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Water and Protein are vital post bariatric surgery

Here are the bariatric rules for water intake:
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To eliminate waste and to keep cells, hair and skin hydrated – drink your water.  Drink at least 64 ounces of sugar free beverages per day.  Remember to stop drinking fluids 15 minutes before a meal and not to combine fluids together with your meal as it will quickly flush the food through your stomach.  Don’t resume drinking fluids for 30 minutes after you have eaten.
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Let’s chat about protein post bariatric surgery:
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Try to include 60 grams of protein every day.  Sixty Grams is the magic number and you will hear that number over and over and over again.  Guess what, 60 grams also has some actual science behind it.  The medical rule of thumb is .8 grams of protein for every kilo of IDEAL body weight – not your current weight but the weight that you should be ideally.
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So now that we know that 60 grams of protein is perfect – how do  we go about getting it ?  Prior to surgery we didn’t even get 60 grams on a daily basis so how are we going to accomplish this post surgery when we have restriction and a tiny tummy to fit that protein into ?  Getting to the “protein promise land” is not easy but we need to carve our own way to the land of protein peace and prosperity!
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Enter the protein supplement… it comes in all kinds of forms and the choices are endless.  The most popular route is to use a protein shake and mix it together with your favourite blender recipes.  This will pack a punch of protein PLUS they also count as fluids in your ongoing pursuit of consuming 64 ounces of fluids per day.  Another interesting fact is that our bodies cannot digest and assimilate more than 20 grams of protein per meal.  You can eat or drink 40 grams of protein BUT you will not be able to use it all and it will be wasted.  When supplementing, don’t feel pressured to purchase the shake with the highest grams of protein.  Just look for one that has 20 grams of high quality protein and you are good to go !
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In conclusion, protein is the building block that your internal organs, immune system and muscles require in order to function properly.  Protein is what will make you feel satisfied for a longer period of time.  Chew your protein and food slowly.  When you sit down to eat your meal or snack, first eat your protein, and then your vegetables and if you have space, complex carbohydrates are last.
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For a clean, high quality complete plant protein supplement: try Bariatric Food Expert Plant Protein Powder
  • A convenient specialized protein powder for bariatric patients/ 20 grams protein per serving
  • Easier to digest over regular shakes
  • Great tasting and blends well with your favorite smoothie ingredients
  • Premium, ,plant based protein for a complete amino acid profile
  • Gluten Free, DairyFfree, Non GMO, Zero Sugars, Soy and Lactose Free
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About the Author: Sheri Burke is a Registered Nutritionist and Bariatric Coordinator at International Patient Facilitators in Tijuana and Cancun, Mexico. She has worked with bariatric surgery patients for 10 years and especially enjoys providing nutritional guidance to pre and post bariatric patients.  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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