“Bob. Single, professional, 42 y.o., 5’9”, 227 pounds (down from 320 pounds since my VSG last year!), likes long walks on the beach and golden retrievers.” Would you swipe yes or no? I suppose it depends on the circumstances. Many…
I saw a patient in the office for a weight loss consultation the other day. For the sake of discussion, let’s call her “Kate.” Kate meets all of the criteria for bariatric surgery, being just over five feet tall, with…
I was in the Personal Trainers’ office at a local gym recently, and saw the following caption attached to some popular cartoon characters: “I’m fat because obesity runs in my family.” “No, you’re fat because no one runs in your…
“I heard my body is a topic of conversation so I wanted to say, I’m proud of my body and you should be proud of yours too, no matter who you are or what you do.” –Lady Gaga, 2017. I…
Several of my patients have asked for more vegetarian options for meeting their protein goals after surgery. As promised, I have concocted the ultimate high-protein, vegetarian, bariatric-friendly meal!*
Tempeh/extra firm tofu
Soy sauce and Sriracha
I need help! Under the auspices of having some shelf stable snacks for hiking, I bought a box of chocolate hazelnut-filled energy bars. Each one has 230 calories and, though touted as being organic and having a low glycemic index, each bar has 27 grams of carbohydrate. They looked so innocent sitting on the shelf in the supermarket. I rationalized that I would only be using them for serious hikes, and not as daily snacks.
I ate the first one while I was still shopping—because I went to the grocery store hungry.
I ate the second one in the car on the way home—wow, these are really good!
I ate a third one after dinner that night—I had not yet gone hiking, and I was already up 690 calories for the day.
I made this delicious and super healthy meal in 5 minutes. An amazing bariatric recipe, or high-protein, post-workout meal!
1 chicken breast (light soy sauce) on Foreman grill
Baby broccoli (2 minutes in microwave–covered)
Serve on bed of arugula and cherry tomatoes
Lemon juice and hot sauce to taste
Walks can be pleasant, peaceful, memorable, and inspiring. But reaching one’s target heart rate can be very challenging on most flat terrain without moving at an extremely difficult pace. The next time you’re out for a leisurely stroll, and you’d like to burn some extra calories, try a little bit of the following:
As always, you must have clearance from your doctor (not me!) prior to attempting any of these exercises.
Before embarking on your “Rambo Walk,” please warmup appropriately (refer to earlier blog entry on warmup routines)…
We’ve all probably done it at one time or another. Whether it’s something to munch on while we’re working, watching TV, reading, visiting with friends or just passing the time. We’ve all been involved in that crazy activity known as mindless eating.
What we choose to eat and when is about as complex as the human mind itself. Cornell University researcher and food psychologist author Dr. Brian Wansink, quoted on the website Heart Sisters, says we make more than 200 decisions a day related to what we’re going to eat. These decisions are strongly – and usually unknowingly – influenced by what we can see, hear and smell when we are thinking about eating…