I created this site after 10 years of experience in working with patients who’ve had weight loss surgery. Keep in mind there are no standardized dietary guidelines following weight loss surgery, like there are for other disease states (i.e.: The American Diabetic Association caloric range diets, example 1800 calorie ADA diet, or the DASH diet used to treat hypertension, or a Low Sodium diet for patients with renal disease). Shocking, isn’t it? I am pointing this out to you because patients often don’t understand why there are so many different dietary approaches following surgery.
A common phone call, or comment I receive goes something like ” well my friend had surgery down the street and they’re allowed to eat ______ (fill in the blank)”. Each surgeon and health care team typically provides a diet plan for their patients after surgery, FOLLOW THAT. This site is not meant to be an end-all-be-all to your nutrition needs after surgery. It’s here to inspire you.
Inspire you to change your food choices permanently. To try new foods. To understand your body after weight loss surgery. To improve your quality of life, and ensure that you can be the healthiest you that you’ve ever been. Some of my posts will only feature fruit, gasp…. don’t forget the protein. Some of my posts will only feature protein, hmm….. don’t forget the produce!
I want to emphasize again that I’ve created this site to help you, but because I don’t know you the way that your healthcare team does, please make sure to follow up with them if you have any questions that pertain to your individual medical journey following WLS. All disclaimers aside you can trust that I have your best interest at heart and ten years of experience counseling over 4,000 individuals and educating other health care providers – including surgeons- about nutrition needs and concerns following WLS.
Now grab some water (that is if you’ve eaten at least 30 minutes ago 😉 ) and have a look around!
If you like what you see, please share with your friends and fellow WLS patients. (shameless plug)