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Bariatric Friendly Soups and Stews – Bariatric Edition

I am writing this blog from Quebec, Canada. Here in my neck of the woods, the temperatures are cooling down and there is a chill in the air. The leaves are changing colors and soon we will be outside with a rake in hand battling them.
A funny thing happens to me in September. I don’t want to eat lettuce? From May until the end of August, gimme all the greens!! Lettuce, spinach, and arugula are my main squeeze. I can eat this every day, topped with baby cucumbers and cherry tomatoes!
With the arrival of Fall, I don’t want anything to do with greens anymore? My palate starts to crave things like warm veggies. I believe in “eating with the seasons”. My ancestors came from Germany and Ireland and they arrived in Canada to huge plots of land, covered in snow. They had to know what to eat and how to store those foods during our long winters. I don’t think they ever got to eat fresh pineapple in February or fresh cherries in March. They ate root veggies which they gathered in early/ mid-fall and stored all winter long in a “root cellar”. They ate all the carrots, turnips, and potatoes. They ate all the soups and stews.
Soups and Stews! Get out the crockpot, turn on the oven, and gather some new ideas along with tried and true recipes. It’s Fall and it’s time to start cooking low and slow, blending all those wonderful flavors. 
I wanted to share some gorgeous Fall recipes with you. These are the kinds of meals that are served up in my home during October, November, and December. They are easy to make, economical, and oh so healthy! Remember, if you see “potato” and you are eating “low-carb or ketogenic”, omit the potato and add cauliflower instead. You can always make substitutions to keep your meals low-carb and bariatric friendly.
Do you know what happens to me in April? I don’t want to see any soups or stews – I start to crave greens again! I want the grill open and I want gorgeous salads and fruit. I think that our body knows what it is doing. We just need to listen to it.
Buen Provecho!
Sheri Burke
Your RHN, Specializing in Bariatric Friendly Meal Planning.

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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