Controlling your portions during the holiday seasonIt is officially the holiday season which means there is food everywhere we go. This can be a really challenging time for bariatric patients. Being around a lot of food after weight loss surgery takes time getting used to and it is important that you keep yourself on track. If you are not careful, you can experience significant regain during this time of year.
- Kimberly H.
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Essentials Needed after Weight Loss SurgeryIf you are pre-op getting ready for weight loss surgery, you might be feeling a little overwhelmed. There is a lot to do to get ready for your new life and you might not know where to start. I remember feeling really stressed that I did not know what to get beforehand to help me on my journey. I knew I needed to prepare for the liquid stage, but I was completely out of the loop with other tools and resources that would help me.
- Kimberly H.
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Can you be vegetarian after weight loss surgery?If you are considering bariatric surgery, you probably have a lot of questions. A common question that gets asked by potential patients is whether or not it is safe to be vegetarian after surgery. We all know how different our lives are after weight loss surgery. There are so many things you have to be aware of and one of the most important things to remember is how important protein is after surgery. So, if protein is the number one food you need to make sure you are consuming, can you still get enough if you are vegetarian after bariatric surgery?
Preparing for ThanksgivingIt’s that time of year again. The time that a lot of bariatric patients dread because food is everywhere. Thanksgiving is a wonderful celebration with family and friends, but after weight loss surgery, it can be quite challenging. Life can be very different for bariatric patients because the way we look at food has to change. It takes time to truly learn your new lifestyle after the procedure, which can make the holiday season a little harder.
Healthier Fall TreatsIt is Fall! That means there are so many tasty treats out there. It can be hard this time of year for bariatric patients. We can often feel like we are missing out because we cannot enjoy these treats like our friends can. Well, I have good news! Bariatric Food Source has some great options that are low sugar and high protein. They are great choices if you are struggling to get through the holidays.
Bariatric Surgery Patients, “How I Keep the Weight Off!”So you had the bariatric surgery. And you attended counseling and support groups. You read all the books and bariatric blogs, too. In fact, there’s nothing more you need to know, right?
Free Resources Help You Stay Healthy During the Crisis
Stuck inside? The coronavirus brings challenges for us all, from social isolation to eating healthy and staying active to getting a good night’s sleep. Boredom and stress set in. This puts us at high-risk for returning to our comfort zones. These are our old bad habits that we use to self-soothe, things like alcohol, smoking, or overeating. For me it’s eating high carb, sugar-laden comfort foods while binge watching TV all-night. DON’T EVEN GO THERE. Because this IS the slippery slope that will end in weight regain. Trust me, because I have been through it. Instead, make the best of a bad situation. By using these free healthy resources you’ll stay focused on positive activities and distance yourself from negative ones.
Free Books and Music
Internet Archive is a non-profit borrowable library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more. Visit the Internet Archive anytime — they’re open 24/7!
Free Workouts at Home
Livestrong is an online publisher of health and lifestyle information. They’re offering a terrific 8-week workout calendar and 10 free exercise videos to keep you stronger at home. Join the Stronger Challenge and start your workout right now!
Mayo Clinic has an article offering a few cool ideas for stair workouts. Check out their 7 quick stair exercises to do at home.
Golds Gym is offering free access to its app, Goldsamp, until the end of May, where more than 600 audio and video workouts along with DJ mixes get you ready to work up a sweat.
Planet Fitness is offering "Home Work-Ins" streamed live at 7 p.m. ET daily on its Facebook page.
Free Online Classes
The Mighty is an online health community of people with chronic illness who seek to live a healthy lifestyle. During the coronavirus, The Mighty offers a series of online events designed to put the “social in social distancing.” View the schedule of writing workshops, fun events for kids, interactive Facebook Lives, and more.
Class Central, an online course aggregator, compiled a list of more than 400 classes that free from ivy leagues like Columbia University, Princeton University, Yale, and University of Pennsylvania.
Free Theater at Home
The Met is streaming for free encore presentations of its Live in HD series. A different performance will be made available for a period of 20 hours a day beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET until 3:30 p.m. the following day.
Playbill compiled a list of 15 offerings it says are some of the best filmed Broadway shows to know about and where to find them — streaming sites such as BroadwayHD (which has a seven-day free trial period), Amazon Prime Video and YouTube, and others.
You can see what other theaters are available to tour here.
Free Guided Mediations
Declutter The Mind lets you relax and learn mindfulness meditation in 30-days. This is a skill that will benefit both body and mind. Get their free app and library for IOS and Android.
Insight Timer is a meditation platform with the world's largest free library of 30,000+ guided meditations by more than 5,000 teachers and musicians. They offer specific meditation for sleep and anxiety, too. Listen online or download the app.
Free Breath Work Video and eBook
Breathology offers a free video and ebook on correct breathing. CORRECT breathing is essential to life. It feeds the body's life-force and is part of our body's detoxification system. CORRECT breathing calms the autonomic nervous system and brings peace and tranquility to mind and body if practiced regularly.
Believe it or not, breathing is something most of us do incorrectly. I learned pranayama (breath work) at the Himalayan Institute. And my exercise physiologist at Nova Southeastern University taught me a breathing routine that, unbeknownst to him, is pranayama technique. I highly recommend breath work to help you remain calm during the stress-filled days ahead.
Now more than ever, I wish you abundant health, happiness, and love.
Living larger than ever,
My Bariatric Life