Bariatric Nutrition

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What is fat shaming and what does it mean for weight loss? Fat shaming is the process of insulting, bullying or stigmatizing a person for their weight. This is nothing new in American culture where rhetoric, the entertainment industry and media have all insisted fat people are inferior. Even well intentioned instances of fat shaming are considered socially acceptable because they are framed in a way that seems to express concern…

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Gut Bacteria

Microorganisms are everywhere. From those that live in the ocean to those found in the soil that helps feed the world. Other microorganisms live in a host environment, and our body is no exception to this rule.  According to Merriam Webster's Dictionary, a microbiome is "a community of microorganisms (such as bacteria, fungi and viruses) that inhabit a particular environment and especially the collection of microorganisms living in or on…

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Bariatric Support Group Date:  February 16, 1017 Facilitator:  Diane Doolin, RN, CYT Diane Doolin is a nurse in the GI Lab at Shawnee Mission and also works as a yoga instructor.  In addition, she spends a lot of time studying healthy nutrition and does health retreats around the area.  She came to talk about healthy vs unhealthy fats and show us a few recipes that incorporate them in order to…

February 16, 2017 – Cooking with Healthy Fats's Story »

 

Bariatric Support Group Date: February 7, 2017 Facilitator:  Dr. Hassan Saradih, Prairie View Medicine Dr. Saradih talked about how our body regulates appetite.  Your body views food as energy.  There is a monster hormone, ghrelin, that makes you feel hungry.  It is secreted by the stomach and tells you when you need to eat.  Then there are hormones secreted by your intestinal tract that make you feel satisfied.   These…

February 7, 2017 – How the Body Regulates Appetite's Story »

 

Hydration After Bariatric Surgery

Leading up to surgery, your surgeon and dietitian have both stressed to you the importance of hydration. It is recommended that at least 64 oz of fluids are consumed each day to prevent dehydration, constipation, and kidney stones (1). However, following surgery, you may find it more difficult to reach this goal. Your taste may change, and water may no longer taste right. You also will have smaller stomach pouch,…

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Bariatric Support Group Date:  January 21, 2017 Facilitator:  Chris Bovos, RN, CBN, Bariatric Coordinator Chris presented a PowerPoint on keeping your bones strong.  We reviewed that your bones have a couple of functions – providing a shape for your body and being a storehouse for calcium so they can be called on when the body needs to increase the amount of calcium in the bloodstream. Since calcium is critical for…

January 21, 2017 – Bone Health Before and After Bariatric Surgery's Story »

 

Bariatric Support Group Date: December 15, 2016 Facilitator:  Chris Bovos, RN, CBN   Chris reviewed some of the high points from Dr. Saradih’s talk last time and answered questions from several patients who stated their weight loss has stalled.  This can be very frustrating, and sometimes understanding how energy is managed by the body can help.  Your body gets energy from 3 sources – protein, fat and carbohydrates.  Carbohydrates are…

December 15, 2016 – Small Group Support Meeting Minutes's Story »

 

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What does it take to become a bariatric athlete?  High quality nutrition and regular physical exercise is where your training begins! Making the decision to adopt a healthy lifestyle can come with many challenges, and it includes making lifelong lifestyle changes. Whether you are considering weight loss surgery in Kansas City, or you have already had surgery, it is important to note that committing to a physically active lifestyle while…

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Bariatric Support Group Date: December 1, 2016 Facilitator:  Dr. Hassan Saradih Dr. Saradih came to discuss nutritional deficiencies and the need for follow-up to prevent them.  He began by explaining that we take in macronutrients and micronutrients in our diet. The macronutrients are: Protein – body uses it for growth, and used for energy in starvation mode – need 1 gm per kg of body weight (divide your weight in…

December 1, 2016 – Nutritional Deficiencies & Follow-up's Story »

 

Bariatric Support Group Date: November 19, 2016 Facilitator:  Laura Hernandez, RD, LD Chris shared information that she and Laura received at the annual meeting of the ASMBS and TOS (American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, and The Obesity Society).  There is an enormous amount of research going on around the world regarding the metabolic changes that occur with surgery, the microbiome (the bacteria in your gut), diabetes, heart disease…

November 19, 2016 – Small Group Meeting's Story »