Frozen Banana Chocolate Shake | Liquid Diet for Bariatric Surgery

Liquid Diet for Bariatric Surgery

Frozen Banana Chocolate Shake

Bananas Aren’t Just for Monkeys!

This yummy shake is good for your liquid diet for bariatric surgery, it includes super healthy bananas.  There are many health benefits to eating bananas.

  • Bananas help with depression
  • Help sustain blood sugar
  • Protect against Type II Diabetes
  • High in Potassium and low in salt
  • Bananas act as a prebiotic, helping grow good bacteria in the bowels
  • Produce digestive enzymes to assist in absorbing nutrients

I could go on and on about the health benefits of bananas, but you aren’t here for a lecture on bananas:)

Recipe for Frozen Banana Chocolate Shake

To make the Shake you will need:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 medium banana (frozen)
  • 1 Scoop Protein Powder (I used Six Star Nutrition Whey Isolate)

Mix with blender until ready and enjoy!

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What Is Gastric Dumping Syndrome?

Weight Loss Surgery and Gastric Sleeve Dumping Syndrome


What Is Gastric Dumping Syndrome
Causes of Gastric Dumping Syndrome

Gastric Dumping Syndrome is a common bariatric surgery issue, specifically with Gastric Sleeve and Gastric Bypass.  After having weight loss surgery the way a person eats changes dramatically.  Gone are the large meals because the stomach is reduced by approximately eighty to eighty-five percent leaving only a sleeve or tube that is the shape of a banana.  The new stomach you have after gastric sleeve surgery does function normally so you do not have as many food restrictions but you just cannot eat as much.


What is gastric dumping syndrome and why do you get it?


This is the problem that can develop, especially if there are foods eaten that are have a high content of sugar.  It is also referred to as rapid gastric emptying.  It is very common to have this after having gastric sleeve surgery.  Normally a person will experience it after eating but in some cases it will happen one to three hours later.  There are some people who have gastric dumping syndrome at both times.


When you have had gastric sleeve surgery the opening that is between your stomach and small intestine has been removed.  The opening at stomach, called the pylorus acted as a brake before surgery to help your stomach empty slowly.  Since there is no longer a “brake” the stomach contents just rushes into your small intestine. As a result your body reacts by adding a big amount of gastric juices to your small intestine.


What are the symptoms of gastric dumping syndrome?


Gastric dumping syndrome is actually a group of symptoms.  Some of these symptoms can include:


  • Gastrointestinal
    1. Nausea
    2. Vomiting
    3. Abdominal cramps
    4. Diarrhea
    5. Fullness feeling


  • Cardiovascular
    1. Flushing
    2. Feeling lightheaded and/or dizziness
    3. Rapid heart rate and/or heart palpitations


If a person has gastric dumping syndrome one to three hours after eating there are other symptoms that can happen.  These later symptoms are caused by dumping a large amount of sugar into their intestine.  The body responds by releasing a large of amount of insulin which is used to absorb this extra sugar.  This can cause hypoglycemia, which is a low level of sugar in your body.  These symptoms can include:


  • Hunger
  • Sweating
  • Feeling lightheaded and/or dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Fainting
  • Rapid heart rate and/or heart palpitations


In conclusion


Doing a study on more than one thousand people who have had gastric sleeve surgery, all have experienced gastric dumping syndrome at some point in time.  Two-thirds had the early symptoms while the other third had the later symptoms.  There were a few who had both symptoms.  As you can see, it is a common problem after having weight loss surgery.  It is not a life threatening condition and can be easily remedied by changing their eating habits such as


  • Eat smaller meals
  • Avoid drinking anything with meals
  • Limit your intake of drinks and food with a high sugar content
  • Increase the amount of fiber in your diet
  • Stay away from foods that are acidic
  • Lie down at least ten to fifteen minutes after eating




Alcohol after Gastric Sleeve Surgery—can you Drink?

Choosing to have Gastric Sleeve Surgery requires long-term lifestyle changes, including alcohol consumption. You may want alcohol after gastric sleeve surgeryto celebrate loosing weight.  The big question is, can you have alcohol after gastric sleeve surgery?  The answer is controversial.  Some physicians say ‘yes’ if done in moderation and slowly.  Other physicians say ‘no’, do not drink alcohol at all.  Talk to your physician to see how they feel about drinking after Gastric Sleeve Surgery.


Alcohol After Gastric Sleeve Surgery

Here are some of the many reasons that physicians are on the fence about drinking alcohol after gastric sleeve surgery.

  • Alcohol is very high in calories but has no nutritional values.  There is some evidence that red wine does have some health benefits.  On a post-weight gastric sleeve surgery diet you want to avoid consuming empty calories which your body will absorb.  Drinking alcohol can cause you to gain weight, not lose it.
  • It can be dangerous as a person who had weight loss surgery can become more intoxicated.  They have a higher blood alcohol count.  They also took longer to become sober.
  • Drinking alcohol can become habit-forming.  Being post-surgery your sensitivity can be heightened causing you to become addicted to alcohol.
  • Your metabolism is altered after gastric sleeve surgery.  This means that your blood alcohol levels will peak higher.  Your blood alcohol levels will also take longer to return to normal levels.
  • After surgery you need to eat so many calories.  For some if they drink alcohol they will eat less food.
  • Consuming alcohol can deplete the sugar in your body, causing your blood sugar levels to drop.  This can lead to patients who have had weight loss surgery to develop low blood sugar, also known as hypoglycemia.  This is a very dangerous condition.
  • They could have addiction transfer.  If the person was addicted to food and now has to reduce how much food they consume they could start a new addiction.  This could be addition to alcohol, shopping, gambling, etc.


Guideline for Drinking After Gastric Sleeve

 If your physician gives you permission to drink alcohol after gastric sleeve surgery here are some simple guidelines you should follow.

  • For the first six months after having surgery avoid alcohol
  • Avoid sugary drink mixers and carbonated beverages
  • Remember even small amounts can cause low blood sugars.  Small amounts can even cause intoxication.
  • Drink only with meals to help slow alcohol absorption
  • Check calorie content of the alcohol


In Conclusion

If you have any questions about gastric sleeve surgery and alcohol talk to your physician.  Remember that you had surgery to loose weight, not gain it.  The empty calories from alcohol can put on a few pounds.  If you are a diabetic it can also cause low sugar, which can be dangerous.  After reading all the effects alcohol can have on a person who has had gastric sleeve surgery, it would be advisable not to drink alcohol.

Hair Loss After Bariatric Surgery

For some women (and men) it may be one of the scariest thoughts that you go through gastric sleeve or gastric bypass surgeryhair loss after bariatric surgery to lose weight and end up losing your hair!  It is common to lose hair after bariatric surgery.  Hair loss can occur in 40% of patients.

Hair loss happens everyday; it is part of a natural growth cycle.  Of course, external factors may affect the rate of hair loss, these include; genetics, stress, environment and diet.


Causes of Hair Loss After Bariatric Surgery


Changes in Diet

Hair loss after bariatric surgery is normally caused by the reduction in vitamin and nutritional intake. You may have protein and iron deficiencies in your new diet because of the weight loss surgery.


Changes in Hormones

Hormones levels change post-bariatric surgery; these changes can cause the normal hair growth cycle to be altered. During your weight loss your body is trying to find a new hormonal balance and once you achieve your weight loss goal and your weight stabilizes, so will your hormones.


Trauma of Surgical procedure

If you experience the hair loss right away post-bariatric surgery, the cause may be the surgery event in itself.  The physiological stress from the surgery may cause a temporary disturbance to the body that can cause hair loss.


Preventing Hair Loss After Bariatric Surgery


The best defense to bariatric surgery hair loss is a good offence.  Start with a well-planned post-surgical diet that your bariatric surgeon has given you. You will need to make sure that you get the right balance of vitamins and nutrient levels for your body and activity levels. After your bariatric surgery you may see some hair loss, but this should decline after the first six months.


Treatment for Hair Loss After Bariatric Surgery


 4 Tips for Preventing Hair Loss After Bariatric Surgery

  1. Take the recommended Vitamins and Minerals on a daily Basis
  2. Eat You Protein!  Protein is the building blocks of all cells in your body.  Your hair requires protein to grow strong and healthy
  3. Have your Iron Levels Checked: This is important if you are past 6 months post op and you are still losing lots of hair
  4. Extra Zinc. If you are one-year post op and are still having issues with hair loss, adding Zinc may be able to reverse hair loss issues in bariatric surgery patients.

It is also important to understand that Stress related hair loss can only be cured by reducing your stress.

By following these tips for hair loss after bariatric surgery you will end up with beautiful shiny strong hair and a rocking body to boot!


Dopamine: How It Causes Obesity

Dopamine: How It Affects The Brain’s Pleasure System and Causes Obesity

University of Alberta researchers have learned that dopamine, a chemical in the brain’s pleasure system, is also linked to the cellular memory and obesity.

Dopamine: How It Is Linked To Obesity and The Obesity Epidemic

food addiction obesityFor quite some time, scientists knew that dopamine is released by the brain as a response in the rewarding stimulus to things like food or drugs. However, it’s the first time scientists have found a mechanism linking it to the brain’s cell learning. The finding is exciting because it’s an important clue to the fundamental causes to both dependence and obesity, which could also lead to a “cure” for both ailments.

The majority of folks experience pleasure when they consume certain foods and they don’t need scientific proof to prove it. But, according to various experiments, highly calorie, tasty foods will release the chemical dopamine, which gives people a euphoric high. The observation clearly shows the role dopamine has in food obsession that will eventually lead to obesity.

It’s been found that memories are also made in relation to where the rewarding stimuli are being expected. This allows people to remember where to find the same reward in the future. obesity

Department of Pharmacology Professor Bill Colmers along with his research group conducted the study to learn what effect the chemical had on certain memory-forming brain cells. The research found the exact apparatus that tied dopamine to spatial learning, the memory of the area linked with a reward.

They were able to watch dopamine produce the brain’s excitability and open up a biological pathway for memory making where the reward is seen. Researchers also noted Neuropeptide Y, another brain chemical, would block the connections and keep the memory between the location and reward from taking shape.

The study’s results give people a better understanding of how the human brain learns and creates reward-cued spatial memories. This information could potentially be instrumental in helping food or drug addictions find a method that helps them to disconnect the memory from the good stimuli feeling.

Food addiction is, without a doubt, the principal cause for obesity, and it’s an issue that isn’t easily and readily solved with weight loss surgery. The more researchers and scientists learn about the body and the brain connection, the closer they find an effective treatment for obesity and obsession.

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4 Tips How to Motivate Weight Loss with Wife or Husband


Have you ever seen a friend or loved one struggle with their weight loss? Did you know that thinking about the various health conditions associated with obesity – diabetes, cancer, heart disease and stroke – can generate some discussion about the diseases and weight loss. However, it can also produce various feelings and reactions:

  •  Feeling of being attacked
  • Shame
  • Self-doubt
  • Provide nothing but excuses
  • Claiming that no one has the right to say anything


4 Ways To Motivate Weight Loss with your Wife or Husband

If you want to help someone lose weight, it’s imperative you do it without offending them. Of course, you may feel this is impossible to do. However, with the four tips below you can be the encouraging person they need to start their weight loss journey.

1. Listen To Them

If someone you know is worried about their weight, listen to them. And, unless you’re asked to share your worries, don’t. Just listen. Ask them what you can do to help them. Consider some suggestions for them:

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  • Share snacks or meals
  • Eat together
  • Treat themselves to weight loss goal rewards
  • Have regular water breaks
  • Give them support for grocery shopping
  • See a registered dietician together
  • Have healthier foods on hand

weight loss motivation2. Your Comments Should Be Supportive and Positive

You certainly don’t want to lose a friendship so if you know your advice is not wanted, bite your tongue. Don’t make any comments about their less than healthy eating habits. Remember, a person must be interested in losing weight themselves if it’s to happen. If you comment on it, you’re only going to do more harm than good.  Supportive, positive comments are far better in the long run.

3. Be A Weight Loss Role Modelweight loss husband

Be sure to pick foods, events and topics of conversation that generate healthy behaviors. Consider any of the following to help you:

  •  Offer snacks and/or meals you are eating to them.
  • Ask them to join you on a power walk.
  • Ask them to take part in your gardening project.
  • Don’t give them foods that will sabotage their efforts.
  • Pick active activities over sedentary ones.

 4. Be Their Cheerleader

Be sure you are their cheerleader. Each time they lose a pound or drop a pant-size, let them know how proud of them you are. If a person becomes frustrated and feels like weight loss is hopeless, provide them with some support. You don’t have to be an optimist all the time; but, when it comes to a weight loss journey, it’s imperative to give them positive thoughts to keep in their head so they’ll meet all their weight loss goals.

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Christine Stewart

National Bariatric Link

Mocha Java Latte | Liquid diet for bariatric surgery


Liquid Diet for Pre Bariatric Surgery

Bariatric Liquid Diet

Who doesn’t Love a Mocha Latte?  This shake is bariatric friendly for Pre Surgery or Post Surgery liquid diet needs.  Just make sure you check with your bariatric surgeon to see if he will allow caffeine during the liquid phase of your diet.

Be sure to check back as we will be posting a new recipe every week to “Shake” it up!

Learn more about the Pre Surgery Bariatric Diet.

Recipe for Mocha Java Latte

To make the simple Mocha Java Latte recipe you will need:

  • 1 Scoop Protein Powder (I used Six Star Pro Nutrition Whey Isolate)
  • 6oz Coffee (use either *regular or decaffeinated at room temperature or colder)
  • 1 tbsp. Skim Milk
  • 5-6 Ice Cubes

Mix with blender until ready and enjoy!

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