Weight Gain After Gastric Bypass Surgery

One thing I really thought about prior to my surgery was the mention of weight gain after gastric bypass surgery. Many people in the morbidly obese and obese communities think that having a gastric bypass procedure is the answer to their immediate weight loss needs, however you can experience weight gain after gastric bypass surgery if you are not willing to look at the whole picture of why you gained weight in the first place.

One of my greatest challenges after my gastric bypass surgery was listening to my stomach and realizing that my whole mind-set had to change along with the size of my pouch. I had all the worksheets provided by my surgical team on what I could eat and what I no longer could eat but the decision was mine. I decided that after taking such drastic measures to lose weight the least I could do for my own personal well-being was to listen to the surgical team including the nutritionists and follow the plan that they developed and perfected.

Gastric Bypass surgery is only a tool to help aid in weight loss, using that tool was up to me and how I used it would show up in a weight loss or a weight gain. None of us gained weight without playing the many mind games that we used to justify what we ate, when we ate and how much we ate. With each justification of eating we had set in motion new habits that were built upon old habits but with gastric bypass surgeries we now have to face our fears and habits, listen to our pouch, and grab a protein shake instead of a milk shake.

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Zucchini Patties

zucchini-patties

Zucchini Patties are a refreshing side-dish alternative that your family will be asking for again.

Ingredients:

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Quinoa The High Protein Gluten Free Grain For Diabetics

Quinoa (qui·noa/ˈkēnwä/)

Quinoa is an ancient grain that is found above the 12,000 foot sea level and a wonderful seed/grain that I started using about a year ago.

quinoa

Quinoa, high protein, gluten free

As a Type 2 Diabetic this simple to cook grain has become my choice side dish for many of my lunches and dinners. Quinoa is a high protein (6g per 1/4 cup), gluten free grain with eight essential amino acids and has a low glycemic index number.

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Diabetes Portion Control and Weight Management!

I think that Amy has the right idea in this article about diabetes portion control and weight management. None of us like to think about dieting and it one of the most important factors in a diabetic’s lifestyle. Instead of “dieting” maybe we should look at how we eat from the viewpoint, that we are in “control” of what we eat.

 Portion Control and Manage Your Weight! by Amy Stephens
Americans with Type 2 diabetes eat too much food and exercise too little. Studies indicate that diabetic Americans not only eat too much food, but we have a poor picture of the right amount of food. According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), there are specific portions of certain food groups that everyone needs to eat every day in order to stay healthy.

Portion control is understanding how much a serving size is and how many calories a serving contains. Portion control is important for weight management as the weight is defined by the total calorie intake. Healthy diabetes meal plans, using Aristotle’s philosophy, is the desirable middle between the extremes of excess and deficiency (over-eating and not eating enough), the “golden mean.” Portion control is eating a healthy diabetic diet meal with a balance of amount and types, of varied foods.

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