Can I Still OverEat After Gastric Sleeve Surgery ?

While surgery makes it harder to overeat, it’s still possible, especially when you get further out from surgery. There are behaviors that can lead to eating way more than you should be able to. Here are a few ways that can happen. I’m telling you this to help you avoid these situations, so please use the information for good and not evil!

Avoid These Situations ,,, 

Grazing. Instead of eating several small meals each day, sometimes post-ops eat little bits and bites of food. The problem with this is that when you add up the bits and bites, they can add up to way too many calories – and not necessarily the right kind!

Starches. I’m not in the all carbs are evil camp. (Proof) But I do know that starches can be tricky. They sometimes sit easier than protein and therefore we can eat a lot more of them. Crackers, chips, popcorn. These foods are all ones we can overdo and overdoing it can lead to too many calories.

Slider Food. This is a term within our community used to represent foods like yogurt, cottage cheese and other really soft foods that basically just “slide” right through your system, which can cause you to get hungry again before you should. I’m not saying not to eat these foods, but if you find that you are using these foods as your main source of protein, and you find yourself eating too much, you might want to switch to a firmer protein (chicken, beef, fish).

Eating/drinking together. For most post-ops this is a no-no. Eating and drinking together can cause food to wash out of the stomach quickly, making you hungry again way too soon. This is an important habit to break, so if you are pre-op, I’d advise that you stop drinking with your meals NOW! The general advice given is to not drink until 30 minutes after eating.

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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No Candy for Halloween ? Post Ops Bariatric Surgery

Huge bags of ‘fun sized’ Halloween candy are piled high at the grocery store. Everywhere you go today has a big dose of candy mania. 

NOT EAT CANDY CORN.  Not a single piece. You already know what it tastes like. You can think about it and conjure up that exact taste in your mouth. You can taste it now, can’t you? We all have eaten a thousand little cone shaped pieces. One. Colour. At. A. Time. You don’t need to know how many sugar grams there are in five pieces. You don’t need to know the sugar grams in a mini Snickers bar. Halloween Candy is none of your business. It’s not a food for people who have had obesity surgery. 

BREAK GLASS IN CASE OF EMERGENCY.  Buying the bag of Sugar Free Werther’s allows for an alternative so no one feels punished. Which statement sounds more reasonable even though the voices are in our heads? “You cant have candy corn! You can’t have anything.” OR “You could have the candy corn but why not have a Sugar Free Werther’s instead.” Boom.

FIND JOY ELSEWHERE.  Happiness can be found in a slice of crisp peeled apple you nibble while wearing smaller jeans. It can be found while running around the Pumpkin Patch with your children because you can move and even run. It’s found in not taking diabetes medicine. True solace can be found in the colored leaves while walking on a Fall day. Get high on life instead of a candy rush!

FORCED COMPLIANCE.   Take control and refuse to be a victim. No one dies without candy corn.

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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On behalf of Dr. Sergio Verboonen
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Think Healthy to be Healthy

Retraining our brains to “think healthy” takes some time and energy and understanding.  Remember, your old habits were not created in one single day and the new habits are going to take some work, time and consistency.  You need to stick it out long enough so that your brain has sufficient time to form the new cycle.  The good news is that we can create new habits with a bit of work and then personalize it just for us.61b99964-e2a6-41c4-8d54-0fb6c7470dbc

Be in the Now – Train your brain to stop running on autopilot and just become more mindful of each thought and action.

Pay Attention to Time – Boredom is a common emotion that people overlook.  Learn to check yourself “in the moment” and replace your unwanted behaviour.

Replace Bad Behaviours – The best way to rid yourself of an unhealthy habit is to replace it with a new one.  Take this opportunity to try out a few new things that you have never been able to do before or get back to old healthy habits which have been left behind.

 

Start Small – Start with achievable and realistic goals.  If you go “all out” you could give up more easily and get discouraged.

Your bariatric journey is an exciting and unique opportunity for self-care and for carving out new ways of doing things.  We do not form habits in only one day so we are not going to break them in one day either… one day at a time.

Reach out to our Forum www.medicalchatmexico.com 

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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Prep for your bariatric surgery

Let’s talk.

The weeks and days prior to this important turning point in your life can make such a positive impact on your health that it is actually the first step in your recovery.

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Getting Prepared. 

    • Lose at least a little weight. Many surgeons require that their surgical candidates lose weight just prior to surgery in an attempt to reduce the fatty composition of the liver. These surgeons usually recommend that you follow the typical post op diet focusing on low carbohydrate and high protein foods. Use this condition of your surgery as an opportunity to start developing good habits and mentally prepare for your surgery.

 

    • Start drinking protein now. Use protein shakes to lose weight before your surgery and as a bonus nourish your body. People who are obese normally have nutritional deficiencies and now would be a good time to eat properly and give your body the protein components it will need to fully heal your wounds after your surgery. Don’t wait until you get home from the hospital to buy protein.

 

    • Take a good multivitamin. Get ‘tuned up’ and healthy in preparation for your surgery and start taking vitamins in advance. You will be providing your body with all the nutrients it needs for healing and you want to give yourself every advantage that’s within your power.

 

    • Get your mind right. Start thinking of all the exciting things that will unfold for you in exchange for all the hard work and determination. This surgery is not a walk in the park, but you can make the journey less traumatic by making the right choices starting now.

 

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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Respectfully,
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On behalf of Dr. Sergio Verboonen
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WLS more than ditching lbs

Have your been considering WLS or are you a patient who has already had WLS ?  What is or was your motivating factor?  There are plenty of reasons for having a bariatric procedure such as losing weight, improving your health and reducing your meds but as a result you may obtain even more health benefits which you haven’t even considered.

You can reach out to the community of www.medicalchatmexico.com if you want to find patients in similar situations who are motivating each other.  Confiding in someone is incredibly powerful and important

The wonderful thing about Bariatric surgery is that it is the only surgery which will improve multiple medical situations.  Here’s an example:  if a patient has a bad appendix, a surgery is performed to take out the appendix and this surgery will cure one problem – a bad appendix.  Having a bariatric surgery can cure (or greatly improve) an assortment of medical issues:  high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, and diabetes.  It can even lower your risk for certain types of cancer.  Imagine that – all from one single surgery.

A weight reduction of ten to twenty percent can have very dramatic health effects.  Our bodies have incredible forces to recover and recuperate.  The average person who is wanting to have weight loss surgery didn’t put on all of the weight in a year.  They gained weight over a period of years and also the problems associated with their weight problem developed over the same period of time.  What is amazing is that with a bariatric surgery, most of the excess weight can be lost in 12 to 18 months and the medical problems that are associated with the weight gain can also be resolved in that same short timeframe.  

It’s all about your health.  It’s about the quantity and quality of your life and the ability to be able to do the things that you want to do when you want to do them.

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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      On behalf of Dr. Sergio Verboonen
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Why Medical Procedures Cost Less in Mexico

This is a question that many Medical Travelers have in mind when considering traveling to Mexico for a procedure.

There are mainly four reasons to why it is possible to receive better or equal care in Mexico at a much lower cost than at home in the United States and Canada.

 

The First Reason: Mexico has lower administrative costs and lower labor costs which is obviously driven by an overall lower cost of living. This lower cost of labor, and living, flows through to treatment costs. Lower salaries signifies that the surgeons and doctors do not need to charge as extensively to cover their costs.  

The Second Reason: Insurance costs and malpractice insurance is much lower in Mexico than it is in the United States. This does not signify that the quality of care is lower. It only means that the Mexican culture does not encourage malpractice lawsuits as often as the United States does.

At best, any lawsuit in Mexico would generally result in the patient recovering actual damages and punitive damages are very rarely awarded.

The Third Reason: In the United States, Doctor overhead is around between 50% and 60% but in Mexico it can be as low as 5%. This means by working in multi-specialty clinics, the overhead such as maintenance and rent and staff etc is much lower in Mexico when compared to specialty clinics in the United States.

The Fourth Reason:  In Mexico there is much less paperwork and administration required driving the cost of the overall medical procedures lower.

 

Bariatric Surgery

IVF Treatment

Cosmetic Surgery

Dental Treatment

 

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Post Bariatric – Little Bad Habits

What’s going ?  The unmentionable may be happening !  Some of those little bad habits are making their way back into your regular life?  It’s the exact thing we promised ourselves that we would not do and we find ourselves doing it again.  There are so many reasons for it – my job is hard, my kids need so much, my life is so busy !  There is just no time for meal prep or motivation to take the lead.  It happens to all of us some of the time.

 

Let’s chat about progress, not perfection and a bit of balance.

 

You can reach out to the community of www.medicalchatmexico.com if you want to find patients in similar situations who are motivating each other.  Confiding in someone is incredibly powerful and important.

 

It’s not too late to find your way back.  It is time to set a more realistic plan to find your way back.  This type of commitment  needs to include a bit of meal planning.  You need to be prepared when hunger sneaks up.  You need to grab it before it grabs you.  Eat a good breakfast and pack a healthy lunch with a snack included.  Mentally prepare “what’s for dinner” so that the drive-thru doesn’t call your name when you are on your way home from work.

Water is so important – when we are thirsty, we feel hungry and we make poor choices.  Water surpasses appetite and helps to burn fat.  If you increase your water intake, you will find that you are just not as hungry.  It’s the easiest thing to do.

 

Exercise needs to be a part of your everyday routine.  Make it a part of your schedule.  It’s not going to happen all by itself so you need to make it happen.  Nothing is better for our stress levels than a bit of exercise.  Do it for your body and do it for your head too.  Even a small hike or walk is great for controlling your weight and bringing relief to your mind.  Play some good music, lace up those shoes and open the door. 

Just do it.

It’s time to pick yourself up, dust yourself off and get going.  You’ve got this !

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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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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Smart Carbs After Bariatric Surgery

Smart Carbs ? – what the heck is a carbohydrate and why is it so important to know this ?  Why Carbs ? What is a Carb ?  How are they used ?  Why is bread bad ?  How does a tortilla turn to sugar ?  Gosh it’s all so complicated, or is it,,, ?   Knowledge is power so keep on reading.

 You can reach out to the community of www.medicalchatmexico.com with more questions about carbohydrates post bariatric surgery. 

In general, carbohydrates come to us from plant (versus animal) foods, because carbohydrates are produced by photosynthesis in plants.  The carbohydrates are the primary source of energy in Nature’s plant foods – fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes and tubers.  These foods play an important role in the functioning of internal organs, the nervous system and muscles.  They are the best source of energy for endurance athletics because they provide both an immediate and a time released energy source as they are digested easily and then consistently metabolized in the bloodstream.  Animal foods contain carbohydrates, but the broad diversity of carbohydrates that are needed to optimally support health can only be found in the plant world. 

Carbohydrates play an important role in helping to regulate the metabolism of their fellow macronutrients – namely, protein and fat.  The balance between these three food components helps determine the robustness of our immune response, bone and tissue growth, joint fluidity and rate of healing following injury.  Excessively low ratio of carbohydrates to proven shifts our body’s metabolism into a ketogenic state.  Ketogenesis is a natural but also specialized process in which our bodies respond to stress of starvation by increasing the reliance on fat as a fuel.  There is some evidence that a diet too low in carbohydrates can make one of our hormones (insulin) less effective, therefore destabilizing our blood sugar levels.

Some kinds of high carbohydrate diets have been shown to have equally destabilizing effects on blood sugar and to raise certain fat levels (especially trigicerides) in the blood.  This diet also appears to be the major factor in obesity issues. 

When you reach for all your “comfort foods” like macaroni and cheese – make your carbohydrate servings count by selecting the most “nutrient dense” choices and always remember to keep your portions nice and small.

Here are some ideas to get all you can from your carb choices. 

  • Avoid drinks that have sugar such as regular soft drinks, or sweetened iced tea, or gatorade.
  • Don’t drink the juice, Eat the Fruit.
  • Why choose regular potatoes when you can opt for a sweet potato.
  • Whole Grain Rice will not elevate your blood sugars like white rice will do 
  • Eat whole grain oatmeal instead of those processed cereals.
  • Only 1/4 of your plate is reserved for your “good carbs”.
  • Make your Carbs count by making smart choices.   Keep your portions small and choose nutrient dense carbohydrates.  Reach out to us if you want more information about eating carbohydrates post op bariatric surgery.

It’s all about your health.  It’s about the quantity and quality of your life and the ability to be able to do the things that you want to do when you want to do them.

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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      Respectfully,
      International Patient Facilitators – Cancun and Tijuana, Mexico
      On behalf of Dr. Sergio Verboonen
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Hair Loss After Weight Loss Surgery

How to prevent Hair Loss post weight loss surgery.

Hair loss after bariatric surgery is very common.  40% of patients experience it but don’t worry because it’s only temporary. Most patients notice hair loss starting 2 months after their operation, and lasting about 6 months before a slow return. This is a normal response to the stress of significant weight loss. It’s not like clumps of hair falling out and going bald, but for some people it is quite significant.

There are a couple things you can do to minimize hair loss:

  • stay up on your multivitamin recommendations
  • stay up on your protein intake recommendations
  • you can try adding biotin to your diet.

Some patients swear by it, many do not see any difference / doesn’t hurt to give it a try. Just remember, if you are one of the 40% of patients who experience hair loss, don’t fret, it’s only temporary.

 

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 

What’s on the Menu Week 4 – Bariatrics

Guess What, Solid food is back !  You’ve made it this far and it’s time to start eating real food.  This does not mean you get to eat whatever you want – you are still healing and wanting to reach your goal quickly.

Your diet will now consist of protein, vegetables, a limited amount of grains, and very little, if any, refined sugars should be added at this time.

Let’s chat about Week 4 which is Solid Foods.

This is your new healthy lifestyle so here are some tips for starting solid foods:

Introduce one new food at at time: ideally not more than one new food a day so you can gauge your body’s reaction.

Eat slowly.  Chew your food well, 15 seconds each bite.

Separate your food and water by at least 30 minutes.

Continue to drink at least 64 ounces of water a day.

Eat your protein first, vegetables second and carbs third.

The total caloric intake per day will usually range from 800 to 1,200 and up to 1,500 18 months after surgery.

Upon scheduling we will provide you with a detailed list of the four stages post op and what you should be consuming at each stage.

View our Bariatric Mini Series Videos discussing the stages of post op.

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

 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