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February 27, 2014

Making a vegetarian post-bariatric surgery lifestyle possible

Good nutrition is an important part of living a healthy lifestyle after bariatric surgery at our Connecticut weight loss surgery center. At Griffin Hospital we recommend that patients who had Gastric Bypass, Sleeve Gastrectomy, Lap-Band, or Revision Surgery consume a diet that is rich in protein and low in simple carbs and sugars. But that does not mean that you can’t enjoy a vegetarian lifestyle with healthy plant-based protein. After bariatric surgery, you want foods that pack a lot of nutrition in a relatively small portion size. The protein goal for most post-op bariatric patients is about 75 grams of protein per day. When eating non-vegetarian protein sources, this is a bit easier to do, however, with all this focus on high quality protein, even non-vegetarians look forward to expanding their palate with tasty, nutritious vegetarian dishes. Often, this leads to the frequently asked question: What are good vegetarian protein choices? Continue reading

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February 25, 2014

Eating Disorders Awareness Week and Bariatric Surgery in Connecticut

This year over 10 million men and 20 million women in America will be affected by a clinically recognized eating disorder. An additional unnumbered amount of Americans will struggle with eating disorders in private without diagnosis or treatment. As we raise awareness during Eating Disorders Awareness Week, we urge our patients at Griffin Bariatrics to learn about eating disorders so that you can provide support to those need treatment, or seek treatment for yourself, if needed. Continue reading

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February 21, 2014

Protein Shake Recipes After Bariatric Surgery

If you’ve attended one of Griffin’s free weight loss surgery seminars, or you have recently scheduled your surgery at our Connecticut center, than most likely you’ve learned that after bariatric surgery your body needs time to heal and become accustomed to eating smaller portions. That means a change in diet. With the help of your surgeon and a nutritionist, you’ll learn how to follow a liquid and soft food diet until your body is ready to eat small portions of regular food again (about 12 weeks).

After surgery it is essential that your body gets plenty of proteins without heading to your local steak house. Proteins are essential because they help your body stay full, regulate blood sugar, and maintain muscle mass. So, how do you get in enough protein, especially during the first liquid phase of your diet? Protein shakes! Continue reading

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February 13, 2014

Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics Inspiration for the Weight Loss Surgery Patient

The weather in Connecticut may not be as tropical as it is in Sochi, Russia, but there is still a lot we can be inspired by. It is always exciting to watch the best athletes from around the world compete. Even though you may be sick and tired of the snow storms and the endless shoveling this winter, you have to agree that all this snow lends itself to quite a bit of exercise.

Exercise is an integral part of our Bariatric Program. It helps patients get optimally ready for surgery, makes them recover faster and with less likelihood of complications. How much patients exercise determines how quickly and how much weight they loose and in the long run, how much weight loss is maintained. Continue reading

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February 10, 2014

Plateaus After Weight Loss Surgery

If you’re one of the unusual people who haven’t experienced a weight loss plateau during your weight loss journey, consider yourself lucky. For the rest of us, hitting a plateau at least once between your starting weight and your goal is part of the process. Even patients of our Connecticut weight loss surgery center can experience a plateau. Often, a weight that just won’t budge can be linked back to little habits that are undermining your efforts. Other times, a plateau can be caused by an imbalance in a fitness plan. While frustrating, overcoming a plateau is possible! Continue reading

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January 29, 2014

Bariatric Friendly Superbowl Snacks

The big game is coming our way soon. You’ve got your jerseys, your pompoms, the war paint… All you need is some tasty food to nosh on. But what are you going to serve at the big event now that you are post-bariatric surgery? After all, during those tense moments you will be too focused on the game to make good food choices, right? We propose making all your snacks bariatric friendly so you don’t have to worry about what you’re munching. Your guests won’t know the difference. Continue reading

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January 12, 2014

Your resolution after bariatric surgery for 2014: do what makes you happy

It is hard not to feel down in January in Connecticut. The weather has hit record lows with wind chills that make even the most devoted outdoorsmen into hermits. This leads you to watch way too much television and what do you keep hearing: That apparently you have been exercising the wrong way; the only food that is good for you tastes like cardboard; and that you need a stylist, a personal trainer, not to mention a nanny, personal chef, housekeeper and personal assistant to pull off the latest celebrity look. Whew! No wonder this is a rough time of year. Continue reading

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December 27, 2013

Bariatric Formulated Multivitamin and Mineral Supplements are Necessary for Optimal Health After Weight Loss Surgery

Recently, there have been news headlines saying that you are wasting your money buying vitamin and mineral supplements. These headlines were based on a recent study that looked at the effectiveness of vitamins in regards to disease prevention. The study suggested that you would be better of saving your money and eating a balanced diet. However, we recommend that all bariatric surgery patients take daily multivitamins and mineral supplements to prevent possible deficiencies. Continue reading

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November 27, 2013

Giving kindness to your post-bariatric surgery body

The holiday season is in full swing in Connecticut. The weather is getting colder and it seems that everyone is busy cooking or shopping for friends and loved ones. The holidays remind us to take some time to reconnect with our family and refocus on what is important: love and kindness for one another. It is also a good time for a reminder to be kind and loving to yourself. Continue reading

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November 14, 2013

Fall Recipes Can Be Very Bariatric Friendly

Fall, with it’s chilly daytime temperatures, is in full swing in Connecticut. Most of us are looking for delicious comfort foods that keep both our body and soul warm. We are looking for simple recipes that make our homes smell wonderful and that require spending minimal hours in the kitchen, so we can curl up with a good book by the fire and enjoy some time relaxing before dinner. The good news is that slow cooking, such as stewing or using a crockpot, make meats extraordinarily tender and bariatric friendly. After bariatric surgery, such as the Gastric Bypass, Sleeve Gastrectomy or the Lap-Band, some meats can be harder to digest. Mainly, this is because foods need to be chewed thoroughly, since the stomach is not able to further break down food. Meat that is dry, such as chicken breast meat or tougher cuts of beef, can be difficult to digest for some. The key to easy digestion is to keep lean protein moist. Fall cooking naturally lends itself to tender meat. Continue reading

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