Eating Healthy
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By Jim - 4/11/2012 10:42:00 AM
Today I decided again to eat healthier.  It seems I'm always relapsing and then going back to the right things.  Smile

I decided to take a look a the American Heart Association's website ( to get some pointers in how eat better.  When you're within the first 2 years of the surgery, it's easier to follow the bariatric guidelines for eating.  But when you get beyond that, it gets harder and your pouch can expand to accomodate what you're eating. 
  • Choose lean meats and poultry without skin and prepare them without added saturated and trans fat. 
  • Select fat-free, 1 percent fat, and low-fat dairy products. 
  • Cut back on foods containing partially hydrogenated vegetable oils to reduce trans fat in your diet. 
  • Cut back on foods high in dietary cholesterol. Aim to eat less than 300 milligrams of cholesterol each day. 
  • Cut back on beverages and foods with added sugars. 
  • Choose and prepare foods with little or no salt. Aim to eat less than 1,500 milligrams of sodium per day.
  • Follow the American Heart Association recommendations when you eat out, and keep an eye on your portion sizes.

They have some nifty online calculators to help you in seeing where you might need help, and suggestions for getting help.

By Nadia - 4/11/2012 2:18:14 PM
Excellent pointers.  I especially like the one about not adding salt.  Almost everything we buy in the store already has added sodium as a preservative that we do not need additional salt.
By Jim - 4/12/2012 4:52:27 AM
Yes, a lot of those prepackaged foods have tons of sodium, like those rice and pasta dinners, many frozen dinners, too.  Even some canned vegetables have salt. Fortunately, they make more low- and no-sodium verisons these days.
By Nadia - 4/13/2012 12:54:35 AM
I know that it is time-consuming and maybe not what everyone has time to do, but I opt to make homecooked meals on a Sunday for the entire week and store them in the fridge in Tupperware.  Then each day, I pull out a prepared homecooked meal from the fridge and heat it up or take it to work for lunch.  It works for me.  I save time and I eat healthy, premeasured portioned food.  This way I avoid all of the restaurant preservatives, oils, fats, chemicals, sugars, sodium, etc.
By rooneyhed - 7/1/2012 10:11:55 PM
Eating healthy keeps physically and mentally strong. The herbal or all natural alternative is a great option anytime.
By Nadia - 7/2/2012 2:03:46 AM
rooneyhed, Although I am not a doctor or medical expert, I would not recommend for bariatric patients to use the Adipex Alternative know as PhenObestin after reading the website link that you shared here on this forum.  The Adipex Alternative may be a product for those who did not have bariatric surgery to control their eating, but there is not much information on line about the product safety or studies.  Based on reading the website with very limiting information and checking out the name of the product PhenObestin and its claim, as a bariatric patient, I would not use it.  The name reminds me too much of Phen Phen and that has bad connotations in the medical world.

Our pouches (stomas) are delicate and we woulod not to get ulcers from something.  We should master the full feeling with our surgery and portion control, so we should not require such a product in my opinion.

rooneyhed, did you have bariatric surgery at Sacred Heart?  Just curious.   I just do not see a bariatric patient resorting to pills for weight loss.

If we exercise daily, observe portion control and follow the 30-60 rule for life, we all can be successful without pills.
By MegsBlueEyes - 7/5/2012 9:26:23 AM
That post was SPAM, I do believe....
By Nadia - 7/5/2012 3:49:13 PM
Megs, You are right.
By NicKidman - 8/20/2013 11:00:04 PM
Nutritious and well balanced diet is very important for overall health maintenance and development.