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Is your Grazing Sabotaging your Weight Loss...?

After weight loss surgery especially early on, your food portion sizes can be tiny, you may or may not feel hungry and you likely aren't able to easily meet your nutrition targets without eating small regular meals during the day and supplementing. When you speak to a few people, your surgical team and get onto your favourite Facebook support group you may end up confused as to whether you should be eating 3 meals during the day, 4-6 meals or just grazing all day long. It may even seem like you are eating and drinking all day! (A strange phenomena since all your life the emphasis may have been to not eat much...)So what is it that you should be...

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5 Reason to see a Bariatric Dietitian Before & After Weight Loss Surgery

Are you having or have you had weight loss surgery (also known as bariatric surgery or metabolic surgery)? Making the decision to have surgery likely wasn’t one you made overnight, in fact you probably watched others who have had surgery and did your research. You may have spoken to others, read experiences on the surgery forums and spoken to your doctor or a few surgeons.  Weight loss surgery changes your life and you really need to be prepared for it physically, emotionally and mentally. So doing your research is important. But once you’ve done your research and got your surgeon, you may wonder if you really need to see a dietitian, especially if your surgeon hasn’t said anything about seeing...

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10 Things to Turn to When Food is No longer an Option..

Are you (or were you) an emotional eater before bariatric surgery?  You weren't alone...many people turn to food when undergoing tough times, a crazy week, stressful situations or emotional times. Food has a bizarre way of making us feel better whilst not fixing the situation (and I don't mean carrot sticks and celery, rather is often the not so healthy stuff...). I don't know about you but somehow when emotional or stressed, digging into a big bowl of Nutella doused vanilla ice cream loaded with nuts somehow feels comforting (well at least at the time)... After surgery, turning to food isn't usually a viable option anymore and some people can really feel this loss. I've seen many patients in clinic who feel...

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Chocolate Fudge Protein Bliss Balls

Bliss balls make a delicious healthy snack. There's many versions, this version has added protein powder to make these a higher protein bliss ball. It also has chia seeds for added fibre and calcium. Each ball has around 8-10g protein.  We've used 2 of the protein powders on our store to make these balls, you can buy them individually or as a pack and save, they are: Cyborg BCAA Enhanced WPI 100% Whey Protein Isolate Boomers Whey Protein Isolate 2 Pack: Cyborg + Boomers Makes about 25 balls  Ingredients 2 cups dates (I used 1 cup Medjool and 1 cup dried dates) 1¼ cups raw nuts of choice (I used a mix of almonds, walnuts, pecans) 2½ scoops Chocolate protein powder...

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Recipe: Quinoa & Vegetable Salad

Quinoa is an amazing nutritious grain from South America. It's a great source of dietary fibre, higher in protein than other grains and a source of many nutrients including iron. You can substitute it for rice or cous cous as sides for stir-fries, curries, casseroles or use it in place of oats for a porridge or as I've done below, add it to salad. This salad is suitable for those on the Full Solid Phase after surgery and is also vegan and gluten free diet. I've included a few good sources of plant-based iron including the quinoa, baby spinach, raisins and pumpkin seeds as well as sources of vitamin to to aid absorption e.g. the lemon juice and the fresh tomatoes and...

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