery and most of us did not pick up on that. We are worrying about vitamins and protein at the expense of water. Sip sip sip sip sip… was not meant to be funny… it is for real.  

Starting right now, sip water as if it is your JOB. Hot, warm, cold, herbal tea, Chinese wonton broth, sugar free ice pops, cold with lemon slice, warm with lemon slice, anything you have to do to take in more water.

At this point there is a chance you can pull yourself out of it, but if you don’t feel any better soon, contact your doctor as a couple of bags of fluid will be a HUGE help and immediately make you feel much better.

OTHERWISE you will quickly go downhill, it gets much worse and the nausea is horrific.  Dehydration is completely avoidable so do your job and drink your water please.

Bariatric Options:                                                       Medical Form

Gastric Balloon
Lap Band
Mini Gastric Bypass
Full Gastric Bypass
Gastric Sleeve
Gastric Plication Surgery
Conversion or Revision Surgery
Duodenal Switch Surgery

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             Dr. Sergio Verboonen

Much success in your journey.

Respectfully,

International Patient Facilitators – Cancun and Tijuana, Mexico
On behalf of Dr. Sergio Verboonen
info@ipf-mail.com
1 800 210 5124