Health Notes

Recipe: A Cinco de Mayo Fiesta of Flavor!

by Dr. Katrena Lacey on April 16, 2014

Mariachi HatCinco de Mayo just a few short weeks away. This recipe will give you that fiesta flavor without all the calories and carbs. It’s a great addition to your weight loss meal options. Bariatric surgery patients will want to wait a few months post-surgery to enjoy this tasty dish.

Fiesta Soup

Ingredients

  • 1 10 oz. bag of frozen fiesta vegetable blend, thawed
  • 1 15 oz. can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 24 oz. jar of medium black bean and corn salsa
  • 1 32 oz. no salt added or reduced sodium chicken or vegetable broth [click to continue…]

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Questions AnsweredQ. I know after weight loss surgery my diet will change dramatically, and proper nutrition is going to be a big part of both the healing and weight loss process. In taking this step towards better health, how do I make sure my body gets the vitamins and nutrients it needs if I can’t eat as much?

A. Weight loss surgery not only changes how much food you eat on a daily basis, it changes how your body digests that food. That is why all patients need to take vitamins and supplements every day to stay well-nourished and healthy.

Bariatric surgery changes the body’s ability to absorb certain nutrients such as iron, vitamin B12, folate, calcium and vitamin D. Because you are not able to take in enough food to meet your vitamin and mineral requirements, diet supplements are essential. Without them, you will become malnourished.

Taking a daily multivitamin, plus other supplements, can prevent or reduce these nutritional deficiencies. Our team at the Methodist Physicians Clinic Bariatric Surgery clinic recommends you take a multivitamin, plus extra supplements of calcium, vitamin B12, vitamin D, and iron.

So what should you look for in vitamins and supplements?

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Exercise: No Excuses! Rainy Day Motivation

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Last month you were given some great ideas on exercises to complete using body weight as resistance.  Now that spring is here, don’t let the rain melt away your exercise motivation. Here are some ways to stay motivated and things to think about as the weather starts to change this April. If it isn’t raining […]

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Learning Good Nutrition an Important Part of Weight Loss

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Healthy weight loss not only takes time, but sometimes significant life changes. That’s why, twice a month in a classroom at Methodist Physicians Clinic Millard, a group of people gather with one important goal: understanding better nutrition for weight loss. In our physician-directed weight loss program, we set goals, teach participants about portion sizes, healthy […]

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Recipe: A No-Fat, Gluten-Free Splash of Summer!

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Looking for a cool way to sip into the warmer months ahead? Try this great gluten-free recipe. If well-strained, it’s a refreshingly sweet low-cal addition to your blenderized diet.   Strawberry-Kiwi Spritzer (Gluten-Free, Gout-Friendly) Ingredients 1 kiwi fruit 1/2 cup strawberries About 3/4 cup plain seltzer (club soda without sodium) Ice cubes Directions Peel the […]

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Your Questions Answered: “What routine tests will I need before bariatric surgery?”

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Q. A good friend of mine has had great success with her bariatric surgery, but she said she had to undergo several tests before having the operation. I’m considering surgery for myself. What tests will I need to have before the procedure? A. As with any surgery, there are certain tests your Methodist Physicians Clinic […]

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Exercise: Work Out Without the Gym

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Last month we taught you a simple “active” warm-up prior to digging in to your new exercise program.  You are now ready to get moving.  The only thing you have overlooked is that you have no equipment and you don’t belong to a gym.  What now? Relax.  You don’t always need fancy exercise equipment to […]

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Four Signs You’re Ready for Bariatric Surgery

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Bariatric surgery isn’t for everyone. It just isn’t. If someone can lose weight with means other than surgery, whether it be diet, lifestyle changes or exercise, then that is great. But for people with a Body Mass Index (BMI) over 40, chances of having long-term weight loss success using means other than surgery are less […]

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Recipe: Take a Bite Out of the Chill with Broccoli Soup

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As winter gives us its last gasps, there is still time to enjoy low-calorie soups to take away the chill. This low-calorie recipe is a warm and delicious addition to your balanced meal. Bariatric patients will want to talk to their surgeon about chewable foods before adding this recipe to their diet.   Cream of […]

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Your Questions Answered: “How will my lifestyle change after bariatric surgery?”

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Q. I know that my eating habits are going to change dramatically after bariatric surgery, but what other changes will I have to make to my lifestyle to lose weight? What do I need to plan for when it comes not only to eating, but exercise and other day-to-day activities? A. You are right to […]

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