Newsletter - May 2015

Happy Mother’s Day to all Moms!

Mothers hold their children’s hands for a while, but their hearts forever.

May is National Egg Month

The incredible edible egg has many benefits for everyone, but especially for the post-operative bariatric patient. Despite being delicious, eggs prepared without extra fat provide an easily digestible form of protein. High-quality protein also helps in weight management.

Eating more high-quality protein foods, such as eggs, and fewer carbohydrates when you’re dieting helps preserve lean muscle tissue and increase fat loss. Foods that are high in protein rate high on appetite satisfaction, too. In studies, dieters who started the day with an egg-based breakfast felt full longer and ate fewer calories throughout the rest of the day.

Newsletter - May 2015

Eggs contain many more than 100 flavor components and provide a well-rounded, but neutral, richness. When you cook eggs, you can let that richness stand delicately on its own or can let the flavor of eggs serve as a backdrop for more strongly flavored foods or seasonings. Because their distinct flavor doesn’t clash, eggs go well with almost every other food and are appealing to people all over the world.

Eggs are also easy to cook. The basic methods of cooking – scrambled, fried, cooked in the shell, poached and baked eggs – are often among the first foods a beginning cook learns to prepare. Other eggs dishes, including deviled eggs, omelets, quiches, frittatas, range-top bakes and strata casseroles, are also uncomplicated and make great family fare. So if you find yourself searching for something to cook this month, remember “National Egg Month” and whip up a dish with eggs!

NYBG General Surgery

At New York Bariatric Group, our bariatric surgeons are also board-certified general surgeons with great expertise in performing advanced minimally-invasive general surgery including: Inguinal, Ventral, Incisional Hernia Repair, Cholecystectomy, Colectomy, Paraesphageal Hernia Repair, Anti-Reflux Surgery, Small Bowel Resection, and Appendectomy. If you or someone you know needs an experienced, caring general surgeon, please call 866-569-7049 to schedule a general surgery consultation. Most major insurances accepted.

All pre and post-operative bariatric patients welcome!

  • When: Wednesday, May 20th at 7:00PM
  • Where: St. Charles Hospital
  • Board Room 2 – 2nd Floor
  • 200 Belle Terre Rd.
  • Port Jefferson, NY
  • RSVP on our website or to Jacqueline Bertolino at:
  • [email protected] or 516-445-8860

Please join New York Bariatric Group and Executive Chef Bill Dougherty for this support session. This is a great opportunity to meet with fellow patients and sample new recipes. All food prepared will be served to patients and guests. All recipes will be provided. We hope to see you there! Family and friends welcome!

Newsletter - May 2015

NYBG Nutrition Corner

by Dr. John Angstadt Missing Pasta?

We have all grown up with a love of pasta but for bariatric surgery patients, most carbohydrate foods are off limits. How can we satisfy our love of pasta with our new eating regimen? Its easy if we look at creative alternatives that give you the texture of pasta but with more flavor, protein and vitamins.Your first alternative is shirataki pasta made from Tofu. This pasta has the texture of real pasta but absorbs tomato sauces really well. Most typical white flour pastas have 200 calories per serving. Shirataki pasta has only 20 calories per serving and it is high in protein which goes well with our eating regimen after surgery. It is easy to prepare in the microwave and a wonderful alternative to traditional pasta. It is available on Long Island in Whole Foods, Wild by Nature and Stop and Shop- you will usually find it in the organic refrigerated section of the store.Another alternative is Hungry root (www.hungryroot.com). This is pasta made from vegetables. It is available in carrots, turnips, beets, rutabaga, sweet potato and zucchini. The package comes with everything you need for a meal although I recommend using your own homemade sauce as the packaged sauce adds a lot of sugar and carbohydrate to the meal.If you like the idea of spiralized vegetables which are delicious and healthy alternatives to pasta, you can invest in a spiralizer. This one is for sale on Amazon.com for $34.00 (Paderno World Cuisine Spiralizer. This device allows you to create your own fresh pasta from vegetables you can find in any grocery store. Choose one of these great alternatives today and enjoy what you miss but with more flavour and fewer calories!

Thomas

Lost 145lbs

Thomas' success story

I went in for surgery. An hour later, I came out a new man.

Everybody treated me like a king. The day of surgery, I was excited. The hospital couldn’t be any nicer. I went in for surgery. An hour later, I came out a new man. My recovery was awesome. I was out of bed that day. My wife and kids were my motivation on getting this surgery. They are my whole life. I’m happy I’m going to be around for them.

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Nicole

Lost 76lbs

Nicole's success story

I hit my goal weight ... and I feel fabulous

I had the gastric bypass. I am Type 2 Diabetic and I wanted to gain control of my sugar. I hit my goal weight in about 5 and half months and I feel fabulous. The procedure has completely changed my life for the better because it has empowered me as a middle aged woman that I can really do everything and anything that I want to do. I don't put an age on anything. I don't say I'm too old for something.

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Robert

Lost 76lbs

Robert's success story

I was tired of the way I looked. I was tired of the way I felt.

I knew if I didn't change something soon, I was going to be in a lot of trouble. The consultation process was a lot easier than I expected. I was met with open arms. I was treated like I was the only patient here. Not only did they answer all of my questions, they had questions for me to make sure I was the right candidate for the surgery. After surgery and that weight started dropping off, my life started changing for the better.

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Samantha

Lost 92lbs

Samantha's success story

I feel like a completely different person.

I had the gastric sleeve procedure. The driving factor behind me getting this procedure was my health. I didn't feel good physically or mentally. I had joint pains, even standing was difficult sometimes. Emotionally, this surgery completely turned my life around. I have so much more confidence. So much more happiness. I feel like a completely different person. I feel stronger. I feel able to accomplish more.

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Eileen

Lost 99lbs

Eileen's success story

It saved my life.

The driving factor behind me getting my procedure was that I couldn't get up off the floor with my granddaughter. That was my why. That was my big reason for having this surgery done. After surgery, it was a little bit of a struggle with what to eat. What you put in your mouth that you don't even think about. You don't think about what you're eating or how you're eating and portion size. It's what I do now every single day. The procedure has changed my life in so many ways. It saved my life.

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Brittany

Lost 126lbs

Brittany's success story

I am totally comfortable in my own skin.

I think I always grew up identifying myself as less than other people because I was fat. I decided to tackle that and just live my life. I had a sleeve gastrectomy. It changed how I view myself. How I communicate with people. I'm able to be much more of myself and live the life I always thought I should have been living. I am totally comfortable in my own skin. You have the tools you need to succeed here.

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Desiree

Lost 157lbs

Desiree's success story

I have a brand new life. I can do things I couldn't do before.

I had a vertical sleeve gastrectomy because I had just become diabetic, and I had hypertension for many years. I lost a total of 157 pounds in 11 months. I have a brand new life. I can do things I couldn't do before. Everyone at New York Bariatric Group has been wonderful. They are kind. They are understanding. They make you feel comfortable. They will guide you every step of the way on your journey so that you can be successful.

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