Bariatric Surgery

DR-KIM 800 TO 1800 CALORIES EASY BARIATRIC SURGERY MEAL PLAN OF 2018

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Planning ahead is a major component in reaching your weight loss goals. It will help you to stay on track with your diet, avoid diet downfalls and help you cut cost at the grocery store! Follow the steps below to successfully plan a healthy menu for your week!

1. Download your Meal Planning Template – We’ve created a Weekly Meal Plan Template for you to use. Click here or on the image below to download your meal planning template! Scroll Down For Your PDF File

2. Make a list of healthy, protein-packed meals that you enjoy preparing, or recipes you would like to try. For example, some of our favorites are Pesto Chicken, Chicken Fajitas, Spinach and Turkey Burgers and Pork Tenderloin.

3. Make a list of healthy side options. These lists will continue to grow as you find more recipes that you enjoy; so keep this in a safe place! A few of our favorites are Roasted Green Beans, Tuna and White Bean Tossed Salad, Fajita Bell Peppers and Onions and Cauliflower Rice.

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4. Using your Meal Plan Template, add healthy entrees and side options to each meal time. If you do not like to cook, do not overload yourself. Try making 3 dishes and have leftovers from those dishes on the days you decide not to cook. Please download our sample Post Bariatric Surgery Meal Plan for reference.

Doctors and nutritionists may vary in terms of what kind of diet plan to follow AFTER your weight loss surgery procedure, but most have the same basic idea.

Follow your particular instructions of course, but here are some plans from other Bariatric Surgeons and nutritionists when you find yourself needing a reminder or re-start.

9 THINGS NO ONE TELLS YOU ABOUT WEIGHT-LOSS SURGERY

 Almost 900,000 people have had some type of weight-loss surgery since 2011, and after seeing the success some of my friends and family have had with bariatric surgery, I decided to go for it too. As of right now, I’m exactly four months out from surgery and down 87 pounds (and my pants say “20” again!). This journey has been a wild one so far, and it’s just beginning. While there have been some great moments, I’ve also experienced some strange surprises along the way. Here’s what I’ve learned post-op.1. Your tastes and cravings totally change.

Pre-op, I lived on two main food groups: pizza and Chipotle.

Post-op, guess what I can’t even stand the smell of? Pizza and Chipotle.

I know; it’s bizarre. No one’s really sure how or why it happens, but many people who have weight-loss surgery have extreme changes in which foods they like and crave. Right after surgery, you have to follow a very strict diet. Each surgeon has their own diet guidelines, but mine required one week of only clear liquids, two weeks of “full liquids,” which included pudding and Jell-o, two weeks of pureed foods, and then finally onto solids. For the first month after surgery, while I was still deep in the pureed food phase, all I wanted was a big bowl of beef-flavored ramen noodles… and I have never liked beef-flavored ramen noodles.

 

2. Your posture might get worse…

This is something I had never heard of, even after months and months of reading weight-loss surgery message boards. I used to pride myself on having really great posture, and now? Woof. My shoulders stay rounded no matter how much I try to straighten up, and sitting at a computer for long stretches of time makes them burn like you wouldn’t believe. After the first 50 pounds, my back hurt so much that I ended up at the chiropractor four times per week for a month trying to get straightened out again. After asking some of these groups I’m in if anyone else had this issue, I was surprised and relieved to find out that, yeah, it’s pretty common.

3. …and your butt isn’t going to be happy.

Yup, almost everyone says they feel like they lose all of the padding around their tailbone first. Sitting for a long time, especially on hard surfaces, becomes suddenly, excessively uncomfortable.

4. You’re going to go through so much clothing.

On my surgery day, I fit comfortably into a size 30/32 pants and a 5X top. Within three months, I was wearing size 22 jeans, and an XL top was just a little snug. To make matters more… interesting, I started working a job that required business casual clothing, after years of being able to show up for work in leggings, t-shirts, and hoodies.

I’ve just embraced the fact that for a period of time, I’m going to look like I don’t know how to dress myself because everything is always so baggy on me. The pants I bought for my job interview, which fit perfectly, had me looking like Baggin’ Saggin’ Barry just two weeks later. So if you’re ever planning on weight-loss surgery, save some money for a new wardrobe every couple of weeks. Even Goodwill shopping sprees add up after a while.

5. You might end up feeling kind of left out.

I didn’t realize how much of a normal social life involves going out to eat with people until my surgery. Now I can’t really justify spending my hard-earned money on a meal I can only eat 1/8th of… especially one that doesn’t reheat well. Birthdays feel a little less fun, and I’m generally the odd one out in my office when it comes to going out to lunch. It’s an adjustment, that’s for sure.

6. You’ll be strangely cold.

Another weird body change: I suddenly realized how people can be cold all the time. Gone are the days when everyone else in the office is bundled up, while I’m saying, “What’s wrong with you guys? It’s so comfortable in here!” I get it now, and if you’re considering this surgery, I recommend investing in fingerless gloves and blanket scarves in advance.

7. The surgery is on your stomach, not your head.

You’re probably thinking, “Well, duh,” but this bizarre realization is one that many of us have post-op. Food addiction doesn’t go away overnight just because you’re incapable of eating all of the things you want to eat. For me, it was almost like I didn’t know who I was after I couldn’t spend all day eating. I still spent all day thinking about eating, at first. More than once, I cried uncontrollably after I realized that I wouldn’t ever be able to eat a large stromboli with a dozen-wing chaser again. Sometimes I still get sad wondering if the pizza guy thinks I died.

The author, Sierra, as a kid, wearing a pretty fantastic Bart Simpson t-shirt.

Evidence that my t-shirt and sweatshirt game has always been strong.
8. You might hear some unsupportive noise about taking the easy way out…

So many people I know who have had weight-loss surgery tell me stories about folks in their lives who sneer at their choice to have the surgery. I’m grateful that my friends and family have been supportive, but if you opt for this surgery, there’s a good chance you’ll hear some dismissive comments. This is one of those moments in life where you can learn who your true, nonjudgmental friends are.

9. …but please know that it’s not the easy way out.

I’ll never understand why some people think surgery is easy. First, it’s painful, and not just immediately after surgery. If you eat one bite too much, you’re in pain. If your sleep-addled brain decides in the middle of the night, “Yes, I can totally try sleeping on my stomach even though it’s been a week since they cut through my abdominal muscles and sewed them back together”? Yeah, that’s more than “mild discomfort.” (OK, maybe I’m the only person who attempted that one.)

If you’re struggling with your weight and considering bariatric surgery, your primary care physician can point you in the right direction. Insurance companies are notoriously difficult to work with regarding bariatric procedures, but for me, the headache was worth it. And if someone in your life is undertaking weight-loss surgery, don’t be that bad friend—be supportive.

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