This summer, keep your LAP-BAND shakes fresh and nutritional with this Banana Shake. This quick and simple shake can serve as breakfast, a mid-day or late-night snack. Try it, post it on your Instagram and tag us (@lapbandindiana)! We want to know what you think: […]
Mexican food is amazing and not hard to adjust to fit your new LAP-BAND diet. Below is a recipe Dr. McEwen’s dietician believes is perfect to feed those Mexican food cravings while closing following the LAP-BAND nutritional guidelines.
The full liquid diet is the second diet phase you will advance to after your lap band surgery. Full liquids are liquids that you cannot see through and include protein shakes, soups (smooth, no large pieces of food), drinkable yogurt like Lifeway Kefir (ideally Greek, non-fat), sugar free Jell-O, sugar-free pudding, sugar free Carnation Instant Breakfast, etc. These full liquid enter your post LAP-BAND® diet on day 3 through approximately day 9. The goal is to slowly advance to foods with a thicker consistency and prep your lap band for solids and other appropriate foods.
During this period, the goal caloric intake is 600-800 kcal/day minimum although an overall goal of 1200 kcal should be reached by day 28. We recommend our patients start with protein shakes such as Bariatric Advantage Meal Replacement which we sell in the office or a quality whey-protein shake like Premier Protein. The minimum protein shake intake per day for women should be two servings and three for men. Don’t forget to start back on your vitamins at this phase as well! Chewable vitamins are recommended as they dissolve and won’t sit in the pouch above your band potentially causing irritation like a tablet would.
For this Southeast Asia – inspired Salmon soup, make sure you skip the noodles and supplement them with edamame noodles or zucchini squash noodles. This recipe great for the soft food phase of your LAP-BAND® diet. Click on pic below for full recipe (remember to skip the noodles!).
Keeping your LAP-BAND® diet interesting can be challenging. If you’re a sea food lover check out this Scallops and Sweet Peas recipe from everydayhealth.com. This delicious meal is only calories 305 per serving and LAP-BAND® approved! Click on the pic below for more info and the full recipe.
After your Lap-Band® surgery, a gradual and steady diet outline will be followed to maximize the success of your surgery and ensure safety. It is also essential to kick start your new healthy Lap-Band® life style. The first 2 days will consist of a CLEAR LIQUID DIET. This means low sodium and sugar-free beverages that you can see through with the only exception being milk or a milk alternative (almond, cashew, or coconut milk). The average daily caloric intake should range between 400 to 500 calories. The goal is to aim for 64 oz. of fluid total. The fluid will need to be sipped slowly to avoid over-stuffing the newly formed pouch above the band.
So what can you actually have? Dr. McEwen and his team at Community Surgery Center Hamilton recommend items such as water, clear broth or bouillon (remember, low in sodium), herbal tea, caffeine-free tea, sugar free drinks like diet Snapple, PowerAde Zero, crystal light (packets), Kellogg Special K protein water, GNC Isopure clear liquid protein drink, low sodium V8 and skim milk. It’s also very important that you do NOT take any multivitamins during these 2 days as this can upset your stomach.
Ready for something delicious? This Garlic Parmesan Baked Halibut recipe from Port and Fin is a great option for a good homemade LAP-BAND® meal. Click on the picture below to get the step-by-step recipe.