May 2017 Newsletter
Walk from Obesity North Texas
Join My Bariatric Solutions on Saturday, June 3rd for the Walk from Obesity North Texas. Register by May 1st and receive early bird pricing by using the promotion code “EARLYBIRD”. You can register online up until the day before the event for $25. Registration the morning of June 3rd is $35.
Click here to register!
Patient Spotlight: Terri
Terri has lost over 50 lbs. since having her gastric sleeve 6 months ago and is already at her goal weight!!!
Terri’s “ah-ha” moment: “Walk into a clothing store and pick clothes off the rack and not have to try them on, and walking long periods of time with no pain. Example, I just got back from London and walked EVERYWHERE – all day and never got tired or had pain in my feet or knees.”
“The office staff in Fort Worth has been wonderful, as well as Dr. Stowers! The surgery has given me more confidence in myself.”
We have a new app for our patients to use for FREE to track your progress and access your Patient Education Handbook and other handouts!
Baritastic – Bariatric Tracker
Download the application on Google Play or on the App Store
Code to connect: 31302
June 2017 Support Group
Tuesday, June 13th at 6:30 PM
The Mobile Unit (MU): What Makes it Unique?
Steven Shelton AGACNP-BC and Colleen Smith RT (R)
The My Bariatric Solutions mobile unit was put into service September 2011 primarily to provide follow-up care for lap band patients. As the number of patients undergoing gastric sleeve and gastric bypass grew so did the services provided by the mobile unit. With the addition of a Nurse Practitioner the mobile unit evolved into what it is today. Currently the mobile unit is an invaluable tool utilized to provide pre-op and post-op care for the full range of bariatric patients (gastric sleeve, bypass, lap-band, and balloon).
Tips for Adjusting to New Portion Sizes
Jordanne Hellman MS RDN LD
Before undergoing bariatric surgery, small portion sizes are discussed and visual examples are provided. At that time, most people think “wow, that can’t be real. That’s all I will be able to eat at a time?” It isn’t until AFTER surgery, when you actually have restriction, that adjusting to your new portion sizes becomes real life. This is a learning curve for most, as your entire life you have been eating the same way. Adjusting to your new “meal” size can be a challenge, but remember your bariatric procedure is a tool to a healthier you! The tips below can help get you started!
- Stop eating when you feel full. This can be a little difficult, as your portion sizes have decreased significantly from what they used to be. If you do overeat, you could experience nausea, vomiting, or difficulty swallowing.
- Switch to small plates and utensils. If you continue to eat your meals off of a normal sized plate, you mentally will not feel like you are satisfied after eating. Using small plates and utensils can help you to feel like you are eating a fulfilling amount of food, while also helping you to take small bites.
- Make sure you have measuring cups and a food scale. Having a measuring cup can help you to portion out ¼ cup meals to help you avoid overeating. Remember though, that is just a reference point. If you can only take 3-4 bites, that is normal. Having a food scale can be helpful in weighing your cooked proteins, so that you can accurately gauge your protein intake.
- Eat SLOW. Even though you are only able to eat a small amount, it is important to eat slowly. Take 20 minutes to eat a meal. Setting a timer can be very helpful.
- Share a meal when dining out. After surgery, you will not be able to eat a normal restaurant size meal. Remember, you will only be able to eat a few bites, so sharing a meal with a friend can help you to avoid not only overeating, but also save you money!
Exercise Tip of the Month
Alex Jesko BSK
Produce of the Month: Peaches
Cecilia Sanchez MS RDN LD
Did you know peaches were once given as gifts to begin new friendships – thus the origination of the saying, “you are a peach”. Peaches are in season this time of year (taste the best and are the best price). Have you purchased any yet?! Don’t forget to also check out the Parker County Annual Peach Festival this July.
Peaches are packed with antioxidants and other vitamins and minerals, specifically vitamin A (which is good for your skin and vision health) and vitamin C (important for immune support). See below for a tasty recipe using peaches.
Recipe of the Month: Grilled Fruit Skewers with Yogurt
Cecilia Sanchez MS RDN LD
4 cups of chopped fruit (peaches, pineapple, and nectarines)
2 T. Truvia Nectar
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
1-5.3 oz. fat-free Greek vanilla yogurt
1 T. Truvia Nectar
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp. vanilla extract
1/8 tsp. cinnamon
3/4 tsp. Truvia Baking Blend (or other sweetener)
- Soak skewers in water and preheat grill to medium-high.
- In a small bowl, mix together Truvia Nectar and cinnamon. Thread fruit onto soaked skewers and brush the fruit with cinnamon glaze. Place on preheated grill and close lid.
- Meanwhile, mix together ingredients for the yogurt dip.
- Turn skewers after about 5 minutes and let cook on the other side for a few extra minutes until softened.
- Take skewers off grill and let cool for a few minutes and then serve immediately with yogurt dip. Enjoy!Recipe…
We hope you have enjoyed this month’s newsletter. As always, we are appreciative of your decision to choose My Bariatric Solutions for your care!
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